Friday, March 30, 2012

Cops and Robbers

  Since Dave Pimentel left DreamWorks awhile back, Rad Sechrist and I have taken over his post as instructors of the biweekly gesture drawing class.  It's been an awesome and humbling experience, both to follow in Dave's footsteps, and to learn from Rad while teaching with him.  Here are some drawings that I made during last Wednesday's session.






I begin with these quickie warm-ups, usually under or around a minute.  These end up being some of my favorite drawings of the day--no time to fuss, only enough time to get a feeling down.

Lucky day!  We happen to have a lithe, angular model--which is great because I feel like drawing with straights, and only straights
(possibly as a remnant of having made these drawings a few days prior).


 


Then we get into some "longer" two-minute poses.  By this point, I'm becoming more and more interested in the graphic qualities of the costume,
sometimes completely ignoring the rest of the figure.



24 comments:

Claire said...

wow these are really cool! there's just something about black and white sketches that makes me feel so inspired. A lot of times, I feel like adding color to a drawing just takes away from the emotion and drama in the sketch.

Once again, I think these are really inspiring :) love looking at your work!

Frankie Swan said...

crikey!

Kenji Ono said...

I love your original approach to figure drawing. The ones toward the bottom are incomplete though. JK. Awesome!

Eimhin said...

Loads of life in these!
I'm curious, as I teach life drawing at an art college in Dublin, but is it by choice that the model is clothed or is it a caveat of hosting the class within Dreamworks? Most of my classes are nude, though it can be great to use fabrics or costumes to add some graphic shapes and accentuate or contrast the models form.
I was also wondering if most of you guys work in pen like this, or if there are any old fogeys like meself that get covered in charcoal dust? I know Stanchfield was a big supporter of the pen work, and you seem to be following in his fine tradition.
Looking forward to seeing your next batch!!

N.Hall said...

amazing stuff!

Karina McBeth said...

These are so cool! :)

Laura said...

Cool! I've never seen sketches that omit the figure in favor of the clothing. I like it.

Laura said...

Cool! I've never seen sketches that omit the figure in favor of the clothing. I like it.

Junko Miyakoshi said...

Awesome as usual! Especially love the ones on the bottom!
Cheers,
Junko

Anthony Holden said...

Thanks for the kind words, all.

@Eimhin, the classes at DreamWorks are multiple and varied. The biweekly class I co-teach is a costumed gesture class, but there are nude classes as well. We have painting and drawing classes with both extended and short poses. The students come and work in the medium of their choice; many draw with sharpies or other markers, but there are quite a few who prefer pencil, conte, or nupastel.

Kaitlin B. Callahan said...

Aha! I found your blog!
This is Kaitlin, Rad's mentee. And dang, Rad wasn't lying when he said you were good!

IAN ABANDO said...

1,2,3 minute gestures are you kidding me?!! youre too good my man

Aaron Ludwig said...

Inspiring, as always.

It's good to hear a little of what goes on in your nefarious brain as you're doing these. Super helpful!

Ty Carter said...

rtDo you remember the Levi Strauss commercial back in the day? with just the clothes walking around? Id love to see them do something in this style animated. Get your agent on that!

Beautiful sketches Anthony! Hope you guys are well

Michale said...

I love your original approach to figure drawing.
Holden

Marcel said...

These are nothing short of mindblowing! I love em, and I'll be staring at them for hours!

Fernando Finamore said...

Awesome stuff! Awesome blog!

Fernando Finamore said...

Awesome stuff! Awesome blog!

Twenty_one Avenue said...

That's amazing!!!

Twenty_one Avenue said...

That's amazing

ALBERT PARDO said...

That loop up top is crazy, nice work...

Kendra Melton said...

These are insanely good! LOVE the thick black with the thin lines. awesome

tiffannysketchbook said...

your blog is SO FUN to look though. I love it!

WASPart said...

Hey Anthony! Can't believe I haven't seen these yet! Very cool how you captured the gesture and the folds of the clothing etc. I enjoyed it very much!

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