Saturday, February 27, 2010

Draw over for Purna

If you want to know more about figure drawing, I would highly recommend you take Kevin Chen, Rick Morris, Charles Hu, or Kirk Shinmoto. My information in this subject is just a poor version of what they can do.

Draw over for Jim Mortensen

So, Jim sent in the first one. He did some really nice designs here. I'll just take one and show the principle. Just go through your drawing and check every line and shape. Then, I would try posing the characters out to get into gesture and story.

drawing tips

I want to try and do something. The best way I've found to learn is to try something and then show it to a teacher. Usually the teacher will draw on top and show me how to do things differently. So, if anyone wants to send in a drawing, I can show you guys how to look at your drawing and apply gesture form overlap and design principles to your drawing. I'll post the examples on the blog here. So, send in some stuff.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010


So I'm going to go through my thoughts on "what is drawing?" and elaborate on each part. In the future, I'll be doing story boarding tutorials on the art center blog and drawing tutorials here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

what is drawing? an overview of this bog

I did a one post overview of almost everything I've discussed on this blog for the art center blog. Check it out. Here is a sneak preview.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Hey folks, I've joined up with some other talented artist to start a group tutorial site much like this site, but with lots of people.

here is a sneak peak of my first tutorial. Go to the blog to check out the rest

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I'm starting on a new show at work, and I'm extremely excited. Nico Marlet is probably my favorite character designer of all time. In case you were wondering, I actually do these types of construction studies when I need to learn a new character.

and here, I tried to make up my own poses.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

What story boards look like

Edit: Because people were asking, this was done in photoshop. When We pitch, we don't make a video file like this. normally we would just click through them on the computer and make the noises and voices ourselves for the pitch.

Here is a small sample I did for my class to show what story boards look like. The editor would take these and time them out and add sound. Here I just have them set to play through with no particular timing.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


part of the fun of being an artist is just shutting off your brain and exploring things. Also, being inspired by things. don't worry about composition, structure, storytelling, or anything. Just play and have fun. That is how I came up with this style. I was just playing with brushes and it turned into something. You never know what you might be able to use later by just playing around.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rules are fun to break

When I say "don't do this", or "do this", I should probably say "don't do this on accident". But, if you do it on purpose, that's another story. you can pretty much do anything you want if you do it on purpose. Here I have lots of tangents and a collar that breaks the rule I just gave.

shirt collars

You end up drawing a lot of shirt collars in storyboards. Here is something I found helpful.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

shape design never goes away

No matter how "realistic" or cartoony you draw you always design the shapes. Here is how to look at straight vs curve.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

drawing an anime character

I would do this for a few days before I felt comfortable with the character. Then, I would try to leave the character "rougher" I would try to get pretty close to the finish drawing in just 1 or 2 stages. I like more spontaneous drawings, but some times you have to flip it back and forth and be able to draw the character very clean in order to get the spontaneous drawings to look nice.

Monday, February 1, 2010