Advice for the Day

Create pieces for movies/cartoons/ etc that don’t exist yet. A sequel to a favorite movie or maybe even a scene that would have been cool to have seen. It’s nostalgic and a pretty easy conversation piece. It beats creating this awesome character and him just flippin’ through it. It’s kinda like cheating in a sense because you don’t have to necessarily build a story for your reader, they’ll automatically know it. 

From the Shoulder

Here’s a good tip when you’re drawing. Always draw from the shoulder and not the wrist. The wrist limits your range of movements and you get really small harsh strokes. You want to use your shoulder to get that elegant long stroke. This is most helpful when using traditional media. It’s a bit challenging when you have a small surface tablet but it’s does the same effect.

Charcoal piece I did way back when. It was an assignment for a class and I remember being miserable because I had to draw it. 

There… I added a piece of me on here. 

How embarrassing.

If you don’t own this book. BUY IT NOW!
I have come across a lot of “how to draw” books and lets face it… they all suck. Everyone has their own way of drawing and it’s kinda hard to understand their madness. This book breaks it down to a science. It’s easy to follow and understand and with enough practice you’ll get it down.
Hampton is a very well known and respected artist in the community and every one pretty much worships the ground he walks on.
Google him.

If you don’t own this book. BUY IT NOW!

I have come across a lot of “how to draw” books and lets face it… they all suck. Everyone has their own way of drawing and it’s kinda hard to understand their madness. This book breaks it down to a science. It’s easy to follow and understand and with enough practice you’ll get it down.

Hampton is a very well known and respected artist in the community and every one pretty much worships the ground he walks on.

Google him.

Now I know a lot of us want a little more education when it comes to art but we don’t necessarily want to go back to school and spend our pretty pennies. Kinda when you go to the store and just want to get ONE thing but everything is in Costco proportions. 

If you reside near the Pasadena area or are willing to travel I’d suggest picking up some classes at Red Engine Studios. They have amazing teachers out there and the best part is that you can take a SINGLE class and call it quits. I don’t know if they have FAFSA but it’s not too expensive for what you’re getting. Go to their site and check it out.

Oh, Almost forgot. If you’re having trouble constructing portfolio pieces or just need help in general. They have really good classes for that. 

by Vanguard 
"60/30/10 GO!" Game
Classic and great. 
This is a piece taken straight out of a sketch book that was drawn not too long ago. You can see where the inspiration came from and how it was applied. If you have some friends that you can play with it’s great practice and conversational pieces that can be used when you’re going to concept artist conventions. If you haven’t already done so I suggest you do. Having a sketch book on you 24/7 betters your chances of being “discovered.” by someone of importance. 

by Vanguard 

"60/30/10 GO!" Game

Classic and great. 

This is a piece taken straight out of a sketch book that was drawn not too long ago. You can see where the inspiration came from and how it was applied. If you have some friends that you can play with it’s great practice and conversational pieces that can be used when you’re going to concept artist conventions. If you haven’t already done so I suggest you do. Having a sketch book on you 24/7 betters your chances of being “discovered.” by someone of importance. 

Animators Wanted

If you’re looking to get in with Disney they’re hiring right now but only traditional artists  2-D animation). I’d suggest to brush up on your basics. I hear their test to get in (yes their test) is fairly simple but it’s all basics. So brush up on your 12 principles of animation.

Composition
It’s something all artists struggle with, even the pro’s and I personally think it’s because we get lazy and don’t care. We figure, “they’re not gonna know. That’s why they’re hiring me.” News Flash, they don’t need to know. The human eye can pick up on these things and we know what’s aesthetic and what feels off. So I swear by the golden rectangle. It’s amazing and it helps a lot.
When you’re going your gray scale mocks up of your work (if you don’t do this you should) this helps a lot with composition. Look up some art work and try visualize the rectangle on the pieces. It’s crazy.
I tried finding a website that would explain it a little better than I could but it was all math gibberish. So I decided to post this picture. Unfortunate this isn’t how I remember it, so… I’m going to edit this post later on today, once I’ve gotten my facts straight.

Composition

It’s something all artists struggle with, even the pro’s and I personally think it’s because we get lazy and don’t care. We figure, “they’re not gonna know. That’s why they’re hiring me.” News Flash, they don’t need to know. The human eye can pick up on these things and we know what’s aesthetic and what feels off. So I swear by the golden rectangle. It’s amazing and it helps a lot.

When you’re going your gray scale mocks up of your work (if you don’t do this you should) this helps a lot with composition. Look up some art work and try visualize the rectangle on the pieces. It’s crazy.

I tried finding a website that would explain it a little better than I could but it was all math gibberish. So I decided to post this picture. Unfortunate this isn’t how I remember it, so… I’m going to edit this post later on today, once I’ve gotten my facts straight.

"Opening Night" by Joshua & Nathan Flynn
Character Shape
If you’ve taken a character design class they’ve talked about character shape. Every character has a shape to them and this shape tells you what personality it holds. Villains will always be made up of triangle shapes to give them an evil feel. The supporting characters to the heroin, or characters who are reliable have a square shape to them. The girl is always an hour glass shape and the heroin or the protagonist is an average of all these shapes; the reason being because the audience must relate to him/her and sympathize with their troubles. You want to make him feel like an average person.

"Opening Night" by Joshua & Nathan Flynn

Character Shape

If you’ve taken a character design class they’ve talked about character shape. Every character has a shape to them and this shape tells you what personality it holds. Villains will always be made up of triangle shapes to give them an evil feel. The supporting characters to the heroin, or characters who are reliable have a square shape to them. The girl is always an hour glass shape and the heroin or the protagonist is an average of all these shapes; the reason being because the audience must relate to him/her and sympathize with their troubles. You want to make him feel like an average person.

These tiny guys have been sculpted by Willard Wigan and apparently he holds the title for tiniest sculpture.
Now for those of you that do Clay models you know how much of a b**** it is to do this stuff tiny. When it’s on a larger scale it’s not so bad. I personally work with oil based clay, so that stuff never dried but it does melt in the heat. At any rate his work is so tiny that you need an electron microscope just to see this stuff. Cool right?

These tiny guys have been sculpted by Willard Wigan and apparently he holds the title for tiniest sculpture.

Now for those of you that do Clay models you know how much of a b**** it is to do this stuff tiny. When it’s on a larger scale it’s not so bad. I personally work with oil based clay, so that stuff never dried but it does melt in the heat. At any rate his work is so tiny that you need an electron microscope just to see this stuff. Cool right?