Any developers want to work with Paris Christou (our new Pin Up Girls instructor) ?

First off, thanks to all the buyers of our latest video course, Pin Up Girl Illustrations. I can’t take much credit for this masterpiece other than helping the instructor Paris get it out there to you guys. I think sales have been good enough that it won’t take much arm-twisting to get Paris working on a companion version for drawing male figures, or whatever else he feels like teaching. I think he’s got a lot more to teach all of us. I actually took out my sketchpad the other day for the first time ( and crumpled up a lot of paper for the recycling bin )

Anyway, Paris is look for a developer to team up with. He’s got the art obviously, so if there’s any rising-stars in the App-coding world out there, definitely get in touch with him. You can contact him directly at ToonBoxStudio.com

Pin Up Girl Illustration Tutorial (and a story from my own life drawing experiences)

 

 

Before I put my sales hat on, here’s a story from when I was at the School of Visual Arts about 12 years ago….

Almost everyone has to take life drawing classes for at least a couple years. Even us geeky computer art majors. But hey, no complaints here because 90% of the time, the models were female and pretty darn good looking.  So this one kid Ricky was chronically late to class, key word being “chronic”, and our teacher, Mr D. was fed up with it.  He’s muttering about how this time when Ricky walks into class he’s going to throw him right out and flunk him. And the later its getting, the more Mr. D is pumping himself up to let Ricky have it. And of course, we’re egging him on too by counting out the minutes he’s late.

So our model this week is a big fat hairy guy. Sorry but thats the best way to describe him. He was infamous at SVA. Mostly because of his kingly stature, but also because he loved getting into crazy poses. Let your imagination run wild, and he would pull it off.  He had a lot of spirit. So anyway, he’s bending over forward for a pose. Legs spread, hands touching the ground. Most of the class is drawing him from the front or side view. But the door to the classroom is facing the back of him.   Well in comes Ricky, eyes all red and blazed up. Before Mr. D can even begin to say “get out the F*** out”. Ricky utters one word….

“sack”

…and walks right back out the door.  And thats how Ricky failed Life Drawing 102.

Anyway. We have a great multi-session course available now on Pin Up Girl Illustration or just female anatomy in general. And you can’t fail at it for being late. This is taught by Paris Christou, who’s been trained by both Disney and Pixar. Maybe I’m unnecessarily name dropping there , because its pretty obvious from his work that he’s got some special talent. And he’s also a great instructor.  We’ve uploaded a demo below so you can see for yourself…

http://vimeo.com/38228779

Enjoy!

Watching this hungry astronomer is making me hungry.

Check out this great animation called the Astronomer’s Dream. Its a really wonderful piece, but seriously, it is making me hungry. You’ll see/ hear why. This astronomer just can’t get a decent bite.

Since I figured out how to embed Vimeo’s directly on the blog, here’s a pasting the official description by the creator…

When a hungry astronomer falls asleep while working on a problem, he discovers a solution not in outer space, but in the surreal food-chain of his subconscious mind.
An animated film by Malcolm Sutherland, with sound by Leon Lo. Made in 2009.
For more information or DVD purchases please visit  animalcolm.com/theastronomersdream

One more reason to join Twitter: To meddle… And tools to.

So a couple weeks ago I installed TweetDeck which is a great AIR app to take up an entire second monitor. If Twitter were a car, TweetDeck would be a giant dashboard: lots of stuff you rarely look at while driving. But even a little peripheral distraction into the twitter network is a lot better than what I was doing before , which was pretty much ignoring it entirely.  I have my tweets set up through TwitterFeed.com which just publishes my blog titles and adds a link. So I wasn’t really logging onto Twitter before, and definitely not paying attention to anyone else. For shame I know. But TweetDeck has changed that a lot. I have some search filters set for terms like “Adobe Flash” or “Toon Boom” so I can listen in on what others are saying about things I might want to chime in on. And of course there’s a column for Friends tweets, Direct Messages, etc. Anyway, I’m not trying to sell you on downloading a totally free program, but just FYI, if you do,  I’m a little more reachable now on Twitter.

TweetDeck

Which brings me to my meddling. I found an artist, Ian Merch (here’s his portfolio site) and I noticed he was pondering on his blog whether to go with a pro font lettering for his webcomic, or hand draw out the lettering. So I had to chime in. Hand-lettering is really tough to pull off I think. I’ve seen a lot of webcomic artists try, and rarely does it look good. Or legible.  I suggested trying Artbrush Medium, which Ian is using now. Artbrush is a great font, and anyone reading this blog has seen it a few times, as its the lettering for “CARTOON” in the logo.

Anyway, in exchange for inserting my not-so-humble opinion into Ian’s world, I promised I’d give him internet fame for a day. So check out his work!…

Ian Merch Illustration

Is you a webcomic author?

If so, that title might read correctly to you’s. Also you might be interested in reading fellow blogger, Rob Howard’s latest article on webcomics. He also lays out a masterful plan to dominate the search engines with links to any webcomic artists that post followup comments in his article.

And if anyone is still checking the “humor” section of the newspaper for good comics, you might want to follow a web comic artist instead. 99.9% of them could use a new follower (and a hug, but thats if you dare approach one). Your typical webcomic artist makes zero dollars from their work, and probably eats off the floor most nights. Even if they are using tin foil wrapping as a kind of plate, its still floor-eating. They care more about getting duck sauce on their drawings, than themselves. More than likely their clothes already have some kind of food spillage on them anyway. So here’s one tireless, undoubtably filthy webcomic artist I check in with regularly…

neville and the devil

And what does the Council of Cartoonists have to say…

Its rare there’s a new story SO big that I’m reminded that political cartoons still exist. My regular news websites like CNN, ABC,  NYTimes, rarely show are cartoons, and out-of-sight, out-of-mind, so I can go months without stumbling across a great political or editorial cartoon. Well today, for the first time in a while, I thought “hey I wonder what the cartoonists are writing about this! “. So here’s a site (that I should check more often) which compiles a lot of columnists and cartoonist’s work, CaglePost.com . And here’s a rarity, they have a cartoon-news ticker where they post the last 24 hours of posts from various “professional” cartoonists.

Picture 2

And since that link above will have new content shortly, the image up there is how that page looks today. And even though those are  small thumbnails I think you can spot the similarities… Continue reading

Pixar’s “Up” done entirely in the opposite of 3D

Take a look at Lou Romano’s color script for the movie Up. Although if you’re 4 weeks too late in seeing this apparently awesome movie ( like I am)  a lot of the panels could be considered spoilers. Just don’t scroll too far down, ( like I did ).  What’s amazing is that these were done in January-March 2008, not too much more than a year ago. I seem to remember some special-feature documentaries about the early Pixar movies mentioning that it would take them years to go from these early storyboard stages to finished film.

Also crazy, these images look fantastic small. But click on some of them on Lou’s blog, and at full size they look like they could have been finger-painted on an iPhone. By my Mom. Granted, these were done for color reference, not for detail, but still it makes little ol’ artists like myself feel like “OH (double-expletive) I could do that!”

Up Color Script