Saturday, April 19, 2008

Making Characters From Figures and Messing With Your Head

Howdy folks.
Here we are on the stretch as far as this semester is concerned. This week, both classes had a model come in to take poses and the students drew their characters, what a treat!. I love to draw the figure and getting to have two great models in two of my classes is almost as good as chocolate cake with ice cream on the side. Okay maybe not that good, but still fun just the same. For me this is the fun part of the semester. I have my students draw their characters for the WOZ project using the gestures from the poses. This is an method I practiced down in LA and I loved it. What's in it for me? I get to try to draw what they have come up with to help them along a tiny bit. I gave away a lot of the drawings I did but here are some that I kept and and thought it would be fun to post. So the session basically went like this; model hits a pose for a minute to give students time to capture the gesture. There isn't enough time for details here . Then the model steps down and the construction and details are filled in using the gesture and your imagination for two minutes. They play with shapes and proportions and so on. Getsure starts it below and then off to character ...(if you're from the bay area you may recognize the model just from the poses).

While we were working on construction the head, I did something similar on the white board (I hate drawing on the whiteboard but you gotta do what you gotta do). I drew generic head construction shapes and the had students tell me what to add or change to better fit their characters, these are quick drawings and look like crap. I'm blaming the thing on the dreaded whiteboard. This is a lot of fun, though, and we tend to get to get carried away in the process (thus the baby with a Mohawk) Special thanks to Lilly for the whiteboard pix 1-3.




We seem to have spent a lot of time on the head this semester in both classes. I don't mind, because it's so darned important, but it is a little hard to fit everything in. Here's a sample of planes of the head a student asked me to post a while back...he probably doesn't even remember now. Really character drawing starts with a willingness to push and pull the limits of what your learn conventionally. Below We start with a generic head and slope or change the medial lines to get more ethnic or aged or variations of faces.


Really the best place to "shop" for characters is by drawing those around you. Here's some recent faces from the train. Play with shapes and keep trying.
Have fun drawing...

6 comments:

jgiambrone said...

as always, great stuff jeff! oh, and happy very belated b-day! i totally forgot! how old are you? 72?
hahaha....

Jeff Jackson said...

Hey Joe...Sometimes I feel like 72. I tend to like to forget my Bday. Oh well, I just have less hair. Your models look awesome.

Julia said...

You must have died a little on the inside when you drew the unicorn...I like the hairs on its chinny-chin chin though XD I promise, I'm trying not to make mine that froufy!

jgiambrone said...

thanks, i appreciate all your help

David Apatoff said...

That first gesture drawing is a humdinger. It tells just enough information. Very nice.

Jeff Jackson said...

Hey David, that means a lot coming from you, thanks.