Draw, You Scoundrel!

(Lee has a seperate hub where she talks more about her life in animation with lots of video links. Check it out: http://hubpages.com/hub/My-Life-in-Animation. For a complete list of movies she's worked on, look her up on IMDb -- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0971816/.)

Lee Crowe, or those who have purchased art from Lee, own the copyright to all non-ad works on this page.

The Crane House

The Crane House -- Commissioned Pastel Drawing
The Crane House -- Commissioned Pastel Drawing

Wildlife

Polarized -- Gouache
Polarized -- Gouache
Golden Isles Egret -- pastel
Golden Isles Egret -- pastel

Still Life

Autumnal Still Life -- Acrylic
Autumnal Still Life -- Acrylic
Still Life with Green Bottles -- pastel
Still Life with Green Bottles -- pastel

Drawing, Painting and Animating, Oh My!

I'm an artist; been an artist all my life. I love traditional media. I love the smell and the mess and the texture of the paper. I've spent most of my time doing animation for big companies, like Disney, Dreamworks Animation, and Warner Brothers Animation, on such shows as The Little Mermaid, Family Guy, Space Jam, Brother Bear, Cats Don't Dance, etc.

I now teach animation at the college level. I want to get back into animation production but I also really enjoy doing my own fine art, which is generally realistic paintings and drawings of animals, nature, the human figure, and the occasional still life and building exterior. My favorite media is colored pencil, followed by pastel, graphite pencil, and gouache. I've also worked in acrylic and collage. Teaching and animating for big companies doesn't allow much time for "my" art but I hope to showcase some of it here just the same.

I did the above pastel of the Crane House on Jekyll Island, Georgia, as a wedding gift from a bride to a groom. (The Crane House is a popular wedding location...). I think this turned out beautifully; I love the combination of purples and yellows.

I think wildlife is probably my favorite subject matter. I did this Polar Bear while getting my MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design in the mid-2000's. He's done in gouache, which I had not worked in prior to attending SCAD. My teacher Katherine Sandoz taught us to layer the gouache, let it dry, and use fixative as we go, in order to keep it from reactivating.

I did the egret (in pastel) a long time ago!



Next I have a couple of still life pieces; one in acrylic and one in pastel. These were also done at SCAD. I always encourage beginners to start with still life drawings and paintings. They are life that isn't going anywhere.

Duke, Misty and Norbert

"Duke", a King Charles Spaniel. Commissioned Portrait, Prismacolor colored pencils.
"Duke", a King Charles Spaniel. Commissioned Portrait, Prismacolor colored pencils.
"Misty", a Papillon. I did this as a wedding gift for Misty's parents, colored pencil.
"Misty", a Papillon. I did this as a wedding gift for Misty's parents, colored pencil.
"Norbert" the kitten, acriylic
"Norbert" the kitten, acriylic

Pet Portraits

I love doing commissioned portraits of pets. I usually work in colored pencil and occasionally in pastel or acrylic -- whatever I feel like is right for that animal, and whatever works for the size of the piece I'll be doing. I generally don't like to work too big. That is probably from my animation background; animation drawings are usually small enough to fit easily under a camera. When I work in colored pencil I work on illustration board which has been prepared with clear gesso and a colored acrylic wash. The gesso gives the board a bite which holds the color, and the wash makes the colors pop even more. I also like the amount of control I have with colored pencils.

Three Cool Dogs

Here's a commissioned portrait I did a couple of summers back of a basset, springer, and golden retriever, in pastel.
Here's a commissioned portrait I did a couple of summers back of a basset, springer, and golden retriever, in pastel.
Here's the first stage of the portrait with only the basset done
Here's the first stage of the portrait with only the basset done

Animals from Zoo Atlanta and Rural Georgia

George the horse
George the horse
Drill monkeys
Drill monkeys
Zebra
Zebra
red goat
red goat
pig
pig

Animal Sketches

I try to draw animals from life whenever I can. This horse was at a stable in Spalding County, GA, and was done in graphite. The other animals are from Zoo Atlanta, where I take my students once every three months. Live, untrained animals are wonderful models for animation students, precisely because they don't stand still. The student must learn to draw a living thing that is in motion. The petting zoo is the best area to visit for drawing, because the animals are "in your face" -- they're not hiding behind a bush somewhere. Some of the goats there actually have tried to climb into my lap. Sometimes they want to nibble on my sketchbook, but most of the time they really do enjoy being petted.

The drill monkeys and pig were drawn in black Prismacolor colored pencil; the red goat in an assortment of Prismacolor colored pencils, and the zebra in brush pen.

figure drawings

human male quick sketch
human male quick sketch
human female sketchbook page
human female sketchbook page
human female; 15 minute pose
human female; 15 minute pose

Life drawings

The ability to draw the human figure is essential to being a good animation artist. I get to draw humans and animals in motion more than any other form of art, I suppose. These are from an advanced drawing class that I taught in the Spring of 2010. 

Comments 14 comments

andrew MUNRO 6 years ago

Me first! Me first! Yay, Lee! More stuff! Optimism, artiness, shaggidoginess, rah,rah,rah!


Laura Reed 6 years ago

I love it, Lee! I never heard of 'the hub' before. I enjoy seeing your art. You are so talented!


Julie Hubbard 6 years ago

I love your art, Lee, you are so talented and cool! Your sketches are so beautiful and full of life. I want to see more!


quayzarr 6 years ago

Beautiful! But then of course I already knew that. Uuuuyyyyyy!


Dotun 6 years ago

I love the Crane House illustration; and as well the 3 dogs, especially as you included the first stage photo showing the capturing of the forms.


Renardo Johnson 6 years ago

Nice work


Jeffrey Eidson 6 years ago

I think your sketches are really good, and your shading with the color looks great


Caitlin Culbertson 6 years ago

I'd have to say my favorite is the one with the three dogs, pastel has always been somewhat hard for me to use. Do you ever dabble in watercolor? If so you should post some :)


JaRabia Linen 6 years ago

These photos are awesome!!!


Cleveland Johnson 6 years ago

omg teach your artwork puts my art to shame. You are so talented and i cannot wait to get to where you are proud to have you as my teacher. And i am so joining the animation club


Jordan Underwood 6 years ago

Nice work Ms.Crowe :D


Gregory Mitchell 6 years ago

As an up and coming animator, reading your hub really motivates me to excel in my studies at SCAD.


Lee 6 years ago

Excellent. Good luck with your studies at SCAD!


Nichoals Hall 6 years ago

Professor,

I really like the "Drill Monkey" scketch, even as simple as the scketch is, there is still a good since of depth and I can't put my finger on it... but I also really like the style. The last female fig. 15min pose is also really nice, the subject has a good sence of movement as if she is twisting to strech for some sort of excersize... again I like the over all styling of the work.

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