Another sketch from my commute to work everyday. Loved this guys posture as he dozed off. I don't know about you guys, but I like creating my own sketchbooks. This sketch is from a book I made from newsprint sketchpad paper with some cardboard covers and then spiral bound at staples. Even though it's not archival, I love the feel of Prisma on smooth newsprint.
"Life moves pretty fast, you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
For some time now, at Pixar, there has been an afternoon gesture workshop. Alternating between 30 second poses and 1 minute poses, the goal is to simplify and clarify what is in front of you. No useless details that distract from the main idea in the drawing.
These sketches are from sometime last year. I spruced them up by adding an element of storytelling with the Luchador costumes. I'm trying to get back into the swing at work, so I went back through the stack of newsprint doodles I have piled in my office and will eventually be posting them up here.
I go through phases of being intensely excited about one aspect or another of drawing, followed by periods of inactivity, to read or just take a break. I find that if I'm not inspired or trying actively to learn or discover something new about drawing or about how I myself want to grow as an artist, well then I just lose steam and become uninterested. Thus are the passions of an artist. Right?
When I'm engaged and excited, that's when some great things can happen and new breakthroughs come.
I have been and particularly recently am interested in the rough animation drawings of a few of my favorite Japanese animators. Looking at the loosely drawn progression of an action sequence and how simple the statement can be to communicate an idea. (I need to devote a post or two to this stuff, it could be interesting to examine and share.)
Well, that's kind of the focus of the gesture workshop at Pixar. Storytelling, Communicating an Idea, playing with the pose to create more emotion, energy, dynamism. It's what most great animation does, Caricature real life and distill it down to it's most important elements. You are showing your fellow man what is beautiful about life......something they may have missed.