Can’t sleep, the girl was poorly and I’m now washing three loads of vomit-covered toddler pajamas and bedlinens before I can sleep. Made a quick watercolour ‘n ink Belle and scrolled tumblr dash to help me think of nicer things in life. >_o
Watch the entire “Let It Go” scene from Frozen featuring Idina Menzel performing as Elsa.
I can’t stop playing this, I’m super elated since we got the keys to our first *own* home today and while I’ll be super busy and slightly stressed moving before the holiday period it’s still sooo aweeeesomeeeeee I can’t hold it in. I just want to run up a mountain in magical snow sparkles while waving the house keys. :D
This comic is spot on perfect!
I’ve been really busy lately with life stuff and there’s about a dozen unanswered anon messages in my inbox asking how do I draw this or that. I simply do not have the time to answer them because there is not enough time in the world to explain everything about drawing. You just need to start doing it and as you go along you will gradually pick up knowledge little bit at a time, from both your own work and from seeing others’ art and usually without even being conscious of the progress. This applies to everything in life.
Another week to go till Frozen premieres in the UK and our impending housemove might happen in the two weeks before xmas (eek!). Busy busy.
All these recent asks about animation and drawing tips also made me think of one very important point. There are some people who are good at drawing but rubbish at animating and then there are those who can’t draw worth a damn but their sense of timing for animation is impeccable. This is where modern CG animation is a beautiful tool, if you want to animate but not draw so much just get your mitts on some Flash or Maya and make things move for your heart’s content. Being able to act and bring life to images is an art skill of its own. Now me personally I’m a very mediocre animator. Like, I always thought I could work on TV kid stuff maybe and then I did work on video games which was ok but no way could I ever for Disney. I’m not always sure you all should ask me about animating because of my paranoia of not being good enough. Only thing I do know is that if you work hard you can make up for a lot of your shortcomings.
This clip is the last 30 secs of my college film “Guardian Star” (unedited and silent, I can’t put sound version up anyway as it uses copyrighted music), animated and drawn in 2001-2002, third year of college, the story had evolved in my head since high school. It’s about a magical kingdom under the protection of stars, the book she picks up at the end was cursed and nearly killed everyone. One day I might share the whole story but not now, it’s very long as it had high school years to ferment in my brain before I made something of it in college and it’s every bit as outlandish as you might imagine. This little clip is all you need to see to understand what I mean here. Let me tell you it’s an epic story (as in the senior teacher said that in his fifteen years of teaching he had never seen anyone else do so much work). It’s just under four minutes total but I hand-painted all backgrounds and drew a couple of dozen magical humanoid characters to populate the land and composited the whole lot into a short film during the course of the schoolyear (plus we had other classes still too and I had my part-time job). It was also only in the third year we were given access to the Animo software (before that we only had ye olde Amiga-based linetesters) so had to learn to use that too. I knew from the start of third year I would never wow the teachers with my animation quality so I just went balls to the wall on the presentation. Whatever type of art you do, find out what of it you can do best and emphasise that. I couldn’t make shit move so pretty so I made it at least look as pretty as I could. Well, back in 2002 with the tech we had in school anyway.
Richard Williams’ Animator’s Survival Kit and Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston’s Illusion of Life are the top two animation guide books. They break down everything starting from bouncing ball basics and I would recommend starting with either of those. Richard Williams’ book is more fundamental information on actual animation drawing and motion itself while Illusion of Life is a much more general overview of Disney animation specifically including use of camera, layouts and all the other aspects of film making. Free things to look at (although you might be able to find the two aforementioned books as .pdfs too) would be Eadweard Muybridge’s photos of humans and animals in motion (google image search will bring up most of his photo plates) and Andreas Deja’s blog. Animation in short is creating images that flow into each other and when shown in rapid succession create an illusion of movement. You’re a magician and your goal is to cheat the eye to believe that what it sees is real movement and not just a series of still images. When animating stop thinking of individual frames or lines, relax your hand and let the motion through. Animator’s rough drawings are some of the messiest scribbles you will ever see.
For drawing there is no miracle method, it’s just practice and boring but keep drawing what you see. There is a book I’ve not read myself but I see a lot of people recommending called Drawn to Life. It’s an overview of life drawing classes at Disney.
Depends what you mean by an “art journal”? I’ve never even heard the term used. Google came up with the possibility of art journals as used as teaching methods in some US high schools/colleges, if that’s what you mean then no. I have had lots of sketchbooks but never an illustrated/scrapbooked diary. This blog is as close as I’ve gotten to an art journal.
I saw it mentioned briefly in some interview but I haven’t seen anything else about it. Are there more news?
I had an ask earlier today from someone wondering about all the mediums I use and only just remembered I forgot one very important one. INSTANT COFFEE. When you get to the bottom of instant coffee jar and there’s just that caked-on residue left don’t throw it away! Add a tiny bit of water and hey you have instant paint that smells oh so good. These sketches of kids are from my small sketchpad (sorry it’s cheap crumpling paper), made with ballpoint pen and Nescafé. Added the reference/inspiration pics from super cute kids clothes catalogue from Boden and may I just say I would wear the shit out of these outfits if they made them in grown-up sizes.