For the third week of lectures in Visual Cultures, we were given our first assignment; to go to an exhibition and analyse any work therein.
I chose The Taking Of Christ by Caravaggio in the National Gallery, an easy choice because it is arguably the gallery’s most famous painting. I had studied it casually before and always liked it, however my new studies in Visual Cultures armed me with a purpose I didn’t have before.
I saw contrasts beyond Caravaggio’s bold use of Chiaroscuro and found new dualities and meanings. Above is the self-annotated painting, I have highlighted the movements present within the painting among other things.
Most of the painting flows right to left, following the direction of the incremental light but also of colour which flows from black to a variety. The only contraction is that of Christ, whose arms push outwards, against the current of movement.
Furthering that, if we look at the contrast between the expressions contained within the hands of Jesus and his face, we see an illustrated example of the battle between the Divine and the Human. His face is one of calm resignation but his hands are twisted together in a pleading gesture; this is at the beginning of The Passion and it is body throughout, that proves the human part of him.
Of course Caravaggio is depicted himself, in the corner, brandishing a light and illuminating all this. However without my notes, I don’t know if I would have noticed all the layers within this painting; illumination or not.
II received a few asks about this and I gave some tips on m other tumblr recently so HERE!! Hope it helps!
THESE are not absolute rules of course and it’s best to work with real refs as well to see what works for you!
So as you are all probably aware of by now, I have an unhealthy obsession with wings, which leads to a lot of art studies centered around them. This isn’t my first wing tutorial, and I doubt it will be the last.
the last one though lol
Part 3/4 OF Zack’s tutorial on how to draw the menz for Zu. (take it with a grain of salt)
THE BONCE AND THE ABS.
The bonce comes in many shapes, here are a few that I use often:
- The square.
- The diamond. (This one I use for Zack)
- The bell.
- The heart.
The shape of a face is decided by it’s widest point as in the diamond the cheekbones are its most dominants feature.
There are also plenty of interesting hairlines to experiment with, The top two I’ve drawn up are considered more generically masculine while the second two are more feminine.
I’ve marked out the six-pack in the first picture, all six sit above the navel.
Like the shape of ones face abs are varied.
- Some are wibbly wobbly.
- Others slouch downwards.
- Some are very defined.
- Other are more “n” or barrel shaped.
For example Zack is barrel chested with a slim waist and hips like the first picture, so his abs are “u” shaped widest at the top and narrow at the bottom.
Recommended reading for animation students and enthusiasts.
I’m quite often asked about how to get started with animation. I don’t feel that I’m successful enough yet to really give out valuable advice, but I can recommend some books.
I deliberately left out “The Art of…” books because they entirely depend on which movies you like the look of. So I stuck with more practical ones.
To add to the “Before Anything Else” section, I would highly recommend “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards, particularly if you’re an absolute beginner and have no idea where to start.