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Sketchbook Assignment – Emotions

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This week your sketchbook is to create four emotions for your character.  You have to do four sketches of your character showing a certain emotion:  Anger, Surprise, Happiness, and one more that is your choice.  Remember that there is so much more to emotions than just your characters mouth.  Change how big their eyes are, or change their ears.  Make their hair change, or maybe do other things that will show the emotion that you want to convey.  Below are a few examples of this done in the past, but not all of them comply completely with the requirements for this sketchbook assignment.


Sketchbook Example – Storyboards

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This week’s sketchbook is a storyboard – Below is one excellent examples.  Make sure you read the description and requirements on the Sketchbook Assignment handout carefully!


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This week, you need to draw a character as if you were planning your character for an animation.  You will NOT be required to put this character in the animation that we are working on now (although you could if you wanted to), so do not worry about the complexity of the character – make it the best and most detailed design that you can!  Below are some examples of good character designs – but not all of these examples follow the rules, so make sure you read the description on the Sketchbook sheet that I gave you last Friday.


Sketchbook Assignments – Quarter 3

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Here are your sketchbook assignments for Quarter 3 – Please keep in mind that because of my illness earlier this quarter and because we have both February and Spring break in Quarter 3, the sketchbooks will be a bit closer together than they have been in past quarters.



4 Basic Tweens

Here is a video that I did a while ago explaining the four basic tweens. Finish this project up before you go to work on the bouncing ball animation



Sketchbook Assignment – Foreshortening

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This weekend, you should be sketching someone so as to illustrate foreshortening.  Have someone lay down or recline on a couch or a reclining chair.  Then you need to draw their body in perspective.  This sketchbook also requires full use of values, so no line drawings will be accepted!  Below are a few examples from past years:

Below is a video of how to draw 2-point perspective. This week’s sketchbook assignment is just like the last one:

  1. Draw the house from real life
  2. You NEED to shade the drawing – this is about values as much as it is about perspective
  3. Make sure you are facing the house on a corner, so that both sides of the house are “going away” from you.



And here is a few examples of how your drawing could look:

One of the biggest things that is probably missing from your composite is shadows. It’s the biggest thing that will show your viewers that your image is manipulated. Here is a demonstration that will show you a couple of methods of manufacturing shadows:



Here is a demo where I cover the use of Layer Adjustments:



In this demonstration, I show you how to use Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks to change the color of the paint on a car, and then I also give it racing stripes. Many people would just hand-paint the colors on the car, but that would not help you when it comes to reflections and other things that would be covered up by the paint. This method works so much better!