anonymous asked:

How do you sketch people so well? What is your trick? My drawings of people look like lifeless boxes and yours look so lively and defined. How do you do this? How can I do this?

Hey, thank you–its funny you say that, because when I look back on them, I mostly see my mistakes. But I have a few tricks people have taught me to help keep figure drawing feel alive…
- Draw in ink. This forces you to commit to a line. It’s scary at first but it’s really helpful in the long run.
- Think of the gesture as their base to build all other pieces of the pose off of.
- Try to be conscious of straights-against-curves. Just two parallel lines can make a leg feel flat. A straight line against a curve or two–that brings form to the leg.
- Basically, just go get your hands on the Walt Stanchfield figure drawing lecture books, “Drawn to Life”. He will show and explain way better. There are two volumes of this gold!!!! :
Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures


Tony Goldwyn salutes Kerry Washington @ Paley Fest, 2017. "He does it for you, guys… He knows that you like this Olitz stuff!”

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Hi guys!!!! Here’s the Paleyfest in full. 

audio and video is a bit out of sync towards the middle bit, i’ll try to re-edit it after school ends at the end of the month cuz will be busy with papers and exams.

anonymous asked:

hi kisu - was there a time in your life where you couldn't draw anything good? and did it ever just weigh you down like you could never do anything right? because i'm feeling that right now and honestly it feels like shit. also, i wanted to ask if you think that drawing and creating art is purely born into people or can be learned? like, are some people just born with the ability to draw, or do you think that anybody can pick up a pencil and create, they just have to be suPER patient/work hard?

Walt Stanchfield once said “ “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out, the better.”

All artists have bad days and all artists make mistake now and then. Drawing is a constant work of learning, practicing and getting better. No illustrator will ever reach the level where they know everything and don’t need to try anymore.

Don’t see your mistakes as failures but as what they really are: a process of you getting better.  

Noticing something is wrong is the first step because it means you have gathered enough knowledge to know it should be done differently => you’ll then learn how to fix it with time and practice => you won’t make the mistake anymore because you know how to avoid/correct it. 

Mistakes are essential to your progress. I can’t repeat this enough.

It’s normal to feel down or frustrated over not getting things right at the first try. What’s important is for you to be patient with yourself and to acknowledge that it will take time, effort and many tries.

And to answer your second question: I do think some people learn more easily than others.

We all have a special talent and there are artists who will process things that will take you months/years to understand. It’s just because we are all different and our strenght don’t all lie in the same field. Observe their works and see what you can learn from their works (their process, their colors, their design, etc…)

Also, if drawing is something people were born with then I either had to practice for years to be where I am today or I made a sacrifice to Satan to do it right overnight 

(spoiler alert: it’s the first one)

I have to say this episode of Scandal was actually good! It reminded me of the good ole days when Olivia actually solved crisis and stood up for her Gladiators. There were a few moments I was actually holding my breath and that’s the first in a longggg time! If you’ve been waiting to watch this season I would definitely recommend this episode!

Tuesday Tips - Gesture Drawing

As a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.

I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.

I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.

For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.