I've been meaning to create a CA sketchbook for awhile, but have been too lazy to do so in the past. I've been trying to kick myself into gear lately as I have oodles of time on my hands that has been, frankly, wasted on my favorite hobby of doing nothing.
I'm an aspiring animator, trying to enter the Commercial Animation Program at Capilano University. I was rejected last year so I'm all aflame to get in this time. Ironically, I feel greater confidence in my more realistic work then in my cartoon or simplified work, so I hope this sketchbook will get me feedback on both my portfolio works and personal cartoon works.
Currently, I am taking Art History and Life Drawing courses at Capilano while I waste away in boredom waiting for my next chance at entrance to the animation program.
Last edited by OfficialLamp; April 10th, 2011 at 12:27 AM.
Hey, I read your thread in Lounge and thought I'd have a look at what you got. You've got some good work here, but one thing I'm picking up on is a lack of confidence in your painting: All of your brush strokes are with a with a low opacity brush slowly digging away some form into your image, and while this careful application of brush strokes can indeed be very good at being precise, it's also important from time to time to have a 80-100% opacity brush and try to pick the correct tone / colour yourself, without "easing into" a final result.
It's tricky, and damn frustrating, but my god you'll learn a lot and learn to work quickly if you try it every few paintings. What this also does is make your brushes look a lot more deliberate, and feel a lot bolder. You can always go back and digitally refine an image, so don't worry about "fucking the drawing up", instead be aware that you can, then make it better.
Thanks for the comments, I've been trying really hard to increase the confidence in my brush strokes, but been really difficult to not pick away at paintings like I usually do.
I've also been drawing on large newsprint pads lately (just covering my desk like one of those restaurants with paper tablecloths) so scanning those is too much of a hassle. I'd like to get some more non-digital stuff up, though.
Here's a 1-hour portrait of minamongoose from the "draw me" thread and my WIP from this week's ChOW. The file for this corrupted on me for some odd reason so it won't be finished.
Good choice with animation- it's the best job in the universe
I feel greater confidence in my more realistic work then in my cartoon or simplified work,
leads me to suggest you do more cartooning. Your rotation's looking pretty good, clean - nothing seems out of place.
Your life drawing isn't bad ether- except for the volume of missing or rushed heads. You do it sometimes with the feet and hands too- if your struggling with them do a crap load of studies on them.
Practice drawing simple box / wedge style hands so you can block them into your gestures quickly.
Gestures are invaluable for animators so do as many as you can squeeze into your day.
I really like where your portfolio is going so far, especially the character rotation and the action poses. Although I have a few comments on the Storyboard, is there a reason why you dont show the bottom half of Carol? could be something to look into. And when she sits, I don't see any indication of a chair, unless that was on purpose. Anyway, good luck on your application
wow. Your bowl studies. quite nice, as borat would say. The mug I thought was a photo when I first scrolled down. If I didn't see the signature, I would have scrolled passed thinking it was a reference photograph. really impressive technical skill.