About the Book
This is Volume 1 of my complete figure drawing program, focusing on techniques of gesture drawing, posing, movement, body mechanics, and form. It is the foundation course that I teach to professional artists in the animation industry.
My syllabus stems from my studies at art academies around the world, my experience as a hand drawn feature animator, my directing experience with CG animators, and my training in classical ballet. It's a method that applies to a wide range of artists from different backgrounds, CG & hand drawn animators, visual development artists, comic book artists, story artists, illustrators, character designers, sculptors, fine artists, art students and anyone who is passionate in their pursuit of drawing.
This book will help you understand gesture, so that you can bring more life to your poses. It will break down the body mechanics of the figure, shedding light on the incredible range of motion capable in the body as well as the limitations and restraints. It addresses the form, structure, design, and aesthetic of the figure, and trains you to improve your ability to control proportion, without having to rely on measuring tools. Most importantly, it will address the disconnect between gesture and rendered images, and bridge the gap where other figure drawing methods have not been able to. These tools are valuable to all artists who work with the human figure, from academic drawing to stylized character illustrations.
The Story of How This Book Came To Be
Several years ago I was approached by a major animation studio totrain their artists. I developed an artistic training program to target the needs of professional artists based on my consulting experience. Soon after many other studios started contacting me to conduct workshops and sessions as well. Since then, I have since been invited to work with feature film, VFX and video game studios around the world.
I have been privileged to work with incredibly talented people, and see the results of this syllabus I have designed in their work. I hope this book will inspire other artists, help expand artistic awareness, and offer the language needed to have the words to express oneself through drawing.
I am honoured to have been able to collaborate with Live Model Books, the best photography of art models available, to provide a visual reference for the lessons in the book.
About Samantha Youssef
Samantha is the founder of Studio Technique, an artistic training studio specialized in the training and development of industry artists. She is the creator of the Youssef Drawing Syllabus, a unique drawing program based on various schools of academic draughstmanship, her experience as a feature animator for Walt Disney, and her background in classical ballet where she draws upon principles of movement and posing to design a progressive and successful drawing program.
Samantha Youssef is a feature film character animator and visual developement artist. She is a former animator for Walt Disney Animation, and has animated and directed for Ubisoft cinematics. She is an award winner at the Toronto Film Festival for her animated short film La Fuga Grande.
Film and gaming animation studios employ her to train their artists, and she has done masterclasses for animation studios, colleges, events and conferences around the world. Samantha has been featured in the media, including Chatelaine Magazine, Musique Plus, and Wired Magazine.
As founder of Studio Technique, Samantha offers a rich and extensive background in the arts. Her classical art background, along with her experience in feature film animation and the video game industry, has allowed her to create a unique program that offers specialized training to all varieties of artists. She graduated from Sheridan College's world-renowned animation program, completed the Gobelins intensive program in Paris, and has studied at prestigious art academies around the world. She is a former ballet dancer, and brings her understanding of dance, movement and physicality to her uniquely designed program of drawing and animation.
About Studio Technique
Studio Technique is an artistic training studio dedicated to the artistic development of professional and amateur artists. The training offered focuses on drawing, animation and artistic development. Our chief mandate is to provide a strong foundation in drawing, which will not only strengthen the abilities of the fine artist, but provide the knowledge needed by artists in the animation, illustration, concept art, visual development, comic book and graphic novel industries. While Studio Technique offers on location training, we also offer online courses in figure drawing and 2D animation, as well asmaster classes to artists around the world.
Because of the caliber of its artistic training, Studio Technique has been employed to provide specialized training to many professional studios globally. Studio Technique clients inlcude Bioware, Cinematic Studios, EA Mobile, Electronic Arts, Eidos, Gameloft, Mercury Filmworks, THQ, Ubisoft, Visceral Games, WB Games, and We Are Minority.