Wednesday, May 6, 2009

You've got me, but who's got you?

Yeah, remember that old line. Well this is superman sitting there takeing a split second to ponder whether he really wants to save a pain in the butt like Lois. Just a rough to get me warmed up. He needs tweaking.

By the way, I just purchased a few books from amazon with some extra money that came in this month. Two of them are Volumes 1 and 2 of "Drawn to Life" 20 golden years of Disney master Classes by Walk Stanchfield. Now for those not in the know as I was before I stumbled across these books, Stanchfield was an animator that worked for disney for about 40 years on everything from the adventures of Ichabod Crane and Mr. Toad to the Great mouse Detective. During this time the artists at disney would come into these life drawing classes that he ran draw from the model. Stanchfield would lead these classes and teach the students how to push and pull their drawings to get the most expression out of them. The first volume I got is pretty amazing. It's mostly about gesture so there isn't a lot of traditional eye candy in it, but the insight this guy has is phenomenal. I've only encountered a few people like this guy in my life. People who are so incredibly competent at their craft and so in love with it that they spend 90 % of their thinking time solving problems and refining their understanding of that craft. In school, I had a professor named Bruce Little and In Comics I've seen Brian Stelfreeze. These three men really know what they are doing. They have a reason behind every decision they make. I admire that. Anyway, these books are fairly cheap. I'd recomend them to anyone who really wants to learn more about storytelling with the figure. I need all the help I can get.