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Sketchbook Assignment

Week 4

                  Don't forget The Rules! For more information on what will be accepted in your sketchbook, click here.
         Drawing 1, A Texture or Object          For 10 minutes, draw a crumpled up towel. Animators need to be able to draw convincing clothing and other cloth items like tents, tablecloths, and flags. All of these things are made of cloth and cloth has certain characteristics in the folds that help us "read" it in a drawing or animation. Some hints...
  • Work from big shapes to small. Don't get hung up on one part of your drawing, but work the entire drawing.
  • Lightly draw in your major lines first, watching that you have captured the correct overall proportions of the object. You should do this with every drawing you do.
  • As you shade, think of the directly of the light as it strikes your object. Is the light coming in frm the left or right or above? That means the shading will be on the opposite side. Imagine that the light is splashing on your object like water. Where would be the dry/dark places and where are the light/wet places?
  •          Cloth Tutorial
             Drawing 2, A Living Thing         

    For 10 minutes, draw three quick skeleton poses of a person running. Draw a skeleten/wireframe figure; don't go into detail. Your challenge is to get the proportion of the figure right and to position the arms and legs correctly. Some hints...

  • When you are drawing a figure in motion, it needs to look like it's moving, not falling down. An animator knows how to create both illusions (moving forward while in control and falling, out of control). The best hint I can give you (and this is a secret, folks! I've never seen it in anyone's tutorials.) is that the balanced human body tends to maintain a vertical line that passes through the ear to the heel of the same side foot. If you draw an imaginary 90° line from the ear to the heel, you can make the entire rest of the body do Matrix-y weird things and it will still look balanced and in control. If you move off that line, you give the illusion of falling.
  •          A Tutorial About Drawing People Running
             Drawing 3, Free Draw          For 10 minutes, draw a character of your choice.         

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