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"Characters are products we can relate to, as if they were people"
"Characters Academy" introduces the anatomy educator Josh Reed
Josh Reed studied illustration and animation at Mt. San Antonio College, and animation and visual development at Laguna College of Art and Design. He worked as a concept artist in the animation industry for a couple of years, and then began an MFA program for fine arts at California State Fullerton.
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Josh has taught privately for many years and for the last three he has been teaching at a number of colleges in Southern California. When asked why he focuses on anatomy, he replied that his interest was first peaked because figure drawing had not come easy to him. During his studies he laid down the foundation for his teaching methodology, by breaking down what he was learning into easy to understand processes. Over the years he also learned a great deal from some excellent instructors, distilling and adapting their wisdom for his own teaching.
According to Josh, anatomy seems to be a turn off for some artists, because it is so technical. Despite this, he stresses it in his classes, convinced that a firm grounding in this discipline is important. He says that everything an artist tries to capture in the figure is basically an interaction between muscle and bone. Anatomy is the foundation of any character based art, and It is very difficult to draw figuratively without a good understanding of it. The actions of any figure, no matter how subtle they may be, are expressed through its anatomy.
Josh's courses separate objective goals from subjective ones. Fundamental principles such as anatomy and proportion are objective aspects, and they are either correct or not. The subjective aspects are the motivations for making a work of art such as the ideas, intentions, or emotions the artist is trying to convey. How well you manipulate the objective principles determines your ability to achieve your subjective goals, and to Josh this is the key to success. "Drawsh.com" focuses on the objective principles and the blog's teaching material comes straight out of Josh's lectures. He hopes that these tools will enable people to make the art they have in their head and heart.
Josh's blog is a resource of time honored tools that helps artists understand how to construct the figure from any angle, whether from life or the imagination. What made the old masters great were the solid foundations that gave them the ability to create figures and scenes from their minds, and "Drawsh.com" follows in that teaching tradition.
"Drawsh.com" is a complete figure drawing course. In the coming weeks Josh also plans to do more specific anatomical breakdowns, discuss composition, and how to find a figure's balance point. The blog is usually updated once a week, and he encourages those interested in the figure to interact with it, by making requests. This will help Josh focus on the content that is most relevant to those who are using this useful educational resource.
Please check out "Drawsh.com" here:
And you can find Josh's personal site here: