Jan 042017
 

ecorche anatomy drawing of a flying kick from the Bodies in Motion library. more info at BodiesinMotion.photoclick for larger

Happy New Year everyone! Somehow we survived 2016, so a couple of relevant 2017 announcements:

  • My Bodies in Motion library is launching on January 16th! If you haven’t already head to BodiesinMotion.photo and register for launch announcements and promotions.
  • My Anatomy for Artists online course starts on January 13th. In this course I cover ALL the anatomy that goes into making an ecorche drawing like the one above. In fact, ecorche drawings are the primary exercises for the eight week course, and you will get very good at the forms, function and location of artistic anatomy by the end of the course.
Nov 042016
 

Drawing from Bodies in Motion - Aerial Ropepclick for larger

aerialropemotionFriday morning drawing. Up early and browsing BodiesInMotion.photo and found this pretty epic sequence – Aerial Rope. Good inspiration for a bit of figure study. Each image sequence (aka Motion) is a collection of crisp, high-resolution frames (15-20 megapixel) with tons of detail for close up study – hands, faces, muscles, deformation, etc (you can find a composite from the high-resolution images here). I’ve attached the preview GIF so you get a better idea how motions are previewed at Bodies in Motion. This was a two-coffee drawing, done on the iPad Pro so I could record the drawing session, timelapse below.
 


Oct 122016
 

Gesture drawings, 1 minute posesclick for larger

Timed studies from Bodies in Motion. One minute poses using the site’s timer, great for forcing me to capture the gesture of the poses quickly (toned afterwards). Site is launching in a couple weeks so join the mailing list if you haven’t already…

Sep 262016
 

Form and anatomy study from Circus artist at Bodies in Motionclick for larger

I am really enjoying drawing/studying from the material in the Bodies in Motion library (and looking forward to seeing what other artists do with it). This drawing is of an aerial performer, Stephen. He has quite a few sets in the Bodies in Motion library, and honestly, he possesses the perfect body for studying heroic human anatomy. There are countless lessons that can be learned from studying even a few of his images.

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Sep 222016
 

30 second poses from Scott Eaton's Bodies in Motion30 second sequences from BiM

Not long ago, I had twelve artists from Natural Motion (of Morpheme and Clumsy Ninja fame) into Somerset House, my home away from home, for a four day anatomy workshop. At the end of each day we would take about 20 minutes to draw from the Bodies in Motion library.

drawing study with Natural Motion.sketching from BiM

We made extensive use of the timer for gesture drawing. It can be set to 10fps, 1fps, 30sec, 1min, 2min, or 5mins, and ticks down to zero before flipping to the next frame of the motion sequence. We had it set at 30 seconds per image and we were all drawing frantically trying to keep up. Anyone who goes to life drawing regularly knows this is challenging, but it’s great practice to help capture the essence of a pose – balance, gesture, rough volumes – quickly, without being drawn into the details. Here’s a timelapse of my scribbles (Procreate on Ipad Pro):


timelapse of a sequence of 30 second poses

Sep 132016
 

value study from the scott eaton's bodies in motion library

Here’s a quick value study from Bodies in Motion. I’ve been testing the site getting it ready for launch and sketched this out on the iPad Pro while browsing sequences in the library. Overall things are looking good and we are ironing out bugs for launch (though I have quite a bit of content still to upload)!

drawing on the ipad pro using split screen - bodies in motion and proreatemorning coffee, the big ipad, and Bodies in Motion

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Jun 302016
 

Brexit's Michael Gove  - the Jolly DestroyerGove the Destroyer

I don’t normally follow British politics, but as a concerned world citizen when politicians start f*cking it up for everyone it’s time to sharpen the proverbial sword. This jellybean face is Michael Gove, one of the four Horsemen of the #Brexit Apocalypse (along with Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, and the instigator, David Cameron). These four will go down in history as the architects of one of the most poorly thought out political gambits of all time. The world shudders.

Jun 102016
 

Study of a Legend - Fat Axl Rose. What the hell happened to this guy?click for larger

So I found myself with a couple longish train trips this week. I love time on the train, it’s great for drawing/sketching/thinking.

Day 1: I got a seat on the train with a table. Perfect. I had every intention of drawing in my sketchbook and/or reading a book by Henry Moore (a smallish book but packed with inspiration and wisdom from a master sculptor). But instead… I checked my phone, hit some irresistible clickbait, and shortly found myself falling down a rabbit hole endlessly searching for pictures of fat Axl Rose.
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