Good Book

I found this is my brother’s room.

He got it years ago and we both forgot it was ever there.

It seems like it should at least be interesting, if not helpful.

How To Draw Anything By Mark Linley
How To Draw Anything By Mark Linley


2007 Helvetica full documentary:

Massimo Vignelli Extract from 2007 Helvetica documentary:

David Carson Extract from 2007 Helvetica documentary:


For our third homework I went over Winnie again, and then decided to be a tad creative and made Super-Pooh!

I think that this week I managed to get the proportions more or less the same, and he actually looked like Pooh (as a complement not an insult).

Winnie the Pooh, third Life Drawing Homework
Winnie the Pooh, third Life Drawing Homework

I improved drawing Superman’s eyes and believe that I kept the width of his face consistent, you can also see the blue pencil guide that I constructed before drawing the chosen pose beside it. Through planning out the size and position I was able to keep the proportions controlled and didn’t end up with weird results like last time.

Superman, third Life Drawing Homework
Superman, third Life Drawing Homework

This week we were introduced to Don Bleuth’s Dirk the Daring character and we had to practice his poses for homework too. I used the blue pencil to sketch out the different components of his body, trying to get a feel for his proportions with varying degrees of success.

Dirk the Daring rough outlines, third Life Drawing Homework
Dirk the Daring rough outlines, third Life Drawing Homework

Below is my first attempt at trying to draw Dirk without referring to the tip sheets, so I tried to draw the position my dad was in (only for the top three) and then tried to use my imagination to draw Dirk in more extreme poses. Unfortunately, in the bottom two the results were not true to Dirk’s actual proportions that I had sketched on the previous page (see above picture).

Dirk the Daring Poses, third Life Drawing Homework
Dirk the Daring Poses, third Life Drawing Homework

Life Drawing Homework 2

This time we had to practice drawing Winnie the Pooh again, but also try to capture Superman’s features too.

I found that consistancy was an issue again.

With Winnie, the style was relatively the same, but occasionally the proportions became stretched when he was in unfamiliar positions.

Superman was had to get right too. I found that when trying to draw his eyes he appeared as though he was of Asian descent rather than simply narrowing his eyes, and I wasn’t constant in the width of his face either. He has a chiselled face, but I kept making it too wide.

I felt I was able to capture his overall likeness though.

Also, this time you can see the blue pencil which I used to roughly sketch out the shape of each characters features.

“Practise makes perfect!”

Winnie the Pooh, second Life Drawing Homework.
Winnie the Pooh, second Life Drawing Homework.
Superman, second Life Drawing Homework.
Superman, second Life Drawing Homework.

Life Drawing Homework

This is the first homework task we had to do for Life Drawing:

Drawing Winnie the Pooh.

I tried to do as many poses as possible on the page; hoping to practice capturing Pooh’s expression and posture, however, I had issues with keeping the proportions of his body consistent and he often appeared rather chubby.

Unfortunately, you can’t see the blue pencil I used to sketch the three circles that make up Winnie’s body, torso and legs, which Mike told us does not appear when an image is scanned, and that 101 Dalmatians was  the first movie that animators didn’t erase their rough work.

Funnily enough, I never really noticed that when I was scanning my drawings for product design. I had noticed it didn’t really appear blue on the screen but assumed it was just poorly scanned.

You learn something new everyday!

I also tried to have some fun when drawing the little bear by adding in a honey pot and dressing him up in a little devil costume. I still need to practice him a bit more so that I keep the consistency of him because I found that his whole design is very dependent on each of his features, so that, for example, if his eyes aren’t right then it throws of his whole character.

Winnie the Pooh, first Life Drawing Homework.
Winnie the Pooh, first Life Drawing Homework.

Presentation 4 – Halloween

Below is our presentation for the Split world with the use of colour.

Presentation : Build A World – 3

This time I did actually write a script for the group to look at, since we felt that we should actually be preparing more for these presentations, and each person was able to claim two slides to speak about.

Then most of them didn’t actually read it.

Which was lovely.

But they did obviously know about the project and we were able to speak about the process with relative ease.

Here is the script:

1. This is our attempt at using colour to create a Halloween atmosphere on the split world.

2. We had a few issues with working out which drawing related to the separate sides of the world, and had a hard time trying to get a feel for each side.

3. What is Halloween here? Why does it matter? [I’ll say this side because it’s quite long and I don’t want to retype it]

4. & 5. These are concepts where we tried to work out the direction, perspective – basically the composition of the key scenes that we wanted to create to depict Halloween on this world.

6. – 9. Concepts, talk about how the colour makes it conveys the atmosphere! COLOUR!!!

10. & 11.Research that we did. Colour, Halloween and organic architecture. (Mention nothing else!!!)

12. Thanks for listening.
Claim slides as you wish!

There is the version I initially wrote down in my sketchbook with the full version of the reasoning behind Halloween on this planet.


  • The initial concept drawing that I did for the darkside was a little too dark to see the mountains in it, at least for the projector
  • For the lightside drawing that I did, the light that I had around the sun would not realistically be that colour
  • For the drawing Clare did of the siege by the darkside, the only think pointed out was to maybe lower the horizon line to the lower third
  • Apply the knowledge learnt in life drawing to the creature concepts
  • Remember composition
  • When taking pictures of our work, take them square on rather than at an angle or blurry
  • Remember we can ask the previous group for their help/guidance