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Updated drawings and images from MAMOs class

VR And Digital Work From Observational Drawing

Below are several examples of digital work made from observational drawings. Students from the 3D Animation (games) course at Middlesex Uni are encouraged to draw from observation as to develop a unique voice and that is where I come in. As a result the idea of combining observed drawing with digital tech has taken my interest.

I teach at several courses at several institutions including the NFTS (National Film School), RCA (Royal College of Art), Middlesex and Kingston. The areas of study are animation, game design, illustration and so on.

Below are several examples of personal (videos from Tilt) and student work that combines digital and observational drawing.

The following videos show my first attempts at using Tilt Brush in VR. They are memory drawings from previous sketchbook images I have made while drawing around London. Below the videos are several stills from them. This of course has huge potential due to the flow of marks and illusion of space that can be achieved.

 

Some stills from the videos that show the pull of space and imitation of brush marks. Also how, with Tilt Brush, flat linear drawing can be sculptual and create three dimensional forms.

 

Images showing VR pre vis for a sculpture. The sculpture was a hand drawn image to begin with that was made in ZBrush. Digital tech such as ZBrush and Tilt allow for the organic feel of human touch to be retained. Something that I have noticed in the past was missing or not negotiable for most animators/painters/illustrators and such. This has changed with the advent of Oculus. Artists and designers feel liberated.

Torso sculptures in ZBrush from a 3 hour drawing session. 1.5 hours spent in the life drawing studio drawing the figure followed by 1.5 hours in ZBrush. This time limitation really pushed the students to go with it, to let go of pre conceived ideas and as a result these strange, energetic human forms appeared based on their experience and memory of drawing from the figure.

Again the same idea was used to approach head drawing. Unique characters appear through methodologies of drawing in combination with software.

When the software allows the individual to work freely, when their minds are allowed to play and move – new ideas are generated. The issue with ZBrush is its complexity where as Oclulus and image making software in Oculus such as tilt Brush, Quill and Medium allows for a much greater freedom, not just because these pieces of software are easy to navigate but also the freedom of expression and movement combined with the feeling they allow through an illusory space.

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RCA Textiles Classes Early 2017

RCA Printed Textiles asked me to run a series of workshops, over four sessions, to help the students engage in drawing and step away from the computer as the main design tool.
In this short space of time we covered line, tone and expressive colour (via drawing from paintings at the Tate Britain Hockney show) before finally applying these ideas to repeat pattern. The aim to take the results of the life drawing room and plug them into studio practice.

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RCA Classes 2015

Each class was open college wide and so students came from various disciplines.
This overview was undertaken to demonstrate the worth of the methods I employ when compared to the level at which students enter the class, the process they go through and ultimately how their images develop.

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Imperial College Drawing selection – Quick drawings of a boxer

Our model, Sebastian has trained in boxing for many years, so we took advantage of this and had him provide quick dynamic poses. The drawings were mad with brush and ink, some also with a long bamboo stick. There is no time to think and through this panic and then letting go the student produces drawings that contain movement and power.

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