Anonymous asked: I really suck when it comes to drawing guys. Could you give me a few pointers?

uhhhh hm okay well the rule of thumb is that guys are i guess… blockier- broader shoulders and chest, more muscle-ly, angular; girls are curvier, more fatty than muscle-y, and smaller

it’s a sweeping generalization but that’s the simple route…

the less simple route is that the human figure is an organic form and it’s a matter of simply knowing how stuff looks because realistically there are like zero angles on the human body

also not everyone’s a fit chris evans superhuman, so i’m just gonna toss in BODY TYPE remember body types, guys can be roundish too

and thus the other point is STUDY! reference is your friend and i will forever insist you draw from observation because having a basis in realism is where you build your ability to draw accurately from your imagination. not everything can be simplified so put in some work and you’ll find yourself improving

on that note wow this is so a post i started at midnight

  July 16, 2012 at 02:18am

Anonymous asked: Hey, I'm currently in high school, but I want to attend college for animation. Do you have any advice for practicing animation traditionally/without any tech (since I can't afford any art programs or tablets)? Sorry if that's a stupid question or doesn't make any sense x3

hmmm no it’s a fine question! i understand your issue since i currently don’t have any animation or video-editing software (SOON THOUGH) and that is pretty huge for animation because you can quickly, if not instantly, check your work. buuut if you just wanna do practice and try things out here’s some less digitally-oriented options:

  • make a flipbook. srsly
  • try stop motion. you’ll need a camera, tripod (if you’re like me- cheap- you can make one as long as you have some good tape hahaha), and like imovie or movie maker or something. it’s not always character animation, but there’s a lot of possibilities and you should try it at least once 
  • not really animating but helpful for it- gesture drawing especially of action-y poses. something we did in one of my drawing classes was watch the pencil tests of the avatar the last airbender finale; we’d stop the dvd at random points mid-action and draw the pose. you could prolly do this with just about any sequence that’s really dynamic. do a series of them and study the motions, etc

so yeah that’s my two cents, hope it helped with ideas. good luck with your work and finding a college!

  July 10, 2012 at 12:40pm

teedotcom asked: What is your opinion on copics and prismacolor? Clearly copics are supposed to be better but what do you think of them and are they really worth paying so much more in your opinion?

copics are better. BUT don’t get me wrong, prismacolors are also fantastic and thought they have less tip variety than copics and don’t always blend as well, you might as well save some money, right

can you tell that i’m mildly bitter about copics being like seven bucks a pop now

  July 09, 2012 at 02:32pm

Anonymous asked: Karina, are u just focusing in animation or are you also doing something different? cuz onced I asked one of my teachers if we could just concentrate in like drawing, animation ehh... Stuff like thatxD and she said that it's more reccomended to major in that sort of stuff and to actually concentrate in something more usefull like cooking or business ( little b***h:T) but yeah.. so ur just concentrating on drawing or your also doing something different? sorry this is too long, my apologies.

i’m focusing on animation and art in general. lol yeah i had this family friend tell me to minor in nursing and i’m just like ahahaha no thanks… the reason people say that is cos a career in art (of pretty much any sort) isn’t really something you can guarantee and it may not be very financially rewarding. so they’re just being practical in that if you can’t find a career with your art, you have something prepared to fall back on. i know really talented artists who major in business or writing or nursing and keep their art on the side so that they have a steady job in the meantime. so, don’t get upset with people for saying that- there’s a reason for the term ‘starving artist’- but if you’re passionate and driven about making a living out of your art then go for it!

  July 09, 2012 at 02:18pm

nathanfries asked: Excuse me, when i use regular pencils i just cant seem so make my drawings look clean and smooth at the finsh product. like how should i start my drawings. should i start very light and then slowly darken it. Do you happen to know whats going on?

hmm not sure if i’m totally getting this message but alright… yeah definitely start light -> get darker as you become more committed to your line. just because if you make a line that you decide isn’t right, you’ll be able to erase it easily. as for cleaning up pencil sketches- that’s a bit harder to answer. i personally prefer my sketches to look…. sketchy. there’s more movement to them. but ofc it’s still the best to have a definite line that you’ve committed to. so i usually just layer- start with light, loose sketching and gradually get darker and more rigid. another thing you can do to have a cleaner end product is sketch with a soft pencil (mechanical/ wooden #2 pencils are pretty soft, anything 3B-6B is) and then switch to harder pencils as you get more defined (i use a HB to do fine details and accents)

i dunno, keep messing around with you technique and see what works for you. good luck!

  July 09, 2012 at 12:49am

Anonymous asked: How do you deal with art blocks? I've got a really bad one atm.. I've started to hate my art and drawing in general.

ugh i’m super bad at dealing with art blocks. if it wasn’t obvious, summer- since i’m home most of the time- is generally one big art block for me. if i get one i just try to keep drawing even if i can’t think of stuff to draw. so i’ll like do requests or just do my best to doodle dumb stuff just to keep myself from getting cold and lazy. i’ll also revisit old projects that i hadn’t worked on in a while to see if i get inspired again. and i just wait for something to come along and really fire me up again.

another thing i do sometimes when i’m like DRAWS NOT WORKING is use a different medium than what i’ve been doing. one time i just got really in a rut so instead of using pencil, i bought like two 24 packs of sharpies (one regular and one thin) and drew only in sharpie for like a couple of months.

so yeah, kinda generic ideas but i mostly just try not to stop drawing somehow

  July 09, 2012 at 12:16am

Anonymous asked: Could you please post some of the exercises you have to do for school? Like your animation stuff? I'd love to see the kind of school work you have to do for animation coz I'm interested in doing animation myself but I don't know if I'd be good enough..:)

hm well honestly i’ve already deleted most of my exercises (mostly b/c the files got corrupt between computers) so i don’t have much to show but i can pretty much list them off

  • swinging pendulum
  • the infamous bouncing ball
  • frog jumping
  • falling flour sack
  • falling leaf
  • whip motion
  • flag waving
  • character walk cycle
  • character reaction (a response to something)
  • walk cycle with scrolling backgroung
  • scrolling walk cycle with background
  • character run cycle
  • four legged character walk cycle

so these cover various principles (easing, secondary action, anticipation, weight, squash and stretch, etc etc sorry i just woke up from a nap and can’t remember a lot of stuff)   and then we have to use all those principles in our final, which was a one minute pencil test done by two people- you can see mine here

and ofc this was only for our animation workshop- we also had a drawing class (work can be seen here and the sketchbooks i kept as part of that class are here),a story pitch class (some work can be seen here), a history class on animation, and an acting class (shivers i still have that pulp fiction monologue memorized)- oh and a required literature class hahaha

so that’s my freshman year in a nut shell, but what kind of work you’d be doing depends on what school you go to and what professors you have (some of my friends were in different animation classes and had a very different work load than me, and the school i go to is very specialized so you declare your major from the start and get right to the actual animation- rather than taking a generic foundation semester or year). as for being “good enough”, remember that going to an art school is not about being “good” already, it’s about having the potential and drive to get good and then continue to get better throughout your education!

hope dis helps

  July 06, 2012 at 03:30pm

"the butt tutorial"

Anonymous asked you: MAY WE HAVE A BOOTY TUTORIAL?

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  July 05, 2012 at 02:01pm

cal-zone asked: Any advice for someone too scared to develop their own style? I always think i'm not good enough, and gave up for a long time on my art. I want to come back, but i'm scared!

just

do it!

i said this before.. somewhere… changing your style can be hard because you’re breaking a habit so you have to put in the effort and be very diligent about it. stepping out of your comfort zone is how you improve, so, don’t be scared! you just GOTTA DO SOMETHING. don’t be afraid to exaggerate your drawings, take time to reference and do studies (with pretty much any subject, the best you can do is have a basis in life observation drawing), and just do something you’re totally uncomfortable with! and yes- more likely than not, this process will not yield anything that looks good at first (consider it stylistic puberty) but if you just keep at it and take note of what works and what doesn’t then you’ll eventually start to see something develop

hope that made sense and wasn’t too ramble-y, and good luck!

  July 05, 2012 at 01:08pm

reply bundle

SORRY I KEEP NOT ANSWERING THINGS INDIVIDUALLY there’s a couple not in here i’ll answer later but yeah weeeee

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  June 27, 2012 at 08:01pm