Wednesday, April 24, 2013

quick sketch motivations

Here is a video I made regarding the art of quick sketch and some ways to set yourself up for a good session.  Motivation is the name of the game and I have several illustrated in this video.  The video is sped up so as not to bore you, and I apologize for the breathing of the camera.  When the video footage is sped up it is really obvious that I am wearing a chest camera.
Thank you for watching.  Pass this on if you find this instruction useful. and thank you again.


Part 4 of the quick sketch series

Here is the last video of this series on quick sketch drawing done in an academic approach.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Part 3 of the quick sketch series

Here is the video on 3 minute quick sketches.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

video part 1

In order?   Nah....here is the first of the videos in the series.  Sorry they are out of order.


A new entry, woah!

Hello, just adding a new entry here to the page for once.  This is also on Lemenaid but I figure since I am trying to resuscitate the blogs I would put this on both.
I will bring up more entries here within the next few months as I link all my pages together and hopefully stay on top of the blogs in the near future.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Way To Figure Invention From a Photo

Hello, first post in a while and I wanted to make it a descent one to start with again. 
Here is the photo that I am working with.
This is a photo of Peter Hewitt.  I do not currently know who shot this photo but I will find out soon.

So, what I want to do is take this photo and find a spot somewhere else next to impossible to take this image.

I am going to put the camera under the board or behind it as if this was a clear tunnel.

First thing to do is learn the original pose so we can proceed forward with more working confidence.  So study the image and do a drawing from its perspective, in this case I am using figure construction methods to help me determine the volume presented before me.

Here is the drawing that I did a study of to start the process.

Note that I have analyzed the volumes cylindrically and I have also found the camera angle from which the photo was taken.

Next we will break down the image into what would be termed an orthographic view.  WHY?  A good practice to know everything you can about something is to move all the way around it and learn about the 1. balance, 2. relationships between the pairs - hands - feet - hips - etc.  3. to completely understand the pose and the action behind the pose.

Here is the ortho view.

This ortho starts with finding one of the two core shapes directly in line with the camera.  In this case I found the back and built the first drawing starting with a flat view of the ribcage.  From there the other views were easier to construct.  This helps me now totally memorize this pose so I can now invent it from any new angle I choose.   Why so much work?  I cannot ever recreate this moment to shoot it myself, therefore I must find some way to get into the situation if I am ever to do anything else with the pose I have as a reference.

From this I know the weight of the pose, where the center of gravity is, how the limbs balance each other out, etc.

From this I can proceed to the invented drawing.  Here is the finished plate. 

I added grayscale to it so you can see the difference in the spaces with Photoshop.  Again, remember that the camera is positioned under the largest wheel as if the fullpipe was a clear tube.  The face and hands etc. were detailed out by finding other photos of Peter to complete the image.  This was a possiblity because I took ownership of the pose by doing a thorough job with examining it and understanding it so I can manipulate it to my liking.

More to come on how to do an ortho view.



Wednesday, January 19, 2011





Okay, so here are the recipe pages for the color wheel we do in color theory class. I am still working out the purples, I have to double check my old notes to make certain they are totally correct via mixture, but none the less the colors are the correct colors. I just have to play with their intensities again to determine which side of the wheel they go on.
The rest was shot by Karen Johnson in my classes down here in San Diego. Thank you Karen for the photos.