Sketchbook Ideas – Sketching People with Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver gives his insight on drawing people and creative character design. He’s currently raising money for his new book. Support his kickstarter at: http://kck.st/2cPFWMz

Silver has designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing the style of the shows such as “Kim Possible”, “Danny Phantom”, Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” the animated series, and many more.

Check out Stephen’s portfolio here

 

Sketchbook Ideas – Sketching People with Stephen Silver

Sketchbook Ideas – Bodies in Motion – Scott Eaton

These series of photographs have been captured by artist, designer and photographer Scott Eaton. These are just a sample of the several projects that he has undertaken.

The entire works are to be compiled together in a single website that will launch in September.

These are fantastic reference to practice your life drawing, anatomy study sketches, and to help inform your animation skills.

For added complexity to a sketching exercise and to challenge your ability to visualise the human form, take a pose of the subject and then attempt to sketch it from a different angle or perspective than that captured through the camera.

Visit Eaton’s own website here, and in September go to the bodies in motion website for some amazing reference for animation here

Scott Eaton’s work focuses on the form, motion and anatomy of the human figure. He s one of the pioneering artists in the field of digital sculpture and his work combines traditional sculpting techniques with the power of modern digital tools. Scott’s art and designs have been featured in Wired Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the Times, the Telegraph, and can be found in Harrods and other design shops around the world.

Sketchbook Ideas – Bodies in Motion – Scott Eaton

Sketchbook Ideas – Inktober 2015

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.

InkTober was initiated in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker and has grown year after year, into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

RULES:

1.Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2. Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3. Hashtag it with #inktober

4. Repeat

Examples

Jake Paker

Gabriel Picolo

Kerby Rosanes

Mark McDonnel

Eduardo Vieira

Sketchbook Ideas – Inktober 2015

Sketchbook Ideas – Character Shapes

An excellent exercise to allow for some creative character designs is to experiment with building the underlying structure from unique silhouettes.

By being tied to using the basic shape underneath it forces us to think about the type of body and personality that might suit for the final character.

Practice generating full characters from as many different body shapes as possible, and experiment between male and female forms.

What is most important is that you remember your characters need physical form and volume, so although the initial starting shape maybe a 2d shape, you need to add dimension to your design otherwise your character will feel flat and lifeless.

 

You can also apply the same techniques to the head.

 

This is also an exercise to be found in Disney films where shape theory has been studied an utilised to support the personality of the character, and help define a unique and identifiable silhouette on screen.

Sketchbook Ideas – Character Shapes