Line Of Action

Something I have been reading up on recently, and getting back to my animation roots, is dynamic gesture. I feel I’m a major failure in this area, my need for symmetry in my paintings creates something far worse – uber boringness. Everything in animation is about line of action – create interesting shapes with your characters, tell a story entirely within a pose. Add a C or an S to your characters silhouette and it will shine. A fantastic blog post on the subject I found today here:

Lines of Action in Mickey’s A Christmas Carol

Animators have it easy, they get to use 24 images a second to tell their story, whilst wildly failing their characters arms about. And I love it. But in illustration, you need to find that key pose at just the right moment or your whole painting will fall apart. Of course the only way out of this hole I’ve dug myself into is to draw my way out. So I also came across these sites today, devoted to gesture drawing, and with a SFW option how awesome is that!

I must draw. I must draw everyday. Repeat mantra.

Tattoo Design

A close friend asked for me to design his next tattoo that he’s been talking about for a while. I got it fairly quickly I’m happy to say, and it looks like he’s getting it this weekend! I can’t wait to see how it comes out. The wing will fold over onto his chest and the brick wall should start where his arm meets his chest. This was all done blindly, so I’m hoping the tattooist is able to work with this easily.