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Updated drawings and images from MAMOs class

Students Drawing Films Example SFHEA

Students drawing. Filmed in session.

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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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MAMO @ Imperial College, Class 05, 06 and 07

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Ogilvy Detroit Found Art Class

In the summer of 2016 Paul Smith at Ogilvy invited me to Detroit to run a found art class based on the ideas of Marcel Duchamp, Robert Rauschenberg and Ai Weiwei.

I had to develop a method and approach that enthused the delegates, convincing them that they were artists and as artists they could see the world and the objects in it in different ways. How do you become and artist? You just declare yourself one and decide to move about the world around you more intensely.

Faced with Motor City at a time when it is broken, when junk is strewn everywhere; how could they reclaim these discarded objects? Raise them up, find meaning and show them to us in a new light?

This was the most challenging but also the most successful project I have taken on. As usual Paul Smith pushed me to my limits and thus my outlook on what is possible, not just in the students but myself.

 

 

 

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Las Vegas Ogilvy Classes March 2014

Here are a selection of images from two classes I ran for Ogilvy in Las Vegas in March this year. The group was made up of people from various areas of expertise, not all were from creative or arts backgrounds. Through various methods, within the framing of a life drawing class and later and class based on the drawings and approaches of Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec, delegates were encouraged to let accidents happen and make mistakes with the view that this type of thinking in regard the creative process leads to ”good” drawings. This was set within a framework of simple rules and goals that when making the drawings mitigated the risk of failure and unlocked and tapped into creative thinking and image making in each delegate, allowing for new experiences, discoveries and outcomes. Thanks to all who came.

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Imperial College Drawing selection – Figure and Painting study

This exercise allowed for students to study a A1 copy of a famous painting and apply the things they saw and felt from producing a copy of the A1 painting (composition, light, dynamics etc)  to the posed figure. Thanks to all who came to the classes, it was great fun.

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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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Imperial College Drawing selection – Expansive drawings

This allowed the students to apply their knowledge of anatomy on a larger scale, to not feel ”squeezed” and pressured by the paper size.

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Imperial College Drawing selection – Anatomy

I was asked during the Easter term to teach drawing classes at Imperial college. I decided to do something a little different (for me) and teach some anatomy. By using photo reference and model with an athletes physique we set to work placing the muscular structure onto the body. This had two main results 1) The students quickly gained an understanding of anatomy in a very shirt period of time and 2) The students really got a sense of how to overcome spacial problems by breaking the space apart. Many of these students haven’t drawn for years if at all. I do not say this to cover their tracks but rather point out how good these drawings are and the level they have achieved, despite their lack of art practice. You will see this come up again and again in the next few posts by these students.

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RCA classes Jan – June 2013 B

Here is the second section of drawings from the RCA classes, the large ink wash drawings are beautiful. Over the last few years, due to college funding classes are less and less. Even so the students and myself have recognised that this means a doubling of our efforts to achieve a level of attainment. Thanks to all that came.

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