I’ve heard so many differing opinions on the importance of drawing by great CG animators, writing my own opinion seems almost pointless. It is however the number 1 skill I’m working to improve on for this year. I have a few books on drawing (mentioned below) but I find there’s enough online to work with, it’s more a matter of sitting down and doing it regularly.
New Masters Academy has some great over the shoulder videos of Glen Vilppu and Steve Huston drawing poses (both artists have taught at Disney and Dreamworks). Even if you have no intention of picking up a pencil they’re great to watch as they both talk about the essence and movement within a pose, a great way of thinking when analysing your video reference.
Pixelovely offer a free tool for drawing reference. I like that it has expanded to include hand, animal and expression libraries.
Drawing Force (4 parts) by Mike Mattesi
For those who are complete beginners, this thread might be worth a look. It documents the progress of Jonathan Hardesty who put himself through a fairly regimented program of teaching himself to draw over a few years. As his site shows he became quite successful, but I was interested to see how far he got in just one year:
Some other links:
Why Disney sends its animators to life drawing classes
Tuesday tips by Griz and Norm
John Kricfalusi, Can Life Drawing Help Your Animation
Jason Ryan, Stick Figure Tutorial
Rad how To
Aaron’s Art Tips
Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth Free Online | Printed
Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation
Drawn to Life
Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
How to Draw Animals