James Lopez, a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman), is currently trying to raise money for his traditionally animated project Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo is a steampunk short film which Lopez is hoping will help save the cause of 2D animation, and possibly lead to a TV series or film. So, if you’re interested in badass steampunk ladies or traditional animation, may I recommend you give a dollar or two. Hullabaloo's IndieGogo page is over here, visit to donate and learn more! And I’ll conclude with the plot:Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
Together, Veronica and Jules learn that Jonathan Daring has been kidnapped by a mysterious group of influential persons, who seek to use his latest invention for nefarious purposes. These villains are wealthy and influential and neither Veronica nor Jules can stop them openly. But determined to save her father and holding true to the family creed that technology should be used for the good of all, not the greed of some, Veronica assumes the secret identity of “Hullabaloo”, a goggled crusader who uses wits and science to combat evil and oppose the nefarious conspiracy that has taken her father.
Summer Haunts, a mix by Kirstyn Moore
As promised, a reblog of my playlist!
If you want to listen to my playlist, it can be found here (I’m also going to reblog it later because I’m shameless). Please be aware that some of the youtube videos linked are NSFW and/or triggering, so you might want to hide the window while you listen.
Although I’m not as rusty this year as I was this time last year, this was the perfect kick in the pants to get me to create a finished piece rather than merely drooling at Cintiqs, studying animation, and filling sketchbooks into oblivion.
I drew this today, and attempted to do so without the use of any reference. Colour next! Photoshop
I know I’m not on tumblr much lately, but if you’re into animation and illustration, you must check out my bf’s blog.
Spiffing up my office with a promo poster I made. Ridiculous Canadian stereotypes and Napoleon references are fun things to draw.
Wheewwww… so work has been super busy and fun! I’m doing a lot of design work
and even got commissioned an illustration. I promise I am going to do something with this blog… I just don’t have much to post right now. When things calm down a bit I want to finish the pieces I’m working on as a part of Skillshare. Until then, I’m doing lots of pencil sketching, playing with my new sumi brush, and sketching digitally. I’m also about 20% through Fun with a Pencil by Andrew Loomis and so far it is indeed living up to it’s name. The exercises are pretty basic so far… but it’s given me great direction with my sketches and is full of helpful tips. Not to mention how retro the characters are in this book. Unfortunately anything I’ve been working on is nothing really worthy of posting here, but I hope as the summer goes on I will be doing more things of value/interest. As it stands right now, though, I want to be focusing on my technical side.
I’ve started unfollowing blogs that aren’t strictly art based. If I have unfollowed you, please do not take this personally. My productivity is much lower than it should be because I spend too much of my time looking through my dashboard every day. I would rather my dashboard be a place for motivation than escapism. If you want to get in touch, that can easily be done by phone or over Facebook. Thanks for understanding!
After a conversation over coffee late last night I’m seriously considering closing or renovating this blog permanently and unfollowing any blogs that are non-illustration based. I’ve found other, more efficient, ways of keeping track of reference than through this platform. I’ve decided I need to stop looking more at the art that other people are making and start focusing on creating my own content. It’s been a good 2.5 years, but it’s time for a change.
Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - More Acting Less Anatomy
I’ve received a few message asking me how to draw simple generic characters (male, female) for story boarding, and what to do when there’s no character design. I will go over all that stuff, but I need to emphasize something first. I used to be obsessed with muscles and specific anatomy when I was drawing anything. Thanks to 90s superhero comic books and raging hormones, it kept me from embracing the storytelling aspect of sketching. Even later on in art school, I would spend WAY took much time on getting that perfect line quality. Animation Storyboarding squashed most of those inclinations out of me, and that’s good. I need to confess that I almost caved in and “cleaned up” the drawings on this page. This is how I draw when do a “first pass” or just trying to find ideas. That way, I don’t lose the energy or feel of my first instinct when approaching a sequence. Here’s something you’ll hear many times if you hang around story people: “It’s not about pretty drawings.” I agree and disagree to a certain extent, but the sentiment is right. It’s about telling a story and not letting other things (like lines, musculature, clothing, etc.) get in the way of doing so clearly.
Once again, message me if you have requests for the next installments.