Tuesday, March 20, 2018

KI Creative Studio Drawing Workshop 1 Year Anniversary!

Thank you everyone!! Last night marked Ki Creative Studio's 1st Anniversary!  A YEAR has passed!  Over 12 drawing Tokyo workshops to offer people a chance to become better artists! Looking forward to another year!!  See you at the NEXT KI CREATIVE STUDIO WORKSHOP!!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Joe Ranft's 9 Rules for EFFECTIVE STORYTELLING - ジョー・ランフトによる効果的なストーリーテリングのための9つの原則

STAGING: The positioning of characters in a scene for maximum emotional content and clear readability of actions  - Eric Goldberg, Animator (Character Animation, Crash Course)


Joe Ranft was an acclaimed storyboard artist who worked at both Pixar as well as Disney Animation studios.


He is most famous for his work on Toy Story and Cars.


Joe taught a class at CalArts in 1987 where he outlined rules for storyboarding.


I believe these rules apply to figure drawing or gesture drawing as we (are not just drawing a figure but we are conveying an IDEA.  We have to think beyond just drawing anatomy, limbs, with proper proportion and appealing lines - what are the combination of these elements are trying to express when put together??


When I refer to an idea, we have to consider that what is happening on the page has some sort of beginning, middle and an end.  Something was happening before the figure moved,  the current action of the figure and the end result of the figure that we anticipate the figure to fall into.


All this has to be visualized as we put the figure to the paper if we want to be storytellers.


Be a storyteller!  Not a copy machine!


Please consider Joe's rules below.  Hopefully it will inform our drawings and make the world better for everyone:


1) Show rather than tell.

2) Communicate one idea at at time.

3) Stage it so that the audience sees it clearly.

4)  Clarity in the shot’s composition

5) Clarity in the staging or pantomime

6) The story drawing’s job is to communicate an idea, feeling/ emotion an action.

7) Imply animation in your drawings (through caricature, use of animation principles, i.e., stretch and squash , exaggeration, etc.)

8)  Imagine ourselves in our character’s shoes/place

9)  Leave an impression, an impact (visual and emotional) that affects the viewer

These are rules that should be framed in gold, but I think Rules 7, 8, and 9 are the most essential to a drawing that tells a story.


Below are some of my suggested masters who demonstrate their own examples of these principles:
(Since the upcoming Ki Creative Studio Vol. 13 - 1st anniversary! Will feature our famous posing pair we did our best to give examples using two characters)

(次回のKi Creative Studio Vol. 13は、1周年記念です! これまでのドローイングの会で素晴らしいポーズをとってくれた女性2人をモデルに、2人組のポーズを描きます)

Edgar Degas -Waiting

Illya Repin - Refusing Confession

Norman Rockwell

Ryan Lang - Big Hero Six

Bill Peet - Lady and the Tramp

Milt Kahl - The Rescuers

Cory Loftis

Heinrich Kley