Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series)

Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators (Force Drawing Series)

Language: English

Pages: 244

ISBN: 0240808452

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators

Capture the force in your life drawing subjects with this practical guide to dynamic drawing techniques - packed with superb, powerfully drawn examples that show you how to:

* Bring your work to life with rhythmic drawing techniques
* Create appealing and dynamic poses in your drawings
* Experience the figure's energy in three dimensional space
* Use the asymmetry of straight and curved lines to clarify the direction of force in the body
* Build on your foundational anatomy and figure drawing skills to animate your drawings
*Apply the theory of force to your on-location and animal drawing observations


Whether you are an animator, comic book artist, illustrator or fine arts' student you'll learn to use rhythm, shape, and line to bring out the life in any subject while Mike Mattesi's infectious enthusiasm will have you reaching for your pencils!

Mike Mattesi is the owner and founder of Entertainment Art Academy (www.enterartacad.com) based in Southern California. He has been a professional production artist and instructor for the last fifteen years with clients including Disney, Marvel Comics, Hasbro Toys, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, DreamWorks and Nickelodeon.

Audience level: Intermediate to advanced

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power of the force full curve. Now let’s look at how to better describe the forms around which force travels. FORCE POINTERS 1. Skate the page. Close your eyes and imagine the paper as ice and you as the world’s best figure skater. You are performing your best routine. As you skate, feel the fluidity and speed of your movement. Notice how the blades cut into the ice as you move through tight and open curves. Your marks should indicate the change in force and pressure that your body would feel on

experience. Here you have the chance to report, as a visual journalist, about the world around you. See the stories of everyday life. “People watch.” I find that if I write about what I experience, it helps me see the wonder of it all. This way I’m not just drawing for study, but for story. All the world is a stage: someone reading a newspaper on a park bench, people eating at the mall’s food court or shopping, bowling, sports events, birthday parties; the list is infinite. If it is difficult to

in a pose, then assume the pose yourself. This will definitely help your awareness of force. We are all people. If a model takes a pose that radiates joy and you copy that pose physically yourself (all the way down to the facial expression), you will begin to feel what the model is feeling and know physically what the model is doing. When you see someone who is sad, how is it that you know that person feels that way? As a 2 Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators fellow human being, you

to fill the page with the model’s full figure. Here are some small one-minute drawings that show the story of each pose. 5 6 Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators Here are half-minute drawings. The body’s entire pose is the key to understanding it. Seeing Life So this pose reminded me of a monkey and that was my bigger thought as I attempted getting the full figure’s idea on the page. See the simple curves of force in the back and arms. This two minute shows the big picture. With

Investigating a pose to gain understanding. 2. Searching for how far a force travels and its true motivation. 3. Not settling for the first attempt. Keep working at a drawing until it feels like the model’s effort. It is easy to obtain mediocrity and challenging to stare into the visage of splendor. “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” Thomas Edison Applied force Besides the line giving us a linear direction or path of force, it also tells us

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