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    Dream assignments for a life drawing class with a character / creature twist?

    Hi folks,

    I'm slated to run a Life Drawing class with a bit of a character / creature twist at Otis College of Art here in LA in the Spring, and wanted to know from students, what would your dream assignment be? If you were able to draw from a live model, and then put your own spin on things, what would you most like to be asked to do? Your suggestions are appreciated in advance.

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    For a character twist, simply get some people with great clothing/costumes. Do a series of period clothing (ren fair for example) sessions, or simply get some goth, club, fetish models or something. Keep it interesting.

    Creatures, bring in some animals to sketch. They won't exactly hold still most likely, but that's part of the challenge. With a nice basking light something like a large iguana MIGHT hold reasonably still. Or organize a trip to a natural history museum or zoo.

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    Thanks for the suggestions J Wilson! Any more ideas?

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    have each of the students write up a short story, and have them pick a bunch of poses to act out from that. It could even turn out as a sequential sort of thing. if you told everybody that they had to switch positions for each pose. Have fixed chairs that "cant" be moved. At the end of the session everyone would have a short sequence, with each individuals take on it. They get to choose where they sit, so they choose the composition ya see. It would train them in speed, compostion, cropping, storytelling, perspective, storyboarding etc etc.
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    Animals are often overlooked, but indispensable if you want to have a "drawing creatures" twist. I had a class once where we'd meet at the local agricultural school to draw the animals. A zoo might be even better if there's one nearby... gives you a chance to draw something other than furry quadrupeds.
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    If you want to move beyond having them just drawing what they see, maybe ask them to bring in a single piece of reference, either an animal, machine, prop, etc. Throw them all into a box and have everyone draw one out so you get someone else's reference. Then pose the model and challenge the artists to incorporate elements from the reference into a new character or creature. You could do multiple weeks by asking for them to bring in something different each week (one week it could be costume reference, another it might be animals, and repeat with different ideas and themes). Still stress the figure and life drawing I'd think, but being able to adapt a model to your needs is a valuable skill I rarely hear of being taught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCThrom View Post
    Animals are often overlooked, but indispensable if you want to have a "drawing creatures" twist.
    It really really is, and I would have flipped for a class like that back in school. Most schools don't bother at all, probably because of the difficulty in arranging it and because far fewer artists in general will spend time drawing animals (or creatures) compared to people. I still think it should be offered in some form in most art schools.

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    Great ideas! Thanks! I'm really looking forward to this class...it will be a great chance to get the creative juices flowing for sure.

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