Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Line of Action

I'm not going to write a whole treatise on the "line of action" because the veteran Disney animator Preston Blair already did.

From his book Animation: Learn How to Draw Animated Cartoons (How to Draw Series 26), which has been republished as Cartoon Animation .
You can also find versions of it online.

12 comments:

Amelia said...

I completely forgot that I have a copy of this book but now that you mention it, I see it up there on the top shelf! I'm glad you highlighted it. It's got some really good stuff in it . . . the "How to Draw a Cute Bunny" part isn't so helpful to me but the loosening exercises and form-construction stuff are solid. I don't do much cartooning at all but there are plenty of good ideas that translate to drawing figures from the imagination in any style.

Janet Oliver said...

Mr. Gurney, you have become my Number One art resource! Thank you for this post, and links!

Tom Hart said...

This is one of my favorite and most helpful tools for starting a drawing involving any sort of figure. Even for "static" figure studies, establishing the line of "action" (or flow) always provides a solid basis to build on.

Anonymous said...

This works well for cartoons, but does it apply when your drawing realistic figures?

Anonymous said...

Mr. Gurney, thank you for your time and energy put into this blog. I am a student studying illustration and find many helpful resources and ideas from your blog. Also I have always been a huge fan of Dynotopia.

K_tigress said...

Always love that book. Great resource and it helps with remembering to keep it loose.

K_tigress said...

"This works well for cartoons, but does it apply when your drawing realistic figures?"

In a way, yes. ;)

Roger Bansemer said...

I still have this book. My parents bought it for me when I was quite young. I copied many of the cartoons from it so many years ago.

James Gurney said...

Anonymous and Tigress. Yes, for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Solomon_Samson_and_Delilah.jpg

Andrei Liviu Popescu said...

Got this book when I was a kid as a gift from my parents - nearly forgot I had it! The hours of fun I had with this...

K_tigress said...

Here's a link to some of the lessons from the PB book that I found a number of years ago.
http://cdrrhq.ru/lessons/preston/main.htm

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your response.

I think henrich kley is a great artist to look at for this type of thing. His line of action is a bit less exaggerated than blairs though.