Life update from Nekno; skip if you don't feel like reading it
So, something happened on the very last day of class. In my animation class, we were reviewing everyone's final reels and receiving critiques and advice from the instructor. There were a few of my classmates who's work was good enough to be invited to work on the instructor's personal short film project; he said to them "ask me about collaborative projects".
When he got to mine, he mentioned "the confidence in posing my cat character", and something about the lack of an animal animation class despite having wanted to set one up. He said to me "come talk to me, there's stuff I want you to do".
So, I was invited to join the project as the only specialized animator there; I would be responsible for one deer and a handful of horses.
I learned later that day that my instructor had apparently been talking about trying to get me to do the animals for some time (I was invited onto the project on the very last day, but a friend of mine had known since earlier in the semester). Eeeeeee <3
Tiny problem: while I know cats practically inside and out (which is why I chose a cat character to animate for 15 weeks)
, horses are not listed among the animals I can draw confidently. I'm less worried about the deer because I went through a slight deer phase that helped me draw them better, plus the deer in the film isn't going to do as much as the horses are
So now I'm doing my best to master horses. I have loaded up on reference photos (thank you equine stock photographers of DA!) and anatomy references (thank you University of Wisconsin digital images
and Terryl Whitlatch!) and am slowly conquering the horse.
I've also visited a nearby stable to draw from life. And to pet some horses
were drawn from reference images, with only what I could remember about horse anatomy to guide me.3.
was drawn after my first 1 1/2 hour sketch session at the stable.4.
is a WIP orthographic study of the skeletal and muscular system. Silhouette was lifted from this photo [link]
I take no credit for the silhouette.5.
was done today after another 1 1/2 hour sketch session at the stable, and is drawn completely from memory.
I'm not there yet, but I think I'm getting better
Critiques from horse-savvy artists are more than welcome!