looks like it’s time for another one of them sketchdumps and peeks into what im coloring for my next few submissions!
Introducing my new book Shooting at the Stars, about the Christmas Truce of 1914. This is my second book I’ve both written and illustrated. It has been a real passion project and I’m thrilled to finally share it with you. It will be released October 7th, you can pre-order it now.
In addition to several good reviews, it has just been accepted into the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators, showcasing the best children’s books of the year. These images a just a few from from the book. Thanks to Chad Beckerman and Howard Reeves, my dream team at Abrams Books for Young Readers.
Beautiful work by Hendrix.
Reflecting on the memories of the golden age of Hollywood, it gives the feeling that there is no such place like a movie theater to celebrate the birth of film from an artist. “The greatest emotion I have ever had in my life took place in the dark” and not in front of a smartphone or television.I have decided to spotlight the grandiose movie palaces to the small independent movie houses. This is Cinema.All right reserved Franck Bohbot Photography
Q:HI there, Dana. I wanna ask you something. I love drawing very much and I wished to be a cartoon animator working for companies like CN Studios or Disney. I also want to study in an art school. But, I have a problem. I'm still new to drawing and I'm confused on what topic did I have to learn first so I can draw better. Did I have to learn human anatomy first? Or I have to go straight in studying about cartooning? So, what are your suggestions, Dana? Thx :)
Forget about ‘studying cartooning’ and get a good traditional foundation in your drawing. So that means, observational drawing, figure drawing, learning about perspective, studying from CLASSIC masters, etc etc. GET OFF TUMBLR. GO TO A GOD DAMN MUSEUM. The stronger your foundations, the stronger your cartoon work! You’d be surprised at how heavily even the most stylized shows rely on classic techniques. And once you start understanding construction of the body, the easier it is to dissect character designs, making it even easier to switch back and forth between styles depending on what projects you work on. Good draftsmanship is always in demand!
I highly recommend checking out the Famous Artists course from the 50s/60s. It focuses on American commercial illustration but the techniques it teaches about composition and color can easily be applied to animation. Even just reading the chapters has helped me improve in my work. Check it out!
But of course, don’t forget to have fun with your stuff. It’s okay to just spend an evening doodling nonsense in front of the TV, it’s therapeutic. Just stay disciplined and focused when you decide to do your studies.
If you’re such a beginner that you don’t have an artist’s callus and it’s difficult to hold a pencil for more than an hour than just do this: DRAW EVERYDAY! Draw whatever the hell you want. The more the better : ) Once you start feeling more comfortable with pencil and paper the more focused you can become with your studies.
Tuesday Tips - Gesture Drawing
As a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.
I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.
I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.
For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.
Circle Hunting with @marcelonava
For more of Marcelo’s circular life follow @marcelonava on Instagram.
“While studying symbology in college, I noticed the importance of shapes throughout history,” says São Paulo Instagrammer and creative director Marcelo Nava (@marcelonava). “Suddenly, I began to pay attention to the many circles in my everyday life. I started thinking about telling my story through circles.” Marcelo created the #roundseries hashtag, and his quest for the perfect circle has led to some interesting stories. “I recently found this amazing circular vent, which was unfortunately way too high for me to capture. I had to have two of my friends lift me up so that I could get the right angle,” he says. This event reminded Marcelo why circles were so meaningful as symbols. “They represent trust and collaboration.”