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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TLC Workshop: Materials List

For those of you who have signed up for the Seattle TLC Workshop on March 30 - April 1st, here is a preview of what we will be up to.
If you haven't signed up and would still like to, the sign-ups are still open and there are still a few spots available. Visit the TLCworkshop site for more info!

The Project: 
For the course, choose a character from either Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island or Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
We are going to be designing and illustrating a character from one of these stories. 
We are going to be re-envisioning our character as an animal. 

Before You Arrive: 

READ: You must read the book.
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. If you cannot or refuse to read, you can either listen to the audiobook or watch the 1990 Treasure Island which had the absolutely OUTSTANDING cast of Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed, Christopher Lee, Julian Glover and Pete Postlewaite. If you watch any other version you will almost certainly fail the course. Also, Muppet Treasure Island is wonderful. But it doesn't count.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Again, if you cannot, or simply refuse to read, you can either listen to the audiobook or watch one of the films on it.

As you read, choose a character that interests you and that you think you would like to focus on for this project.

IMAGINE: Spend time thinking about the character before you draw anything. If they were an animal, (or combination of animals) what would they be?

DRAW: Put together some rough thumbnails of your ideas. They can be stick figure or Da Vinci portraits, it doesn't matter. But spend a few minutes after you have read and imagined, and put your ideas down in rough thumbnails. Bring these, and all your notes and ideas with you to the class. After You Arrive: We will be going over our ideas, looking at our reference and then we will be spending the rest of the time working to take those ideas to the most successful designs they can be.

We will be focusing heavily on drawing and character design in this course. We will not be painting in this course, but if you are more comfortable drawing or designing in paint feel free to bring that or any other extra materials to suit your needs.

For the following list, all of the materials can be found at dickblick.com if you need to order any.
Please bring the following materials or something similar to each:

Prismacolor Pencils:
Black, White

General's Kimblerly Drawing Pencils:
2H, HB, 2B, Layout,
General's Charcoal White

1 Soft Pastel Stick (any dark color will work)
Kneaded eraser
Small hand-held pencil sharpener

1 pad of tracing paper
Strathmore Tracing (which is a very light, cheap paper)
Canson Vidalon Vellum (which is a heavier paper)

At least 3 sheets of neutral mid-toned paper at least 12 x 16 in size.
Canson Mi-Teintes is an excellent choice. Flannel Grey and Pearl are excellent tones in this line.  Anything that is neutral and lighter toned in nature will work.
Heavyweight Vellum Bristol (or any heavy, smooth, white paper) (at least 11x14 in size)

Basic drawing paper for rough sketching. (Good printer copy paper will work fine.)

Reference: Bring as much reference as you can of the animal that you choose, and of outfits that fit the period and motif. Find good, high-resolution images of the animal(s), both in repose and in action and from a variety of angles.

 If you are bringing a laptop, you can have your reference on there. If you are not, you will need to print them all out. Even if you do have a laptop, you might consider printing out some of your more vital reference shots. We may not have printers available, so make sure to print them out before you come.

Recommended Reading: 
These are not required, but you will benefit more from the course if you have had a chance to go through them:
Classical Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides
Lessons in Classical Drawing by Juliette Aristides
Drawing Course by Charles Bargue (hard to find, may be easier to read through at a local library) Bridgeman's Life Drawing by George Bridgeman
Drawing Animals by Victor Ambrus

Visit the TLCWorkshop site for more information.


  1. wow this sounds amazingly fun. Im a recent "follower" and I was wondering if you will be posting things that people do during this workshop? it would be fun to see what you all come up with!

    wish i could go...


  2. Hey Justin!
    This class sounds like a crazy amount of fun! And I agree that Muppet Treasure Island is cool. But they do play with the storyline some :)
    If I lived closer to WA I would be there in a heartbeat. But I'm consoling myself somewhat because I signed up the other day for the IMC in Amherst!!
    There were only 6 spots left, and I barely made it. And thanks to your glowing report on the class when you went a couple of years ago I was convinced that was for me. I'm really looking forward to meeting Manchess, Gurney & McCaig (among others). I still won't be able to take a Justin character class, but it will be a decent consolation prize!
    And hopefully I'll be able to get into IlluXCon this year as well. Got to make sure I don't procrastinate & lose my chance at that either!
    Well have a great time in WA, and post some pics (and video?) if you're able..


  3. If I wasn't on a scholarship exchange program in Italy for university i would so be there! Maybe I can attempt this awesome project here to console myself. I love both of the books you have chosen for the assignment.
    Oh well there is always next time right? I will meet you one day :D

  4. This sounds awesome! So wish I lived near Seattle, and Italy too :(. Sounds like a good idea, I may try this project on my own. Hope you will post how it goes.