Natalie is a student currently enrolled in my Foundation Animation drawing class at the School Of Visual Arts in Manhattan New York. We’ve got one month left in the Spring semester. I will miss Natalie and her incredible drawings, however she is onto bigger and better things. Natalie is pursuing a career as a Character Designer and Visual Developer.
Natalie’s character design is super authentic. Her characters combine elegant beauty with a touch of grit. I truly love how Natalie works to balance out each sketchbook page through cut out pieces of origami paper.
Her incredible line quality adjacent to pattern and vibrant color really work together. As a teacher looking through Natalie’s sketchbook is very inspiring.
I hope you find some inspiration as well from browsing through her two sketchbooks. She is of a group of students that is just playing at such a higher level.
I just finished up teaching a one week long pre-college figure drawing class for animation students. As always I started the class off with the rough skeleton.
It truly is the least intimidating way to start drawing the figure.
In class I had the students draw the figure in one minute poses. You really only need one minute to draw out the rough skeleton.
So where do I use this technique?
This technique is best used when trying to draw the figure from your imagination. It’s amazing how you can craft a figure out of nothing using this simple technique. However you can also use this technique when drawing the figure from life.
Now in the video above I showed you more versus less. However if you work from light to dark just drawing out the bones that is truly all you need.
If you would like to learn more about how to dive into this technique a little deeper click here.
This is certainly not a technique to blow off. There are many subtleties to drawing the rough skeleton from your imagination or from life. They include goodies like anatomy, gesture and form just to name a few.