Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fantastic Figure Follies

Just started the spring semester at the Academy of Art, and I have a pretty full teaching schedule this time around. Fortunately, the lineup includes the Fantastic Figure drawing class I taught last fall, which was a complete blast. While I'm thinking of it, here are some of my favorite in-class demo drawings from the fall semester.

After years of illustration training, it's oddly thrilling to break the taboo and deliberately draw a head in flat profile view.

Spooky Halloween horror day. We turned down the lights and told each other scary stories. :-)

We had a great time drawing human-animal hybrids, and I did some infodump lectures on the general principles of critter anatomy.

There was a Krampus day, naturally!

The incomparable Sarah Barrie Fenton took over my class for the afternoon to show us how they rock it over in the animation department.


And on the last day, we had imaginary monkeys. It's my class so we can do things like that. :-)

Friday, December 11, 2015

AAU Workshops, Fall 2015

I've been teaching at the Academy of Art again, and it's been taking up quite a lot of my time. On the plus side, I have a nice backlog of demos and workshop drawings to share! Let's start off with a couple of recent figure-drawing events masterminded by the Illustration department's magical model coordinator Sarafina.

Back in November we had the twice-annual Costume Carnival event. The theme for this one was a beastly ball populated by human-animal hybrids...

Just last week, the Drawing Mode workshop gave the Illustration peeps a chance to draw some of the groovy clothing created by the Fashion department. I did a couple of big montages, one of which I gave to Sarafina, plus a bunch of little crayon sketches on construction paper. How kindergarten1

Saturday, November 7, 2015

SF Zoo: Fall Favorites

It's been ages since I've posted a roundup of San Francisco Zoo sketches, and it looks like I've accumulated quite a backlog. So with no further ado, here are some highlights from the last couple of months...

Big cats ahoy! Here are an Amur tiger shredding a tasty cardboard box, and a snoozing snow leopard.


A couple of my favorite critters: The elderly Uulu and her colorful past, and puppyish young Boone being introduced to his prototype snack-ball.

I'm also gradually adding to my graphic record of the zoo's recently installed sculpture garden. Above, a rough scale lineup of the (mostly) life-size sculptures.

And finally, a record of the Halloween-themed "Spooky Specimens" guided tour, part of the annual "Boo at the Zoo" festivities. Collect all seven lemurs!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

March for Elephants and Rhinos 10/03/2015

My second time sketching along with the Global March comes at an interesting time for the fight against ivory and rhino-horn trafficking. In quick succession, we've had a National Geographic expose, a vague agreement between the US and China (the top two markets), and today California governor Jerry Brown just signed a horn and ivory sales ban into law. Feel the momentum! And see for more info.

This year's march kicked off at Jefferson Square Park...

...then up to Geary Boulevard... a mini-rally in front of the shuttered Chinese Consulate.

Simultaneously sketching and marching remains a challenge!

Of course, drumming and chant-leading aren't trivial multitasking challenges either.

The closing rally at UN Plaza. This is usually where the crowd starts to thin out.

Dogs dressed as elephants was definitely a thing this year!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Cartoon Odyssey, Part Three

With the start of my fall teaching schedule, it's been slower going on my recap of Homer's Odyssey, but I've reached the three-quarter mark at last. Behold the setup for a heavily foreshadowed day of reckoning with Penelope's obnoxious suitors!