February 20, 2007

Tuesday Gesture Class

Class with Tom Gately is a weekly highlight — above all else, it's fun! But it's also challenging: he makes you push yourself. Tom's instruction tends to center on representations of weight, force, clarity, and performance, concepts which aren't always easy to internalize or track. But this is why we show up week after week! We want to get our hours in and learn from Tom's best practices.

To start with, one begins by asking who the character is and what they are doing. How do they feel? Where are they placing their weight? Does the overall image have a focal point? Is there perspective that could be used more effectively? Proportions that could be pushed? Angles? Shapes? Opposing forces? Tensions that could be emphasized? In so many words, how can we use the model to guide us towards a figure drawing?

In other classes, attention to form and structure has meant planes and anatomy, attention to character is limited to costumes and props, and attention to caricature has only meant distortion.

At Pixar, what Tom asks is that we take what's in front of us as a springboard for performance. Performance is the thing. When we have this in mind, the model's pose becomes something to progress from and each of our drawing choices becomes an opportunity to tell a part of a story. In short, we begin to draw from life by taking a point of view. And then? We have fun and we push it!

These are old links, but here are some incredible sketches from my colleagues and friends:

James Robertson
Louis Gonzales
Alex Woo
Rob Thompson
Enrico Casarosa
Adrian Molina

February 18, 2007

saturday morning sketches

American Vogue, April 1955.

February 05, 2007

The Queen Mary 2

The QM2 came into town yesterday, and D&J and I were among the thousands standing on the shore to watch it sail beneath the Golden Gate. Apparently they had to wait until low tide to squeeze it through--missing the bridge by about 27 feet--that's how big this thing is. There seemed to be something old about the whole affair, which I thought was nice. I like that kind of thing, i guess.

You need to check out the QM2 website, and the San Francisco Gate's photographs of the ship's arrival; they're really incredible. Click the photo below.