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Monday, August 14, 2006



some thoughts on Claire Wendling:

If you want to learn about drawing animals you go to the best sources.

Claire draws lots of detail--goes from the specific to the general. I'm not too gung ho on the way she simplifies her beautiful complicated drawings. I struggle with simplifying also. When i was at feature, it would blow me away the way the animators could really capture the essense of an emotion or action with a few lines. Most animators i worked with went from the general to the specific.

I will wager she is a leftie. Most of her animals point east. Most of my animals point west, I am a rightie. It is comfortable to draw this way, since that is the direction of the arc of my hand.

She is a thinker. She will draw the same subject over and over again at different angles, different directions, playing the "what if i drew it this way, game", not content with just one solution.

I have been drawing animals from her sketchbook over and over, not to copy her work but to internalize it. I study general surface anatomy--the next step will be a quick sculpt, to really gel those shapes in my head.

the colored lions are done in acrylic, real fast.

7 comments:

R.Dress said...

These are fantastic. Thanks for posting it.
*R

Kimberly M. Zamlich said...

you are so sweet. can i link you up on my blog?

Spaceturtle said...

I agree Wedling is fantastic

shawnee said...

Awesome. truly nice work!

Kimberly M. Zamlich said...

thanks, shawnee..i just found another place to visit, a big cat conservatory in rosamund on the 14. it is only $3 dollars per adult to get in. i will try to plan some sort of trip and try to get other people to come with me.

Dan said...

hey kim

great sketches....i know i let you down. Ive been slacking. I been dealing with serveral deadlines the past 2 weeks and it just never seems to end.

I will be up and runnign again soon.

I hope all is well!!

Dan

Kimberly M. Zamlich said...

don't worry about it, Dan! freelance is draining..so are kids...right now it is slow here; no one seems to have anything. i go crazy when i have freelance and go crazy when it is slow! i drive myself crazy!