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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.


R.Dress said...

These are fantastic. Thanks for posting it.

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!!


Kimberly M. Zamlich said...

don't worry about it, Dan! freelance is 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!