Grad School: Layout “Old West Town”

Most of the course (we’re in week 5 now) has been spent going over technical skills, like creating graticules and field guides from scratch, producing technical and free hand perspective grids, etc. This is our first real layout assignment, and I think it was more to just test our general perspective drawing skills. Grades have not been submitted yet, but the classmates seemed to think it was good. Here are my composition sketches, my final over-head plan, my working files with some (not all) of my measurements and plotting, and of course, the final two drawings.

We were given two weeks to gather references, do sketches, come up with our compositions, and then do the final two drawings. The idea is it’s the same set but from two different opposite angles. It took me a long time to get out of the compositional sketching stage, I had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t an illustration, but something that needed to accommodate some animation. Therefore, I did not get to spend nearly as much time as I wanted sketching and referencing props, etc. I only spent about two days on the final two drawings, and I feel like they are a bit bare because of that lack of prop study. I wanted to spend some more time studying some other artists so I could also add a stronger element of “style” to it as well (Doug TenNapel was the artist I wanted to reference the most).

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