A few weeks ago I did some very quick thumbnails while watching the series Avatar: The Last Airbender with my kids. But sketching that quickly while we watch a movie doesn’t let me really study compositions that catch my eye. So I watched some of it again, by myself, this time pausing a few minutes to sketch a still.
Here is what I captured in my sketchbook.
The notes on the bottom are my observations on compositional techniques the film uses over and over again: strong diagonals , dramatic one-point perspective, low point-of-view angles, high contrast for focus, and lots more.
This study was inspired by a talk by Eleanor Doughty, whose wonderful work is often inspired by anime. I’ll be doing more studies, not all of anime films. Next on my list is a movie I’ve been meaning to rewatch for a few years now. Seven Samurai.