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Monday, April 30, 2007

Want to se some good drawing?

go here

the Firehouse Stomp

and here

Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

or here

Drawings From A Mexican

there's tons more if you follow the links from these blogs.

-Dr. Stephen G.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Jacob, the guy after David said...

At first I thought you should give people more credit instead of saying things that sound demeaning like getting caught up in "pretty pictures" and not reading or thinking critically, because I wouldn't think people would exist that work so counterintuitively(like copying drawings verbatim -- congrats, machines can do that).

I would think as someone pointed out, Williams says he goes for simple designs so you study the movement and concepts themselves. As you said, from there you can do your OWN work, your OWN tests based off of them. But apparently those people exist that engage in the former activity. Since no explanation can be offered for that lack of rationale, there's no sense in criticizing a book for how some perusers abuse it. Both Illusion and Survival know about each others' existence nowadays and know they each have a place. Therefore neither should be assumed to impose on the other, especially if they both have history/anecdotes and "how-to" information, albeit in different proportions.

Besides, I think if someone lacks common sense there's no sense in worrying about them anyhow because the people with the right mix will still rise to the top and keep positive, creative production going.

8:29 PM

 
Blogger Dr. Stephen G. said...

I agree with you. Both books have there place and I'm not trying to knock the Animator's Survival Toolkit at all. I'm also not trying to be degrading to anyone, I'm meerly speaking from observation of students who have taken my class over the years. I've seen it way too often where students copy, either other students tests or walks and jumps from the Survival toolkit. Not to knock them I did it my first semester in school too. I copied that Preston Blair animation book all the way to a D. My point is that I didn't know what animation was or how to do it in school or what I was suppose to even be thinking about. It think when I left Cal-Arts I still only had a vague understanding. The only thing I'm trying to do in these posts is to wake some students up to critical thinking. That animation isn't about copying it's about thinking and understanding movement and creativity. It's not math where answers exsist though formulas it's a creative endeavor like painting and sculpture or dance. So I agree with you a hundred percent and what I meant wasn't far off from what your saying. Plus this comment I know is true, "Besides, I think if someone lacks common sense there's no sense in worrying about them anyhow because the people with the right mix will still rise to the top and keep positive, creative production going."

Dr. Stephen G.

8:59 AM

 
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Enjoying this discussion and the recently flurry of Stephen-flavored posts! Gotta love the passion after all these years.

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