George Orwell saw him coming.
Anatomy study from Bodies in Motion.
The Summer session of my Anatomy for Artists online course is coming up on June 23rd. 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 by the end you will almost certainly have levelled-up enough to create a detailed ecorche study like this one. If you have an interest in improving as a figurative artist, join me for an intense but fun 8 weeks of sutdy this summer!
Form study from Bodies in Motion, about a 1 1/2 coffee drawing. And morning two below, a few other poses from the same Motion.
reference from BodiesInMotion.photo, launching 16 January, 2017!
Friday 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.
Anatomy study from Bodies in Motion. There are a few interesting things going on here:
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.
Portrait sketches of a freerunner backflipping at Bodies in Motion. Many challenging angles to draw from.
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.
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
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)!
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.
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.