Friday, November 8, 2013

One of my Days

In 1978 Wilhelm M. Busch published a small edition with a collection of drawings, depicting moments from one day of his life. Busch gets up in the morning, takes the bus to the Hamburg art school, where he teaches life drawing. In the afternoon he visits the circus to sketch animals.
He returns home, watches some TV with his wife before going to bed.
Busch had given his students this kind of assignment before to draw key moments from one day in their lives. Eventually he went through the exercise himself, and here are just a few illustrations from that effort.
What a fantastic idea for student homework! It teaches you how to analyze and draw what you do on a given day of your life. I encourage everybody to do the same thing, I know I will, as soon as I find some time. Great challenge!


  1. What a great idea, telling a story in "key moments" in each frame. I should introduce to my students to this too. Thanks for the insight!

  2. An assignment I definitely intend to try! :D

  3. Oh wow! You're one of the animators responsible for the Disney Renaissance? Where have you been? Ever since Tarzan, animated movies just haven't been the same. Well, "The Princess and the Frog" was also good. I miss 2D animation so much, as it seems much more expressive to me. I'm hearing all this talk that "Frozen" is on a par with the films of the Disney Renaissance, but idk... I saw the trailer and it looks like another "Tangled", but this time in snow. LOL. Did you see the snow monster in the trailers? It looks like the folks at present-day Disney didn't even try.

  4. What great stuff! What a fabulous draftsman. Do you know of any resources out there that look into his drafting process? Even if they're not in English, I could still learn a lot.