Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Latest from the Gesture Lab

A selection of some of the characters I've been work shopping lately in gesture class.  It's interesting which characters emerge from the subconscious on each session. Sometimes they're inspired by the body type of the model or by a film I may have watched recently. After 3 years of regular gesture class I've now built a mental library of characters that I can choose from very quickly under the brief time limits we have. These are all between 30 seconds-1 minute poses.

Around Christmas we had a stocky, middle-aged male model who naturally became Santa Claus

Often models, male or female, will hit poses that I can't resist turning into Gollum

When the news of a sequel to 'The Incredibles' was announced I couldn't resist drawing Mr Incredible in that day's class.  We had the Michael Giacchino score playing and a model with the perfect physique. I've never drawn the character before so I need the practice!






Of course Frozone had to make an appearance too!


'Mr Smee'

9 comments:

Sean said...

So good! Love how you guys draw - I always learn something. Exciting news about the Incredibles too! Thanks Matt!

Vince Vassallo said...

Great post Matt!

Matt Jones said...

Thank you gentlemen

max said...

Fantastic! (and Frozone is awesome)

Matt Jones said...

Cheers Max! More to come . . .

Hennesys Disla said...


So i always find myself stumbling across your work, i have your gesture book and it's really inspiring! I was wondering as a board artist do you ever feel restrained working digitally?

All your work here is traditional, but if i'm not mistaken board artists are required to draw digitally for work.

I just feel that when i'm drawing with pen and paper the drawings sing, as oppose to when i draw them digitally.

Hennesys Disla said...

So i always find myself stumbling across your work, i have your gesture book and it's really inspiring! I was wondering as a board artist do you ever feel restrained working digitally?

All your work here is traditional, but if i'm not mistaken board artists are required to draw digitally for work.

I just feel that when i'm drawing with pen and paper the drawings sing, as oppose to when i draw them digitally.

Matt Jones said...

Thanks Hennesys- you are correct, most of the boarding at Pixar is done digitally. However, I agree, there's nothing that can quite match the feeling of gool ol' pen on paper. Of course we can't take a cintiq into the Life Drawing room but maybe I'll try Gesture sketching on the ipad. . .

Toni Reyna said...

Nice lines.