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Gesture Drawing for Animation

Gesture Drawing for Animation

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Compilation by editor Leo Brodie. It is based on a series of un-copyrighted class notes written by animation instructor Walt Stanchfield during the period roughly from 1970 to 1990. Via www.animation meat.

Recently published in a wider two volumes collection by Focal Press as DRAWN TO LIFE. Go buy it. I did. These notes are merely a portion.
Compilation by editor Leo Brodie. It is based on a series of un-copyrighted class notes written by animation instructor Walt Stanchfield during the period roughly from 1970 to 1990. Via www.animation meat.

Recently published in a wider two volumes collection by Focal Press as DRAWN TO LIFE. Go buy it. I did. These notes are merely a portion.

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Published by: miguelsigler on Dec 15, 2009
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Gesture Drawingfor Animation
Walt Stanchfield
Edited by
Leo Brodie
 
ii WaltStanchfield
This compilation is not copyrighted or protected in any way by the editor of the compilation (LeoBrodie). It is based on a series of un-copyrighted class notes written by animation instructor WaltStanchfield during the period roughly from 1970 to 1990. Since then, these class handouts havebeen widely copied and shared amongst animation students and members of the animationindustry with Mr. Stanchfield's blessing and encouragement; in that spirit, the handouts are nowavailable freely on the Internet. Some of the illustrations in this book represent preliminarydrawings of cartoon characters that are the properties of their respective copyright holder(s) andare therefore protected by copyright. These illustrations were part of the original handouts andare included here for educational purposes to illustrate specific principles of animation technique.No endorsement of this book by the copyright holder(s) is implied, nor do the views expressed inthis book necessary reflect those of the copyright holders(s). I hope that covers it.
 
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Go for the Truth
.........................................................................................2Observe, Observe, Observe..........................................................................................2Lead to the Emotion.....................................................................................................4Give Them the Experience...........................................................................................5The Driving Force behind the Action..........................................................................5Gesture.........................................................................................................................9The Essence...............................................................................................................10Go For The Truth!......................................................................................................13
Chapter 2: The Animator's Sketchbook 
....................................................................13Everywhere You Go..................................................................................................17Composition...............................................................................................................17Ron Husband's Sketchbook.......................................................................................21 Note Taking and Sketching........................................................................................27Good Habits...............................................................................................................32
Chapter 3: A Visual Vocabulary for Drawing
..........................................................31Lines, Lines, Lines.....................................................................................................31A Simple Approach to Drawing................................................................................31A Simple Approach to Drawing................................................................................32Finding the Abstract...................................................................................................32The Solid-Flexible Model..........................................................................................32Figure Sketching for Animation................................................................................32The Pipe Model..........................................................................................................33Seeing in Three Dimensions......................................................................................34The Rules of Perspective...........................................................................................34Direction....................................................................................................................36Problems of Drawing in Line.....................................................................................36Simplifying Heads.....................................................................................................37Caricatured Head Shapes...........................................................................................37The Head in Gesture..................................................................................................38A Simple Approach to Costumes and Drapery..........................................................38
Chapter 4: The First Impression
................................................................................71Short-pose Sketching.................................................................................................71Superficial Appearance vs. Creative Portrayal..........................................................71A New Phrase: “Body Syntax”..................................................................................72The "Explosive" Gesture............................................................................................72Feel, As Well As See, the Gesture.............................................................................76Draw Verbs, Not Nouns.............................................................................................77Draw with a Purpose..................................................................................................77Dividing the Body into Units.....................................................................................78"Knowing" or Searching............................................................................................79Simplicity for the Sake of Clarity..............................................................................79
Chapter 5: Elements of the Pose
.................................................................................85Angles and Tension....................................................................................................88Applying Angles and Tension in Our Drawings........................................................92

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