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


So this time we were doing colour theory and to demonstrate what we had learnt, we were to depict halloween on the Split World planet, using colour to convey the atmosphere that we were trying to create.

As we were taking over the split world project, I tried to compile a list of all things that the previous group thought were important and that they wanted us to retain in their world. It was going well until I asked Siobhan to actually right down the last few things she said, because I couldn’t really hear her, and ended up with “I am awesome” and “churros” as points on my list.


After that, I tried to compile a list of things that our group needed to have done, so that we all had a clear idea of what needed to be done.

We also managed to send ourselves the presentation that the other group had done on their world so that we could also refer back to that, although we did get confused between which side of the planet was which.

I did ask Siobhan about the Dark side environment and she told me it was “hella ice, still lakes with black water reflecting the sky and jagged glacier mountains, no real snow or rain but electrical storms and flares would cause disruption in the air”. Below is my attempt at creating that landscape.

Dark side landscape
Dark side landscape

We then had another problem.

Last night, when I was finishing off the powerpoint and waiting on the last drawings to be sent to me, Molly told us that she would be able to draw the Light side landscape. She had tried “about 5 times and I can’t get it right”, so instead I gave it a go. Literally just finished it.

Light side - the little character was taken from the previous group's powerpoint
Light side – the little character was taken from the previous group’s powerpoint

I really do not like it. I didn’t even notice the blob that I’d forgotten to erase until now. Too late now.

At least the presentation should be good, since we have a script this time, I’ll upload it after with feedback.


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Above is the research that we did on halloween, colour palettes we could use and colour theory.

Clare was the main person who found all this research and posted it for us to see, and then I went through each link so that I could cite it and put it into the powerpoint.

Presentation 3 – Fixed version

This is the Crystal world developed more.

We took on board the feedback and tried to incorporate into this presentation.

  • There was more research
  • We created a backstory for the planet
  • Tried to show the rooms in use, and adhering to composition
  • We also tried to keep all concepts 16:9
  • And we also made a map of the ship, to help to place where the rooms would be

Presentation : Build A World 2

Same approach to the presentation as before, we split the slides between ourselves and then jumped in if any details were left out. Stephen was quite good at chipping in additional details about the ship.

You may notice that each of the Crystal world presentations have a blue background, I did this so that I could tell which presentations were related and as the project developed I made the world get progressively darker.

Week 4: Build A World

Still on the crystal world, we were introduced to composition.

So again, we had to illustrate the world but considering composition which involves the rule of thirds, the golden ratio and depth (so how things are positioned in the scene to give perspective and how they relate to each other).

I made notes on composition and the tasks that we carried out in my sketchbook.

Initially, I didn’t really grasp the concept of the rule of thirds but after Mike explained it to me for the third time, I got it.

Now, this the work that we did in order to convey our world through composition. I did some sketches in my notebook, but I didn’t think they really matched the style in which the others were able to draw in.

Presentation 2 – Meeting the Crystal People

So after swapping projects and mixing about teams, then picking out what we believed to be the strongest concepts and furthering them, we had to do a presentation about it.

Presentation : Building A World 1

Our approach to the presentation was pretty much the same as the last. We looked over the presentation that I created and split up the number of slides.


  • Shannon’s ship was well received
  • It would have been nicer to see how the rooms would be used
  • The reflection in the “social room” floor should be angled
  • Good use of tone
  • Ship physics- a large ship and a small ship would move at the same speed as there is no drag (Stephen simply knew this so we didn’t cite anything for it), in future we should show research for this, to prove the point.
  • Some drawings were not 16:9
  • It could use a map to show the different levels of the ship and where the rooms are

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