TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS...."The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case." - Chuck CloseGood luck on your projects this year!L
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THIS is how you use the FLASH/ ANIMATION program.By being an exceptional artist/animator FIRST. Flash is just a very limited vector-based, digital graphics program. It's just a TOOL, just like pencil and paper. It's the artists using them that bring out its quality.Here's an example:Got it?Good luck on your projects!!!
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TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...Someone just linked me to this image (even featured my artbook cover in it) this morning and I thought it spoke to what i've dealt with my entire career.Try to embrace what makes you different, even if it makes others uncomfortable.
LEGEND OF KORRA : BOOK 2 FIRST LOOK!The only animated series I'm anticipating besides Black Dynamite season 2!!!! Props to the gang at Nick/Studio Pierrot, etc. So good to see good, high quality 2D animated action on American TV again!
NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT!NICKELODEON ANIMATION launched an Animated Comedy Shorts Program. They are looking for writers/animators/artists to contribute. APPLY TO NICKELODEON HERE: http://signup.viacom.com/NickShortsPitches/NickShortsPitchSubmission.aspxDREAMWORKS ANIMATION LOOKING TO TRAIN STORY ARTISTS:"The Story Initiative Program at DreamWorks Animation is a comprehensive immersion program for recent college graduates who wish to pursue artistic careers as story artists.The objective of the program is to identify and train entry-level storytellers in the techniques and practices of storyboarding for feature-length animated films. Over the course of an initial three month curriculum, trainees are instructed by a DWA senior story artist in a training environment that replicates the production environment on actual projects. Trainees learn how to: evaluate and plan their storyboard sequences,
ANIMATION FACT....The conventional Anime style (big eyes, large heads & proportions) origin traces back to Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989/Astro Boy, Kimba The White Lion, Black Jack), unanimously known as 'The Godfather of Anime' who was heavily influenced by the style's of Max Fleischer's BETTY BOOP & Disney's BAMBI. Anime's signature style was derived from American animation styles.See how we influence each other?
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE..."One of the things people say to me ' Can you do it? You know, i don't really have a budget, It won't take you too long, right, you can just whip it out, right? NO. For me, in order to do that drawing, even if it takes me 10 minutes to do, the reality is it's taken me FORTY YEARS and 10 MINUTES TO DO, because of all of my EXPERIENCE, and that's what's so important to understand that this is YOUR energy and this is YOUR time... These people who are asking you to do this stuff for free, you think they're getting paid? OF COURSE they're getting paid. This happens and this why people do this. This is why there's so many STARVING ARTISTS out there."
My Deeper Involvement with the Art Community.Many new & interesting things have surfaced in my life online to help me connect with the art community better, and some of these may interest you.Firstly I've finally setup my Livestream Channel and I have regular painting demonstrations for the community. If you curious about how I create my art and my different approaches, you are more than welcome to join me. Please remember to register yourself and put my channel in your watchlist so that you will get notified via emails whenever i broadcast my live sessions.Secondly I have my dA chatroom called Artgermination, which dedicated to all Digital Art discussions. It has been running for a few months and it has now become a great place for many great artists to hang out and exchange art tips and knowledge. I am really involved with the chat regardless of my crazy working schedules and I am enjoying it. If you have some burning questions about digital art and th
Best art adviceI'm often asked by students my method of thinking and philosophy behind how I work. Frank Bensonput it best. I don't think it can be explained more clearly.''Do carefully and well what you do. If you haven't time to finish a sketch, make what you do count. Don't hastily rub it in just to cover the canvas and say to yourself you will go back and do it better later—that's lazy, and besides it never looks the same."- Frank Benson -
DON'T GO TO ART SCHOOL- By Noah BradleyDon't go to art schoolThe traditional approach is failing us. It's time for a change.I'VE HAD IT.I will no longer encourage aspiring artists to attend art school. I just won't do it. Unless you're given a full ride scholarship (or have parents with money to burn), attending art school is a waste of your money.I have a diploma from the best public art school in the nation. Prior to that I attended the best private art school in the nation. I'm not some flaky, disgruntled art graduate, either. I have a quite successful career, thankyouverymuch.But I am saddened and ashamed at art schools and their blatant exploitation of students. Graduates are woefully ill-prepared for the realities of being professional artists and racked with obscene amounts of debt. By their own estimation, the cost of a four year education at RISD is $245,816. As way
All Right/WrongEverything's alright now,Yeah, everything's alright.I cry myself to sleep at night,But everything's alright.I can smile now,Really, truly smile.I haven't meant it for a while,But I can smile now.At least I can sleep now,Sleep the whole night through.Nightmares too bad to not be true,But at least I can sleep now.I don't do that anymore,I given that up for good.But if I could I really would,But I don't do that anymore.I don't take pills now,I threw the pills away.Now I can barely get through the day,But at least I'm not on pills.I'm normal now,Yeah, normal, I fit in.Waking up feels like a sin,But at least I'm normal now.Everything's alright now,Yeah, everything's alright.I cry myself to sleep at night,But everything's alright.
MonsterTrapped here inside a cage.Mind filled with so much rage.Trying everything to break free.You're just pretending to be me.I was here all along.You're the one that is wrong.I'm not what you want me to be,So you drive me to this insanity.I savor every freedom I get.More will come just yet.You know I'm not one to control.Holding me back has taken a toll.You're afraid of what I'll do,But the real monster here is you.
What was there to destroy?I am a hollow beingWith a beating heartI am stuck in a hollow worldLifeless bodies surround meI am screaming outWeary eyes, raw throatI am standing behind youIgnored every secondI am looking in the mirrorRealize I've destroyed myselfBut then again, what was there to destroy...?
TO THE ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE... TEDxTEDxTalk in Sinchon, Seoul at the Seodaemun Art Center, South Korea, JULY 28thTED.com Event information: http://www.ted.com/tedx/events/4471
The Making of REBUILD OF EVANGELION 3.33Making of Hideaki Anno’s magnum Opus, Rebuild of Evangelion 3.33 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO. A compilation progression rough-to-final-process video showcasing the beginning stages and final compositing of one of the greatest displays of production planning/animation to date (2D/CGI animation usage). Anno’s Studio Khara is part of why I will always want to do 2D animation.
SPACE DANDY?Space Dandy is a new animated tv series By Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop/Samurai Champloo). It's a pretty ground-breaking show in that it's the first japanese animated TV series with a world-wide premiere (starting in America FIRST). It's personally my favorite, 2D animated tv series airing in the states right now. As a consumer of animated content on TV for decades, I (like many I'm sure) am quite used to getting quality stuff finished and packaged, so I can take things things like SD for granted. However, as a Tv animation series producer/director, I know how incredibly challenging & difficult it is to produce/direct a single episode from a hand-drawn, animated action or comedyTV series (be it 11 minutes format or 22 minutes). So watching what Watanabe and his crew are doing from a production/planning/execution standpoint is a lesson in humility for me. This is high-level stuff for a TV budget and it makes a me a little envious that the guys across the pond have i
Character Design for Video Game - SeriesHey guys! I recently launched one of our first master lessons on cubebrush.com. I felt like kicking things off but in the future there will be many other crazy artists showing off their process!You can find the full lesson here: http://cubebrush.com/video/characterconceptforvideogames/Here is the trailer for it and below, a full chapter from the series for you to check out, hope you like it!
5 Ways to Avoid Being DiminishedThere's a discussion brewing in comics about artists being more diminished as of late--that readers, reviewers, and publishers are focusing too much on writers rather than the artists who draw the book. I agree it's happening, but I'm not sure it's worth sounding an alarm over. I never felt diminished, but maybe I'm part of the exception. Maybe it's because I'm an artist and a writer.Either way, I do have a few thoughts on what artists can do to pull themselves out from under the rug.1. DON'T DRAW LIKE A COG.If you conform to a "house style", then you're at higher risk of being treated like an interchangeable cog in the comics machine. Yes, you're more likely to get consistent work, but you won't stand out as much. Therefor you'll be sought after less by big name writers, you're less likely to make a lasting impression on reviewers and readers, and you'll have a harder time getting raises (12 others draw like you and for less money).I also suggests inking yourself if it helps. Penc
Encouragement for art studentsHey guys,Always being around students and teaching; there's something I've started to notice. I'm able to see which students push and have the strong desire to get betterand ones that draw with their mouth. I've stopped wasting time on the ones that draw with their mouth. Most beginner students give up too easy. I see more potential in them then more advanced artists I draw with. There are some of my friends I stoppedcalling out because I came to realize that they just kinda want to get better. ( I also don't want their attitude rubbing off on me.) They say they want to get better but it's clear that they just "kinda" want to get better. One guy asks a lot ," What are you working on? " As soon as I answer with explanation he always responds with, " Man I should be working on that." Then does nothing. Actually that's not true, he tells students the stuff I told him like he had figured it out. I don't mind becaus
It's not a birthday without RAAAMBLES.Heeeey folks.Firstly, thanks for all the birthday well-wishing. Veritable.. mountains of well-wishing. Though I'd be just as content postponing my birthday until next year. And then maybe the year after that, and after that..A year older and a year wiser. Well, the latter is debatable. But definitely a year older! This year has been a wild, satisfying, disappointing, exciting one. It marks my first total year as a freelancer, which has been simultaneously one of the most liberating and terrifying career leaps I've ever made. Thankfully, the studio I've ended up working with for the entire year has been a very welcoming one. The workload can be immense, but outside of being paid, there are few rewards greater than seeing your work animated in a game after toiling on it for hours. Getting to visit Barcelona was another fantastic perk. I really can't complain at all about work, this year. I've worked with the guys from Wayforward, Vigil, did a bit of here-and-there for my old stu
Overcome your unfair obstacles.We all have certain obstacles that gives us the feeling of: 'This is so unfair!.'To me it's one of the most annoying feelings in the world because in general we don't really know how to deal with it. One little part of us says: 'Don't whine about it, you are just being jealous.' the other part of you tells you: 'If I didn't have this obstacle or disability I would rule the world!!'So you bounce around anger, sadness, hopelessness and envy. If you were just sad about something or simply angry it would be a lot easier to deal with, you cry or you just vent a bit towards a friend. But how to deal with he feeling of unfairness? There are many things that can form this unfair obstacle for you.Physical obstacles such as: MS, Lyme disease, Arthritis, Color blindness, missing fingers?Mental obstacles such as: Depression, being a procrastinator (yes I'm naming it because it's a mental blockade that keeps y
The Money Situation: Finance during college?:iconfarfie-land:Art Tumblr | Blog | Design Blog Character Designer on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)PREVIOUS JOURNAL ENTRIES"I could use some personal finance advice about about saving money/student loans/credit cards/college! I'm attending MCAD in the fall, and I was wondering if you had any tips about handling money in general as a freshman (getting a credit card/using a bank/etc?). I don't have much to pay luckily [loan amount] but any help would be appreciated!"This was a question was a response to a 10 random facts that I did on tumblr. ^^ And dear lord did this entry turn out to be a behemoth…Mental health, physical
Redesign Contest!!!Hi everyone, hope you're all doing well! Duss005 :iconduss005: , elKoi :iconelKoi: , & i recently discussed & decided to hold a contest.Your task if you choose to accept is to pick your one, favourite Batman character & redesign their look plus outfit (set in modern day Gotham City)!Prizes (as of 03/27/2013): 3rd place = pencil head sketch (8"x10") by duss005 2nd place = inked head sketch (8"x10") by duss005 + Batman Lil Gotham #1 1st place = coloured full body art (5"x7") by duss005 + Batman Lil Gotham #1 & #2 To enter simply comment on this journal with a link to your artwork & please submit to the Redesign Contest folder http://the-batcave.deviantart.com/gallery/42801464 Please no pornographic or explicit content!The drawing must be new (done within the time frame of the contest). No old drawings may be submitted! Please try to make it as polished as possible! We want you to make an effort to ink and
Mistaking pornography and artistic nudityA.k.a. Deviantart admins FAIL again. This is not the first time that they do.Today I was browsing around on deviantart searching for some "shower" pictures to get ideas for a project. And I found this: http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&global=1&q=showering#/d2gyslnAnyhow I see it, it's not what the "artist" says about what it is. Soap MY ASS. There is a HUGE gap in between artistic nudity and pornographic content. THIS http://browse.deviantart.com/photography/people/nude/?order=9 is artistic nudity.I wanted to report it but the report button said:Case Log: Explicit PornographyFirst Report: Sun Mar 28 2010 04:36Case Closed: Wed Aug 17 2011 00:04Status: InvalidComment: Thank you for your report. A member of our staff has reviewed the deviation but has found that it does not meet the current official definition for "pornography" which is in use. Please remember that while this image might meet your own personal definition for "pornography", your personal view and
Why it's important to put a disclaimer in art descEDIT: HI Please don't reply to the original comment unless you have serious inquiries. And if you do be mindful to be polite! U v U But this is specific to their case (though if it happens once it has to happen more than once) so I find value in warning others. DA does take the images down when reported most of the time without the disclaimer but it really can't hurt and it gives them less excuses to not carry through with your report. Thank you!Wow, so up till today I always found the "Please don't trace, redistribute, copy etc" was unnecessary in a lot of comments since people are going to do what they're going to do no matter what right? But wow lo and behold I found this comment in the disqus section of Artist Confessions. Basically what it's saying is due to DA's rules if the artist doesn't say to not trace then they cannot penalize reported tracers. At least that's what I'm drawing from
TO ASPIRING ARTISTS AND STUDENTSbest of luck to you this year!