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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
"Don't cry because Maya crashed. Smile because you remembered to save it." – Paraphrased Dr Seuss