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.
After California, we will be going to Toronto. In addition to the This One Summer launch and events, my/our other books will be available for sale at the Conundrum Press table and the Drawn + Quarterly table. Here are our event details for TCAF.
Saturday May 10th
Panel: Michael DeForge & Friends
Michael DeForge, Jillian Tamaki, Patrick Kyle, Moderator Ryan Sands
Location: The Marriott 400, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Spotlight: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
Location: The Marriott 400, 1:30pm-2:30pm
[signing to be added, maybe]
Sunday May 11th
Signing: Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki Book Signing
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Groundwood Books Table
This One Summer Book Launch
Come join us for a chill wind-down event. A quick Q&A with Hannah Sung, signing, DRINKS.
Location: Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St), Doors 7PM
Thank you to everyone who attended the Livestream and made it such a success. Your questions were amazing and I hope you had as much fun as I did. Here’s the result of the demo. Wolvie, shirtless with pierced nips, seemingly upset that the campfire has already been put out? The demo was recorded so check it out at the link above :P