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FINDING THE POSE Resource List
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Randy Haycock

https://www.membership.creativetalentnetwork.com/randy-haycock

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FINDING THE POSE

EPISODE 1: Posing in Animation Keynote, Q&A

EPISODE 2: The Purpose of Creating the Pose and the Performance

EPISODE 3: Reference, Research, and How to Observe

EPISODE 4: Action and Pose Analysis

EPISODE 5: Acting, Personality, and Expression

EPISODE 6: Thumbnail & Exploration

EPISODE 7: Randy's Process

EPISODE 8: TBA

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

EPISODE 1: Posing in Animation Keynote, Q&A

July 19, 12 pm - 2 pm PDT

 

Join Legendary Animator Randy Haycock for this in depth introduction to this incredible series. He will be presenting a Keynote lecture to help you understand the power of posing and why it is at the core for every 2D, 3D, stop motion animator, story artist , illustrators and visual storytellers. Join LIVE and bring your sketchpad and your questions for this interactive experience.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 1 of the lecture series Finding the Pose. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

The Complete Book of Poses for Artists

By: Ken and Stephanie Goldman

Illustrator’s Figure Reference Manual

By: M. Dunn

        Albert Dorne

        

EPISODE 1: HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Watch the Video Tutorial of this week's Homework assignment Click Here

BE PREPARED: for Episode 2.

Bring drawing materials for the next class. If drawing analogue (paper and pencil) be prepared to share digitally (scanner or take a photo on their phone). If drawing digitally (on IPad, Photoshop, etc.), be ready to sketch. Randy will explain SyncSketch in class and how to share.


EPISODE 2: The Purpose of Creating the Pose and the Performance

July 26, 12pm - 2 pm PDT

 

We will discuss the pose as a story telling device, method of expression, and performance. We will draw from some reference photos for this class.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 2 of the lecture series Finding the Pose. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Study of Poses

By: Coco Rocha

        

EPISODE 2: HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Watch the Video Instructions for this week's homework assignment. Click Here

BE PREPARED: for Episode 3.

Continue to draw in your sketchbook!

Get in the habit of observing and drawing from life routinely.

Draw relationships. Draw two characters interacting, using references from life, movies/tv, or still images.

For example:  Could be a couple having an argument over dinner?  Could be little kids playing together?  Could be a human and animal interacting?  Look for those interactions in life.

Draw several of these interactions, and pick your best drawing!

SUBMISSION:

Submit your favorite drawing into your SyncSketch account close to the start of class time.

Be ready to share this one drawing at the beginning of class.


EPISODE 3: Reference, Research, and How to Observe

August 2, 12pm - 2 pm PDT

 

In this class, Randy will discuss how he uses reference (photographic, video, or life) and practicing the importance of observation while making a personal statement. We will draw from photographic and film references.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 3 of the lecture series Finding the Pose. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

The Animator’s Workbook

By: Tony White

Al Hirschfeld

WORDS OF WISDOM

"Capture the essence!" ~Randy Haycock

"What is context, what is emotion, what is the relationship, what is the story." ~Randy Haycock

"You're always trying to draw something that people can relate to." ~Randy Haycock

EPISODE 3: HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Watch the Video Instructions for this week's homework assignment. Click Here

BE PREPARED: for Episode 4.

Find a video reference of a person in action!

Try to capture some key poses from the video reference you find that will help describe the action.  These drawings can be done using gesture thumbnails.

Examples of People in Action: gymnasts, track & field runners, a ballet dancer leaping..

Pose Analysis Example:

You can use a video of a baseball player hitting a baseball!

First Key Pose Drawing: Baseball Player is in batting position, and is ready to hit the ball.

Second Key Pose Drawing: Baseball Player rotates bat behind him for a full swing, as Baseball Approaches (Anticipation)

Third Key Pose Drawing: Baseball Player makes contact with the bat to ball.

Fourth Key Pose Drawing: Baseball Player swings the bat fully, at the end of the full swing. (Follow-Through)

Please use a video reference, instead of a photograph.  This exercise is to develop your ability to analyze video reference.

SUBMISSION:

Submit your action pose drawings into your SyncSketch account close to the start of class time.

Be ready to share these drawings at the beginning of class.


EPISODE 4: Acting, Personality, and Expression

August 9, 2021 12 pm - 2 pm PDT

We will draw from pose reference (costumed and figure models) with an emphasis on finding character, personality, and emotion in the pose.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 5 of the lecture series Finding the Pose. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Gesture Drawing for Animation

By: Walt Stanchfield

EPISODE 4: HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Watch the Video Instructions for this week's homework assignment. Click Here

BE PREPARED: for Episode 5.

Sketch gesturally from a movie (live action, not animation) with a performance that you thought was especially strong and visually compelling. A narrative film is preferable to a documentary.

This exercise is not about copying, but translating the expression of the actor from 3D to 2D.  Actors may express something in a slightly different way that will need to translated onto paper.

Drawing should be simple, quick drawings.  Push your poses.

SUBMISSION:

Minimum of 3 sketches. 5-10 sketches would be ideal.

Submit your drawings into your SyncSketch account close to the start of class time.

Be ready to share these drawings at the beginning of class.


EPISODE 5: Action and Pose Analysis

August 16, 2021 12 pm - 2 pm PDT

Now we are ready to put poses together to tell a story (or describe an action). We will analyze film clips of dancers and gymnasts to learn about the physics and mechanics of human movement and locomotion.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 4 of the lecture series Finding the Pose. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators

By: Mike Matessi

EPISODE 5: HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Watch the Video Instructions for this week's homework assignment. Click Here

BE PREPARED: for Episode 6.

Watch and sketch from the Amadeus (1984) movie clip.

Pick 5 moments to sketch from this scene. There are some great character moments in Amadeus.

For example, you'll notice that Mozart's movements are extremely exaggerated, because this character is trying so hard. Try capturing the nuances of these characters within this scene.

REFERENCE CLIP:

Amadeus (1984) - Salieri's March of Welcome (Full Scene)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IHptqZiDxc

We will review your character moment sketches in the next class on Monday, August 23rd.

SUBMISSION:

Minimum 5 character moment sketches ideal.

Submit your drawings into your SyncSketch account close to the start of class time.

Be ready to share these drawings at the beginning of class.

EPISODE 6: Thumbnail & Exploration

August 23, 2021 12 pm - 2 pm PDT

 

We will discuss the exercise of exploration and the importance of trying a variety of ideas (in thumbnails or quick sketches) before settling on a single idea.

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 6 of the lecture series Finding the Pose. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Framed Ink

By: Marcos Mateu-Mestre

100 Tuesday Tips Volume 1

Etsy Link

By: Griz and Norm

100 Tuesday Tips Volume 2

Etsy Link

By: Griz and Norm

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

By: Stan Lee and John Buschema

Watch the Video Instructions for this week's homework assignment. Click Here

BE PREPARED: for Episode 7.

Find a clip of a person doing an action, where you can find and draw the key poses that communicate what this action is.

Great Reference Examples to Use:

A dancer, runner, gymnast, an athlete, parkour, a long jumper, a discus thrower.. etc.

The 2021 Olympics would be a great source for this.

SUBMISSION:

5-6 ‘person in action’ sketches. (Minimum 5)

Base your drawings on reference.

Submit your drawings into your SyncSketch account close to the start of class time.

Be ready to share these drawings at the beginning of class.


EPISODE 7: Randy’s Process

August 30, 12 pm - 2 pm PDT

RECOMMENDED READING

Below are resources (supplemental reading) referenced in Week 7 of the lecture series Primary Sources. There will be more resources to come with each weekly topic; the below are quite general and inform the basic premise of the series:

Watch the Video Instructions for this week's homework assignment. Click Here

BE PREPARED: for Episode 8.

Bring your sketches and portfolio pieces for Randy Haycock to DRAW OVER in Episode 8 Draw Over Day.  These sketches and portfolio pieces do not have to be from this class.

SUBMISSION:

Find a clip of a person doing an action (different clip than the one you used for EP 6), where you can find and draw the key poses that communicate what this action is. Focus on the extreme poses in this clip.


INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES

“We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.” ~Walt Stanchfield

"Capture the essence!" ~Randy Haycock