Exercise 2.0: Rapid Sketches

For this exercise I was asked to set up a still life scene of whatever easily moveable objects I wanted. I decided to choose a number of food products that I found in my kitchen. I tried to choose as many different shapes as possible so that the sketches would be challenging.

My chosen items: Ryvita, Nutella, Clearspring Corn Couscous, A jar of cookies & a tin of Baked Beans.

Below are my sketchbook pages showing 6 different rapid sketches. The first three show my items placed in different positions. I drew these three drawings in 3 mins (they are numbered 1-3). Next, I drew the same objects placed in different positions again but this time completed the drawings in 2 mins (they are numbered 1-2). Finally I drew my last drawing in 1 min! I found this one the most tricky but I decided to use my time wisely and try and get down as much information as possible (even if that is the outlines of the containers!). I decided to use 2 different coloured highlighters to label the drawing numbers and the time it took me to draw them, I was influenced by my previous assignment for part 1 when I used highlighters in my handmade sketchbook.

For the added part of the exercise I was told that I could do a further exercise where I captured something moving and drew it using rapid drawings. I was going to draw my cat Tilly walking around but as she is so fast I decided to use a different medium and use a camera to capture her movement. I wanted to see if it would work and it did! You can really see the movement throughout the images below especially because of how they are ordered and spaced out on the page. I was very happy with how this turned out.

For Rapid Sketches I also wanted to refer to a book I have called ‘The Animator’s Survival Guide’ by Richard E. Williams. Looking at rapid movement sketches reminded me of when I used to make small animations in the past of a ball bouncing etc. I have added some photos below of pages within the book that show movement within rapid drawings:

Reference : Williams, R., 2009. The animator’s survival kit. London: Faber and Faber, pp.36,65,66.

I also decided to make a small animation of a cartoon walking to show how a small number of drawings can create movement. (It’s a pretty rough animation!) Please see below:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s