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

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I was told for the first time in my life that I would have to give more eyes and hands and all that kind of stuff. I have my reservations about all that. I mean think the Phantom is not about that, solely.

It’s a funny thing though, most of the bad side of his face or the deformed side of his face, which is a birth defect, is covered for most of the show.

And really I think that this is the side that’s deformed [pointing to the not deformed and not covered side]. This is supposed to be his good side, but in fact this is the evil side. The side behind the mask is really the good side, because that’s the true person.”

Colm Wilkinson


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A Tragic Summer

In 1974, Jacksonville, Florida, was shaken by the disappearance of five girls in a period of three months. Police considered the cases weren’t related because the abductions happened in different parts of the city, but they all have in common that they remain unsolved.

The first victim was Jean Marie Schoen (first picture, held by her mother). She was only 9 years old when she went missing on July 21, after she left her house to head to a food store two blocks away.

Then came the Anderson sisters, Lillian Annette (11) and Mylette (6). On August 1, their mother had to leave them alone at the house to go take care of a sick relative. She left around 6 pm and called an hour later to check on the girls, and they were home safely at the time. But when their father arrived, 20 minutes later, they were nowhere to be found.

On September 27, 12 year old Virginia Helm (second picture) vanished after going to a convenience store a block away from her home. Her body was found a month later, buried in a shallow grave. She had been shot in the head, and reports at the time say that an initial examination didn’t show signs of sexual assault, although I’m uncertain if that changed after the proper autopsy. As a side trivia, the detective that investigated this case was Lester Permenter, whose daughter almost became a victim of Ted Bundy. The serial killer tried to pick her up, but she was saved by her brother, who found the man odd and wrote down his license plate. A day after, Bundy murdered Kimberly Leach, his last victim.

The last missing girl was Rebecca Ann Greene (12, third picture), who disappeared the morning of October 12, after going to a store. Her remains were found three years later, and by that time it was impossible to determine how she died.

Of all these cases, only the Anderson sister’s has a known suspect. Authorities think it’s likely they were taken by serial killer Paul John Knowles, who had escaped from jail 6 days before the girls went missing. After Knowles was killed while trying to escape authorities in Georgia, on December 1974, police found some tape recordings in which he confessed to the murder of two girls that matched Lillian and Mylette’s descriptions. Although in them he gave a location where he’d left their bodies, a search of that area turned up nothing. And because there were no bodies and Knowles was dead, there will always be some uncertainty about the resolution of this story.

  • 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.
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4 Horsewomen WWE face off against 4 Horsewomen UFC.💙💚💜

Hope to see soon Charlotte Flair vs Ronda Rousey💯🙌

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

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

♡ 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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