|Celluloid Mickey, gouache, 5x5 inches|
Good day to you all and welcome back. There is a trend currently in many of the art schools I work with with a growing number of students who are eager to get involved with animation, or more specifically with character development. Because this line of work is so popular, there is also a trend in line work and a lot of the inspired animation styles that are all over the internet.
I am responding to this surge in the desire for line with a few concepts and tips on how to work with line. This first part is a collection of technical concepts to help clarify and to improve your line work, inspired by some of my students who are having difficulty grasping the concept of line and how to use it clearly.
It will be especially important to those few who are aspiring to get involved with comics and sequential art to grasp the concept of line and what it can represent and how it can make someone feel, as well, how it can confuse and confound the audience if done naively.
And after uploading these to the blog I realized that my scanner bed sucks really really badly and I apologize for the scans that um, my friend next door made for me...yeah, blame my friend.
So not only is is a wonder I'm still awake at 1:19pm Pacific Time. There's also the fact I come bearing vid recs! I hear festivids is about to be revealed. Therefore, with obvious fanfare and also my visually ignorant notes that I left as feedback for the vidders:
I Belong to You - Imagine Me & You (2005)
Oh my God, this is so lovely and also -- holy shit; everybody in this movie is SO ATTRACTIVE; and I'd forgotten how much drama there was because mostly I remember the happy ending. I need to rewatch: That's what your vid did to me! :)
Super Trouper - Killjoys
Man, this fantastic — smart and funny [spoilers].
Alive - Pitch Perfect (I & II)
I LOVE IT. The summary says it all, about Beca and Chloe, and it's such a sizzle between them from start to finish. <3
Under the cut are four -- yes, FOUR -- Supergirl vid recs, because I simply had to. I love Kara Zor-El and her smile and her radiance that's probably partially Kryptonian but hella compelling anyway.
( 4x Supergirl vid recs/comments )
I have bolded the MUST-WATCH* vids, IMHO.
* Of course you're free not to. I'm not That Person.
Harry Potter - Actors and Movies:
• Dame Maggie Smith’s interview with ‘The Evening Standard’ on winning Best Actress
• Daniel Radcliffe to star in psychological thriller, ‘Jungle’
• Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood soft openings begin
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Still Alive: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/273361.h
The Lights Are All Out: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/305382.h
What a Way To Make a Living: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/279213.h
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Take It Off: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/280012.h
A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia
They Are Afraid Of Us Together: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/295422.h
Bodacious Space Babes
Fly Away Home
Closer to Me: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/297094.h
Comedy Tragedy History: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/282675.h
Dance Apocalyptic: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/305470.h
Here I Stand: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/281269.h
I Gotta Feeling: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/310139.h
Jefferson Funk: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/280586.h
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
All That’s Left Are Your Bones: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/273112.h
Super Trouper: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/274607.h
Blank Space: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/306650.h
Under Pressure: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/307295.h
Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries
Ordinary Day: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/296010.h
Night At tHe Museum
He Drives Me Crazy: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/296738.h
Pirates of Penzance
Rock This Town: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/287797.h
Love Will Always Win: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/278460.h
Your Mother: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/284948.h
Return to | of | from: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/300897.h
Song of the Sea
Ready For the Storm: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/303556.h
Shut Up and Drive: http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/288263.h
But despite that one challenge it was everything and more. There's a muted thing going on when you've just been listening to the soundtrack exhaustively with only your imagination to fuel what it might look like, and seeing it staged was so cool to see how it was envisioned. The show was even funnier than the the soundtrack because of the added physical punctuation from the actors. The first meeting between Burr and Hamilton for instance is so clearly a case of Burr going about his business, while Hamilton interrupts, and then him trying to get rid of Hamilton. Some songs that I thought would be more active physically, weren't and then there were others that were, but they were all good.
( cut in case you're weird like me and avoiding visual spoilers )
Heute morgen im Wald, mit Frost in der Luft…
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Then I mentioned that I stopped watching it a couple seasons ago, to which she gasped, "NOOOOOO! You have to watch!! This season is really, really, REALLY GOOD!!!", all earnest-like.
Even though I have no intention of ever catching up on any new episodes, I am still wayyyyyyy into the Derek/Stiles (plus Erica/Boyd/Allison/etc. all still living it up) fic. And so, at the end of class, when everyone added their own individual designs to a collective work, I added my own little stamp too - a tiny paw print (from the set misbegotten sent me) - right next to the Triskele. *____*
Actually, now I'm kinda curious...
What sort of shape is the show in these days, that would warrant such enthusiastic recommendation from a 14-year-old girl to her teacher...?
Nah, better not go down that path again.
I did manage to wake up enough to pay attention to The 100. ( spoilers for Watch the Thrones )
Relatedly, look at how ADORABLE Alycia Debnam-Carey and Eliza Taylor are.
Unrelated, but still adorable, here's Ewan McGregor singing "Heroes" at the David Bowie tribute earlier this week. How is he so delightfully charming? And why does he not make more movies I actually want to see?
In other news, we've got a polar vortex (we don't want it; can't we give it back?) so I'm planning to do some grocery shopping tonight on the way home from work so I can hermit up all weekend (3 day weekend) where it's warm. Ugh, when will winter finally end so it can be warm again? I hate wearing so many layers and having to wear boots and socks.
I'll present Speed's main points in boldface type either verbatim or paraphrased, followed by comments of my own. If you want to add a comment, please use the numbered points to refer to the relevant section of the chapter.
Today we'll cover pages 144-157, "On Painting a Head."
|Harold Speed, Old Tom, courtesy BBC|
This is good advice that will reduce confusion, eliminate habits of color mixing, and yield harmony in the final result.
2. Don't take the colors as they come from the tube; Mix your own colors.
Also a good idea. You can create your gamut primaries, instead of using the colors as they happen to come from the tube. So here you're not mixing the particular notes of your scene, but rather you're mixing the ingredients of your color scheme. Instead of using yellow ochre and cad yellow as separate palette colors you can mix the two, and then use that mixture as your gamut anchor. For example he recommends mixing Indian red and burnt sienna. This is what the manufacturers do, mixing pigments to get convenience colors.
3. "The paint as supplied in tubes is a little stiffer than is always comfortable to paint with, and it is as well to thin the white by mixing up some of your medium with it."
I find the opposite is often a problem with modern paint. Paint often comes out of the tube too runny. In that case you can stiffen tube colors by first placing them on blotter paper (or other absorbent paper or cardboard) a few hours before you need to use them. As Speed suggests, it's good to have some "stiff white" about the consistency of butter always available on your palette for impasto-rich highlights.
It might seem difficult to follow this procedure in the form of text, given that we're used to seeing videos that show the process much more clearly. But try to visualize it. This is close as we're going to get to a time machine back to the Royal Academy.
5. "In the case of a short portrait sitting...do not attempt any more complications in your tones. Keep them flat and simple at first."
Put your work into refining the edges instead of refining the tones. I would say to think of the head as a roughly carved block at this stage, and rejoice that there aren't too many details to worry about.
6. "Always paint with the least amount of paint that will get the effect you want. Reserve thick paint for those occasions when you want to make a crisp touch quite separate from what it is painted into."
7. Carefully define the eye sockets before detailing the eye.
Speed probably learned this method from watching Sargent, who was said to paint an eye in this way, like making a frying pan (eye socket) and dropping an eye into it (the egg). Later Speed says: "Remember the eye is a cavity, through which is pushed the globe of the eye, on which the eyelids are placed. The eyelids therefore partake of the spherical form, as do also the 'whites' of the eye."
8. "You should always talk to your sitters if you want to keep them alive."
Many first hand sources attest to the fact that portrait painters of the past talked to their models while they painted them. This is one of the most important points that is generally missed by modern practitioners. It makes all the difference in the disposition of the face and the expression of the model. Sleepy, dull models yield sleepy, dull portraits. Talking models yield portraits that are alive. There's no getting around it. Here's a previous blog post "Talking Models" on the topic and another post "Speaking Likeness" on the same subject.
|Detail of a portrait by Velazquez|
To find some examples of plane breakdowns as suggested in the detailed discussion on pages 153-155, such as the "three cherries" of the lips, etc. I recommend the anatomy books by Vanderpoel, Loomis, Peck, and others.
10. "Having laid in your work with the muted middle tones, you will be able to use much purer colour in the later stages, as they will be quieted by mixing with the middle tones already there."
|Portrait by Harold Speed|
Next week—we'll continue with the chapter with the section beginning on 157.
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Today we turn our spotlight toward the mighty work of golden era comic book master, Alex Raymond. Now apologies in advance- I came to comics ignorant of its history and as such find what to me are secret hidden gems that are iconic staples to just about everyone else. Just this shy of asking if anyone has heard of R. Crumb, or how good putting chocolate and peanut butter together is. Epic level ignorance. The upside, (for me at least), is that I get to discover them now when I can really appreciate them and see them cold, for the first time. Right now the fellow that's had my attention these last few months as if my head were being vice-held by gorilla hands, is he who is Alex Raymond.
You may know Alex Raymond from his Flash Gordon comics from the mid-1930's, turns out I did and didn't even know it. I randomly tripped over this below image a month ago and the name struck a chord... but took me a few weeks to make the connection. With stuff like Raymond's "Flash Gordon", or Toth's "Zorro" comics might seem goofy today... and admittedly they kind of are what they are: bubblegum pulps for kids. Still while the stories may remain shallow, the art told through them is unparalleled, even today. Their value as art for me more about how the story is told rather than the tale itself. Honestly it could be a bouncing ball for thirty pages and it'd still be hard to find anything as good ever.
But to my surprise, it led me to discover tons of Raymond's non-Flash work, and they all make want to redraw every comic I have ever drawn, and/or make me want to make ten more so I might come a whisper closer to the sheer elegance of what Raymond does with the controlled effortless movement of the eye across the image, panel and page. I mean seriously, the confidence level at work here is baffling enough: there's not a single stray or unessential line anywhere to be found. His character's are people, rather than flat stick headed types, and his gestural anatomies, sweeping compositions are beyond belief.
But then even beyond his comics, his illustrative work does it all over again bringing a kind of Robert McClosky/Rockwell effort to their forms and compositions. Fun, stunning and more than worthy of study if you have any interest at all in ink, pen and brush work.
I may be over-gushing a bit- I don't think I am. I suspect Raymond absolutely deserves it and more for his work. For me the work that grabs hold and makes you want to make better work is for any artist the complete and total point. So thanks Alex Raymond, wherever you are now, for all of this and all the rest I haven't even seen yet.
... Is is 1999 again?
In other news, the Boss is apparently an obedience STAR, and I am barely qualified to fill her water bowl. My trainer is talking about the National German Shepherd Specialty in Reno in 2018.
I'm going: O.O
In other other news, Cliven Bundy has been arrested! And the last of the Malheur occupiers are in custody. Woot. Now for the horrifying cleanup, and cataloguing of the damage.
This is the best tweet I saw today.
Originally from Hanoi, Vietnam, Minh Dam is an architect and watercolor painter based in Poland. He is the founder of Lineare Art Studio in Warsaw, and a co-founder of the Polish Watercolor Society.
Minh Dam’s primary focus in his paintings is cityscape. He take as his subjects cities in Poland and other parts of Europe, portraying their plazas, buildings, trolleys and street life with a lose, gestural approach.
There is an underpinning of traditional draftsmanship, on which his sketch-like rendering finds a solid base.
On his website, which has an English version, you’ll find his paintings arranged by most recent and currently available, as well as by subject. In addition, he has a blog which, though in Polish only, has additional images of paintings and work in progress.
•J.K. Rowling: Confirms 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' book in script form only
Harry Potter - Actors and Movies:
•Daniel Radcliffe: Set to star in biopic thriller 'Jungle', filming in Australia
•Daniel Radcliffe: Features in Short Film Defending The BBC
Fantastic Beasts - Actors and Movies:
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•Eddie Redmayne: Pottermore interview on “Fantastic Beasts”
•do_me_veela: Are you finish? Then here is how you turn it in.
Editor's Choice Rec:
•Neville No Mates by ladyofsd [Neville/Draco | NC-17 | 6,192]
Summary: It's Neville's eighteenth birthday party, and he has to find an alpha who will accept him as a second consort—a nice way of saying concubine—or he'll lose everything. The only problem is he has the bad luck of his birthday party being on the same day and at the same time as Harry's. This leaves him needing help from the least charitable group he knows: Slytherins. Neville will need to do anything and everything he can to ensure at least one of them agrees.
•Pottercast #256: “The 8th Book”
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•'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' rehearsal book confirmed at 320 pages long
•Photos: SnitchSeeker exclusive tour of Universal Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
•Cursed Child Will Be Published as a Book
•UPDATE: ‘Cursed Child’ Book to be Published in July, and Jim Kay’s Illustrated ‘Chamber of Secrets’ Announced!
•Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book script out on July 31, 2016!
•Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Hollywood red carpet with cast April 5
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•quibbler_report: Monday-Tuesday, February 8-9, 2016
•hd_prophet: Feb 9, 2016 + a goodbye.
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misbegotten, thank youuuu!! I collected your package today, and wow! So many cool crafty supplies, can't wait to make use of them, especially the clay and sculpting tools. *hugs hugs hugs* I already have a project in mind... :D :D
- Reading: Captive Prince
runpunkrun enthusiastically recommended the Captive Prince Trilogy by C.S. Pacat, and I spent the last couple days completely immersed in the 'verse. I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 books, especially loved the antagonistic enemies-to-friends relationship between the two main characters, and all the unexpected twists and turns in the narrative. Also, as a follow up fanfic, runpunkrun recced Epilogue, which I really appreciated, since I thought the book-ending was a bit...hasty? To me, that little extra coda capped it off nicely.
Hey, do you guys know of any fan-casting for Damen and Laurent?? I'm mighty curious, since I know fandom usually comes up with some brilliant fan-casting. ^___^
- Listening: Hamilton
In December, I YouTubed the Hamilton Musical and was immediately taken with it. Man, what an outstanding body of work! I pretty much painted the entire second half of my River Triptych with it on constant loop. In fact, I've been streaming random Hamilton tracks on almost a daily basis for the last two months now...and I'm still not tired of it! It's in my head so much that I find myself suddenly belting out bits of "My Shot" and "Guns and Ships" and "Satisfied" when I'm driving to work on mornings. Heh. I really need to purchase a proper copy of the album.
- FRIDAYYYY \o/ WEEKEND IS FINALLY ALMOST HERE. \o/
Portable expedition rig for both painting and making videos. This kit fits on my belt or shoulder straps so that I can walk through any museum.
Belt pouch. Contains: pencils, brushes, water cup, gouache set, mini watercolor set, watercolor sketchbook, and LED headlamp.
Arbeitete heute für die meiste Zeit des Tages mit einem Model in meinem Atelier…
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