rebecca jean

Notes for a young character designer

Dear E. 

Thanks for your email.

I don’t work at Cartoon Network any more. But I’m going to give you a very quick portfolio review in hopes that you find it helpful! Here are some things I noticed when looking at your stuff - lessons I learned from brilliant people while working on AT for two years: 

 1) AVOID SYMMETRY. Humans are organic, randomly shaped animals. Perfect symmetry rarely exists in nature and if it does, it’s conspicuous - it’s the exception rather than the rule. Find interesting ways to throw your characters off-balance. 

Don’t repeat objects in twos - (buttons or rips or whatever) - it feels prescribed - cluster things in threes or fives if necessary. 

 2) AVOID CONCAVITY - I don’t know what else to call this. But it’s those lines that go “in” rather than “out”. You are using inward sloping lines to describe many of your characters. As an exercise, try using outward, rounded, voluminous lines to draw EVERYTHING. Humans are fleshy lumps connected together by other fleshy lumps. Each mass is either in front of or behind other masses and as a designer, it’s your job to tell the animator where it is. As a designer, you are providing a technical blueprint for the location of masses. 

Only occasionally allow a concavity to connect two convexities. Look at the work of Robert Ryan Cory (spongebob), Tom Herpich (Adventure Time) or Phil Rynda (AT / Gravity Falls) - master character designers - for examples of this. If you need to, trace a couple of their drawings and you will see what I mean. 

 3) AVOID GRAPHIC DETAILS - Some shows use a graphic style; it’s very appealing and looks clever when done right. But in animation, everything needs to move in space - so if you use a graphic element - it needs to correspond with an actual 3D thing that can move. Therefore it is better to start with a voluminous style and then revert to graphic elements where appropriate. Art directors will look for this. Do not jump straight to graphic representation if you do not yet know what you are representing.

Look at the work of Tiffany Ford and Jasmin Lai for amazing examples of volume expressed graphically.

 4) STUDY JAMES MCMULLEN - To truly understand volume, and fully respect your subject, you should read very carefully High Focus Figure Drawing by James McMullen. Slow down and think about drawing “around” your subjects. It’s a truly meditative experience when you get there. Think about the weight and mass that your characters, props and effects are experiencing. Many students from SVA - Tomer Hanuka, Becky Cloonan, Rebecca Sugar, James Jean - studied under McMullen’s philosophy and you can see this common richness in their work. 

Jeffrey Smith, a top student of McMullen’s now teaches life drawing at Art Center. These are two of the best illustration schools in North America - anyone who is interested in drawing living things, should probably read his book. Also look at the work of Andy Ristaino or Danny Hynes - two other character designers’ whose work is seething with volume. 

I hope this is useful and I hope you have a wonderful career. 

Warmest,

Matt

  • Roy Mustang: So. Who broke it? I’m not mad. I just want to know.
  • Riza Hawkeye: I did. I broke it…
  • Roy Mustang: No. No, you didn’t. Breda?
  • Heymans Breda: Don’t look at me! Look at Havoc.
  • Jean Havoc: What?! I didn’t break it.
  • Heymans Breda: Huh. That’s weird. How did you know it was even broken?
  • Jean Havoc: Because it’s sitting right in front of us and it’s broken.
  • Heymans Breda: Suspicious.
  • Jean Havoc: No, it’s not!
  • Kain Fuery: If it matters, probably not… Catalina was the last one to use it.
  • Rebecca Catalina: Liar! I don’t even drink that crap!
  • Kain Fuery: Oh really? Then what were you doing by the coffee cart earlier?
  • Rebecca Catalina: I use the wooden stirrers to push back my cuticles. Everyone knows that, Fuery!
  • Riza Hawkeye: Alright, let’s not fight. I broke it, let me pay for it, sir.
  • Roy Mustang: No. Who broke it?
  • Jean Havoc: Sir, Falman's been awfully quiet…
  • Vato Falman: Really?!
  • Jean Havoc: Yeah, really!
  • ...
  • Roy Mustang: I broke it. I burned my hand so I punched it. I predict ten minutes from now, they’ll be at each other’s throats with warpaint on their faces and a pig head on a stick. Good. It was getting a little chummy around here.
The Parent Trap AU (Parental!Royai w/ Elric Bros)

Ed and Al are twins in this au.

Ed grows up with Roy, hence the brashness or the infamous short rants because Roy just teases him about his height all the time. Also will fite anyone because his dad’s coworkers like Havoc and Breda are merciless and have little playful wrestling matches with him.

Al grows up with Riza, so he grows up to be quiet and polite and is sunshine son™. Is adored by his honorary aunt and godmother Rebecca and grandpa Grumman.

They meet at camp, find out they’re twins, switch places, and attempt to get their parents back together.

Meredith is Lust? With her scheming family (the homonculi 😂) who, along with her, wants Roy’s fortune.

Also Havoc and Rebecca meet and fall in love along the way

Royai Week 17: Day 2

Here we are, day two of Royai Week. I’m doing pretty well at getting something written for all the themes. We’ll see if I can keep this up for the rest of the week. But here have a lovely dose of angst. Mentions of a character death. 

Day One

Theme: Black Tie

Words: 1,171

If he were a better man, this would have been their wedding.

But it’s not.

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1. Introductions

Title: Introductions, or How Rebecca Schooled Havoc the First Time They Met.

Series: Unnamed Drabble Series

Chapter 1

Word Count: 916

Pairing: Jean Havoc/Rebecca Catalina

Summary: Jean Havoc, meet Rebecca Catalina. Rebecca Catalina, meet Jean Havoc. Things go well! (Things don’t go well)

A/N: Hey guys, I decided that I missed these two a whole damn lot. So, I’m going to write a drabble series about them. The first prompt was ‘Introductions’. I’ve written a little about their first meeting in Chapter 5 of ‘By Your Side’, so I decided to expound upon that for this first chapter. We’ll see how this goes. No promises on an update schedule, and these drabbles will definitely jump around in time. But hopefully you’ll enjoy them. I just know that I desperately missed writing about these dorks. 


Rebecca sat on the bench in the locker room, disassembling and assembling her pistol. Riza was still on the range shooting and Rebecca had gotten bored of consistently coming in second to her, so she’d gone to the locker room to work on her timing. She was fast, but she’d been so focused on rifles lately that she’d gotten a little sloppy. She wanted to get back to having her time under a minute, but she was currently sitting at 63 seconds. It was frustrating her.

Halfway through her third reassembly, she heard the locker room door open. Her eyes swept over to the door, then widened of their own accord when she saw the man enter. He was tall, blond, and incredibly well-built. He sauntered into the locker room with his uniform jacket slung over his shoulder, an unlit cigarette dangling out of his mouth. His blue eyes landed on Rebecca and he smiled at her, a big charming grin. Rebecca simply smirked and finished mantling her pistol, getting up and going to her locker. She had no idea who this guy was, but she certainly hoped she’d find out. For now, she’d be coy.

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♡ REQUESTED ♡

Wow I have not done one of these in a while! But here it is! This was a request for some summer outfit ideas for a smaller person but still looking cute! The first outfit is perfect for a hot summer day with a blue crop top but still some what conservative with the blue patterned kimono. The accessories give the outfit a laid back vibe! The next outfit with the pattern maxi skirt is another good summer outfit! The bralett is super cute with the halter neck and the slit in the skirt makes you feel bold and amazing! The green dress is one of my favorites! The color is to die for and the tan accessories play off of it well! Finally the blue patterned romper is a little more scandalous but I know you can rock it! The simple accessories make the romper the star of the show! 

Check here for outfit details! 

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CAN WE PLEASE DISCUSS THESE BEAUTIFUL X-LADIES?!

Famke Janssen and Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/The Phoenix

Halle Berry and Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe/Storm

Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme/Mystique

Anna Paquin as Marie D’Ancanto/Rogue

Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat

Kelly Hu as Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstryke

Dania Ramirez as Callisto

Kea Wong and Lana Condor as Jubilation Lee/Jubilee

Rose Byrne as Agent Moira MacTaggert

January Jones as Emma Frost

Zoe Kravitz as Angel Salvadore

Fan Bingbing as Blink

Olivia Munn as Elisabeth Braddock/Psylocke

2. Complicated

Title: Complicated, or How Rebecca and Havoc Need To Both Get Their Shit Together or Riza Is Going to Kill Them.

Series: Unnamed Drabble Series

Chapter 2

Word Count: 2370

Pairing: Jean Havoc/Rebecca Catalina, implied Roy Mustang/Riza Hawkeye

Summary: Havoc has some news and Rebecca doesn’t take it well, leaving Riza to try to get to the bottom of her friend’s unhappiness.

A/N: Second prompt, Complicated! There were so many options for this. The entire theme of Havolina could be ‘Complicated’. I decided to go with a time before they officially got together, when the two still couldn’t admit their feelings. No matter what happened to them later, this was definitely the most complicated thing they had to deal with.


The brunette had been irritated all day. Well, that wasn’t quite true. Rebecca had been in a perfectly normal mood this morning. Happy, even. She’d managed to avoid most of Grumman’s lewd comments and get a fair amount of work done before taking her lunch break. It was Wednesday, so she headed to the other side of the building to pick up Riza. Wednesdays were their day to have lunch together, and they both looked forward to it every week. And so it was, mood relatively high, that she opened the door to Lieutenant-Colonel Mustang’s office to take her friend on a much needed break.

Mustang’s team were all there, sitting in their respective spots. Breda and Falman were writing, Fuery was tinkering with some headphones, and Riza was working on some paperwork, but also smiling across the desk at Havoc, who was laughing and gesturing. Rebecca couldn’t stop the smile from lighting up her features as she looked at Havoc. He looked really happy, his smile wide as he gestured with his cigarette, telling whatever his story was to Riza. Rebecca started to walk over, when she heard Riza’s response to him.

“Well, Havoc, she sounds very lovely. I’m happy for you.”

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BURN THE HOUSE DOWN (Part 2 of 3)

ROYAI WEEK 2017

PROMPT: Day #7 (6/11) - Incendiary
RATING:Teens (swearing, innuendoes)
WORD COUNT: 2977 (Part II only)

Rebecca will do anything for her best friend, Riza. Tonight, she’ll do whatever it takes to give her a shot at happiness, no matter how brief it may be. If only that damn bastard Mustang would take a hint…

PART I  |  PART II  |  PART III (coming soon)


This story happens immediately after the events of Roy Mustang Observation Diary, where Falman was still a sergeant (instead of a warrant officer), and Fuery was a private, up until the end where Roy promoted him to sergeant, at least according to the English translation floating around the net.

I’ve split the fic into three parts now because I ended up adding almost 3000 words by the time I finished reading two-thirds of the original Part II. I can’t help it. I love Rebecca and Team Mustang, especially Fuery!!

HAPPY ROYAI DAY, EVERYONE~!!


PART II: CHAIN REACTION


Friday, 23:08 hours
Dining Room (Turned into a Club), The Verve, East City

After all the preparations had been done, everyone finally settled around the rectangular table in their VIP booth. Rebecca unfurled the curtain divider by the entrance to give their group some privacy.

Riza took note of the seating arrangement. Across her was her best friend sitting on a plush ottoman, her back to the curtain. To Rebecca’s right were Breda and Falman, both sitting on one of the three loveseats in their booth. To her left were Fuery and Havoc, the former trying to rest his head on the taller man’s arm and failing miserably. Finally, Riza shared the last loveseat with the colonel.

The booth was rather small for seven people, and the loveseats smaller still. Riza’s right leg brushed against Roy’s left every time she moved. The contact made her hyperaware of their proximity which was already challenging the limits of propriety – at least for a commanding officer and his subordinate.

The game hadn’t even started yet…

…and knowing Rebecca, nothing less than inappropriate would happen for the rest of their night if she had a say in it.

“Young and wild and free, remember?” The blonde woman muttered to herself. She released a sigh, which did not go unnoticed.

“Is there something wrong, lieutenant?” Roy whispered in her ear, startling her.

She wordlessly shook her head, then shifted her gaze to Rebecca who let out an exaggerated cough.

“Are you done whispering sweet nothings to each other?” She raised an eyebrow at the two highest-ranked officers in the booth.

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My personal FMA post universe timeline and facts

• 1915-17: Few months after the Promised Day and Roy regaining his eyesight and Jean gaining back the use of his legs, Team Mustang head off to Ishval for the restoration act and stayed for 2 years before transferring back to Central(but still go to Ishval back and forth)

• 1917: Sig and Izumi adopts a 4 year old girl name Ella, the Elric brothers having their own “little sister”.

• 1917: Ed and Winry get married

• 1917: Madame Christmas adopts a 11 year old girl name Anna Grace from her deceased friend who was Anna’s old foster parent, making her the youngest of Madames foster children and Roy’s first “younger sibling”. 

• 1918: Ed and Winry have their first child, Matthew Elric.

• 1920: Selim’s “Pride’s” memories come back but not his ruthless nature. He states he wants to forget that past and live as a normal human child. The Elric brothers and a few grew to trust him but people still keep an eye on him, especially when Elicia Hughes takes an interest of him when they met as children.

• 1920: Ed’s and Winry’s second child and first daughter is born, Sara Elric.

• 1920: Emperor Ling and his loyal bodyguard, Lan Fan, get married.

• 1920: Roy and Riza get married.

• 1920: Alphonse and Mei get married

• 1920: General Roy Mustang runs for Furher while his wife, Captain Riza Hawkeye, is pregnant with their first child.

• 1921: Alphonse and Mei have their first child, Trisha Elric.

• 1921: Roy and Riza have their first child, Thomas Berthold Mustang.

• 1921: Jean and Rebecca get married

• 1921: Ling and Lanfan gains twin boys

• 1921: Roy becomes Furher

• 1922: Jean and Rebecca have their first child.

• 1923: Roy and Riza’s second child and first child is born, Christine Josephine Mustang.

• 1930: Elycia joins the military at age 18. 

 Facts: 

 • Elycia’s group of friends included Ella Curtis, Selim Bradley, and an Ishvalan boy name Jordan whom they met when they were children

* Roy and Riza were going to name their son after Maes but changed their mind thinking Elycia would be more suited to pass on the legacy.

(Will be updated)