To help us prepare for the RSA”moving pictures” brief, we went on a trip to London Zoo to practice drawing animals in movement. The idea is to help us as illustrators who are accustomed to drawing static objects and characters to learn how to create drawings that are looser and convey more energy and movement that we can animate to become moving pictures. Anna recommended drawing quick rough drawings as opposed to detailed drawings because the challenge is that animals do NOT stay in one position for long. Although this was challenging and my earlier drawings in the morning did not reflect my drawing skills well, as the day went out i got into the swing of it more and created some drawings of the Pelicans especially that i really like and i think conveyed movement, whilst giving the animal character and expression. I’d like to try animating them myself using the computer so i bought a graphics tablet so i can give it a try 🙂
It was an interesting day and i liked observing and drawing the animals from a primary source, if i were to use animals in my animation for the brief i would like to spend longer on a particular animal to learn more about their mannerisms and movements. My favorite animals from the day to draw, were the pelicans and African cranes because when they preen their feathers their very flexible and create some interesting shapes using their necks and wings. They also look like they have alot of character and a majestic attitude to them that i wanted to convey in my drawings.
Below are some of my images from the day: