When I first arrived in Los Angeles, I didn’t become a professional in the entertainment industry right away. It took some time before I got my first opportunity. One of the early successes I had was getting an art test and interview for a character designer position at Nickelodeon Studios. I didn’t get the job at Nickelodeon (I got my first break in video games instead), but I knew that being picked as a finalist for such a high profile position was an accomplishment. Especially considering I had no college degree, no contacts and had only been in Los Angeles a few months.
Even though I didn’t get the job, I knew my portfolio was strong enough to get noticed, and the one skill that got me that interview was good old figure drawing. There is no substitute for excellent drawing fundamentals and figure drawing is the fastest way to get good drawing skills. Especially if you want to work in animation, excellent figure drawing is required.
This month’s content is a video recording and process breakdown of a recent life drawing exercise. For this exercise, I used graphite pencil and ordinary printer paper. The materials don’t sound very exciting, but that’s the point. I wanted to show that with ordinary, common tools like graphite pencils and plain paper, magic can be made. All an artist needs are good fundamentals, a reliable process and a few useful techniques which you’ll see and read about here.
PART 1 – 1 minute & 2 Minute Poses
PART 2 – 5 minute & 10 minute poses
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Below are the drawings from this life drawings exercise, graphite on paper.
1 minute poses
2 minute poses
5 minute poses