Shut up and sketch!

November 13, 2013

I’ve been so busy with GI Joe work lately, that I haven’t had time to do what I keep telling other aspiring artists to do… sketch. For the past few weeks I’ve felt like my figure work has started to get a little formulaic, so to give my work a much needed shot in the arm, I forced myself to go to a session last night to dust off the artistic cobwebs. Too many metaphors? Anyway— the model was decent, although she was a bit fidgety and apparently tired, as she kept yawning, but that’s part of the process so you go with it. One thing I haven’t missed from sessions are people like the guy behind me that, aside from milking the remnants of his 45 year old english accent in a pathetic attempt to woo the young attendant of the gallery, would not stop tapping his foot along with the radio playing, or stop belting out the few lines of the one Eric Clapton song he knew. Despite all that, it was fairly enjoyable, so here you go.

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And I’d also like to give my condolences to the family of Nick Cardy (1920-2013) who recently passed away. I never got to speak with the man, but he always seemed good natured at the comic cons we were both at. Most famous for his work on Aquaman, he showed a skill, and a range of styles, that are the envy of myself and anyone who saw it. Rest well.

June 12, 2013

If you follow animation, you know Disney let go most of their “traditional” animators… stupid. The logic was that 2D is dead, despite the level of success 2D still has on TV ::::cough/spongebob::::cough/gravityfalls::::::cough/adventuretime::::::: Perhaps Disney should consider the problem isn’t animation styles, but rather the fact that they always want to force a stupid musical number into every 2D film, something they don’t do in their Pixar styled cartoons…hmmm? Or it could be that the last few stories have stunk, and it has nothing to do with the animation at all?

Anyway, one of the animators that was laid off posted a pencil test he did for Wreck-it-Ralph. I’ve always been partial to the Disney cartoons that were done right after they developed the process of xeroxing drawings onto cells, because I love the feel it maintains of the original drawings. The sketchy quality, the constantly changing ticks, and without everything being so damn predictable in their movement, but what the hell do I know. Nothing apparently… as people so often tell me.

If you don’t see the video below visit the original article at Cartoon Brew where I found it, and read the article concerning the animator Nik Ranieri.

Sorry, I’m too stupid to get the video to embed. Enjoy~

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