expression studies from bim.photo
Here are a few expression studies drawn from the FACES library at bodiesinmotion.photo.
I’ve recently returned to London after a busy couple weeks on the West Coast – this trip taking me back to Blizzard Entertainment and Pixar for anatomy talks and workshops. I’ve been to both studios a number of times in recent years, but this visit was for something new – the inaugural sessions of my Comparative Anatomy for Artists course.
What is comparative anatomy? Simply, it is the study of animal anatomy. More accurately though, it is the study of the relationships between the homologous anatomical structures of different animal species. For example, how a horse’s humerus (upper arm bone) differs from a human’s, and how that differs from a mole rat’s, or elephant’s, or dolphin’s in structure, function, and appearance (unbelievably yes, a dolphin has a humerus, as well as forearm, hand, and finger bones, all hidden in its front flipper!). There is a treasure trove of fascinating and bewildering adaptations that have taken place in the natural world to fit the general “animal vertebrate body plan” to many different environments and ecosystems. This course explores these amazing adaptations and how we apply this knowledge artistically to create, imagine, sculpt, draw, and animate better animals and creatures.
My Comparative Anatomy for Artist course will be running in London in the Spring of 2018, dates to be announced (sign up to the mailing list for news). If you are a games/visual effects/animation studio interested in an onsite workshop, please get in touch.
The triumvirate of my design pieces. EATON.london
The Eaton-Houdon Ecorche is a contemporary anatomy figure based on the classic L’Écorché, the 18th century anatomy study by French neoclassical sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon. The original écorché figure was used for centuries in art academies and ateliers around the world to teach students anatomy and cast drawing.
This version, produced in collaboration with Michael Defeo, corrects a handful of lingering anatomical mistakes while retaining the gesture, pose, and naturalism that made the original a favorite of mine and of other artists through the centuries. Here it is produced at eighteen inches, an ideal size for desktop reference and study. Each figure is hand cast in museum-quality resin with removable magnetic arms.
Working my way through our Bodies in Motion VI shoot from earlier in the summer. So many great photos and sequences, I am really looking forward to sharing these on bodiesinmotion.photo – some amazing images for anatomy study.
After a busy start to the summer, I am finding time to develop sequences from our most recent Bodies in Motion photoshoot (BiM VI). Here are a few of the first images. I am falling in love with the flow of fabric and the shapes it makes when directed by graceful movement. Sequences going up soon at www.bodiesinmotion.photo
Another morning drawing session from the BiM Scan library.
I’ve been drawing quite a bit recently (more than normal). The catalyst for the renewed practice has been the Bodies in Motion site (bodiesinmotion.photo). I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple years putting the site together as the resource for artists, and now I am having great playing with it myself. If you are interested in figure drawing, gesture drawing or animation, you should definitely browse the Artwork section of BiM, there are some amazing pieces there by a number of really talented artists.
Planning to post more from my morning drawing sessions as/when they become available, so check back.
A morning drawing session from the BiM Scan library. Amazing reference for artists:
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Anatomy and dynamic figure scans launching June 20th at BodiesinMotion.photo.
Been very busy recently getting Bodies in Motion > Scans ready to launch. I am personally cleaning up ALL the scans to preserve the form and anatomy. Also lighting and rendering them to make beautiful, informative drawing/sculpting/anatomy reference for all of you. Compositing today. Sharing this screenshot so you know I haven’t been idle the last couple months.
Scans will be coming very soon to www.BodiesinMotion.photo (weeks!). Launch date will be announced next week.