Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stuff I Drew in Art School

Here is another post with old student samples, ranging back from 1976 to 1979.
That's my landlord's son Rene in the drawing. He would stop by my rented room once in a while with friends. They sometimes watched cartoons while I sketched them.

A couple of life drawings. My art teacher encouraged us not to get used to our favorite tool. So I tried marker, pencil, brush and ink and even finger paint. It's always interesting to see what happens when you experiment.

A rough self portrait. A little too rough.

Studying anatomy and rhythm in old masters' paintings.

And then having the audacity to apply that to a cartoon girl.

Occasionally me and my student friends would get together and pose for each other. The models at school seldom got into poses that showed any motion.

More of Rene and his friends.

These are drawn from Super-8 film footage I took of dogs in action. Trying to get a feeling for anatomy in motion.

Playing around with poses for cartoon animals, anthropomorphic or otherwise.

An exercise in shape and line. After a few rough doodles I choose one composition to create flat graphics. I had just visited CalArts and assignments like these were exhibited on the school's classroom walls. So I thought I'd give it a try.

Studying the great Uderzo, of Asterix fame and other iconic comic strips. What an artist! Meeting him years later was un indescribable thrill.

Dabbling in semi abstract forms. Look at my signature on the bottom right, LOL. Any similarity to an American Animation producer is coincidental.

Looking back, I had a great time as an art student. There were two things that turned out to be essential to my future career:
Giving myself assignments that related to the art of animation, and having Hans Bacher as my "after hours mentor".
Here is more of my student work from a previous post: