For the past couple weeks I have been working on this daily habit five days a week. My daily habit started with drawing to movies. I am an animation major, so I really wanted to work on drawing quickly while watching popular animated films. I drew digitally in Photoshop with a red line. I have put a poster of each show/movie above my drawings so you can get a feel of what the style was compared to what I did.
Monster’s Inc: Week One
The most successful of these were my Monster’s Inc. drawings. It was quite strange changing a 3D movie into 2D drawings. I simplified the style a lot and stuck with a sketchy feel. I enjoyed drawing to films but it was always really hard to stop the movie after forty-five minutes so I transitioned into cartoons.
Daria: Week Two
Typically, a television cartoon is twenty-two minutes long so I could watch two episodes and not have to worry about finding my place the next day. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel like I was as successful with my first week of drawing to cartoons. The action shows I watched moved entirely too quickly and trying to capture the characters and movements proved to be a bit hard. But I did feel like my Daria drawing’s were the most successful because of how little movement there was for each character. My peers thought I emulated each shows style successfully but I really wanted a second shot at it.
Rocko’s Modern Life: Week Three
This week I felt more successful with my drawings. Especially my Rocko drawings. They were loose and because of the show’s nature of having many of the principals of animation (such as squash and stretch, exaggerated movements/expressions etc.) they turned out great! I feel like the more I practiced this habit the more variety of characters I drew. When I started I would only draw the main characters but the more I practiced, the more comfortable I felt drawing other characters who didn’t get as much screen time.
All in all, I really enjoyed this project and felt like it has helped me as an animator. I can draw faster than before and easily transition into different styles of characters.
(Also I’ve had the Rocko’s Modern Life theme song playing in my head all week, so I guess that’s a plus?)
I know I said in my last post that I was not going to do TV shows but this week I was feeling nostalgic. So, naturally I watched a bunch of old cartoons from my childhood. This week I watch Hey Arnold, Rocko’s Modern Life, and Rugrats (The fact that they’re all from Nickelodeon was not intentional). I also wanted to try again with drawing to TV shows because I don’t think my others last week were as successful as I wanted them to be. Here’s my work for the week!
Monday and Tuesday: Hey Arnold!
I choose to draw to Hey Arnold because I remember there being a bunch of characters and I was right. Hey Arnold! has A LOT of characters! As I began my drawing sessions I was worried about how different each character looks and how I was going emulate the style, but by Tuesday’s session I had figured it out. Despite how different each character looks, they’re actually drawing with some some similarities. Most of them have Arnold’s football shaped head with a sphere on top making it more head shaped. They also have similar body shapes that change based on how wide/thin the character is.
Wednesday and Thursday: Rocko’s Modern Life
I didn’t really watch to many episodes of this show as a child, but I did remember Rocko. While watching and drawing to this I actually found out that Rocko is a kangaroo and am a little disappointed in myself for thinking that he was a dog for all these years. This show was actually really fun to draw to. I really like all of the exaggerated expressions and movements and feel like I captured them pretty well. Also, Rocko is really fun to draw as well as the background characters!
This was one of my favorite shows growing up. Unfortunately I don’t feel like I did this show justice. I did try my best to emulate the style but this one was difficult. I think most of my struggles came from drawing their faces and how they all have different eye shapes and such.
All in all, I really liked this creative habit project and feel like it’s helped me as an animator. The more I drew to a show, the faster I picked up the style. I want to incorporate these different styles in my own work in order to develop my own style.
This week I’ve decided to switch to T.V. shows. Most T.V. shows are about twenty-two minutes long each so two of them make up my time limit. This week I’ve watched Daria, My Life as a Teenage Robot, and The Legend of Korra. I’ve decided this mostly because I’ve been on a Daria binge. To be honest, it’s more difficult to draw to T.V. shows than it is to draw to movies. I’ve learned that shows are most fast paced because they only have twenty-two minutes to tell a story.
Day 1&2 : Daria
Daria is a show from the late 90’s. The animation is pretty rough and the characters are mostly facing the camera and don’t move around too much. For these drawing sessions I tried to emulate the style because of how static the characters are. This show is actually very slow, unlike the other shows I’ve been drawing to. Again, I fell into my usual habit of drawing the same character over again.
Day 3: The Legend of Korra
I’ve actually never seen The Legend of Korra prior to drawing to it. And I also tried muting the show so I would not get too distracted. Unfortunately, I did get really distracted. This is an action show and man does everyone move fast! Because of that I decided draw more gestural and loose. When there were slower moments, I was able to get more detail in.
Day 4&5: My Life as a Teenage Robot
This show used to be one of my favorites back in the day. I really enjoy the unique style and the variety the characters (even the ones in the background!). I again ran into the same problem I did with The Legend of Korra, the show was very fast paced. I feel like this is because this is an action series. I did draw the main character a lot but I did draw a lot of the background characters as well.
In conclusion, I’m not sure if I am going to continue to draw from shows or movies. My tablet actually broke today but fortunately, I did get these drawings done early. For next week I will have to use the cintiq tablets and figure out how to watch movies/shows in there. I really don’t want to play it on the same screen I’m drawing on, but I’ll do what I have to do to get this project done!
So, it turns out I’m very slow at drawing and it’s really hard to just stop when my forty-five minutes are up. Especially when I’m drawing to movies, like I’ve been doing this week. I had to watch Monsters Inc in two sittings and believe me, it was hard to do! I also watched Fantasia, but that was actually hard to draw to considering that most of it is abstract animation. I’m still not completely through it but I’m hoping to be by tomorrow or Tuesday so I can return it! Let’s get on to the drawings! Here’s a few of my cat sketches.
The cats were my first forty-five minute drawing session and I have to say it was difficult. I didn’t use any reference so making up poses was a challenge. And I feel like many of the poses look a bit off, this is why reference is so important! Lesson learned! But even though they look a bit wonky, it was a pretty therapeutic drawing session. I did another section of these but they were pretty sloppy so I’ve posted the best ones.
As stated earlier in this post, Fantasia was hard to draw to! I’m not really too proud of these guys but hey, you gotta start somewhere! I think I struggled so much because of how quick paced Fantasia’s numbers are. The characters are only up there for a short period of time and are ever changing, but maybe finishing the movie might help me out.
As you can probably tell by the quality and quantity of drawings, I really enjoyed drawing to Monster’s Inc! At first most of my drawings were big and looked a bit more like these five above this text but the longer I drew the more comfortable I got with my tablet. I also opted for the red ink in these ones because it stands out a bit more than the gray. You can also see where I made this transition in the Fantasia section.
I really wanted to focus on the diverse group of characters in this movie but as it progressed I found myself being compelled to draw Sully and Mike. I think this is because they have the most screen time and Mike is very easy to draw. Seriously, he’s just a circle with a big eyeball! I’m actually pretty proud of all of my Sully’s! I ended up simplifying him and using a lot of harsh lines to draw him.
All in all, I think this was a pretty successful week. I think I might be sticking to drawing while watching movies just because the Monster’s Inc sketches turned out so well. I can’t wait to watch my next movie!
I am really excited for this creative habit assignment! To be honest, this project is exactly what I need right now! I’m already in the midst of finals and completely stressed out. When I’m really stressed out, I doodle. I’ve actually been telling myself that I needed to start doing some daily sketches, so that is exactly what I intend to do for this project. I also really want to include my major in these daily sketches so I’ve set some parameters:
For about 5-7 days a week I will create digital drawings related to animation. Some days I might do character design, others I might do more gestural drawings, expressions, or even key frame an action. (For those who aren’t animation savvy, keyframing is basically the first step in planning out a movement) I haven’t decided how big the Photoshop document is yet, but I will be experimenting with that today and tomorrow.
Here’s an example of keyframing:
I want to leave the subject matter a bit open because there’s so much to animation and I really think experimenting with these timed exercises will improve my animations.
I’m really inspired by Glen Keane’s work. Keane’s drawings are very loose, yet they still look compete. My goal by the end of this project is to be able to be more comfortable making these loose drawings. Here are a few examples of Glen Keane’s drawings:
Tarzan: Character Turnaround
This is it! After five weeks of rushing around, drawing, and planning we’re done! The photos are printed, the documentary is edited, and the coffin is set up with the props inside it. Although it’s not currently in the space we’re presenting, it’s still ready to go! I can’t wait to get feedback from my peers and see what they’ve created. But my gosh, this was a pretty intense group project! I’ve never worked with so many people before (sixteen including myself)! I’ve learned a lot about timing and sticking to schedules. Was our scheduling perfect? No, but we all worked together to create something that just started off as an idea. We all brought our own ideas to the table and together came up with the final project. Here is the fruit of out labor:
I put my boards next to the final photographs to show how much has changed from week two. The main structure of my boards shows through in the photographs, but there are some stylistic changes made by the director. I really like looking at both my drawings and Sarah’s photographs together because they’re just so different, yet they both convey the same story. Working in this large group has really taught me to look at things from a different perspective. I may be in an animation mindset, but I now understand a photographic mindset and how they’re different.
I hope our gallery show goes well!
Poster credit: Renee
Logo credit: Thomas
Storyboard credit: Me
Photo credit: Sarah
The project is basically finished now. We had our final shoot last Thursday. This was actually a chaotic shoot! Many changes had been made to the final photo set up that were not clearly communicated to everyone in the group. I was one of the people left out of the loop and was a bit confused on what we were setting up where. Luckily, some other group members helped me out and I was able to set up the candles and flowers in the approved manner. I also helped light the candles going row by row for the time lapse video. Sarah took a video of the candles being lit and it actually looks really cool.
I cut the audio in the video because it’s just a bunch of random talking.
In addition to that, the remembrance makeup took awhile to do do. I believe it took Saray two hours and thirty minutes to apply. But it was well worth the wait! The makeup looked fabulous! But unfortunately, we were running short on time that day because the model, Tiffany, had to leave at 10:30am for work and her makeup was finished at 9:45am. Everyone quickly rushed to help her in the coffin. I helped Saray add jewels to Tiffany’s face, Bethanny was adjusting the flower crown with Alyssa’s help, Chelsy and Sarah were painting Tiffany’s hands white, and the camera crew was testing the lighting all at the same time. There were hands everywhere working quickly yet precisely.
Here’s everyone swarming the model.
Here’s what the final shot ended up looking like after edits.
On Tuesday, we had a brief meeting the final presentation of our project. I got assigned a new role to come up with questions to ask in the interview portion of the documentary. We discussed where we are setting up our individual photos for the blog and that’s about it. Here are the questions I came up with with Chelsy:
What was your job?
What do you feel was the most successful part of the project? Why?
Least successful? Why?
If we had more time, what would you’ve done differently?
For the next class I’ll be asking everyone these questions. Sybil will be recording while I ask the questions. Since I don’t know how to edit videos, Sybil will be doing that as well.