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.
So previously on Lissa tried to write a tutorial- I covered basic exercises – and figure drawing techniques. Now we are going to try to elaborate them into something more usable.
Okay so lets go back to our collection of dance sketches. Continue reading
For the Patreon this month I’m offering coloring sheets of my artwork. For people who desire or need to color fancy butterfly women in ballgowns or an angel smiting a demon.
For $2 subscribers you can get the printable pdfs of these.
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.
Okay so I said I was going to do Lupin the 3rd stuff next. That did not happen. (RIP Monkey Punch you will be missed.)
Instead a friend of mine got married, and wanted me to do some art for her wedding.
Since I was still arguing with picture concepts and ideas for the Lupin thing – and I love my friends dearly; I agreed to paint budgies and Vespas for a month. (She did not need to pay me to draw Vespas, but I’ll accept money.)
The basic art was stuff I’m sort of used to drawing for clip art, vespas, suit cases, assemble a map. The main bulk of the docket were portraits of her and her fiance’s budgies/parakeets that they’ve raised together. That is a bit out of my usual wheelhouse but I’ll try anything once.
In another attempt at trying something new – I decided to record me working on the last budgie and timelapse it up. I sure how I feel about this vid -or if I will try it again but here we go.
I’m sitting on a few ideas for the next serious post. But right now I figured I’d post this as a reassurance the next big piece on my docket is not going to be anywhere near as bloody, morbid or heavy as Saint Agatha.
I decided I wanted to play with color, I like 60s aesthetics, travel posters, and heists. So I’m gonna try my hand at some Lupin. The Third. Not the LeBlanc one.
I have a lot of research for this piece – cause I have an idea in my head of what I want but its not quite clicking so I keep hoarding images in hopes something will help fill in the blanks.
(I started this in January and took too long on it. But apparently the feast of St Agatha is this week so lets pretend I planned this. )
Okay – so the New Year has arrived – and is in fact – still here. I’m not one for New Year Resolutions – but I do tend to make the New Year an occasion for me to examine what I’m doing and how to improve it. With this in mind I should be working on social media and how to make my online presence a thing that exists. But I hate social media and am avoiding working on it so lets talk about Saint Iconography with a side note of women’s roles in history.
Warning – this will probably get a bit gory and rough. Because – history is rarely clean and pleasant. Also politics of now gets briefly mentioned.
So 2018 hunh? Been a bit of a rough ride. I mentally don’t take milestones well and this one was a bit of a painful one for me. But time waits for no one – no matter how many blankets they hide under. So onwards we go.
It’s been a year of bad news it seems. Personal and political. For a while I was dreading answering the telephone or logging online for fear of what I’d see.
But I suppose it wasn’t all bad. This year I made a coloring book, got involved in a trading card kickstarter for a podcast I used to work for, made a sticker set. While most of these haven’t been “successful” they’ve been good experiences, lessons learned and all that.
I also started therapy which seems to have helped a bit. And most importantly, I finally managed to make a Krampus card this holiday my own parents were happy to share with relatives. Miracles happen even in dark times.
I sadly confess I have a few drafts I was intending to finish up and post here but I got caught up in life. I’ll probably try to finish them up and queue them for more appropriate seasons. Energy is never lost – just goes else where and all that.
But yea – 2018 – good effing riddance. Here’s hoping we can make 2019 a bit kinder.
Yesterday was mental health awareness day or something – so lets pretend I posted yesterday when it was timely.
I’ve been putting this off.
I set up this blog account ages ago, thinking I would have something to say. Hell, I’ve had multiple people suggest I do this. A blog explaining my work. My process. My ideas. So I set this up.
And I let it grow silent for long periods of time. Months of silence.