grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - SHORTHANDSIt’s crucial to find ways to draw characters clearly and fast when storyboarding. Line mileage alone can become an impossible mountain to climb if you don’t simplify the way you draw characters. Leave all details aside and find the essence of a character. Shorthands are the gesture drawings of storyboarding. Specific characters have specific attributes that make them stand out. Sometimes it’s just the way they stand. Sometimes their hairstyle is unconventional. Find what’s key about a character and get rid of what’s common.Norm

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - SHORTHANDS

It’s crucial to find ways to draw characters clearly and fast when storyboarding. Line mileage alone can become an impossible mountain to climb if you don’t simplify the way you draw characters. Leave all details aside and find the essence of a character. Shorthands are the gesture drawings of storyboarding. Specific characters have specific attributes that make them stand out. Sometimes it’s just the way they stand. Sometimes their hairstyle is unconventional. Find what’s key about a character and get rid of what’s common.

Norm

Newest Titmouse show!

peopleofmotorcity:

Here is a Comic-Con sneak peak at the newest Titmouse show Moonbeam City:

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/07/24/comic-con-first-look-moonbeam-city-comedy-centrals-newest-animated-series-coming-in-2015-video/286248/

This is the first I’ve seen on the show, but word around the office is…

This looks kinda  fun! Sort of in the vein of Archer, but as an 80’s poster. Loving the concept but as always I will reserve judgement until after I’ve watched it. But it’s titmouse, so I mean it’s gotta be good, no?

dataglitch:

STRONGARM!!!!(/∇\*)

The fans CONTINUE to draw the bots better than we do lol.

dataglitch:

STRONGARM!!!!(/∇\*)

The fans CONTINUE to draw the bots better than we do lol.

barlee:

Screenshots from the sneak peek of Transformers Robot in Disguise 2015 series~ =] I love the BGs and graphic Miyazaki-esque coloring style~ And Bumblebee’s new design~ <3

Sneak peek trailer can be watched here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=683133768423487

Woohoo, they’re finally showing stuff from our new show.

monkeykingstudios:

This Friday at FermentedZen.com

If you&#8217;re not reading fermented zen you should be.

monkeykingstudios:

This Friday at FermentedZen.com

If you’re not reading fermented zen you should be.

chrispalmerart:

What’s a Balrog? And why does it, what’s the word… BBBBUUUUUUURRRRRRNNNNNNNNN…
All ideas sound good at 3am!

Dude this is brilliant.

chrispalmerart:

What’s a Balrog? And why does it, what’s the word… BBBBUUUUUUURRRRRRNNNNNNNNN…

All ideas sound good at 3am!

Dude this is brilliant.

moonanimate:

Enjoy. :)

(edit) - Missing Credits: Chloe Buse, Diana D’Arcee

This is incredible. Bravo all you animators.

onna-spy asked
Wow! That's really cool!!! I'm currently taking Jay's storyboard class at CDA.. and I'm trying to work towards breaking into the industry. If it's not too much trouble, do you mind telling me some of your insights on how you first made it in??

barlee:

wruzicka-reblogs:

barlee:

That’s great! That’s how I learned storyboarding too~ With your drawings, I have no doubt you will be able to break in very soon, once you have learned the basics of boarding and an opportunity arises.

Insights on how I first made it in… Gosh this could use a whole post on it’s own, but here goes..

In the shortest answer possible, I got in because there was an opening for a revisionist position on Transformers Prime, right after I finished Jay’s class…. One of the board artists saw my DA page that had my Korra sketches. The directors liked my drawings because they were loose, but sensitive and had decent draftsmanship and a lot of attitude. They saw that I knew the basics of storyboarding, that I could draw good acting. I was not an impressive board artist, because I was still green, but they thought I had “potential” and so I got hired as a revisionist in-house. If a director sees you have “potential”, that’s usually how you’ll get your break. This is how it usually happens. Of course  how to get to the point where you are seen to have potential is a whole ‘nother matter.

Let’s just assume you already know that you need to know the basic of boarding: staging, composition, screen direction….. you’re taking Jay’s class so that’s obvious. But that alone won’t get you in the industry right? Here’s what else you need:

In animation…. being able to draw well is first. And of course that is a never-ending process, but there is a point where you are “competent”. I think what helped me is I drew a lot from everyday life, and tried to draw from memory as much as possible, and learned the basics of draftsmanship… And I observed as much as I could. Become of a master of observation and visualization. My fave instructors on drawing are Kimon Nicolaides, George Bridgman and Robert Beverly Hale. You also learn a lot from manga, animators, and old masters. As for the types of drawings you need to do in boards… lively and loose  - but clear. If you’re trying to draw like today’s top Japanese animators and manga artists I’d say you’ve got some good direction, if that’s the style you are going for.

Next I focused on acting, expressions, and body language. Since in America, most T.V. boards are animated overseas, the more specific you can get the acting, the better. That may or may not mean doing a whole bunch of poses… But.. You want your character to be believable, and interesting. I pay attention to my own body language and others’ as well. Take everything in. Take nothing for granted. Get to understand yourself and others. And of course study films that have exceptional  acting.. like “The Verdict” and “Silence of the Lambs”… If you can, get a book called “Acting without Agony” and read that. That book helped me a lot. Despite being a mediocre board artist, being able to create and draw sensitive acting in characters helped me get the jobs I did, because that’s the stuff that really sells a character to the audience. Comedy acting is different but same principals apply.

Display your skills in a portfolio or on you online gallery/tumblr… whatever, so other pros can see it. Often they are looking for people, who can draw… Get your drawings and sketches out there. And get a boarding portfolio up. I didn’t have a boarding portfolio online when I got my first job, but I had my DA page, and one of the board artists from Transformers Prime saw my drawings, and asked if I wanted to do revisions. I sent the studio some unfinished sample boards and that was enough to get me a job.

And last but not least… getting to know and introducing yourself to people in the industry. You’re going to CDA and you know Jay, so that’s a good start~ =] Luck and timing will determine the rest.

Those are the… how-to’s of how I personally got my foot in the industry… Will in make you a good board artist though? No… beyond that… you must invest the time to understanding good storytelling, and good directing. That’s how you become a good board artist.

All in all, if everyday you are aiming for excellence and serious about doing boards… You’ll do what is necessary and you should be fine. That’s how I see it…

I know this was a long and kinda redundant post… but I hope it helps you and anyone else who’s trying to make it. =] Good luck!

Sound advice! I’m sure I have a watcher or two who is looking to get into animation, and might gain something from this.

Also… hmm… I worked on Transformers, too. 

lol BTW Will here is the talented mofo who got me the job on TF. I was too lazy to find his handle name to link, but thar you go. =P

The Mighty Thor

So I’m watching The Avengers for like the eleventieth time and I always love the headbutt moment between Thor and iron man. But this time I was like. Wait. Despite the suits inconsistent durability in the films it IS a titanium alloy and Thor headbutts a dent in it and crushes a gauntlet in his bare hand. Then later on he breaks a prison cell that had the (underestimated but reasonable) expectation of containing the hulk. And while he does fight the hulk it’s clear(at least to me) he would lose that fight if it went on too long.

And this made me appreciate marvel cinema universe Thor so much more. Like so many other superman type hero movies do these insanely huge things to showcase the power of their characters and sure Thor had them too, but I LOVE these little things that give a spectrum of the abilities of all these characters.

Thor is asgardian and while through deed he’s shown to be the toughest asgardian he’s not seen as uniquely powerful. Other asgardians are shown at similar levels. But cap goes toe to toe with Loki a frost giant who is at least able to go toe to toe with Thor who can go toe to toe with the hulk and there’s Black Widow who holds her own amongst the best of them and just. It keeps going on. I’ve seen this flick so many times and every time it wows me at how much I appreciate how well put together it is.

Had a little bit of free time today and wanted to draw something for myself. For whaaatever reason, Marvel&#8217;s Hyperion came to mind but I couldn&#8217;t decide on which color scheme to go with, so I tried two. I like neither, haha. Ah well. 
At least I got to doodle.

Had a little bit of free time today and wanted to draw something for myself. For whaaatever reason, Marvel’s Hyperion came to mind but I couldn’t decide on which color scheme to go with, so I tried two. I like neither, haha. Ah well.

At least I got to doodle.

icatler:

icatsgrotto:

Josie and the Pussycats in “Musical Evolution” x

Coolest promo ever created

Real talk though, this is one of the coolest tributes to a classic cartoon with the most interesting animation in it I’ve ever seen, look how wonderful it is.

GO.

WATCH.

THE VIDEO.

I remember when I first saw this promo and I hoped beyond hope that it would be for an actual show where Josie and the girls try out different music genres in each ep.

soty6:

最後の煙部分。頭の中のコンテではゆたぽんがかっこよく描いててくれてたんだけど全くイメージが足りてなかった。上はいつも通り吉成さん系の描き方。下は憲生さんを意識して(雑になったけど)。当然だけど下の方があっさりしてる。

一番下は間をとったやつ。

Ugh, soooooo goooooood!