hit counter
hit counter free counters Art and Reference point

jbrclothing:

Cool Do’s

(via dconthedancefloor)

asker

nickgibberish asked: Any tips for an amateur animator

robertryancory:

I’ve written quite a bit of tips on drawing. Here are some that I could quickly cut and paste.

"So to all the people who ask for tips… it boils down to this.

Deliberate practice (replicating specific art that teaches you a skill you don’t have): 1 hr in the morning, 1 hr at night in a sketchbook to see your improvement. You’ll know it’s working if it exhausts you and hurts your brain.

Analyze your favorite artist and then study their strengths, improve their weaknesses.

Analyze your art, then be a magician by putting your strengths forward while you improve your weaknesses when no one is looking.

Draw through every shape. If you complete your shapes you’ll get a fundamental understanding of construction, shape vocabulary, and problem solving in art.

Solve your problems in small scale and your final larger piece will only be better.

Art is math.I wish I could explain how it all breaks down for you, but it would take weeks to type it all up, but staying interested in geometry and fractions will improve your skills.

If you’re not learning or having fun, why bother. A lot of artist go through the motions drawing things they are comfortable with, or things they think an artist should be doing (coffee shop sketching) but if you are not learning from it, then you should move on to studying other artist and skills you don’t have. I personally pick 3 art goals every year to improve. I work on them everyday cycling through them on a monthly basis. This year has been fabric, forced perspective (4 point), and color… I set up studies for each of those skills by analyzing artist who succeed in those areas. For example, for fabric I picked Leyendecker, Bernini, Cole. Then I selected works from them and organized them from easiest to duplicate to hardest. then I thoroughly study them… finding my own solutions… art theory is useless unless you completely understand the subject….so you will need to do the heavy lifting. No one became a better artist from listening…you have to draw through your problems.”
-June 2011

"There are paths in animation and what you ultimately want to do in animation should determine where you try to break-in.

Path 1:storyboard revisionist > storyboard > storyboard writer > having your own  show. Path 2: clean-up>prop design > character designer > art directer or colorist>bg painter> art director (it’s more common for bg painters to get the art
director position). Path 3: bg layout > forever (the true heroes of animation).  Get to know people in animation without annoying them. The animation community is full of super nice people who are always eager to discover new talent. Be genuine, listen to their advice and REALLY apply their criticisms to your work… only bother them again when you’ve done so. You will need to learn patience because animation moves slow. If someone tells you they’ll let you know about a test or job in a month…go ahead and double that time… it’s closer to reality. I always try to show people how eager I am to work with them and gear my portfolio towards the job because people have trouble trusting that you can handle the job until you directly show them. It is exhausting and daunting to have to test and do free work for a job that is not guaranteed…but that’s the reality of the industry. If you think you’re really good and deserve a job… you have a difficult road ahead of you and will be humbled soon. Don’t put life-drawing or studies in your portfolio…that’s like a musician playing scales to get a record contract. Good Luck, and I hope you’ll consider me for design when you finally sell your own show.”
-July 2011

I have a series of lecture notes from Calarts floating around if you google it. I just gave another lecture at Six-Point Harness last week, so I have an updated version I will be sharing soon.

Hope that helps. It basically breaks down to, don’t care about doing it quickly, care about doing it well. The rest figures itself out for you.


bonzly-says:

Let me recommend 3 books to anyone who wants to invest their time into drawing. This post is directed at animators, but relevant to all learning artists.

Here are your 3 meals of the day for visual reference. This is your breakfast, lunch and dinner for art improvement.

Book 1) THE ART OF PIXAR
colour scripts for all your favourite pixar movies. This is not about accurate figure drawing. This is about LIGHTING. Natural light and dramatic light. Soft light and subtle light.
You would not believe how positively a good understanding if light and shadow will advance your art. Your artistic skill will leap forward a mile if you practice these techniques.
No descriptions or heavy text in this book it’s purely visual analysis.

Book 2) FORCE
Dynamic life drawing for animators.
Bring your figure and character drawings to life in a way you’ve never imagined. This will teach you to create a sense of weight and movement, tension and relax in your figure drawings. Through learning these 4 things your figure drawings will come to life, maybe one day soon you’ll be able to apply these same principles to animal drawings also.
This book is informative but not text heavy. It is mostly completely visual and holds enough text to inform you of new techniques to consider.

Book 3) SETTING THE SCENE
backgrounds. Yes they’re scary to think about, but I can promise you they’re a lot easier to get the hang of then drawing the human figure. If you’re already drawing people try drawing backgrounds, your art will improve drastically and your skill to draw backgrounds will advance in no time at all. This book actually contains a healthy mixture of some of the most complex, and some of the most simple animation backgrounds. Backgrounds from the past (traditional art) and present (mostly Digital art). It shows visual progress pictures. It shows a lot of visuals but above all it shows some the history behind some of your favourite movie backgrounds. This book is quite text heavy, but it walks you through the process of ‘setting the scene’ in your illustrations.

ricelily:

All these pages are 8.5x11, 300 dpi. Feel free to print it out in full size if you like physical copies

Comics and Comic Artists

Jake Wyatt- deviantart tumblr

"Welcome To Summers"

"Soliloquy"

Suggested Reading/Books:

Scott McCloud’s “Making Comics” (entirely done in comic format)

Exercises/Practices/Tutorials:

Lettering

Speech Bubbles Mistakes

Paint Bucket Resource

Storyboarding and Camera angles

What is DPI?

Transferring Traditional to Digital (Photoshop Tutorial)

(via the-spookiest)

fucktonofanatomyreferencesreborn:

A scrumptious fuck-ton of human mouth references.

[From various sources]

(via theartreferences)

fucktonofanatomyreferences:

A wicked fuck-ton of feline anatomy references.

[From various sources]

(via thecandyjar)

inkydonkey:

ontahb:

HOWREFERENCESWORK

For all those people that constantly ask “is using a reference cheating?”
No, it’s not. THEY’RE THERE, USE THEM. Using a reference is not tracing, it’s cool.

inkydonkey:

ontahb:

HOWREFERENCESWORK

For all those people that constantly ask “is using a reference cheating?”

No, it’s not. THEY’RE THERE, USE THEM. Using a reference is not tracing, it’s cool.

(via everypennyfedcar)

kit-replica:



xsuperbrownieee asked you:



Hai again I figured out how to draw guys, except, What do I do when I’m drawing the legs? Like as in crotch lol i’m desperate for a tutorial if you have time.
 
—-
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT AN ANATOMY EXPERT. This is simply how I perceive and it may not be correct.
I have nothing to say other than google that shit. Reference will always be your friend. If you can’t find it on google? HEY YOU CAN DO THE POSE TOO! (pose in front of the mirror, take a selfie, ask a friend etc.)
It helps you improve faster through observation and understanding of how form/body works. If anyone tells you reference is for amateurs- they are fucking liars. Even pros use reference.
It’s so painfully important, if you don’t know how? Google it- or even better draw it from life. Drawing is all about the DO. You cannot draw? Of course you can.
 
I have a best friend (my broski actually) who believes she cannot but she got a tablet last year and her first drawings? Yeah they were ok and a great try for someone who only just picked up drawing for the fun of it and never really drawn/been interested in it up till now. But when she showed me a drawing she did about half a month ago (probably 6 months from when she first started?) where SHE USED REFERENCE? The difference was ASTOUNDING. HER IMPROVEMENT WAS AWESOME.
 
All I’m saying is pick up that damn pencil and DRAW. And you’re going to be so fucking badass I swear~
 
No one is going to do it for you but yourself. This tutorial wasn’t actually for you. It was actually for me. Because the hour I spent looking up reference and drawing this tutorial out, I’ve already practiced and drawn.
 
Tutorials are wonderful don’t get me wrong but there’s a difference between drawing it out and being the one receiving it. 
I AM CERTAINLY NOT THE EXPERT ON THIS STUFF, NOR DO I BELIEVE I AM. I am still learning this is MY views on how I draw things which aren’t necessarily correct. (in fact every drawing I do there’s at least one anatomy flaw.)
 
However I hope that this tutorial helps you. Happy drawing, please use reference and go out and draw great things!

kit-replica:

Hai again I figured out how to draw guys, except, What do I do when I’m drawing the legs? Like as in crotch lol i’m desperate for a tutorial if you have time.
 
—-
DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT AN ANATOMY EXPERT. This is simply how I perceive and it may not be correct.
I have nothing to say other than google that shit. Reference will always be your friend. If you can’t find it on google? HEY YOU CAN DO THE POSE TOO! (pose in front of the mirror, take a selfie, ask a friend etc.)
It helps you improve faster through observation and understanding of how form/body works. If anyone tells you reference is for amateurs- they are fucking liars. Even pros use reference.
It’s so painfully important, if you don’t know how? Google it- or even better draw it from life. Drawing is all about the DO. You cannot draw? Of course you can.
 
I have a best friend (my broski actually) who believes she cannot but she got a tablet last year and her first drawings? Yeah they were ok and a great try for someone who only just picked up drawing for the fun of it and never really drawn/been interested in it up till now. But when she showed me a drawing she did about half a month ago (probably 6 months from when she first started?) where SHE USED REFERENCE? The difference was ASTOUNDING. HER IMPROVEMENT WAS AWESOME.
 
All I’m saying is pick up that damn pencil and DRAW. And you’re going to be so fucking badass I swear~
 
No one is going to do it for you but yourself. This tutorial wasn’t actually for you. It was actually for me. Because the hour I spent looking up reference and drawing this tutorial out, I’ve already practiced and drawn.
 
Tutorials are wonderful don’t get me wrong but there’s a difference between drawing it out and being the one receiving it.
 
I AM CERTAINLY NOT THE EXPERT ON THIS STUFF, NOR DO I BELIEVE I AM. I am still learning this is MY views on how I draw things which aren’t necessarily correct. (in fact every drawing I do there’s at least one anatomy flaw.)
 
However I hope that this tutorial helps you. Happy drawing, please use reference and go out and draw great things!

(via artist-refs)

asker

Anonymous asked: I'm bothered that you would post something about net neutrality. It isn't a debate with one clear, good side. The consequences of so-called "net neutrality" are more unrealized by proponents of government intervention than the entire issue is to the general public. If you want to make this a political blog, so be it. I'm a form believer in people stating their beliefs no matter how biased. But if that's what this apparent art blog is, you're lying starting at the name. Count me out.

Hello anon, Admin/Founder Katie here.
I’d like to take full responsibility for rebloging the Net Nutrality post. And I’d like to say it was my mistake to do so.
Your message is harsh, but I personally believe there’s a great deal of truth in what you’re saying with regards to how this blog should not be posting such content. I will not be commenting on any other aspect of the message. I would like to personally apologise to our followers and the blog admins for breaching our rule to post purely art related posts.
This is an anatomical reference blog and as such should stay unbiased wherever possible, especially with regards to political issues, so this is a formal apology from me. I hope it reassures you to know I have just deleted the post from this blog.

There is one thing I would like to remind followers of, and that is that all admins/members (myself included) of this blog have never been trained to run a blog this of this size. Because of this we are bound to make mistakes as we go, but that said, we will also be learning from our mistakes along the way. Put simply, we’re learning how to become better admins as we go, we value your opinions when we make such mistakes. My only hope is that over time, as you followers become better artists, we too become better admins.

Thank you kindly for your concerns,
I apologise to anyone the post affected negatively.
I will not be reply to any future messages on this specific topic.
My humble regards,
- Admin Katie (AKA Bonzly