This article is from the vaults -I wrote it AFTER the show – and was past Halloween by the time it was even half way done. Also Halloween shall live on in our hearts – next to my Oingo Boingo albums and oddly growing Abe Sapien collection. So it’s monster season whenever I say it is.
Both of these – and previous month’s sheets are available for all $2 subscribers on the Patreon. I also have sketches and process samples from currently projects available on there for free. I’m also kicking around puting writing on there in the future so keep an eye out for that as the months go on.
Not sure what I’m doing just yet – got a concept or two I might sketch – might also paint on dear old Sebastian here. What I can promise is music and probably live mic and swearing. Cause why the fuck not.
Welp since I’ve been working on this tutorial with a copy of his Animator’s Survival Kit within reach; I feel it would be probably be decent of me to note yesterday’s passing of Richard Williams.
I never met the man – but his influence is felt even where I’m at. He wrote the book that everyone uses as the bible for animation principles. I myself have a copy I’ve been looking back to for reference for over a decade now. (A lot of the concepts I’m slaughtering to this day are in there.) Also ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’, which he was animation director of, will remain one of my favorite films for probably years to come. Seriously it’s a great movie on all levels – especially animation – if haven’t seen it go treat yourself and watch it.
More of his work, including snippets of his unfinished (not going to go into that, no sense dragging a man just after his death) project The Thief and the Cobbler can be found on Youtube at TheThiefArchive.
I asked for suggestions on what I should try to do a tutorial on, and this was a suggestion. So I’m going to give this a shot. Now this is a more advanced level tutorial, so I’m not going to say much, if any, about basics of anatomy or principles.
Also please forgive cause I’m going to bastardize some concepts from animation as we go. I also intended to make this one long tutorial but after writing this I realized schedule wise it might be better for me to do this in parts. So forgive if this part is more of a “well duh” than anything.
How to start this? Well I suppose we start like one starts all art – a blood sacrifice -through observation and study of what you are intending to draw. Also a lot of practice.