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pigeonbits:

Color palette tutorial time!

This is by no means the Only Way To Pick Colors—it’s just a relatively-simple method I use sometimes.  I’ve found it works pretty well, almost regardless of what colors you pick—as long as you can keep them organized by those light/dark warm/cool categories, and make sure one category takes up a significantly higher proportion of page space, it usually turns out pretty good!

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meatfart:

electricalice:

while this is mostly about facts, there are a lot of opinions in this tutorial (namely my distrust on several brands marketing strategies, and my opinion that’s better to start with cheap student quality stuff. LOTS of people disagree on that point) as well that you should take as what they are: personal opinions.

here is slightly more readable than on tumblr

this is the result of several years of research on creating a cheap but high quality palette that would help me.

other things to be aware of: pigments are generally more resistant in oil and acrylics than they are in watercolor. but there are a couple of pigments that work well in watercolor but really badly in oil.

resources
pigments through the ages
a comprehensive guide to watercolor pigments and a lot of tests on popular brands
about van gogh’s bedroom
Blue and Yellow don’t make green by Michael Wilcox

a side note, at least for acrylic in my experience, sometimes there are colors in acrylic lines like manganese? i think or say some kind of aqua…special fun kind of color. Get familiar with the pigment codes, and check these blended colors and just buy the base tubes. You can mix the fun color yourself and makes tons of variation. Some blues especially? are basically pthalo blue and pth. green and white in different ratios….so it would be a waste obvi to buy an aqua and prussian or manganese or brilliant blue with acrylic lines cause you can make all or those and more yourself. Really just buy blends if youre using that exact color for large fills or sth….some of these base colors have different shades you’d do well to be aware of too and select those based on what colors you intend to mix with.

OP mentions only buying the primaries in artist grade, but I’d recc getting the secondaries too…diox purple, some kind of pigment orange, pthalo green….it’s very difficult to mix these colors purely with primaries and they often become muddy. It’s best when you get picky to just buy the actual single pigment secondaries for vibrancy’s sake…

OH ACTUAL LEGIT SAFETY NOTE???

many pigments are actually HEAVY METALS or METAL OXIDES. Typically this will reflect in higher price, but Chromium Oxide green or Cadmium red or Cobalt blue and others are TOXIC. Don’t put them on your skin, wash after using them, and you really ought no eat while painting with them ahaha…It’s not like insta-cancer or illness if you’re in contact/using these materials, but don’t deliberately get this stuff on you!

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cosmickonett:

For fungii

I don’t really use lines much anymore, unless the style calls for it. (ie: chars had thick black lines -> bg will have m too).

I sketch my scene, maybe do a color test. Then I extrude the shapes like this. I still need to work on choosing the right balance in not making the pieces look to plastic if they aren’t made of plastic, haha.

MAYBE YOU meant something else tho;; haha the pre-this phase or something.

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littlebazooka:

What’s up guys!

Last May, while doing my student short EL TERROR, I had the great opportunity to design a puppet with Furry Puppet Studio for a music video. Sadly, the music video will not be release publicly…But the creative director told me I could show you some of my work on it. So here it is! I don’t have a pictures of the whole body but I’m sure there is one of it on their facebook page.

It’s really weird and funny to see one of my scrappy digital doodle to turn into an actual real three dimensional thing!! Seriously the picture with the expressions totally freaks me out! He really looks like he’s alive for real! Like he has a job, a family and other stuff that real people have (toothbrush). I don’t know…

Anyway, I hope I’ll have the chance to design other puppets with Furry Puppet Studio because it’s just super awesome.

Hope you enjoy all of this!

I’m out!

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I just wanted to say your art style is really nice. It's kind of angular, but not really, and very expressive. For some reason I really like how you draw flowing hair/fabric. Do you have certain artists who inspired and influenced you?

lennydrawsthings

briannedrouhard:

Thank you!

Yes, there are certain artists/styles that have influenced me.  I work in tv animation, and I’m definitely influenced by those I’ve worked with.  In TV, when designing characters, we have to figure out how to draw hair simply so overseas can follow it.  The simpler it is, the less mistakes we get back in the animation.  This can make the designs bland, but it can also force you to come up with new ways to treat hair!  

I also like looking at how some cartoons/anime treat hair.

Faves are Nia from Gurren Lagann, and Aurora’s hair from Sleeping Beauty.  They’re both great examples on how to treat hair in motion, and both are very different!
I had to make a model sheet a few years ago showing how to break down hair, but I’m much more comfortable with drawing now then I was then.  Remember that even tho hair has shape, so much can affect it.  Gravity, motion, is it short, tied up?  Curly or straight?  It can be soft and flexible, so don’t be afraid to squish it!


Here’s a quick example about what I think about when drawing hair, there’s quite a few great tutorials online for hair too. 
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giuliarivolta:

Character Designs for The Sun News paper

A very cool example of a variety of character designs!

Go follow giuliarivolta for more great character designs!

giuliarivolta:

Character Designs for The Sun News paper

A very cool example of a variety of character designs! Go follow giuliarivolta for more great character designs!
blindsprings:


Big Version
A friend of mine was interested in seeing my thumbnail process, and since the entirety of chapter 2 is complete, I can show them!  You can see how I started very messy and ended…not so messy.
Chapter 3 is on a whole other level, it’s gotten a bit ridiculous. I’m about a third of a way done, which is pretty impressive for me; I started chapter two with NO thumbnails, just a failed script.

blindsprings:

Big Version

A friend of mine was interested in seeing my thumbnail process, and since the entirety of chapter 2 is complete, I can show them!  You can see how I started very messy and ended…not so messy.

Chapter 3 is on a whole other level, it’s gotten a bit ridiculous. I’m about a third of a way done, which is pretty impressive for me; I started chapter two with NO thumbnails, just a failed script.

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purplekecleon:

conceptcookie:

Tutorial: Choosing Interesting Colors by PurpleKecleon

Watch Mel Herring’s (PurpleKecleon) full tutorial on choosing interesting colors HERE. She takes you through her entire process of this piece while talking about how to choose colors to create harmony in your piece!

Hey guys! Here’s the art I did for that tutorial finally posted!

It was a lot of fun, thanks CGcookie for the chance to make something to help others out!

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elioli-art:

Simple watercolor process

A simple watercolor tutorial! We just started seriously trying to learn and work with watercolors just this year, so this tutorial shouldn’t be taken as an expert way of painting. We’re still learning ourselves, and these are a few steps that we have learned to approach to make our own process easier. Especially the more simplistic style we like to dabble in. Pardon if there are any misspellings or if something isn’t too clear. Let us know if you use this tutorial as well. We would love to see what you do!

Hope you enjoy!

ELIOLI

You can find more of our tutorials here :

http://elioli-art.tumblr.com/tagged/tutorial

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight LinesWithout proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation. It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing. Have fun!Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight Lines

Without proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation. 

It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing. 

Have fun!
Norm

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - LINE OF ACTION
The line of action doesn’t necessarily need to be drawn in. As long as you think about it while drawing, your gesture or posing will be stronger. It gives a direction to the pose, a force that runs though, or simply a visual pathways to guide your audience. Use it always!Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - LINE OF ACTION

The line of action doesn’t necessarily need to be drawn in. As long as you think about it while drawing, your gesture or posing will be stronger. It gives a direction to the pose, a force that runs though, or simply a visual pathways to guide your audience. Use it always!

Norm

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grizandnorm:

My Life Drawing Set-Up

I’m trying to put back life drawing sessions into my weekly routine. I’ve been digging up my old anatomy reference books. My favorite ones were always the George B. Bridgman books. Especially the one called “Constructive Anatomy”. Full of great tips on “how” the different body parts interact with each other. Amazing.

So, for today, I thought I’d share my basic set-up when I go to life drawing. For a while, I was just using Sharpie on Newsprint but I decided to go back to basics recently. Basics for me means using a Conte Stick and holding it more like a paintbrush than a pencil, allowing to draw more from the shoulder than from the wrist. It makes it easier to draw boldly, with more confidence, and it just creates a better “flow” to my drawings. It’s also possible to draw and shade using the same tool. Priceless.

I hope you enjoy it.

Norm

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Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 vs. Wacom's Cintiq Companion

frenden:

Mentioned in this article: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 | Wacom Cintiq Companion

Which portable drawing tablet reigns supreme for digital artists?

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3.

I just received a review unit Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft. My Wacom Cintiq Companion is my most used art device….

Useful Writing Websites

fictionwritingtips:

I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out!

Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I think it also allows you to…

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - LINE OF ACTION
The line of action doesn’t necessarily need to be drawn in. As long as you think about it while drawing, your gesture or posing will be stronger. It gives a direction to the pose, a force that runs though, or simply a visual pathways to guide your audience. Use it always!Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - LINE OF ACTION

The line of action doesn’t necessarily need to be drawn in. As long as you think about it while drawing, your gesture or posing will be stronger. It gives a direction to the pose, a force that runs though, or simply a visual pathways to guide your audience. Use it always!

Norm

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