Observation Sketches

For Elementary Animation this week we had a 3 hour lab session. We observed the posture of the model and sketched it in a limited time which ranged from 15 minutes to 1 minute or 30 seconds per pose by the end. We also tried to sketch the figure without looking at the paper and using a continuos line.

The session was helpful for our sketchbook task which is observation of people in public and doing quick sketches as they move quite fast to be able to do a detailed drawing.

The time limit was a challenge though but it was fun.


Wizard School

I found this very successful kickstarter by DFTBA Games called ‘Wizard School’ and they have surpassed their pledge by wuite a lot and with a lot of time left to go.

I thought that it looked cool and interesting and the art style is also very cartoonish.


This screenshot contains the information about what’s included in the card game and more designs from the game.


These are their pledge levels which is the gifts the donators get when the game comes out. As you can see, the more the donators donate the more gifts they get or whatever the conditions are.


Stretch goals are the goals the company/people behind the kickstarter set for themselves and at the same time allows them to add more stuff for the game.

The overall kickstarter screenshots all relate to the chosen genre and has a particular colour theme which is good as it can be recognised quite easily. The art style is consistent which most likely made it successful.


This is the word for week 4 and below are my ideas for it.

I painted a leaf blowing in the wind using watercolour because it reminded me of the word ‘fresh’, for me it resembles a refreshing breeze blowing past.

The sketch above is what I think of when i think about Spring. Flowers blossoming and the fresh morning dew found on the grass makes me think of a fresh start in the early mornings.

I also painted the colour palette which I thought suited the word; mostly cold colours with blue, green and colours in between the both.

Apples, green ones in particular, also reminds me of the word. Red apples at the moment reminds me of poisoned apples (maybe I have just been watching Once Upon a Time too much).

I painted a mason jar with a handle and straw filled with ice tea and a side of lemon  slice because it reminded me of summer. With summer comes the various refreshing drinks.

I have always found the ice blue light reflection the snow makes refreshing  when it has settled on the ground because I know that it’s cold outside which is refreshing but that I can also stay in bed all warm at the same time.


Eggcelent Instruction

For this task we were put in a group of 3 and were asked to make an instruction on how to boil an egg without using any words , numbers or letters.

We were all asked to sketch our own individual ideas and then get together to combine all our ideas together, picking out what we think are the best to understand.

This is my own instruction for boiling an egg. When I found out that we couldn’t use any words or letters, it immediately made me think of old silent films. I incorporated the frame from the old movies to give it a somewhat similar appearance and the same goes for the colour scheme.

For our final group decision, we decided on this style but ran out of time which is why it doesn’t look complete. It has a more cartoon-y look to it and the inanimate objects were also brought to life by the expressions drawn on them.

It was a quite fun practical session as I was able to see everyones way of interpretation  whether its a more realistic one or an animated one.

A New Chapter

This is my own interpretation of the phrase ‘A New Chapter’. I made it relate to my own personal life and the layout of the collage is from right to left instead of the usual which is left to right.

The previous chapter in my life was full of insecurities and I felt that I wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I also went through some issues. The window represents the window of opportunity which I took to start a new chapter in my life and a woman can be seen walking away from the previous chapter to the new one. The new chapter is full of new things and filled with confidence and comfortability in ones own skin. It represents starting a new life with University, moving away from home and exploring new things.


The word for week 3 is ‘Lines’ and below are my sketches and description of what I was thinking at the time I drew them.

The archway basically caught my eye and so I decided to draw them.

I’m interested in makeup and I like their usefulness such as putting it on myself or someone else and so I thought it was appropriate to include it here. They also vary in colours which is really good as you can put on whatever colour you want to express yourself.

I just wanted to share it here as it is also my first time wearing glasses.

I’ve been using the table everyday now and its getting easier and easier to use it and its really handy when sketching or drawing digitally.


Second week’s word is ‘Culture’ and we went to the McManus Gallery to look for inspiration.


These branks which are also called ‘scold’s bridles’ were worn by women who were accused of slander or swearing to prevent them from speaking and were then led through the streets. Research suggests that the branks may have come from Belgium, Netherlands or Germany. I thought they looked creepy and just plain weird which was why I have decided to include it in this list.


i drew a sketch of the arctic fox because I thought it was such an interesting animal and I found them beautiful. They were hunted by the Inuits and their furs were used for clothing and as a source of income.

The shrunken head came from South America in the Upper Amazon. Tsantsa was a Shuar tribe ritual which is basically another name for making the shrunken heads. It was a tradition for Shuar men to take enemy heads to avenge the death of a relative and it was not seen as a violent act. I was intrigued by the head cuz of its small and unusual appearance.


This is an Egyptian sarcophagus commonly carved out of stone and displayed above the ground. It is used to lay a corpse to rest inside and usually accompanies other objects in the room if the corpse was of royal blood.


This is a sugar skull and they are commonly seen on Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the dead. I included this in the list because I really like the look of them and they vary in styles.


Geisha’s are traditional Japanese female entertainers who acts as hostesses for mostly male customers. They have been a part of Japan’s history for centuries and I thought they were beautiful.

I really enjoyed this weeks word because I can put more thought into it and come up with things that I really liked.