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:
- 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).
- Formulation – This is the cerebral part, you add shape and volumes, check lengths and widths.
- Vocabulary – With your knowledge of anatomy, you trace the organic forms of the muscles and tissue.
3 ways to draw:
- Across the figure , with long lines of action
- Around the figure, drawing through your shapes
- Through the figure, becomes useful when drawing obstructed forms.
- Start developing our own general model
- Study videos 1 through 4 from Karl Gnas Studios YouTube Channel
Throughout the day I had the chance to draw 41 poses, shown below: