NSCAD’s newly-formed Illustration minor is under attack. The administration is working to phase out the program— the few illustration-focused classes available have been amazing, but even those are in danger of being cut.
This program means a lot to me and my classmates. I wouldn’t have come to NSCAD if they hadn’t offered illustration, which is also the case for many other students in the program. We do not intend to go quietly, or at all.
So, for class soon I will have to choose an artist to emulate for an upcoming painting project. The assignment is fairly open and basically comes down to taking cues from/inspiration from an established contemporary artist (like last fifty years) and I’m pretty excited for it and would be really pumped if anyone had any suggestions to make! I don’t get around the art world much in my little cultivated internet hole. Send me an ask or reply or whatever with some names or links, I would love to check some new people out!
if you ever want to figure out the thesis of an animated show, you can almost just look at how they handle the crowd scenes and figure it out
tuck tucker, a long-time writer on spongebob, gave a talk once where he said something along the lines of, “people think this is a very optimistic show, but really it’s about how horrible people are. have you seen the citizens of bikini bottom?”
and i think about that a lot because like, in phineas and ferb the general psychological state of danville is blissful ignorance—they’re completely passive and willing to go along with anything but not ready to do anything about it. (so: the show believes most people are like that by nature, but they want us to focus on the characters who are the OPPOSITE of passive). in spongebob, even the main characters can be kind of awful to each other, and they’re constantly facing hostile mobs ready to tear them limb from limb for basically anything. in regular show, the crowds are bland, generic humans, and the characters we’re supposed to pay attention to are freaks in some way (talking gumball machines, i mean, really). codename: kids next door obviously treats most of the adults as villainous idiots, but even the kids (even the ones in the knd) are prone to sheeplike mob mentalities, so it’s clear we’re not always supposed to root for them (something the narrative eventually moves explicitly towards).
it’s just super fascinating to see how each show views people collectively, and making the masses behave a certain way is really telling about the show’s point-of-view. sometimes they seem antithetical to the show’s more explicit message, and that adds a whole different dimension to how we read the show. (if all people are probably like this, what makes our heroes different? or the same?)
Those of us in animation always gripe that the rest of Hollywood doesn’t care or know the first thing about animated films. There are tons of anecdotal stories to support this position, but finally, we’ve got some definitive proof. And if you think Hollywood doesn’t understand animation, it’s even worse than you could imagine.
AAHAHAHA OH MY GOD
This is pretty freakin’ great and terrible at the same time.
WATERCOLOUR CHEATCODES: PAPER
I got a couple asks about watercolour tutorials I made last year, and I said I’d make more in-depth posts about them as I find time. I’m gonna go through the things I think are most important (paper, practise, brushes, layers, economy of brushstroke) starting with the most important of the most important:
Watercolour paper is as important as the paint you use (I’d go so far as to say it’s more important). I’ve got some shitty paints in my palette I’ve had since high-school but it’s impossible to tell which ones those are on decent watercolour paper. If you’ve got to really budget yourself carefully, I’d say pick a few essential paints and mix as much as you can, just try to save as much money as you can for good paper.
It doesn’t matter how amazing the quality of your paints are, how many different colours you have, how great you are at layering etc. all of that is going to look like shit on shitty paper. If you’re starting out learning how to use watercolour, this could seriously confuse you into thinking you’re doing something wrong – but it’s just the paper.
Updated opinions on some of the popular drawing/art/imaging apps on the market today. Sorry for the lack of updates lately, my new job and skillshare have been demanding of my time!
Description from DA:
NOTE: These star ratings are pit only against each other relatively, not every app on the market!
NOTE2: My opinions on COREL PAINTER are NOT based on the latest version, X3, which I have not used yet.
I keep seeing lots of debates about what program should be used for what. This is different than the Filetype tutorial I did, where this is dealing with the type of work being done, versus export purpose.
I’m not claiming this chart I made is gospel, but it should give a pretty good idea on what the strengths are of each particular program are based on some basic needs and parameters.
(Of course, your mileage may vary on these ratings.)
This is basically a rundown of what I say anytime anybody asks me about a program. Fantastic breakdown!
drawn by Erica who is both GREAT and 100% CORRECT
Do you see I have a Friend Athlete and you probably don’t.
I was drawing pictures of my friends and then this happened. I’m sorry, roommate
Ahhhh, ok. XD Maybe it was the same one then! When I did it I really wanted to get a finished product out of it too, this is what I wound up with: sevensmith.net/tozar/c…
Ahhh he showed that as one of the examples!! It was great C: That was the other reason I wanted to finish it lol, all the examples just looked so nice as a complete book. Print versions are weirdly satisfying.
…..Also, what class was this? I remember when I took storyboarding the final was ‘sketch 10 pages of a comic and finish 1-2 of the pages’ but this doesn’t look like one of those assignments…
Wellll when I say graphic novel it was definitely only like 20 pages of fast-paced short story happening, so that was like, half of it! And I think it was that assignment — no one had to finish it to pass it in, I think colour was optional as long as you had some nice lineart or some other finished pages and stuff; a lot of people at least had it all drawn and written out. I just… really wanted a finished one… @u@
A few of my favourite pages (random) from the short graphic novel I completed for a final last semester. I’m pretty proud of it because I managed to bang out the whole thing within just a couple weeks (it was a very cramped finals period…). I would post the whole thing, but tumblr glitches every time I try to upload it and I would rather do this than have it botched…
It’s about a mermaid who encounters humanity up close in the aftermath of a tsunami. I like helpful mermaids.
Free-flowing comicy thing for Illustration 3— finally figuring out a digital/traditional balance I like! Exciting times.
A little more of the mysterious Jenny
- tyuran said: I find that too. It’s like when you switch back to digital you get to do all the things peculiarities of physical paint wouldn’t let you try.
- varethane said: Haha, it did that for me too, oddly enough! I loathed the way oil paints just sit on the canvas waiting to be smudged irretrievably by your next brush stroke, but having to be so deliberate with colour helped my digital work a lot XD
Omg, so true though. Me every class - “is it fucking dry yet?” and “I can’t mix a neon pink this is unbelievable”
I love oils unarguably more than acrylics but they sure do work against you sometimes!! I will probably continue to use them because if you don’t lose patience (like meeee) they look really cool and because I get like +10 digital stat bonus every time…
Colour test for a larger piece. Painting class is causing me frustration because of my ineptitude with the materials, but it seems to be helping my digital technique of all things………