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Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Volume 1 by Don Hahn, Walt Stanchfield

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104 True Gesture Drawing

While I was at the Florida animation studio, we had several drawing sessions using live models. One of the best models was Max Howard’s beautiful baby daughter, still in diapers, and a born “ham.” She presented us with an infinite number of gestures and poses. It kept everyone on their toes because most of the poses were held for perhaps three or four seconds or less.

It was an opportunity for me to suggest the idea of registering the pose in the memory (as if taking a Polaroid photo), the “first impression” thing I keep stressing. I pointed out how if too much time were spent “drawing” the head then by the time they got to the body, it would have changed. Then while drawing the body, the arms would have changed. So ...

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