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I was there at the CTN EXPO!

I did a demo on Sunday, and my friends Mark McDonnell and Nicolas Villarreal were kind enough to take some pictures. This shows my initial lay-in when I'm doing a figure drawing. I begin with long flowing lines, and build my shapes up in terms of design and not anatomy.

(I should also note that these drawings were done out of my head, and no model was present for this demonstration.)

I begin to build my shapes by focusing on the rhythm of the pose.

At this point I probably stopped to blather on about something, fortunately long enough for Nicolas to take a picture without my arm being in the way. These drawings don't take more than about five minutes (maybe seven minutes including my talking), so Nicolas had to be quick.

I continue building the shapes, but this time using my understanding of anatomy.

I have to say I was very impressed by the number of people that were interested in my approach to figure drawing. My approach makes sense to me, and it seemed to resonate with the people listening. I was heartened to see such eager minds taking an interest in something seemingly so perfunctory -- but a necessary part of design.

Here's a screen shot from the overhead video camera. It was squashed in perspective, so I had to unsquash it to present it to you here -- hence there is still a little bit of distortion. Now, this isn't the same drawing I was working on in the photos above, but I managed to give three demos during my presentation, and this was one of the other demos.


Rochelle Burrows said...

I wish I had been there! Oh well. :S
It's always great to see more of your drawings. :)

Matthew Long said...

I was only at CTN-X on Saturday so I didn't get to see your demo, wish I had. I did however get to hear you speak at the Character Design panel, too bad that discussion couldn't have been longer. I'm already looking forward to next year.

Marcos Mateu said...

You are the man! Makes me think of the old times :)

Andrea Fernandez said...

Hi there :) It was a real treat getting to hear your thoughts on Character Design at the CTN expo.

Henry Elmo Bawden said...

You rock,

I miss being in life drawing studios with you specifically because I learned something every time I saw you draw. Great work, and glad to hear that you are still sharing your skills and knowledge with everyone and not keeping it to yourself.


Anonymous said...

it was fun, I can see it on the smiling pics ^-^

Daniel said...

Figure drawing out of my head is something that is still a great challenge to me. Seeing you do it so easily makes me feel a little awestruck.

Great drawings! Thanks for sharing.

Bob Nelson said...

Awesome! Takes me back to the days of life drawing in Lincoln's warehouse backroom with the St George crowd. Thanks for sharing!

Michael Mercer said...

Very interesting.

Sam Nielson said...

I just watched the interview you did with Bobby Chiu and I have to say, that was the most inspiring advice I have ever heard from an artist. So thank you! I've passed the link along to my students and coworkers and hopefully they'll feel the same.

Daniel said...

Where can we watch the interview?

IAN ABANDO said...

Hey Marcelo ,

It was awesome to meet you and get that sketch from you . You really captured my essence :D I totally missed my opportunity to chat about Pacquiao in person tho

I loved getting to show you my work face to face and thanks for swinging by the blog as well . Hope to see and talk to you again


Adam Ford said...

Just watched your interview with Bobby and that was fantastic! It really resonated with me and i loved it.

Genevieve Tsai said...

Wow, this is fantastic! I wish I could have met you and seen this demo in person! T__T I couldn't make it to CTN this year, but hopefully the next!


Tyson Murphy said...

adam beat me to it. just watched your interview as well, super inspiring!!

GWhitehall said...

Just had to chime in as well, the interview left me super inspired! Time to start up my one man sketch club! Thanks for the wisdom.

Mónico Chávez said...

Great job at CTN, man. I really liked the panel you were on. Great stuff.

I didn't get to meet you in person, but your work has always inspired me, so thanks!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks Rochelle, Michael and Genevieve!

Matt, I agree with you, when Andreas broke out his Jafar sketches, I wanted to sit for another hour!

Marcos, no-no-no, YOU'RE the man.

DrawDoll, Monico I'm glad you enjoyed the panel discussion. It was a lot of fun sharing what I've learned.

Henry, wish you were there.

YAXIN, were you there? I wish we could have met!

Daniel, stick with it. It's do-able.

Bob, yeah, those were fun days. Were you there the day Lincoln told us he was stung by a scorpion? What a story!

Ian, I'm glad you enjoyed the sketch.

Sam, Adam, Tyson, Gino, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview with Bobby.

Richard Smitheman said...

Very cool, thanks for sharing.

CárcamO said...

Domina o desenho como um grande mestre.Congratulations Marcelo!!