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Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 4

Continuing with the “Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo” class, Lesson 4 focuses on Space.

  • There are about a dozen way to convey depth and space into our drawings: Linear Perspective, Overlaps, Light & Shadow, Atmospheric Perspective, etc.  These are called “Depth Cues”.
  • On this lesson, we focus on the use of perspective to get rid of the “flat effect” and better convey the ground plane in which the model is standing.
  • Akin to what we did on Week 3, we will have slightly rotate the model in our drawing to improve both the silhouette and a sense of depth.
  • Alex stresses the importance of :
    1. Adhering to a time limit of 1 minute per drawing – no extra editing or line polishing.
    2. Try out drawing with your non-dominant hand (left, in my case).
  • Below is assignment from week 4:

Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 3

Continuing with the “Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo” class, Lesson 3 focuses on Silhouette.

  • Silhouette is all about readability
  • Often times, when drawing from a  model, you’ll find yourself on a position or at an angle that gives your a weak silhouette.
  • Your task is to change the angle with your imagination, so you get a stronger silhouette.

    Below are my assignments from week 3:

Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 2

Continuing with the “Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo” class, Lesson 2 focuses on Shape.
Akin to what we did on lesson 1, we practice developing a shape that encompasses the idea/story of the pose based on:
1) What is the main idea (or story) of this pose?
2) How can I best represent that idea with a shape?

Below are my assignments from week 2:

Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo – Week 1

Now that the Schoolism Subscriptions have started, I feel like a kid at Xmas morning. Yet, instead of toys I’m receiving access to most awesome online classes!
First in line is Gesture Drawing with Alex Woo.
On lesson 1, we study and practice the Line of Action (LOA). Rather than thinking of it as the main line that runs across the body (like arm to spine to leg), Alex is encouraging us to analyze it under 2 main premises:
1) What is the main idea (or story) of this pose?
2) How can I best represent that idea with a line?

Below are my assignments from week 1:

Character Gesture Drawing with Stephen Silver

This past 03/04/15 we wrapped up 8 weeks of the Character Gesture Drawing with Stephen Silver.  My highlights from this class are:

  • The personalized attention and feedback from Stephen.
  • The great group of talented artists that were my classmates.
  • Being able to practice drawing gesture both nude and in full costume, from a different model every week .

This class is certainly worth repeating, and I’ll be back into it next fall!


Gesture Drawing with Mark McDonnell

Since mid September, my good friend Rommel Ruiz and I have been attending Mark McDonnell’s Gesture Drawing Class at the Animation Guild in Burbank, CA. The class runs from Sept 16th to Dec 2nd 2014 and we are now on week 9.

Mark is one of the most animated and humorous teachers I have had: Every time he is drawing a character he embodies and becomes such character through his voice and demeanor, making the whole class giggle and laugh while learning.

Two big highlights are how Mark gives comprehensive handouts and fosters such unique learning  environment:
He encourages us to take risks and go much further that just drawing a figure floating in space, instead he help us to add and design key elements, in order to tell a story.

Below is the class syllabus, along with some images and photos from the class:

  • Week 1: Fundamentals and Warm-Ups
  • Week 2: Importance of a Sketchbook
  • Week 3: Utilizing Silhouettes
  • Week 4: Using “Cheats” / Pushing the Pose
  • Week 5: Gravity & the Ground Plane
  • Week 6: Fleshing out the Story
  • Week 7: Using different Mediums
  • Week 8: Using symbolic Color/Color linking
  • Week 9: Adding Finishing Touches
  • Week 10: Professionalism – Completing your Sentence
  • Week 11: Professionalism – Presenting your Artwork
  • Week 12: Final Thoughts

Kirby’s Drawing Night at Silver’s Academy

This past Friday we had another smash hit at Silver’s Academy: My good friend Rommel Ruiz took on  dynamic and challenging poses from Jack Kirby’s super heroes, once again.

We all had the chance to draw each pose for 3 minutes, and the rotate around our model, so that we get a 360 degree view. With music from epic movies playing in the background, as well as the camaraderie from other artist, this is one of my favorite way to spend a Friday Night.

Below are some pictures and drawings from the event:

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:

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