Friday, April 27, 2007

Animation School Lesson 5 - Line of Action, Silhouettes - Part One

Here are the exercises from the Preston Blair book (I will post the Tinkerbell, Wart, and a Clampett drawing from John K's site later, since I haven't scanned them yet). As I mentioned in my last post, this was my introduction to line of action. I'd read somewhere that animators used a red pencil for line of action and blue pencil for the construction, so I used the red pencil for the first couple and ended up dropping it since it was too distracting and covered up facial details.

Incidentally, I got a nice comment from Jack Ruttan when I was halfway through this lesson. He suggested that my lines could be livelier, and after I thought about it for a while, I think I understood what he was saying. I had been trying to carefully trace my construction lines so I didn't mess up my drawings, but artists' lines are usually done quickly and have more flow to them. I have been trying to do that, and as he says, it will come with more practice. Thanks, Jack.

ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive: Meta: The $100,000 Animation Drawing Course- Lesson 5


Lee said...

These look great! You've put a lot of work into them. Now it's just practice, practice, practice... urgh.

Thanks for swinging by my place and leaving the useful comment!

Stephen said...

Yeah, I've been looking around and noticing the lines of action on model sheets, and I think I'll draw some more. I'm slowly figuring it out!