I am Eric Carl, currently employed at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Los Angeles as a web designer and instructor.

On this blog I will reveal all that I know and love about art, design and the creative process.

From Twitter:

Walt Stanchfield: Gesture Drawing for Animation

“Carry a sketch book—a cheap one so you won’t worry about wasting a page. Sketch in the underground, while watching television, in pubs, at horse shows. Sports events are especially fun to sketch— boxing matches, football games, etc. Draw constantly. Interest in life will grow. Ability to solve drawing problems will be sharpened. Creative juices will surge. Healing fluids will flow throughout your body. An eagerness for life and experience and growth will crowd out all feelings of ennui and disinterest.”

“Where are you going to get all this energy, you ask? Realize that the human body is like a dynamo, it is an energy producing machine. The more you use up its energy, the more it produces. A work-related pastime like sketching is a positive activity. Inactivity, especially in your chosen field, is a negative. Negativity is heavy, cumbersome, debilitating, unproductive and totally to be avoided. Take a positive step today. Buy a sketch book and a pen (more permanent than pencil), make a little rectangle on the page and fill it with a simple composition.”

From the PDF book Gesture Drawing for Animation. I totally recommend taking a look at it even if you want to draw but have no interest in animation. A lot of the same information still applies.

I think I should start posting sketches I’m not happy with just to keep the blog more active. I love dropping helpful links but ideally this should be a sketchblog. So perhaps I will allow myself to display my failures and try to discuss what does and doesn’t work about them.

“You have to be careful of your thoughts. Once you start one of the spiritual or mental laws working, all sorts of things begin happening behind the scenes to implement its fulfillment. So if you want to be able to draw well, start a sketch book and get a good law working for you.”

1 Comment


  1. lauren May 18th, 2007 at 8:37 pm

    Some of your best sketches are those that you dont even really think about…I totally agree (=

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