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Another Figure Drawing

This image was drawn with a China Marker on tracing paper. Once I scanned it, I superimposed the image over a textured background to give it a more "artsy" look. The image was drawn in five minutes.


cdeboda said...

Love the figure drawings. I even tried your China Marker on tracing paper technique this past week...never comes out looking this good though. Always looking forward to seeing your drawings.

martin wittig said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love these life drawings of yours:)

Antonio Santamaria said...

Great final work... I like very much the head and how she looks.... but also the volumes of all the figure in general. As always very interesting to see your work!

Cedric said...


Mark McDonnell said...

Great sketch Marcleo. Love the accentuation of the legs, nice choice.


Ryan said...

I just love your stuff, this blog kicks ass.

Hans said...

Hey Marcelo,

You're an art machine! Your creativity amazes me and provides me with so much inspiration, keeps me motivated and gives me the urge to better myself! Being at the level you're on, do you still feel improvement for every new piece you make, or what keeps you motivated?
I just posted a new vellum piece on my blog and would appreciate your opinion.
How did you get into imagineering?
I've done a lot of designs for themed invironments for churches around the country and as you mentioned, I think that have helped me a lot when designing environments and props for CG films. With CG you can't cheat as you can with 2D, which sometimes limits design.
I can't wait to see what "surf's Up" looks like. Is there any released images yet?

Have a great weekend,


UrbanBarbarian said...

5 minutes?!?!?! Blast you, Marcleo! Great job! Your work always inspires me! I've never used China Markers but now I have to give them a try! [ I may not post the results...! ]

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks everyone! I appreciate the kind words and interest in my work.

What keeps me motivated? Believe me, there's always room for improvement! There are things that I'm still trying to work on. I still get very excited about art, drawing and visual storytelling.

I've discovered the three steps of art improvement.
1.) When you are good, people notice.
2.) When you get better, your peers notice.
3.) Any improvements after that, only you notice.

As for how I landed my job at Imagineering...I had an opportunity to show my portfolio at Walt Disney Imagineering, and it just so happened that I had some acrylic paintings in my portfolio. WDI had a need for someone to finish an acrylic painting assignment that was left incomplete by one of the other Imagineers, and I was at the right place at the right time...with the right portfolio.

WDI then hired me to finish the painting assignment, and were impressed enough with my work that they offered me a contract. I stayed with them for five and a half years.

PEPE said...

fantastic work!!! really inspiring and keep sharing!!

craig said...

beautiful life drawing...wonderful tonal studies. Quite inspiring

Mark said...

wicked stuff.. I always draw in hopes that my art skills will reach levels like yours and many other great artists/animators.

Hans said...

Hey Marcelo,

Thanks a lot for the critique, it's always a great help and you're absolutely right! One of the things I struggle with the most, is that I'm too neaty with my drawings. I always seem to end up with a ridiculous amount of detail, that often impress a lot of people, but as you said, also works against the overall purpose of the image. It happens when I do the under-drawing . I'm in my own world when I'm drawing and then I zoom in on every inch of the drawing and work with it, as if it was a full layout. I'll definitely try to stop up more often and remind myself what it is I'm trying to show and tell. Would love to see one of your under-drawings, to get an idea how far you take it before transfering to vellum or other medium.

Thanks again for the good constructive critique and advice. It's as always greatly appreciated:)

Have a nice day,


St John Street said...


Gabriele Pennacchioli said...

I like a lot your life drawings.
There is a certain Leyendecker quality in your drawings that make them very appealing.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thank you Gabriele for your compliment about my work haivng a certain Leyendecker quality. I am a huge admirer of Leyendecker's work, as are most people, but I think what I find appealing in his work are those qualities that I also look for in my work.

When drawing the figure I try to design my shapes instead of render them, this is exactly what Leyendecker was also doing. I would by no means want to equate his level of achievement and my own -- I know that Leyendecker was in a class by himself -- but rather there is a lot to be learned by studying his work.

Longer lines in your drawings will be interpreted as speed and grace. The longer your lines are, the more graceful your work will appear.

Years ago I received a great bit of advice from an old pro. Upon looking at my hatched-out and scribbled figure drawing, he said, "Your work looks like a thousand indecisions. Make a decision, if it's wrong, correct it...but make a decision."

P-S-D said...


Julián höek said...

this is amazing, i really love your drawings and specially yours figure drawings. i started to do it my self last week and i was thinking about going once a week and now i'm decided that is what i am going to do.
I put you in my bookmarks and i'll be checking regulary for new post!
thanks for the inspiratio!!
julian from argentina