In our second class, we started by drawing circles; attempting to get them a consistent size.
It was then revealed that we were doing this because three circles (of the same size) are the basis for which Winnie the Pooh is composed.
Mike then gave us the tip sheets that animators used in order to draw Winnie the Pooh in various poses.
The page to the left was my attempt at drawing circles in a consistent size, which I was rather surprise I didm’t manage to smudge with my hand, and think that turned out rather well for a first attempt.
I’m used to drawing small, and so drawing on a large page at an appropriate size, is a bit of a challenge for me. Although I think it can only improve further over time and with more practice.
I can honestly say that I have found Life Drawing to be very helpful in breaking down different items to their basic shapes- something I had been used to from the first the I saw the behind the scenes clip from Over the Hedge where they showed you how to draw Hammy using the same method – however my ability to judge proportions has improved to appear more realistic.
The page to the right is a continuation of my practicing consistent circles and you can see that even from the first page the consistency of the circles has improved.
I then attempted to draw Winnie’s face for the first time, with in my opinion, pretty decent results. I found it rather difficult to try and keep the face detailed considering the charcoal I was using was rather blunt by that point and my circles were still pretty small.
I found that the first Pooh I drew at the bottom of that page doesn’t have the right length of leg, I think they should be slightly higher on his body and that his arms should be slightly longer, but I managed to capture his snout at the right angle.
This was my first attempt at drawing a large Winnie the Pooh.
I managed to get the circles to be roughly the same size, and his arms were okay (the left one being a bit chubbier); however, it sort of went downhill after that.
Pooh’s shirt should be slightly longer, his legs should sit higher up on his body, and his face just does not look right to me.
I think I may have over extended the nose line and also exaggerated the laugh lines on his mouth. Oh, and his ears are odd.
I find it to be that even slight mistakes when drawing Winnie can though off the whole image. It can still look rather well, but it doesn’t feel like Winnie the Pooh.
This time I managed to get the arms, ears and legs in the right place and of the right proportions.
I also was able to capture the bean shape of his tubby little body, which isn’t really clear in my first attempt above.
His face… I think it captures Pooh’s likeness better than the pervious version. I think the slight shading on his nose helps.
My homework for next week was to practice drawing Pooh in the various poses from the tip sheets.
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.
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