Life drawing project – update 4

Original drawing and movement notes

Lady movement quite slow

Lady movement slow

My final piece of animation for this project, and what I consider to be the best. My last animation was of a woman sitting down, who turns slightly to her right. Based on my original drawing, I thought that this would be really good to animate due to the heavy build of weight on her hips and back due to her sitting down.
I repeated the process I had used for my previous animations, and found that making this one proved to be relatively easy, as I was now familiar with how to build a fluid animated piece based on a life drawing piece. I did, however, decide to keep the line-art in this animation somewhat sketchy, so as to maintain the feel of a real hand drawn piece. This element also lends itself to the animation when playing, as it allows for a little looseness on the drawings.
If I did this project again, I would rather animate full bodies than individual parts (e.g. hands and feet) as I got a more rounded understanding of the change of form from studying the full figure. Despite this, I still appreciate the two I did prior to my body animations (that are just a hand and a foot) because these were good for getting me started.
Overall, I am very glad with the final result of this piece of animation. It’s not only a convincing piece of animation, but keeps true to the form of the figure and the believability of the movement itself. I think it conveys weight and shape well too, showing how a movement can affect the way these things change on a persons form. I feel it makes for a strong piece of animation to finish my project on, and am happy that this is the result of such work.

Life drawing project – update 3

Original half turn drawing pose

Body turn notes 1

Body turn notes 2

Body turn quite slow

Body turn really slow

My bigger animation would build upon elements I had tested in my previous two, and I decided to push myself more with this one as such. It was going to be half a body turn, focusing on the shift in weight of the; shoulders, hips, neck, arms, and back. This easily took me the longest to animate so far, even though I made it via the same process as my previous animations.
I did struggle somewhat with the many weight changes going on throughout this, but found that by doing each one individually after in-betweening the whole thing made what I was doing at the time more understandable. This made what could have been monstrous to animate manageable and cohesive.
In addition to this, to ensure It was smooth when completed, I frequently played back what I had done thus far to check it’s progress, and found 3 things that would need changing in particular, these being; the head dipping when he turns (a common involuntary action when a human turns), the right arm becoming “smaller” due to it moving away, and his hips stopping after 3/4 of the total amount of frames as he can turn no more physically. Although it took a lot of tweaking to include these elements, I am glad with the overall final result, and feel it rings true to the original task I set out to complete, and shows gradual change in weight, shape and structure.

Life drawing project – update 2

Table slam still image explanation

Table slam 2 very slow with guidlines

Table slam 2 very slow

Table slam 2 quite slow with guidlines

Table slam 2 quite slow

Following from my previous work, I animated an arm slamming a table. Again, this would be quite good in looking at how weight changes based on movement, and this focused particularly on one joint, the elbow.
The process of creation was the same as before (draw each frame in Photoshop, import these stills into Flash, experiment with timing) where by doing so I could make a slow and fast version. Although there are less still frames than my previous work, I knew I needed less to show the jump in movement, i.e. the sudden slam of the arm hitting the table. However, as written on my still image explanation notes, I included an extra still frame (the 2nd) putting it close to the first, to create delay in the action. This would give the impression of the arm having weight when unfolding, as though it slows to do this, then speeds up again for the slam.

Life drawing project – update 1

Leg cycle still images

Leg push off slow

Leg push off fast

To begin with, I decided to start of with experimenting with how I would animate something for this project. I decided to animate the put down and push off of a leg. I wanted to look very specifically at the change in toe shape due to the pressure of weight being put on it, and how the calve moves based on the overall movement.
I created this by taking my drawings of leg movements from one of my life drawing classes, and importing them into Photoshop. It was here that I traced over the key drawings which represented the base movements (that would be used in my animation) and numbered them 1-5 to put them in the correct order for action. I then took these and exported them into Adobe Flash as still images, where I made each a key frame and put normal frames after each key to determine and work on the timing between each to make a fluid animation when played back.
Although I would like to do more on this (make a full leg walk cycle, the foot going down, pushing off, and going down again), this may not be possible, as I intend to work on making another short animation and then a longer one.

Week 9

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This week’s lesson consisted of many quick poses, in both pencil and charcoal, with our teaching really wanting to challenge us with the change of medium and fast paced poses. I struggled with drawing the full figure, but tried to get the main shapes and weight within my drawings. I’m not keen on my drawings of the body where he is meant to be walking along, as when drawing, the model was walking too fast and constantly in motion. This made the task incredibly difficult, with each pose being 5 seconds and our teacher wanting the full body drawn in this time.
I am glad, however, with the amount of drawings done, as these will greatly contribute to and help my life drawing project, work which I will upload soon on it’s progress.

Week 8

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In this week’s lesson, although previously planned we would do many short pose (1-3 minute) drawings, we were introduced to our new model, and it was decided it would be better for us to do one 2 hour pose. Our teacher thought this would be best as we would really analyse and look at the shapes in the figure (how in this case, they were much more exaggerated due to old age) and whether we could convey this in our work.

I struggled a lot with this, as I felt I couldn’t really build up the figure from the shapes and make a convincing drawing. Despite this, I am pleased with most of my sketch (the frame of the body and crossed arms) as I was able to show the weight of the slack skin and muscle in the figure, and the shapes these created.

At the end of our lesson, we then compared the drawings we had just done to those we had made at the very beginning of our life drawing classes, and quickly realised that everyone had made great strides in terms of improvement. It was very heartening to see, even more so when I feel we haven’t been doing life drawing for very long. Finally, we had all brought examples (print outs, art books) of drawings or other types of works we liked, and again, this very interesting for everyone to show and see. The variety in tone, style, and interests, made for a very different end to our lesson, and I enjoyed seeing what everyone found special within the art examples they love and had decided to show.

Week 7

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For this week’s lesson, we were to draw two poses in two opposite directions. Our teacher felt that this would push us more, as many of us in the class tend to work in the same places in the room every week. Ultimately meaning that we produce very similar pieces each week (we don’t get variety in terms or angle of drawing).

I struggled greatly with my first drawing, as I couldn’t get the piece cohesive. While the far arm and (model’s) right side of the body seem to show the strong angle of his standing direction and slight raise in stance, I couldn’t produce the same results for the head. This was a very frustrating piece to draw, even more-so in that I don’t normally struggle when it comes to drawing heads of human figures. I also found problems in keeping the drawing in proportion; I couldn’t step back and see this when working as I was so involved in “fixing” my sketch.

I am much fonder of my second drawing, feeling that not only is it much better drawn, it was fun and challenging to do as a life drawing piece. I found the more I worked into it, the less I began to worry about how it was coming along, and I think this produced the best possible result for me. I am particularly pleased with the angles of the figure in this drawing, because they make for a very visually interesting picture and really emphasize his stance.

Week 6

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In this week’s class, we had to draw several images of the model all overlapping. The model was made to change pose 4 times; the original stand, the shifting of weight in the legs, back to the original pose, and finally a sharp head turn to (their) right. Although these changes were minor in the second pose, the fourth was more dynamic visually, with the head facing the floor at a very strong angle.

After a slow start, I really got into the lesson, and am glad I managed to draw an image so big, even though it’s not the full figure. I think that doing this really helped me to focus on the shapes, and the changes of these in different poses, even more so with the distribution of weight when the model moved pose even slightly.

Week 5

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In this week’s lesson, we were to draw a single pose in either pencil or charcoal. This came as a bit of a shock to everyone in the class, as we had been building up a little portfolio of reference images for our Life Drawing Project. Nonetheless, it was actually a pleasant change from our usual quick and hectic one minute sketches, and I had to really think about how best to spend the two hours I had for this drawing.

I really struggled with this exercise, as I couldn’t quite get the shapes in the figure right, and had changed some of my proportions part way through without realising. In particular, the legs don’t seem to match the direction of the rest of the body, and the shoulders are somewhat mis-shaped. Even so, I can see what and where the problems are and what I should do to fix them, and there are still some good elements of drawing within the picture.

Week 4

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Our work for this week led into the beginning of a Life Drawing Project.

We were told that in our life drawing lessons, we were to make many studies on movement and shifts in weight, as our project would illustrate a way in which the body moves. It would be through our many gesture drawings that we would eventually make a series of drawings (put together as an animation) and that those we made in our lessons would be visual references for our work.

To begin building a collection of these, we did two poses focusing on shape and weight, and then a set of poses where the model moved. This was more of a warm up task, and I think it shows in my work.

After this, the model walked around the room, and we were instructed to draw only the legs and feet, to produce many reference images of their movement. This was the most difficult of the tasks, even with the model doing the same movement for a good 10 minutes. Even so, I am still very pleased with many of my drawings for this.

The next task was to draw several 1 minute poses, which would focus on outlining shapes. Although I really enjoyed making these really quick drawings, I struggled with drawing the full body, and decided to try and do this in the next exercise.

Finally, we were tasked with drawing more 1 minute poses, but fixing any problems we had prior. For me, this was to draw the full body, which, although sketchy, I did manage in places.