Drawing Like Tim Burton

Tim Burtons style is so obviously recognisable with a lot of people and also though his drawings look simplistic theres so many layers to his work and he really creates a sense of personality within each of his drawings. I started going through his orginal sketches and my two favourites are the Corpse Bride and Edward Scissorhands. I started by drawing these characters so I could get to know how Burton draws.



The two images above are my drawings in Tims Style. I then moved onto look at pictures of snow white so I could recreate her in the style of Tim Burton. This is how they turned out:

I do think I captured Burtons style but I’m unsure whether anyone would be able to pick up on the fact its meant to be snow white.

Photoshop Work – Practice with Wacom

I wanted to start practicing with Photoshop and the Wacom tablet, to train myself to draw digitally as it’s something that will help me in getting a job in the future. I also learn a lot better being able to actually do the work first-hand. I learnt a lot just in the 3 hours I was working on this drawing of an owl. I got a photo from the internet up to use as reference but did not trace it, as I will be free-hand drawing my work or using my own designs and I didn’t think tracing would of been helpful for me. Khaled showed my house to use layers to save my work but also told me once I become more confident in my work I will find the layers very helpful.  I have started to practice with this because of Script and Storytelling as I want my work to be more professional when it comes to hand-in for Kristin but also it will be easier to present story boards etc.

Character Design aftermath…

I was given the ‘Film Noir’ genre. I have decided to choose one of my own characters as well as one of James Lawson’s. I did have to create another character just to create a typical Film Noir narrative as there is usually a murder or mystery within these types of films.



Life Drawing

Although I have been to a lot of life drawing classes because of my fine art ALevel, I really did learn a lot from the session at the new Adelphi with Chris. He made life drawing a lot more relevant to me as an animator, talking mostly about gesture and movement. It was nice to see a small progression in my work just after 1 hour of his class. But also fact that such a minor use of lines can really illustrate the human body and the emotion that is being portrayed.

Exquisite Corpse, First Script and Storytelling Class

After this weird but wildly exciting introduction to the new part of the course I can honestly say I am very excited to carry on learning abut this topic throughout the rest of the year! The class today was very energetic and all abut drawing and creativity and although I do struggle sometimes with being openly creative I was surprised at how at ease I felt within the class to show my work, whether it be good or bad. I’m going to look at the positives of this course as I now have the chance to learn new drawing styles from a different range of people within the class.

We started with the topic of Exquisite Corpse, we were put into groups of three and each of use drew a different part the body and then folded the paper to pass it to one another until we had created a full person or character. Our characters were very odd to say the least and you could see that we all have quite vulgar thoughts (oops).

I looked a bit deeper into Exquisite corpse, finding out it is also knows as exquisite cadaver (from the original French term cadavre exquis) or rotating corpse, and is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence which for example could be by following a rule of some sort. The technique was invented by surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. Later the game was adapted to drawing and collage, producing a result similar to children’s books in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs, with children having the ability to “mix and match” by turning pages.

We then were given a shape, which then we had to use to create as many characters as we could from. We had circle, I found it hard as first but you just have to be free with it and see what happened’s. Here are a few examples of what I and people in my class created.

We now have the task of choosing two characters, pick one to a protagonist and the other to be the antagonist, the need to overcome a problem and we have to create a short visual narrative sequence. My genre is ‘FILM NOIR’….