it's from their style tips video

anonymous asked:

I'm honestly crying because I just now realized my anatomy is such shit and I don't know how to keep it cartoony but accurate at the same time… Any tips?

everyone should start w a basic grasp of anatomy before delving into stylized cartoony stuff, but its actually not nearly as hard as it looks/sounds. figure drawing from reference pictures is a lot easier than making up cartoonish styles in ur head, because the learning curve is so sharp.

just start drawing people you see- watch youtube videos that show candid crowds, pause it for a bit and give yourself like 1-5 minutes to quickly draw the pose and figure, and then let it go and move on to the next pose. make em vary in size from whole page to half page to ¼ page, knock out like 10 in one session, and after a few sessions i guarantee youll notice a difference. focus first on the angle & twist of the torso, and then on the pose of the arms & legs, and THEN on fleshing it out/lightly shading. its really easy to pick up, and once youre comfortable with it, you can try simplifying your linework a ton and exaggerating shit to get cartoon-y looks you enjoy that actually look 1000x better because the human eye/brain can make way more sense of them.

Tutorial: Making the Shot - Pleasant Surprise (Complete Pack)

Hey everyone! So for the past few weeks, I’ve been releasing my first video tutorials regarding making an animated shot from scratch - to its final image. I decided to put them all in one Post so its easy to find! The shot is a remake from a film I did years ago, Crayon Dragon. I hope you guys find this useful in the future! Also if there’s some topics you’d like me to cover, please send them over here!

I’ll also try and post tutorials and tips on s
o I can just focus on adding my art on my own blog.

The shot we’ll be making:

Now here are the video tutorials in order.






anonymous asked:

I absolutely love your work, and was wondering if you could give me some advice on drawing? I still don't have a consistent or distinct art style despite the fact that I've been drawing for a rather long time. I usually pick up facial or stylistic characteristics from other artists, and I feel a bit like an art thief, in a sense. Do you have any sort of tips on how to develop a personal art style, other than just getting a feel for what I'm comfortable with?

this video would explain the personal journey of finding an art style much better than i ever could!

Filmmaking Wisdom from Martin Scorsese

When film lovers reflect on their favorite films, more often than not a work by Martin Scorsese comes to mind. He has directed films that audiences  return to over and over, and when he is in production for a new project, viewers tend to wait with excitement for its release. This admiration stems from what is expected out of this great filmmaker and proves how essential a filmmaker’s style is to the public.

Spark your filmmaking passion with Filmmaking Wisdom from Martin Scorsese, 5 tips of cinematic goodness presented by A-BitterSweet-Life.

1) Follow Your Passion and Understand What It Entails and Signifies

I think it is good if a young person wants to express themselves and take a video camera and go out. They’re going to find that they have to frame the image, and in framing the image, they’re going to find that they have to interpret what they want to say to an audience.

In Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy, the director of classic films such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull explains how the language of cinema has its own vocabulary, and thus, it is essential for every filmmaker to understand that every decision you make in regards to the storytelling inside your frame creates an impact of ideas and emotions that affects how truthfully you communicate your cinematic vision. The foundation of all great films lies in how you express your film–your choice of shots, edit, performances, etc. Best of all, Scorsese suggests that it is your drive to take part in filmmaking that will lead you to an understanding of what it takes to express yourself cinematically and, hence, engage audiences around the world. The lesson: to thrive you must follow your passion while ensuring your awareness of what that passion entails and signifies.

2) Give Attention to Character and How You Express Story

The films that I constantly revisited or saw repeatedly held out longer for me over the years not because of plot but because of character and a very different approach to story.

Cinematic storytelling engages a viewer when it uses the audio-visual language of cinema to reveal character and story. Always remember, “the foundation of all great films lies in how you express your film.” Therefore, your attention to detail stimulates the spectator’s attention, and when adding a development of character that rings true, it fuels the spectator’s engagement with the film. The personal leads to the universal: how you express yourself cinematically, in other words, your filmmaker’s style, along with your characters that feel human will lead to a strong audience engagement. Heavily relying on plot may lead to your viewer being entertained, but thoughts and emotions felt long after a film is seen arise only when a film touches the heart of the viewer or the core of what makes us human.

(stills from Taxi Driver)

3) Always a Filmmaker, Always a Student

I tell the younger filmmakers and the young students that I do it like painters used to do, or painters do: study the old masters, enrich your palette, expand your canvas. There’s always so much more to learn.

Screenwriter John Logan said it best: Your responsibility is to know where you belong in the continuum of your art, and that means from the beginning of your art…You have to know where you belong because if you can’t with the ease of a Marty Scorsese refer just as easily to Italian Neorealism as you can Quentin Tarantino, you do not deserve to be in the room. Being aware of the past gives you a rich understanding of your art and develops how you approach your own art. An awareness of film culture further cultivates your passion for film and your filmmaker’s style. This echoes the first tip mentioned here, and to add to it, let’s remember this: before astonishing the art world with new styles of painting, Pablo Picasso was a brilliant classical painter by the age of 15. In order to become great, learn what the geniuses of the past accomplished to get there.

4) Do the Best You Can by Being Yourself

You look at Powell and Pressburger films, and Hitchcock, and Ford, and Welles, and Fellini, and Antonioni, and Kalatozov, and Tarkovsky, and Imamura, and Oshima. You can start naming all the names. Where the hell are you? You just do the best you can.

Comparing yourself to others is a human tendency that can often lead to mistaken aspirations and even a detrimental fall in how you view yourself. The mind can become fragile with such a mentality. As artists and filmmakers, “struggle” is something that will always be there; therefore, it is necessary to take care of your psychological and emotional health. Admire but do not compare, and keep in mind: no one can do a better job at being you than you.

5) Greatness Requires Risk

Every director of note, he or she who has something to say, who can mount a picture beautifully, mostly have to take a lot of risks, and in so doing change the whole way in which films are made.

To achieve greatness you must be willing to take risks, and in this case, Scorsese points to the Father of American Independent Cinema, John Cassavetes. The director of such memorable films like A Woman Under the Influence, Faces, and Opening Night, Cassavetes was so committed to filmmaking that he would even put his house up for mortgage to be able to finance his films. Cassavetes eventually created a significant body of work representing a special and personal cinema that stands the test of time. Risk in this case, however, does not have to relate to financial risk: it can simply be the risk of expressing your true voice in the face of expected demands and notions of what a film ought to be. Be strong in your conviction, keep on your filmmaking journey, and touch audiences through your efforts. As poet T.S. Eliot said so well, Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

(stills from Raging Bull)