Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Animal Drawing at Otis

Great schools are made up of great teachers, and one of them is Gary Geraths, who teaches animal drawing at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He has brought in camels (and belly dancers) to his class so that students can draw them directly from life.

Understanding what's going on beneath the surface is not always obvious, so Gary does demonstration drawings of the skeleton and the surface features.

He brings the students to the Page Museum, where they can sketch from articulated skeletons of animals that fell into the nearby La Brea Tar Pits.

Gary works with students of all ages, and he has taught other things, like rock climbing.

His knowledge of animals is extensive, and his demos cover sea creatures and invertebrates.

For students wishing to get jobs in animation or illustration, having a deep knowledge of animal drawing is extremely valuable, and a good way to set your portfolio apart from the competition.

Here's a video of Gary's animal drawing in action.

Because of the logistics of bringing in live animals, or bringing students on field trips, there aren't many schools who can offer such a thorough study of animals as Otis does, and there aren't many teachers like Gary. 
James Gurney visits Gary Geraths (center) and Bill Eckert at Otis in 2010
Gary has written a book on Drawing Animals, which you can get from Amazon
or you can contact him directly for a copy


jytte said...

Dear James
Thank you so very muchg for Gary's videos. What a Christmas gift :o)

S. Stipick said...


Tyler J said...

Looks like a great book, but it appears to be bit pricey at around $300.

Any idea why it's so much? Only thing I could think of is that it is sold as a college textbook and therefore like all textbooks is automatically criminally expensive.

Bob Dana R said...


Great Blog