Thursday, October 18, 2012

CalArts Class -- Tools of Expression

Hey guys!

This post is arriving a little late, just some more class stuff...

Just some sketches to remind students of that straight-curve rhythm, how it occurs in the torso.  Keeping in mind the squash & stretch that occurs...the key is really feeling that pressure & putting that feeling into the gesture.

one of the key points of the first half of the class is looking at the arms, legs and head as Tools of Expression.

Because all the parts work together to say something thru body language and gesture, I broke each part down to show how the parts themselves say something on their own.

Arms can say a lot emotionally.  Look at the poses, then the arms on their own.  Think about what the arms are saying on their own, and how much that contributes the attitude of the pose (a generous amount, typically).

Going in the opposite direction, you can really imagine what the rest of the pose is going to be with clear expressive arms, especially the third example here:

Legs are different.  Because they have the big job of holding our bodies up, they can't say as much emotionally, but can say a lot about action/intention as well as strength/confidence in the pose.

There's something of a parallel in that regard to the neck, like a little body on a little leg haha.

Yet even more stuff soon!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Couple gestures from last night (3's)...

Gonna post some more demos from my CalArts class tonight.  Stay tuned!

Monday, October 8, 2012

APE 2012!

Are you guys going to APE 2012 this weekend?  Because I will be!

Find me at Booth #813, where I'll be selling my comic "The Table" for $5!

I'll be joined this year by the sterling & hilarious Erwin Ledford, who'll be selling his brand new comic "Li'l Erwin," original art and prints, as well as his debut "The Plainest Plane Periodical Vol. 1!"


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Life Drawing for Animation demoz

UPDATE -- This post was featured earlier by Bryan Lee O'Malley himself as well as Drawn!  Wasn't expecting this, but I guess I'll be sharing more of my demos from now on!   -Stu


Hey guys

So I've been teaching at CalArts for about a month now, about time I share some stuff.

This being my teaching debut, each class has included its fair share of experimentation on my part.  Above all, what's worked best for me are the storyboard-demos I open each class with, following a 25-30 minute gesture warmup.

Some random anatomy stuff (bones, muscles, joints) the students also keep as a printout for ref.: 


But I'm more concerned with how the parts move together, and how they are used practically as tools of expression -- maybe the most experimental part of the demos:

Talkin' about legs/feet and how they can express attitudes on their own:

Oh, and I did a stroke-by-stroke demo 2 weeks ago that included how I typically draw w/ gesture:

Just this week, I wrapped my demo with some work by other artists whose works are in coherence with the class' goals.  Loved putting this part together:

I have a feeling these demos will be completelyyy different in the coming weeks, but I look forward to sharing!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cal Arts -- Life Drawing for Animation (& some gestures)

Hey guys, a quick update:

Some big news for this week: I begin teaching this Tuesday at CalArts!  My class is "Life Drawing for Animation," a model-accompanied course with a large focus on gesture drawing and story.  Really excited and nervous to begin teaching for the first time :).

I also stopped by The Drawing Club for the first time ever last week.  Here are a few poses:

Wish me luck!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sartorialist Studies

Some desperately needed warming-up in Photoshop, did some studies from The Sartorialist - been forever since I've drawn in this program!  Feelin' good now :) 


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Metal Gear Solid stuff

Man I love this game - took some time outta my day to get these outta my system.  Just waiting for the day someone tells me I can storyboard the movie version.



Man, I'd love to draw the rest of these guys :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

San Diego Comic Con - 2012!!

It's that time of year again!  I'll be rejoining the guys and gals of Booth #2235, Bolt City Productions, for the entirety of this year's Comic-Con!

You can find me there signing copies of my comic The Table, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, and Flight 7!

***SATURDAY JULY 14, 11AM-12PM there'll be an official signing for Explorer: The Mystery Boxes w/ several of the creators!  Come get a copy, we'll sign your book!

See you there!

Friday, June 29, 2012


Saturday July 7, I'll be participating in Q-Pop Gallery's BLACK & WHITE Show!  I've got a few small pieces I did w/ felt-tip pen - my favorite :).

See you guys there!  It's gonna be great :D