Syllabus

VM 263 Drawing for Time-Based Media, Spring of 2012, Professor Terah Maher.

Wed Jan 18: CLASS 1 – DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION
In class: Still life drawing (objects & classmates). Edges and contours, positive and negative space. Rotation animation.
Assignment 1:  Shoot in-class rotation drawings & Animation: Still Life Rotation

Wed Jan 25: CLASS 2 – OBJECTIVE DRAWING – PARALINE
In class: Assignment 1 due.  Still life drawing (Boxes). Angles, proportion & “sighting”. Introduction to plan and elevation basics, prisms, cubes and cylinder rotation.
Assignment 2: (2 weeks) Animation: Analytic Still Life Rotation

Wed Feb 1: NO CLASS

Wed Feb 8: CLASS 3 – OBJECTIVE DRAWING: GEOMETRIC VOLUMES
In class: Assignment 2 due.  Geometric Building Blocks. Still Life Drawing (Geometric Objects). Tonal Drawing.
Assignment 3: (2 weeks) 5 Still Lifes

Wed Feb 15: NO CLASS

Wed Feb 22: CLASS 4 – LIFE DRAWING – ANTICIPATING MOTION 1
In class: Assignment 3 due.  Live Model.  Basic anatomy, body volumes, weight.  Animation: KEYPOSES, INBETWEENS, the WALK.
Assignment 4: Animations: 3 Body Loops

Fri Feb 24 4-7:45pm: CLASS 5 – Museum of Fine Arts VISIT
In class: Visting Architect demos the picture plane.
Classwork: 5 Museum Drawings

Wed Feb 29: CLASS 6 – OBJECTIVE DRAWING – LINEAR PERSPECTIVE
In class: Assignment 4 due.  Visiting architect – architectural drawing.
Assignment 5 (2 weeks):  Animation: Moving Through Space

Wed Mar 7: NO CLASS (Spring break)

Wed Mar 15: CLASS 7 – LIFE DRAWING – ANTICIPATING MOTION 2
In class: Assignment 5 due.  Live Model. Skull, spine, pelvis, anatomy, posing rules.
Assignment 6: Volumetric Character Movement. 

Wed Mar 21: CLASS 8 – SKULLS/THE PORTRAIT
In class: Assignment 6 Due.  Skull proportions, faces, drawing from observation.
Assignment 6 Redux: Volumetric Character Movement Improvement

Wed Mar 28: CLASS 9 – FACES/EXPRESSIONS
In class: Assignment 6 Redux Due.  More Skulls.  Drawing the six basic emotions.  Final Project Assigned.
Final Project: Pitches and scripts.

Wed Apr 4: CLASS 10 – STORYBOARDING
In class: Project Proposals Due. Composition, comics, and storyboarding.  Working in class.
Final Project: Script and shot list and visuals research

Wed Apr 11: CLASS 11 – CHARACTER DESIGN/SHOT DESIGN
In class: Script, shot list, visual research due.  Gesture, personality, timing basics.  Animatic, editing, sound.  Working in Class.
Final Project:  Storyboard and Character Sheet

Wed Apr 18: NO CLASS (Monday schedule)

Sat Apr 21 10am-1:45pm: CLASS 12 – THE ROUGH-CUT (MIDPROJECT GRADING)
In class: Storyboards and Character Sheet Due.  Animatics.  Work on Projects.
Final Project: Rough-cut with Sound

Wed Apr 25: CLASS 13 – FINISHING UP
In class: Rough-cut Due. Work on Projects.
Final Project:  Finish drawings, finesse sound.

Wed May 2: CLASS 14 – CLASS CRITIQUE
In class: Final Projects due. Final Presentations.

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