Friday, March 17, 2006

Good Quotes

It has come to my attention that some of you haven't been able to visit the temple in person - trouble with the visas and whatnot. So for those of you who haven't been here, I will translate some of the inscriptions on the walls from the original Sanskrit. Man, this whole fake temple thing wears thin quick, don't it? Too bad.

The best two quotes on drawing I know are:

"Don't draw clean, draw clear" - attributed to Ollie Johnston. Not a day goes by that I don't say this to myself. We all have a tendency to try and clean up a confusing or weak drawing in order to make it more clear. But if the pose or expression doesn't work in rough form, it won't be improved by cleaning it up. The problem is usually in the conception, not the line quality.

"Don't draw forms, draw forces" - attributed to Bill Tytla. This is so true. Don't draw the body, draw what the body is DOING. The story isn't in the drawing of the parts. it's in what the body just did and what it is going to do next. You will always go wrong if you focus on drawing the body just right. Focus on telling the story of the pose, communicating what the character is thinking, what forces are acting on the body or what force the body is exerting.

3 comments:

OV! said...

too true.

great Blog man. keep it coming.

>oVi

Jenny said...

Great, mighty quotes to live by. : )

Fieldscarecrow said...

Weren't as many comments here so I thought I'd stop and leave one as my first pit stop. Decided I'm going to read this entire blog!! and it's proving to be unvaluable to my learning :)

Can't believe I only just came across it last night... back to reading! :D