HELLO! The programs that I use to animate are (rarely) ToonBoom and (99% of the time) Easytoon! I animate in that program all the time, but I only know the basics of the program. You can find Easytoon free to download off google, and I’d recommend you use it to practice animation. PLEASE BE…
I’ve been dissatisfied with my slow improvement and lack of serious study, so I am going to try something.
Starting September I am going to treat the year as a school year and focus entirely on studying my craft. In an effort to get my ass in gear, I made this schedule so I could pick and choose what I want to do each day after work instead of feeling overwhelmed by all the things. I have about six hours after work until bedtime, if I can just do one hour of studying each day then I will be glad. More is better but I don’t know if I will have the energy for it most days.
The weekends are reserved for commissions. This means I will avoid doing personal work during this entire time, something I’ve pretty much already been doing so it’s not much of a change. But instead of feeling bad about that, I’m just going to let it go and focus this year on improvement! This schedule focuses on the things I personally want to improve at.
A lot of stuff is going to happen and it’s going to be another very busy year for me, but I hope I can make this work for myself. Biggest challenge is just keeping myself in line and focused.
Wish me luck!
This is a great idea! Making small assignments for yourself is a great way to push forward.
Q:Your traditional art (well, all your art, really) is awesome! May I ask, what kind of pens do you use for coloring? I have Prismacolors and they never turn out as nicely as your stuff.
Hey! Thank you!!
I use a Pentel brushpen for lines and blacks.
For other lining stuff I use uni pin fine liners size 0.2 and 0.8
For colouring I use Touch Three markers! I don’t really have a lot of experience with markers and stuff and I’ve only tried Promarkers and Copics from friends who have them but I personally have only ever owned Spectrum Noir markers (which were kinda okay but they died really REALLY fast for some reason) so now I have these Touch Three markers which are from the cheap end (one marker costs under a dollar) and I feel like they are some sort of hidden gem? I bought a lot of 30 off aliexpress.com and they are really goddamn good. To me at least. Idk.
This is how they look like more or less. If you search on aliexpress something like ”touch three marker lot” you will probably find some listings for them and most of those come with a cool carrying bag as well PLUS you can pick all the colours yourself! Or at least it was like that when I ordered them months ago.
What you see me use the most in my drawings though, are the grays. I just love using the warm and cool grey tones haha and they also have a thing like blue grey and green grey! Really cool.
These are the colours that I own! woo bad phone pics
I hope this somewhat answers your question!
Terry Gross: Can I make a confession?
Robin Williams: Yes. You’re not wearing anything, but that’s OK. You’re in the radio studio, and if you’re wearing—if you’re in a thong, that’s wonderful. A thong in your heart, that’s OK. No, no, please, confess.
Gross: Well, before we did the interview, I had no idea what to expect. And I wasn’t sure you’d give me a straight answer to anything. And I just want to say thank you for actually having a talk.
Williams: You’re welcome. Well, it’s good to talk like that, you know?
Gross: And for being really funny at the same time.
Williams: Well, that’s probably what life is. You know, you can do both. You can talk and be funny. And you see it wasn’t that zany. It was just conversation.
Williams, speaking to Fresh Air in 2006.
These will come in handy, thanks Daniel !
He’s got another sheet on his tumblr you might also want :)
Look at these yoga-ish poses!
Your back (And the rest of your body) are super important, make sure you are stretching!
This is the first of a new weekly series of timed drawing sessions with live model reference. Using these videos is simple!
1. Set up your computer, laptop, or tablet near your working area with the screen at a perpendicular angle to your eye.
2. Make sure you are working in a well lit area with your drawing surface perpendicular to your eye as well.
3. Play the video and try to work in real time (no pausing!). First you will see a series of one minute poses. This doesn’t give you much time so you’ll want to try to get a sense of the whole figure, whether you’re drawing gesture lines or an interconnecting lay-in. Even for the one minute poses, don’t rush! Just set realistic goals for yourself.
Tip: When two images are shown side-by-side choose whichever image you like. If you repeat the same video session again (and we recommend you do) you can do the drawing over again or choose the other side.
4. After five one-minute poses, you’ll get the chance to do five two-minute poses. Here you are going to work the same way that you did with the one minute poses but you’ll also be able to start defining the forms (starting with major forms) and how they connect with each other.
5. The last two-poses are 5 minutes each. We have chosen particularly difficult poses here so take your time to work them out.
What if I want to draw for more than 5 minutes?
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More hand reference
Hand reference for that shit everyone does all day now.
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Fair enough. I assume you mean when I started Dresden Codak? I’ll break down the honest-to-goodness process of the early comics:
- Draw comics in mechanical pencil on the back of my statistics homework (never turned in) and then ink on top of that with a micron pen.
- Sneak into the Honors College study room (from which I was expelled for poor grades) and use their scanner.
- Use a mouse and a bootleg copy of Photoshop 7 to color the pages.
- Upload it to my site, which at the time was flat HTML that I’d written from scratch.
And that’s it!
reblogging this for the reminder that grades and a college degree are by no means the be-all end-all of life.
There’s some truth to this. I’d like to share some further biographical information:
I’m a college dropout. In 2006 I left school after a little over four years because I kept changing majors (physics, anthropology, computer science, then art) and it had reached a point where it was difficult for me to afford to keep going to school (I was paying my own way with various jobs).
The reason I had kept changing majors was because I was terrified that I’d picked the “wrong” career, with most of those academic decisions based around what careers seemed prestigious. I wanted to be an engineer because I liked the idea of being an engineer, then a programmer because I liked the idea of being a programmer, but I was never happy doing any of these things, and it showed. I’d always been groomed to be a good student, and for most of my career I was good at doing what I was told.
I’d always been creative, doing little projects on the side. I wrote a sci-fi novel when I was 19 (never shared it), some poems in physics class, and even some fake news stories about Popeye before I was kicked off the university paper. I also made films with friends for many years. I was told these were “good hobbies,” that once I became a respected and financially stable engineer/programmer/scientist, that I could then do what made me happy on the side. A nervous breakdown during my college career, however, made it clear that “waiting to be happy” was a psychologically unstable strategy. I couldn’t wait for someone else to grant me permission to do what I wanted with my life.
So, in 2005, during a statistics class that I would eventually fail, I started drawing Dresden Codak. I hadn’t seriously drawn in many years, but it’s something you don’t totally lose. They were pretty bad drawings, but I didn’t care. I enjoyed it and decided that doing what I really liked to do now was better than hoping I could do it later. I wasn’t looking for a career at the time, I just realized how much I loved making comics and knew that I should do whatever I could to keep making them. It took about a year for me to decided that being a cartoonist was what I really wanted. I changed my major to art briefly, but eventually accepted that paying for a degree wasn’t something that was going to help me at that point.
After that, in 2006, I took a chance and dropped out. I worked an office job full time during the day while drawing Dresden Codak full time at night. I slept about 3 hours a night, but it didn’t matter. I was doing what I wanted, and it kept me going. Then, toward the end of 2007 I found out, through Topatoco, that I had enough readers to justify selling some merchandise. To my genuine surprise, as soon as we put the store up, I was making more money than my office job (which I promptly quit). From there I packed up, moved out of Alabama and never looked back.
Dresden Codak has been my full-time job ever since. It’s let me travel the country and meet amazing people while making a pretty comfortable living, but most importantly I get to do what I enjoy more than anything else. Ever since, I make all of my life decisions based on maximizing what I really want to do, and so far it’s served me well.
Don’t interpret this as an anti-education/college story or anything like that. I just think often we expect success if we do X, Y and Z, when in reality such a thing can’t be reliably handed to you by an authority. Start doing what you want to do now, because life’s far too short to wait around to be happy.
As soon as I saw this on my dash, I knew I had to share it with you guys. I feel like it’s so easy to see successful artists and get discouraged when you’re just starting out. To think that if you don’t have the same opportunities as they do, or access to a fancy degree, or professional tools, that you’ll never get there yourself.
The path to success and happiness is different for everyone. There is no formula—no magic tool or diploma that will get you there—and it might take longer to achieve for some than others.There is no age before or after which somehow legitimizes or delegitimizes your efforts; I’m on the cusp of 30 and still trying to figure things out. But it’s so important that you find a way to do what you love and what makes you happy. Even if it never becomes your job. Even if you can’t spend more than 10 minutes on it every day. Even if it only exists on the backs of napkins and scraps of paper. Even if no one else sees it but you.