Tutorials

Anatomy Lectures

with Christian Bull


Christian Bull is a creature supervisor, concept artist, and fine artist, with 15 years of experience working in TV, games, and film production. He has been a supervisor and an anatomy instructor at many companies of different sizes, including Double Negative, Cinesite, and Axis Animation. He is now owner and director of Screenclay FX, a company specialised in creature design and production, as well as VFX and fine art education. He also teaches clay sculpture, écorché, and anatomy at the Barcelona Academy of Art.

Screenclay FX is a studio dedicated to creating the highest level of art and design for feature films. Using a wealth of experience in fine art, and both Hollywood and independent film production, they work closely with directors, producers and production designers to create designs, which – crucially – they then build into assets ready to be animated by visual and special effects studios.

Introduction

Anatomy Lectures

Cheat Sheet Series

Frank Frazetta

Raphael

Egon Schiele

Rubens

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Accuracy Training

with Dorian Iten


Dorian Iten is the director of Digital Art & Design Program at the Barcelona Academy of Art. On his website, he regularly publishes tutorials to learn the basic techniques of drawing and the tricks used by professionals.

Level 1: Sight-Size Placement

  1. Get a reference image.
  2. Enlarge canvas to 200% width.
  3. Create a new layer and indicate placement marks on the reference image: top, bottom, left, right.
  4. On the empty side of the canvas, do your placement: top, bottom, left, right.
  5. Double-check the lines you’ve drawn. Move them, refine them, until they look perfect.
  6. When you’re ready to check, drag your placement lines on top of the reference image.
  7. Enable “Lock Transparency” on the placement line layer and color-code your lines.

Level 2: Comparative Measurement Placement

  1. Get a reference image.
  2. Enlarge canvas to 200% width.
  3. Create a new layer and indicate your placement marks: top, bottom, left, right.
  4. Double-check the lines you’ve drawn. Move them, refine them, until they look perfect.
  5. Erase the placement lines until they are at about 10% visibility. They are useful guides, but we don’t want them to distract us.
  6. Continue with the block-in stage. Establish the biggest shapes within the image.
  7. When you are happy with the level of complexity of your block-in, take a moment to refine it. Find all mistakes and make it as strong as you can.
  8. When you’re ready to check, drag your block-in lines on top of the reference image.
  9. Enable “Lock Transparency” on the block-in layer and color-code your lines.

Level 2: Sight-Size Block-In

  1. Get a reference image.
  2. Enlarge canvas to 200% width.
  3. Create a new layer and indicate your placement marks: top, bottom, left, right.
  4. Double-check the lines you’ve drawn. Move them, refine them, until they look perfect.
  5. Erase the placement lines until they are at about 10% visibility. They are useful guides, but we don’t want them to distract us.
  6. Continue with the block-in stage. Establish the biggest shapes within the image.
  7. When you are happy with the level of complexity of your block-in, take a moment to refine it. Find all mistakes and make it as strong as you can.
  8. When you’re ready to check, drag your block-in lines on top of the reference image.
  9. Enable “Lock Transparency” on the block-in layer and color-code your lines.

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