Alex York's Art & Animation Blog: 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012


So, for starters, here's a drawing of Batman helping put out a fire!

Many years ago, I apparently mastered the art of character design, and did what may be my favorite drawing ever. In fact, I like this drawing so much, I incorporated it into my blog title. Yup, it's Batman! Fat as ever!

Truly, though, I like this sketch. I like the lightning; I like Batman's serious face; I even like the Penguin there on the side (and, I think it's Catwoman on the other end -- maybe?). Anyway, it has a lot of character. So, I decided to resurrect this paragon of design and do some drawings of him. So, he decided to also help put out fires, just with water guns.

Lastly, while sitting at a cafe with some friends the other night, I decided to throw down some Batman poses. I'm just trying to get a sense of where I could take this guy... if anywhere.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Riding back on the bus from seeing a movie the other day, I saw an old man gazing into an antique shop. I only caught it for a split second, but it was such a beautiful symbol, a metaphor for searching one's own past. I really don't know what he was looking at, but I decided it should be a red choo choo train.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

First Year Portfolio

Check out my first year animation portfolio over at my new portfolio blog! :D

Monday, March 12, 2012

More Anatomies and Life Drawing-ies! D:

This is a smattering of life drawings from the past few weeks. Herein lies everything from hard-handed gestures to slightly creepy anatomy studies with either disembodied limbs, or dismembered bodies. You'll find a few "de-stresser" drawings as easter eggs. Enjoy!

Enjoy some "Eyr-Bnin!" with Appa and Momo!

Images and artwork Copyright 2012 Alex York.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cafe and Bus Sketches

While we do a lot of drawing from life in our life drawing sessions at Capilano, it's always good to go out and sketch and draw in the "wild" as it were. Thus, I'm posting some cafe and bus sketches so far from this semester.

I'm still struggling with myself to push the shapes and proportions of heads and faces more and more. I've done some of that to mixed results, but mostly I'm finding that as with most activities, practice pays off. Though, there is much practice to be done.

Sketching people on buses and in cafes is fun and challenging. One of the great thrills inherent in the activity is in trying not to let other people know you're drawing them. It can be hard if you have a large sketchbook, but with medium to small ones it can be accomplished. Mainly, I find that people are largely interested in their immediate activities, and thus pay little attention to the activities of those around them. Also, I'm finding that I used to worry about getting a long enough pose from or unobstructed view of the subject, but I'm worrying about that less and less.

In fact, one of my favorite cafe sketching exercises now consists of simply glancing at a person, taking in a momentary impression of him or her, and then making a sketch without looking back. By using this method, I find that I am forced to try and retain a firmer image of the subject in my mind (attempting to sharpen my visual memory). Also by using only a fleeting glance as reference for my sketch, my mind very naturally begins to exaggerate the subject by grabbing onto his or her most striking/"memorable" features and play them up. This also frees me to make interesting sketches without ogling random strangers to death.

Artwork and images Copyright 2012 Alex York.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Anatomies and Life Drawing-ies!

All images Copyright 2011 Alex York.
(Save for Mega Man. Capcom owns him. I just drew a silly picture of him to try and cheer myself up. It worked.)