Allison's Odd Bodies!

Allison's Odd Bodies! - student project

Exercise 1: Action Figures

I chose a snorkeler in anticipation of my upcoming trip to Hawaii! Getting the perspective right was the trickiest part of this for me. I added some movement through the inclusion of small bubbles, wavy hair, and wavy stripes on the swimsuit bottoms and flippers.

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 1 - student project

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 2 - student project

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 3 - student project

Original Photo by Farhan Sharief on Unsplash


Exercise 2: Action Figures from Memory

I was surprised by how much I remembered when recalling my snorkeler from memory, but definitely didn't get some of the angles correct and she somehow ended up looking more masculine? I like my original sketch better, but it was a fun challenge to recall from memory!

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 4 - student project


Exercise 3: Page of Poses!

I teach at a dance studio and used some images from a photoshoot we did last summer with our competition team dancers. It was fun to take all of the different dancers in different poses and simplify them into a cohesive system!

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 5 - student project


Exercise 4: People in Shapes!

This was a super fun challenge for me and something I look forward to doing more often to get out of my head. I struggled a little with her arms initially, but am excited about how it turned out!

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 6 - student project

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 7 - student project


Exercise 5: Cutouts

This was more stressful than I had anticipated. I think most of my inconsistencies came from now knowing where to start cutting. I tried to limit myself to cutting only from a single sheet of paper and look forward to trying this again at some point!

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 8 - student project


Exercise 6: Exaggeration

I chose to a sewing machine as my object because of my love for sewing. When trying to sew small and intricate things, I often feel too big for the machine and I felt like this illustration captured that. This is the illustration I think I'll turn into a full-color illustration with added texture at some point in the future :)

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 9 - student project

Allison's Odd Bodies! - image 10 - student project


All in all, this class really pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to draw from memory and begin to develop a style. I'm not really sure I've found my original style yet, but I definitely became more confident in my line work and more comfortable just going for it throughout this process. I found that I really enjoyed doing the first couple iterations on paper/tracing paper and then bringing it into Procreate on my iPad to clean things up and iterate further and more quickly. Thanks for a fun class Tom!

Allison Pillar
MN-based designer, sewist, + bookworm