Frame by Frame

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.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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3 Responses to Frame by Frame

  1. Lee Kline says:

    Thanks, Suhita. Love these short notes.

    Lee Kline

    On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 8:54 AM Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook wrote:

    > Suhita Shirodkar posted: ” 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 agai” >

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  2. Helena Traoré says:

    Suhita, these ones are just great, so full of life. I really admire both your line work and brush strokes. Very inspiring!

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