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Month: June 2014

Figure Drawing at Silver’s Academy

This past Tuesday 6/24 was a total blast: From 7pm to 10pm I was at the Uninstructed Figure Drawing Night at Silver’s Academy in Sun Valley, CA. Our talented model “Mark” posed for us in all his expressiveness in poses ranging from one to 8 minutes.

Classic rock tunes blasting from the speakers at the academy, set the vibe for an awesome night. During breaks, we had a chance to munch on mini-doughnuts, cookies as well meeting other talented artists.

Below are some of the drawings that survived an accidental spill of beverage I had – better be more careful when bringing protein shake to a drawing session! 🙂


Figure Drawing with Karl Gnass – Week 1

This past Friday June 13th I attended my very first Figure Drawing from Top to Bottom with Karl Gnass class, which runs from June to September at the American Animation Institute in Burbank, CA.
We had a packed classroom with 28 of us, drawing our female model Linette, in poses lasting 2 mins, 3 mins and 5mins.


Highlights from Week 1:

  • It’s of primary importance to develop your own general model of the human figure, so that you can measure it against all models  in front of you.
  • When drawing from a model, you are not only copying, but rather telling a story based on:
    • What you see
    • What your imagination adds up

3 Stages of drawing:

  1. Gesture – Tell me a story in a few lines as possible, depicting landmarks for the 8 parts of the body (You do this using your intuition, like an idea).
  2. Formulation – This is the cerebral part, you add shape and volumes, check lengths and widths.
  3. Vocabulary – With your knowledge of anatomy, you trace the organic forms of the muscles and tissue.

3 ways to draw:

  1. Across the figure , with long lines of action
  2. Around the figure, drawing through your shapes
  3. Through the figure, becomes useful when drawing obstructed forms.


Throughout the day I had the chance to draw 41 poses, shown below:

Highlights from Character Design with Stephen Silver

From March to May 2014, I took the 8-week class Character Design with Stephen Silver. After having taken a series of online classes, this was my first “in-person” class, and I could not be happier about it.


The dedication and camaraderie of my classmates, along the unparalleled passion and sense of community that Stephen infuses in each lesson,  make of this class a remarkable experience.
Below are some highlights from each week.

Week 1: Keys to successful drawing

  • S – Story
  • G – Gesture
  • D – Design
  • F – Form
  • D – Detail

Assignment w1: Design “Mr. Boldwig” who is a stout, pink-faced, gingery man with boyish eyes, fat, jovial, kind hearted old man in his fifties.


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