Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Life Drawing Experiment

Lately, Jeremy has been religiously studying Richard William's Animator's Survival Kit.  If you were to call him at 3:15 A.M., on any random day of the week, chances are he is buried in the book with a mountain of notebooks beside him.

In the life drawing section of the kit, Williams recommends having a model take a series of brief, sequential poses.  As the model poses, draw the gestures on animation paper as if you were keying a scene.  Jeremy's face lit up like birthday candles and we couldn't not do it.

We took turns posing in sequence this afternoon, and below is the result of mine.

The experiment was fun, and so far, I can think of two applications for it:

1) To rough out difficult animation movements

2) A warm up exercise for upcoming Toons On Tap sessions

In the beginning of Toons, we did include segments of sequential poses.  Models David McKenna and Patricia Lewis (my sister!), specifically, would create thumbnail drawings of their sequential poses in advance and take the drawings onstage with them.

At this point, I'm deathly bored of cafe sketching and couldn't bear to draw another boring person with a latte.  Maybe I can convince my friends to hang out over beers and peg bars to do more of this exercise.


  1. I'd be more than happy to take part in that!

    1. Great! If we can get enough people interested, perhaps we could turn this into a workshop or drop in class. Otherwise, I'll start adding sequential poses to Toons.