Force-Dynamic Life Drawing for animation- Animals is the second book of Mike Mattesi I read, available in English and French. This book contains drawing techniques developed in two other books, but details of the representation of animals per family.
Obviously, they kept similar to the previous book, six principles are listed below:
- Fear: it is a harmful companion we should drive away. Failure does not exist drawing as a drawing missed us forward.
- Risk: take some, we are not in danger. And risk-taking is necessary to develop an opinion.
- Interpretation: Follow your insights to feed your experience.
- Vision and Power: Striving for excellence, question yourself.
- Hierarchy: order of importance emerges the main idea, details come later.
- Contrast and affinity: the contrast creates interest, affinity, or unity are what comes in the drawings, such as shape, color, tone etc..
About the author
Mike Mattesi is director of the Entertainment Art Academy based in Southern California, he worked for the past 20 years for clients such as Disney, Marvel Comics, Hasbro, ABC, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Dreamworks and Nickelodeon. He writes a blog on the net.
|Force-Dynamic Life Drawing for animation- Animals
|Year of publication
|7 June 2013
|24,4 x 18,8 x 1,6 cm
The model of "Force Animal"
From the figure on the left, all animals will be drawn:
- This area represents the region of the hip. The bottom of the form in this region offers a straight line to support the upward force.
- Zone 2 is the downward force of gravity pulling the rib cage and the organs of animals. The straight line along the back shows the support needed to support the weight of the animal.
- The opposing force raises up the head of the animal via the structure of the neck. More natural orientation of the animal is horizontal, the greater the spine is connected to the bottom of the skeleton.
M.Mattesi then studies the different types of animal locomotion, referring to an anatomical comparison between man and animal.
It represents the extremities of animals by comparing them with human hands and feet. Also, he explains how the height in the joints enhances the flexibility of the animal, the length of his stride.
Body movements are decomposed with the inclination of the chest, the anterior posterior paw followed by the same side. The principle is illustrated by the analysis of horse walking.
It also shows the principle of the directing foot which first strikes the ground. It carries the weight, like a motorcycle, the body leans in the direction of the direction to take.
Plantigrades (slow land animals)
In plantigrades section, the author develops the bears, raccoons, kangaroos, rodents, lizards and primates.
Bears are superbly illustrated by sketches incorporating the concepts of lines of force and volume, as can be seen below left and right.
Plantigrades run on their flat feet. They have single body, and are therefore are great to draw.
Raccoon on the top shows us "form force" in depth with the three major forces that shape the pace and drawing
Digitigrades (land animals intermediate speed)
Digitigrade walk on their fingers or thumbs. They include birds walkers, cats, dogs and most mammals.
Leg moves like a folding chair: the angles described in the leg and foot support a parallel relationship between these elements.
Pets are models for which there is no need to go to the zoo.
Forces in the form of a dog. The soil is given in perspective, with 4 points of contact on the ground, it must be put in perspective.
Onguligrades (fast land animals)
The onguligrades can be divided into several families:
- The ungulates Perissodactyla, which have an odd number of fingers among them include horses, tapirs, rhinoceroses.
- The ungulate Artiodactyla, with an even number: pigs, hippos, camels, deer, antelopes, goats and cattle
Drawing an animal
Drawing an animal - the rule of thirds
This chapter deals with the caricature of animals, applying the rule of thirds. This rule is detailed for the characters in the third book, Force Character Drawing.
Dividing by 9 of the drawing area is used in vertical or horizontal, which is the most common for the animals.
Colors or symbols reinforce how to contrast the subject.