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Dancers, Wall-Jumpers, & Cloth

Continuing this silly sketching saga I’m currently swept up in. I’m still on an action-drawing kick, so today I hunted for some dancing poses (and found another martial arts pose anyway). I like how things are turning out, except for hands and faces- you can tell I’m not focusing on those areas of the sketches anyway. So tomorrow I should probably find face and hands photos to draw from, just so I don’t settle into a comfort zone. (Side note: I’d never have guessed that action drawing would be my comfort zone).

Here ya go:

Action_Sketch_02

Action_Sketch_01

Action_Sketch_03

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Avatar-Inspired Martial Arts Sketches

Continuing with the Avatar kick here (be prepared, it’s likely not going to stop anytime soon, I still have Book 3 to finish), I decided to draw poses from each form of martial arts associated with the four forms of bending. (Didn’t get to Toph’s version of earth-bending today, but soon!). I think my favorite is the last one (tai chi/waterbending).

Looking into and drawing these poses makes me appreciate the animation and attention to detail in Avatar ten thousand times better. I can’t always describe how their bending techniques are different, but I can instantly tell they’re unique, and now I can really see the influence of each specific type of martial arts. Too cool.

(Also, you should see the weird angles their upper limbs get into in these poses. So hard to draw without making it look like their hands and arms are disjointed somehow).

Airbending is associated with Ba Gua:

Bagua_Sketch_01

Earthbending is associated with Hung Gar:

HungGar_Sketch_01

Firebending is associated with Northern Shaolin Kung Fu:

Shaolin_Sketch_01

And waterbending is associated with Tai Chi:

Tai_Chi_Sketch_01

If you ever go “man, I have no clue what to draw,” start looking up martial arts poses. They’re fun, I promise!

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Drawings, Uncategorized

 

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Thanks, Avatar?

Went through a drawing drought until BING BAM BOOM I started watching Avatar. Several years late to the party, but you better bet I’m wearing that blue-arrow party hat.

(Watching 12 episodes of one show over the course of a weekend will change you.)

So below is an attempt to vent out that obsession and keep my Cintiq not-dusty! I sketched a few Avatar characters using Google Images for reference (I wish I could draw bending poses from memory- I’m not that cool yet.)

Katara is my least favorite sketch of the three, but I don’t normally do poses this well. So Toph and Sokka are next!

Aang_Sketch_01 Katara_Sketch_01 Zuko_Sketch_01

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Drawings, Uncategorized

 

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I’m Not Dead Yet!

I haven’t updated this blog in a while- but I swear I’m still here! Still at DreamWorks, and still working up to draft 2 of my ’13 Nanowrimo project. But outlines aren’t the most interesting things to read about, so alas, the Moosefeed has gone dry.

Until now! I just rewrote most of Rhaegal the Brave (check out that and its precursor, My Direwolf and Me) in anticipation of planning out a third Game of Thrones children’s book about Brienne of Tarth. I haven’t done any test drawings yet, so who knows how it’ll actually pan out, but fingers crossed!

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2014 in Drawings

 

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Moose’s Second Film Fest!

I tried to think up a clever title, but couldn’t because I’m too excited that Moose made it into another film festival! I just got word this week that A Christmas Moose is an official selection of the 2nd annual Annapolis Film Festival, which takes place right in the capital of my home state (Maryland, for all of you who have no idea where Annapolis is). I’m very excited that Moose will be making a (digital) trip back home to some fresh faces.

For any Maryland readers out there, Moose will be showing in the Student Short Showcase on March 30th (exact time and place TBD for now). And while you’re at it, check out the rest of the AFF here. Because what’s better than watching awesome movies in a beautiful, historic city that serves crabcakes along the waterfront? Nothing, that’s what. So check it.

Moose_AFF_Announcement

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Animation Projects, Drawings

 

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I DID IT. I WROTE FIFTY-THREE THOUSAND WORDS.

AND THEY’RE ALL LIKELY BUNDLES OF SILLY NONSENSE.

BUT I DID IT.

I WON NANOWRIMO THIS YEAR.

2013-Winner-Facebook-Cover

 

For those of you unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is every November. You don’t have to pay or even sign up with the official Nanowrimo site to participate- if you write over 50,000 words in a month, then boom, you did it! But signing up with the site (which is entirely free) allows you to track your progress, find writing buddies, get pep talks emailed to you, and learn about writing events in your area. I never took advantage of the writing events (I should have), but the pep talks were great, and knowing there was a community of people all doing the same crazy thing this month really helped me keep going. If you like writing, or want to get back into it (like I did), I highly recommend this month of silliness.

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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