Wednesday, June 24, 2015


We had to design an animal last week for the character design class. I thought of the beaver because he is a famous mammal in Canada. Then I started looking for reference both in pictures and videos (National Geographic documentaries are addictive!). I love the animatl even more...such dedication, strength and sense of community. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Character Posing exercise

A few weeks ago I took a summer masterclass with Studio Technique that focused on Character Posing. It's the first of three masterclasses that Samantha will be teaching. Needless to say, it was a weekend so packed with rich info, useful feedback and essential theory.  My brain was fried by Sunday night and my entire right arm was numb after all the drawing. It was a ton of fun and I look forward to next ones. If ever you are interested, more info here:

Here are the poses that I worked on. We were asked to do some specific poses with a character that we designed or not. I got inspired by my beautiful and talented sister and her very special cat (lots of personality, that cat) and imagined a story around the poses.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ronald Searle and Jay Ward

This week's assignment for my character design class was to draw two dragons: à la Ronald Searle  (St Trinian's School, Molesworth and so much more) and à la Jay Ward (Rocky & Bullwinkle, Peabody and Sherman, Dudley Do-Right, etc). It was a  pretty humbling experience considering their legacy. I felt like a terrible impostor trying to emulate Ronald Searle's because he had such a personal and unique way of seeing the world. (If you are a fan, feast your eyes on this project: Jay Ward's isn't a piece of cake, but it was a style that catered towards television production hence many people would be drawing in that style. A different mindset for each, lots of fun and tons to learn! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Weekly life drawing

Weekly life drawing! I tried the same exercise as last week with gestures followed by longer poses. This week again I did a longer pose using images from a Cirque du Soleil show as a reference. This time the show is the Beatles inspired "Love" which, if you are a Fab Four fan  and a Cirque du Soleil fan will probably leave you speechless. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Storytelling moment

The assignment for the week was to create a story moment that involved characters and a park bench. There is this bike path/pedestrian walkway not far from where I live that is very busy at this time of year. Joggers, runners, bikers, kids, dogs, tourists and people who's life took an unfortunate turn. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday life drawing

I started out my weekly life drawing the same way as always, with gestures to loosen up. I went on to do a longer pose and wasn't too inspired by the session I was drawing from. Two weeks ago, I went to see Cirque du Soleil perform one of my favorite shows of theirs, Varekai. I also know that sooner or later I will have to practice drapery and costume if I want to get better. Circus artists wear mostly leotards, but their poses have both an emotional and physical story that always give me the feels. I thought it might be a nice transition into  the next challenge. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


I went with what could look like traditional personalities for this week's theme but tried to push the shapes in a more extreme way.