I haven’t posted any figure drawings in ages. They’ve been building up for a while so here are some of my gesture drawings from a fantastic workshop that Sarah Airriess (former Disney animator, animation assistant on Duet, and animator on Ethel and Ernest) gave during the Animation Base Camp back in August.

We began with two-minute poses and worked within shorter and shorter amounts of time until we were using our wrong hands for ten-second poses … the sketches below are in approximate order, so you can see the progression (or degeneration) of the drawings. There were many, many more – one of the great things about gesture drawing is the sheer output. This is a selection of the few I could bear to look at …

I had a wonderful time. It’s been too long since I’ve spent so much time doing real-life gestures!


If you haven’t seen my previous storyboards from the Animation Base Camp, you may want to start here.

The story revolves around odd-couple animals at a therapist’s office. Throughout the camp I worked on several different versions of a scene involving a shark.

Here’s my first, rough, pass:

A cleaned up version with a different take:

The final version, from the animatic:

In the final version the shark became female, the length of the scene was condensed considerably, and a lot of the humour came from the audio rather than the visuals. (Imagine the shark’s line read in a strong Glaswegian accent.) Given the overall pacing of the story it was the right way to go, but I missed the fun I had drawing the therapist’s reactions.

During the Animation Base Camp we had opportunities to come up with additional gags which were, in some cases, added to the story. Here are some of my shark ones:

See another board from the Base Camp here!

I’ve been taking part in Inktober – a challenge to do one ink drawing every day of October. They’ve all been posted on my Twitter but I’m just now getting round to posting them here. I haven’t followed the official prompts; instead I’m drawing costumes through the years referencing John Peacock’s fantastic book Costume: 1066 to the Present. Along the way I’m creating little stories for each pair of characters. It’s been fun!








Up ↑