August 25, 2008

Tom Gately's Notes

I'd like to start posting drawings from our weekly gesture drawing class at Pixar. Below are Tom's notes from my sketchpad. Can you guess what he's suggesting in each illustration?



In the sketch above right, Tom is asking me to push things farther, to go all the way in my exaggeration, and while I'm at it, to open a negative space between this guy's back and arm and emphasize the feeling of release that comes with bending backward.


In the bottom sketch, Tom reminds me that there is a relationship between things in space that should be emphasized, that I shouldn't flatten things out too much. He also suggests that the figure might lean forward in concert with his attention.


In this last sketch, on the right, Tom's suggestion is that I throw the figure off balance and place the figure in motion; to make her active. We interpreted the pose differently, but whichever way she leans, my job is to make the pose play.

10 comments:

  1. Hey Nick, please do! I'd love to hear more about what he's suggesting. I've been re-reading the Stanchfield notes over the last month, and they're making a whole other kind of sense for some reason. The more info, the better!
    Hope you're well!
    R.

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  2. I'd love to see some more figure drawings! I'm sure any advice coming from your teacher would be much appreciated from others as well (like myself)!

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  3. I concur with with Randeep and Amelia! I'd love to head some words of wisdom. If those are Tom's drawings next to yours, my humble guess would be....balance?

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  4. Beautiful drawings. i'd like to hear what he had to say too.

    B

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  5. These are nice. Thanks for postin. Always interestin to read what the artist is tryin to achieve.

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  6. Hey Nick,
    Great post on Tom Gately's class. I was actually going to write and see if you'd post something from the sessions. Inspiring. I need to start posting again.
    Those DIA spots were alot of fun to do. I haven't made it out to the museum yet, but it's on the list.

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  7. Hey I was thinking of doing the same with Tom's corrections of my drawings! Cool.

    What a resource. I bet we could compile a drawing book made up of student drawings and Tom's suggestions. Not that we would, but it'd be a neat tool.

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  8. Nice drawings Nick - one would suspect you know what you're doing...

    PS what are you having for breakfast tomorrow?

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  9. such wonderful simplicity.
    ^-^

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  10. Thanks for the explanations of each drawing Nick, it's great to read what had to say. Great things to keep in mind. Sometimes I forget, and it's always great to be reminded to "draw verbs, not nouns".
    Awesome work again, as always.
    R.

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