your jobs are cool! may i ask, what do you have to major in to be able to work as a character designer? I'd like to work in a similar field, but i dont know where or how to start
Thank you very much for your support :)
I m french, I love speaking english, but please forgive me if there is some english spoken mistakes :
To answer your question I would like to give you some advices and not a tutorial about how to become a character designer or how to draw cool stuff. You can find many tips about graphic design all over tumblr I suppose :)
I have to say that I m teacher since a long time, and more recently I had the chance to teach through Gobelins school as character design/ storyteller teacher.
I would prefer to share with you some informations that nobody use to share but who are much more important than graphic tutorials so I recommand people who read this post to share it a lot :)
I think the most important things I have understood to become art director / character designer is :
1/ practicing, I guess you have to find tutorials about drawing, you have to find life drawing lessons, you have to practice life drawing a lot, nude drawing a lot, you have to find a way to tell a lot of stories, thrygh comicbooks, animations, writing books, fiming..
2/ always focusing first on storytelling in your character design, and not only about “esthetic” , (I will talk more about it below)
3/ and staying curious of discovering many different influences from every kind of Arts or cultures or ages. (I will talk more about it below)
To be franck, I didn’t learn this job through my art school (Gobelins), but through my differents jobs as storyartist, comicker, character designer in real productions.
I mean that you can not do a proper design if you don’t have a strong story behind.
I also mean that my skills as a storyteller (storyartist, writer) are absolutely essential to be a good character designer / art director. for sure, 100%. I have became a better art director when I became a better storyteller (and I still have so much to learn of course)
A good design has to tell a good story. If not, whatever this design is good looking and with nice shapes, with nice brush photoshop made, it is not a good design but a vain design. You can not become a good character designer and less a good art director if you don’t understand that deeply.
The designs below from Ratatouille Pixar movie, are not about doing great esthetic designs (but they are also great good looking in that example) but they are first of all, created from a great story and created to push the story and to tell the story : you can understand relatonships, behaviours of each character, who is main character, who is second character, through these line up (below)
Pixar artists doesn’t care about puting graphic details, cool
details, they remove all the details who don’t push their story deeper. Pixar artists care about what they are talking about. They want to stay readable, clear, coherent, meaningfull for the audience.
This is the main difference between them and for example most of the
designers from video games who lost themself in too many meaningless
details in their designs (I love video games by the way^^ but they are
not good example for you to follow to become a good designer for
A good design has to be readable in one second, does not need subtitles to be uderstandable to an audience. that’s all. the rest is vain.
in a word : a good design is like an ICON, it has to become iconic. For
that purpose,you have to create a strong synopsis, a strong story then
to imagine from that story a strong, pure concept, pure idea to illustrate this story through one or several designs.
so a good design is about thinking good, not really drawing good… :))
some other great and iconic designs readable in one second without knowing the movie, yes they are not drawing but it does not matter :
So : Do your personal stories, practice scriptwriting as much as drawing, all the time . As you can see, my last design are done from my personal project. I never split drawing and scriptwriting.
I mean don’t wait to get an art school to practice seriously, don’t wait to get a great job as character designer to practice. Practice seriously through many personal projects that you write yourself. So great companies and projects will come to you.^^
learn how to write story through many scenario book or filming book:
here some books I suggest you to read as soon as possible and as much as possible:
in english I guess it is this one: but I m not certain sorry:
This book from Eisenstein is the most important book I have read about storytelling, and nobody knows it. Thomas Astruc, “Miraculous” creator, is the one who told me about it. There is a lot of books about scenario, storyboard, but none of them will learn you how about filming. This book explain you how the great director put deep meaning in their filming. This book tells about the scenography in a sequence. It explain you how to put meanings everywhere in a story, from the background design, through the character design, and to the storyboard of course.
Why this book in particular? because it is made from “the Poetic” from Aristote. It is a very shematic book, hard to read, just take your time, take notes, make some exercices from it to understand it. It learnt me a mental grammar about how to think about a story.
so: conclusion : I have done a whole feature film screenplay about this personal project. My design are really stronger because they are made from a proper and strong story. This is the most important advice I could give to you.
My deep meaning is : a good drawing means something, tell a story. A good drawing is a drawing that you have thought about before you have started to draw.
Then I can give you some advices about my method of course but believe me, they are nothing compared to thoss about storytelling:
_ gather a lot of documentation and materials when you want to create a design. avoiding cliché is knowling deeply your subject. As I m doing a story about russian revolution and I m not russian, I try to gather many many information about the russian history , russian mythology, russian revolution, russian clothesabout this century, russian people…. This is not only about esthetic materials but about feeling the whole picture of your subject. so you have to read a lot, not only gather pictures.
_ Avoid to follow the “mode” but mix it.^^
I suppose you know we can not create stuff from nothing. We have to start from some pointin Art. But :
To create a new and interesting stuff, you have to mix two ancients stuff (at least) , not starting from only one influence.
My graphic style is a mix between many many influences. I don’t do “japanese stuff”, or “disney stuff”, or “comics stuff”, or “european stuff”, I have mixed everything I have learnt in my life.
Try to stay very curious of all kind of influences ; not only animation but Art in general, litterature, arcitecture, cinema, travelling, history of Arts (I have a History of art 2nd college degree which helps me a lot in my graphic researches). Try to stay open minded in every kind of cultures.
By example : Tezuka, creator of the manga, was very influenced by Disney. Kurosawa, best director ever, was very influenced by american cinema, georges lucas was very influenced by Kurosawa when he did Star Wars…..etc…
Try to discover as many art pieces as you can, never give up that in you whole life to stay inspired.
Personally I ma big fan of History, History of Arts, History of whatever in general. This is the main material I use for my work.^^
For that purpose , try to read many books, old books, shakespeare, Dostoievski, Homere, mythology books, whatever you want but really meaningfull books not only recent best seller(which are great of course^^ but do not focus only on them). this is a main part of your work , this is not lazyness don’t worry^^
same for movies: you can not tell good stories if you have nothing to tell :D : take the time to watch as many movies as you can, this is a main part of your work , this is not lazyness don’t worry^^ :
here some directors I love:
_ Jonnhie To
_ Nicolas Winding Refn
_ Mc Tiernam
My favorite movies :
_ Pusher II
_ Silence of the lambs
_ Dersu Uzala
_ 10 commandements
_ Kaguya princess
_ Mad max fury road
_ die hard 1
_ Compare yourself with the best artists in the world, not with your classmate in your artschool. If you want to be the best, and do the best production, be demanding and challenge yourself. Comapre your stuff to Pixar, Laika, Dreamworks, oldschool japanese mangaka and animator, ancient painters. Ask yourself why they are better than me? What should I do to improve myself? a lot of answer are not in the esthetic way but in the storytelling way believe me.^^
_ Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid to bother professional artists, show your work to professional as much as you can, ask them advice, be respectful with them and do whatever they will tell you to do to improve yourself. The only way to thank a teacher or a professional who helps you is to work harder and to follow his advices hardly.
_ Work full time, this is like a olympic game, this is serious : you have to be the best to get that kind of extremely competitive job. You need to implicate yourself a lot. You need to find a routine, you can’t work part time for this job. stay very implicated, stay extremely enthousiast.
_ To become better than other, that’s simple : work twice, triple more than other students. really. When a teacher, your boss seems satisfied, it does not have to be the end of the job.You have to impress people, not only satisfied them. Even if your boss seems satisfied, continue to improve your work after the deadline, until it is really great.
_believe in your potential but stay humble all your life, even after school, keep learning form others, never think you are the best.
Let’s stop for now, I hope it will help you and others people who wants to improve themself :)
Little birdie (the best anon ever) told me you downloaded photoshop illegally (for free) so i was wondering if that's true? And if it was, could you please tell me where you got it from? Because i used to make gifs and i really miss it so i wanted to make them again. Sorry for bothering and have a nice day:)
yes i did illegally download photoshop i clearly have mad hacking skills
if you’re on windows you can use this tutorial, it helped me loads, and if you use mac or anything else i’m afraid i can’t help you but it’s only a google search away!
(also you’re basically legally downloading photoshop but you’re downloading a file that tricks photoshop into thinking you’ve paid for it and as far as i know it’s 100% safe)
Illustration guru Shannon Wright is currently working on a comic project, a poster project with friends, and editorial work (like the image above done for INK Magazine). We’re grateful she had a free moment to chat with Muse’s Milk!
“Even growing up in a Christian household, I brought scraps of paper or composition notebooks to church to keep myself occupied. But it was like a game of trying not to get caught due to the fact my Grandpa was the pastor. So yeah, as far as I know, I’ve been drawing since I was a little girl.”
Hello friends, it is I, Cameron, and I have once again risen from the depths of hell to present you with yet another guide! Now, most of you are probably looking at this guide like “Cameron, you idiot, why are you making a guide about this? I’ve been roleplaying for a while now, I know how to find a good roleplay.” BUT WAIT, INTERNET! Finding a good roleplay isn’t nearly as easy as you have led yourself to believe. Over my years of roleplaying I have found that the best roleplays have some pretty similar traits and the worst? Well, those lack said traits. So, I have decided to compile a guide on what to look for when joining a roleplay in the hopes that it saves you from a terrible experience.
some winter fluff headcannons for steven stone and wally, please? (omg you have no idea how happy i was when i found out about this blog thank you so much)
(you’re welcome! there was actually a blog that had the same url as this but i guess they deleted themselves because I clicked on the link and it led to nothing :U I decided to start my own b/c no one had done one yet!)
He has an unusually high tolerance for the cold. Probably because he hangs out with rock and steel types so much and they don’t generally generate a lot of heat.
He likes snuggling by the fire with his s/o.
His favorite winter drink is egg nog
His s/o likes to bundle him up like Rustle from A Christmas Story
(I have the skills to photoshop wally’s head on there but I’m lazy. If you guys really want me to I will.)
One of his favorite things to do is share scarves. It’s cute and it keeps them warm.
Sometimes Wally will pretend to be cold even when he’s not just so he can get attention from his s/o
When he gets sick during the winter he doesn’t like telling his s/o because he knows they’ll worry about him but they end up finding out anyway and they baby him a lot. (He secretly loves it.)
so I’ve just hit 15k followers, FIFTEEN THOUSAND people follow me whaaat (oh and I turn 18 lol goodbye childhood)
I can’t even begin to describe how happy and grateful I am to have all you lovely and supportive people just kinda there floating in the internet, so as a thank you I have decided to do a blog awards :))
Nominations: April 5th - April 8th
Voting: April 10th - April 17th
Results: April 18th
nominate here OFF ANON so I know ur not nominating yourself ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
you can do whatever you want to get people to nominate you tho!!
tell me what blog you want to win and in what category!!
you can nominate as many people and as many categories as you like
the blog you nominate MUST be a phan blog
the top 7 people nominated the most will go into the polls
do whatever the hell you want to get people to vote for you :)
don’t vote for urself tho bc that’s not fair
this will be done via polls
follow back if not already
place on my blog for a month
follow back if not already
place on my blog for a week
you’ll be in my post of winners + runners up
Nicest Blogger- the one who’s sweeter than the packet of sugar in Phil’s pocket
Funniest Blogger- the one who makes you spit ur drink out
Best Edit Maker- the one whose Photoshop skills are phanomenal
Best Gif Maker- the one that uploads frickin beautiful gif sets like 0.3 seconds after the video is posted
Best Phanart Maker- the one whose hand you want to steal
Wildest Phan Shipper- the one who always seems to be crying over phan
Most Knowledgeable- the one you can go to and they know every single detail about anything phan related and can tell you exactly where a gif is from in a video
Best Phan Blog- the one who is just great overall
ps - i would have done a ‘best phanfic writer’ category but i believe there’s already a whole award thing dedicated to this so i didn’t want to rain on their parade
heyy! so as you can tell by my amazing photoshop skills, after 4 months of creating this blog i have just reached 1k followers ((holyyy shit i’m crying))!!!!! so here’s my first follow forever ((this might be long haha))
i wanna do some special mentions first!!
larrystep: i love you forever bebs, u my wifey and we’re fucking cute af don’t forget that. you made my life a million times better and you’ll always be my bestest friend!! alSO PHIL LOVES YOU AND THE CHICKEN MOVIE WILL BECOME A LEGIT THING AIIIGHTTT but yeah, i love and never forget or doubt that lovey cause it’s 100% true kay? you’re fucking cute ily bYE
i-dont-know-what-to-blog: lmaooo u suck, but ily and you got me obsessed with attack on titan so you cool and i’ve known you for waaaay too long but still it’s been worth it cause we’re fab ((well i am, u still suck lmao))
dickqlique: U WANNA FIGHT ME U FCKING CUTE ASS PUPPY???? HUH???? but legit shannon i love you, you’re hella funny and fUCKING GORGEOUS BYe and i love talking to you ((even tho u always calling me nice and shit like that aint tru))
likebelou: GRETTAAAA I LOVE YOU!! i’ve said it before but you were one of the first people i talked to on this blog and it’s amazing cause you’re like a really lovely friend and so nice and funny and CUTE AF. i’m really glad we started to talk because it honestly means the world and i just love you a hella lot ^-^
zeranimi; LARA MY DUCKLING!! i love you a lot, and i love talking to you about anything and everything and you’re legit amazing gurl you are sooo nice and funny and it’s great how much we have in common i’m very glad you started to message me ((even if you admitted that you fangirled when i answered, which is hella cute)) never change lovey, i love you!!
snorff: okay i love you. so much. we both have this thirst for louis and you’re great to talk to and get to know you! you looked past the fact that i wasnt bottom louis af and we just exchange memes and pics of dogs and you’re just genuinely an amazing person
fightmeloueh: mONIQUE!!! you have this undying thirst for louis and it’s beautiful and something i can relate to, you’re hella funny and also hella nice. you’re always so nice to me and it’s just amazing how genuinely perfect you are and i just love you soooooo much :D
lqharry: YOU. ARE. SO. NICE. AND. HELLA. RAD. okay i love you and how nice you are and the fact that you love harry (and his thighs) oH and you’re beautiful and like whenever you include me in things i feel like i’m apart of some secret squad like that’s how rad i think you are, i love you honey!
thank you all for following and helping me reach my goal ^-^ come talk to me anytime, i love every single one of you that followed and everyone that i follow, THANK YOU!!!! ((i am very sorry if i missed anyone, you may kick my ass if i have))
iamsosmart-smrt said: I have tried to explain to my straight friends that lesbians love DINOSAURS and HATS. can you offer me a picture or description to help?!?! Thanks! Love all you do! Ill buy you drinks when I make my way to Canada.
I’m not Canadian yet but you can always buy me drinks in France. Also I’m not sure what I need to do but you can tell your friends that you are 150% right and to prove my point you can admire my photoshop skills and have a french Velociraptor wearing a christmas hat
there’s been so much hate on tumblr (and sadly not only on tumblr) toward Jared. His tag is basically overrun
with haters. I saw some people make defense posts and I appreciate it, it warms
my heart that there are people who love him and care about his acting and
music. But imagine a person who doesn’t really know about Jared wanting to check
his tag on tumblr… and seeing all the hate, slander and other horrible stuff.
So what I
have in mind is… Pick your favorite photo or video or interview or quote of
Jared and post it with tags #jared leto and #lovejaredleto. It doesn’t matter
if you have photoshop or editing skills. Post your fav photo without
editing or share your fav interview from youtube! I would looove to see what
you will post (hence the second tag, so we can track what others share, in
addition to improving the main tag). You don’t need to picspam or make grand gifsets. Just one picture from each will be enough to lift the mood.