Ur such an inspiration ;;; i want to animate since so freakin ling but idk where to start and what to learn... I have premiere and flash, after effects too and idk just what and how and wahansleiwpamakaKILLME
I think the best way to start is find out what you want to learn!!
First off, a quick rundown of those programs:
flash - good for frame by frame animation (drawing each frame) and drawing, I only used flash for like a week wayy long ago so I’m out of my depth with that.
I use photoshop instead of flash but while the tools you have will always help, there’s no reason why flash won’t work instead of photoshop (plus flash is more built for animating than ps lol) I think it’s also important to note flash works in vectors and not pixels (ps works with pixels for the most part) so resizing things in flash iirc should give you no problem!
after effects - good for animation using paths or keys on a timeline, as in the animation is you telling the program to start with the object at the time, and end with the object at a later time. I think there’s a pen tool in AE but it’s really not made for drawing as much as it is for arranging.
premiere - a video editing software. For short, one shot animations, you probably won’t need this really. It is, however, good if you got a lot of clips! I use it a lot for animations you see me upload as videos here. I also add audio in this program! this is what people who make videos use, and I use it to mix audio and the final step to putting together longer stuff, like the mob videos or stardust (and cypher 3 soon!!)
If you’re confused with the programs, just google it!! help forums are your best friend and you’ll feel smart in no time!! There’s no reason why you should already know what these programs do, so don’t feel intimidated you don’t!! They’re professional level programs, and you’ll master them in your time. I put those pictures not as a guide but as a sort of illustration of how I use them?? everyone’s workspace is different, this is just to maybe explain some of the stuff you may find confusing at first.
As for where to start, get something you want to animate, nothing too out there but something a little out of your comfort zone and try that. Lots of animation courses start off with exercises to get you used to animating and comfortable with it, so look up those if you’re really stuck. If I’m stuck on how I should go about animating something or thinking abut animating, I just google it, sometimes people put really good tutorials over how to animate a simple shape you can apply to more complex things.
I also recommend not only reblogging art tutorials but following animators you like, so you don’t miss their tutorials and you get to see what they’re working on as they’re doing it. Just watching and breaking down what they’re doing can help, even if you don’t have the expertise and vocabulary, observation can’t hurt!!
It’s easiest to start with the bouncing ball or flour sack sort of exercises, and I found my animation improved just as I started to be able to describe shapes and forms as I grew as an artist, so not everything is perfect at the start!!
Remember: you don’t need to show it to anyone or let it define your work from now on! You can always try it out and shove the file in a corner as you get the hang of it. You’ll get there!! Just be willing to try some things out. I’m sorry I can’t give you a straightforward answer here, but I do think you should start by finding something you want to animate a little out of your range, and try it out!! When you get stuck, look up help!!
And if you have questions- I’m here and help you as I can!!
so my hand has been cramping up whenever I write/draw (like towards my outer palm) so I was just wondering if you think I should get that checked out or just take a break from drawing (I know you're not s doc, I thought maybe you've experienced something similar) (also, note to self, start stretching my hand before I draw, lol)
Yes it is VERY IMPORTANT TO stretch and warm up your wrist, shoulder, neck, and arm before and after drawing. I had to get physio and treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome when I was 18 because I had bad posture and never stretched. Here are some good stretches to help prevent CTS:
Remember to have good posture (shoulder blades back, like you’re squeezing something in between them) and try not to hunch. Stretch your neck often as well!
oh goodness sorry i shouldve been a lot more specific. any preserum stucky headcanons? (can't tell if that's specific enough oops)
- Steve taught Bucky to swim. Swimming, when you’re asthmatic, is one of the best forms of exercise because it doesn’t strain your lungs too much. So Steve being a good swimmer even before the serum is something I will live and die by, and he taught Bucky how to swim so they would spend so much of summer in little creeks or by streams or at the beach.
- They traded homework. Bucky would do Steve’s language based homework and Steve would do Bucky’s art based homework. And the teachers knew because like, handwriting and art style, but Steve and Bucky would just be like “We helped each other, it’s teamwork is all”
- Steve actually loved dancing. Problem was he’d only ever dance properly with Bucky. They’d dance at home all the time. And Bucky is bigger and broader so naturally, he’d take the lead when they danced. So when he tells Peggy he doesn’t know how to dance, he actually just means he doesn’t know how to dance with women, because his dates very rarely ever wanted to. Because they were all snakes.
- Bucky would give Steve jumpers and shirts that he grew out of because he worried so much about Steve getting too cold in the winter and getting sick. But he knew Steve wouldn’t take it if he was direct about why he was giving them to him and so he’d have to be like “Stevie, this is a perfectly fine jumper that my shoulders refuse to fit in now, take it so i don’t have to throw it away.” And Steve knew what Bucky was doing but he didn’t mind because he liked wearing Bucky’s clothes.
- Bucky slept better if Steve was there. He liked being able to hear Steve’s heart beating and his breathing being steady before he fell asleep. Otherwise he’d just worry about him. Bucky’s a worrier, he can’t help it, he’s a Pisces and they worry.
- Bucky said I love you first. I wrote an entire thing on this here if you wanna read it.
*curtsies* Dear Duke, So I just saw your response to a question and the anon mentioned that you wrote 7 books before one was published. I really want to write a book (always have) but I can't brainstorm any ideas that aren't knockoffs of anything I've already read. How do you come up with ideas for stories. From, Desperately Seeking Ideas
*Curtsies* Story ideas don’t come from any one place. My debut novel was the bizarre brainchild of my love of Shakespeare and working on my senior honors thesis in undergrad. Another was born out of my going “What if you took this old myth and put it in this modern genre?” The one I’m currently working on started with my anachronistic love of 1970s rock bands and eight months later has evolved into this weird music/road trip/Great Middle American Meltdown novel. Point is, there is no magical idea cabinet where writers go to take inspiration down off the shelf when they need it. However, I think there are two things you can do to keep the wheels greased, as it were:
Engage with other types of art and activity. You’ll notice that everything I mentioned above was kind of spawned by my interest in other forms of art: theatre, music, what have you. Now, that’s not always the case (I have a book that started as a stress dream I had about scorpions, that’s literally all it takes sometimes), but I find that when I’m struggling with what to write next, whether I’m stuck in the middle of a story or at a loss for ideas at all, artistic stimulation really helps. You never know what’s going to get the creative gears turning, so instead of just tapping a pencil on a blank page, go out and do stuff. Go to a ballet, a museum, a concert, a movie, a football game, whatever. Something might get the juices flowing.
Write anyway. Even if you don’t have a fully-formed novel idea waiting in the wings, that doesn’t mean you can’t play with prose. Find writing prompts online. Write character sketches and short stories and poems if that’s what you like. No minute spent writing is wasted, because every minute spent writing makes you a better writer, even if what you’re writing will never see the light of day. That’s fine. In fact, that’s necessary. Writers have to practice out of sight the way every other artist does, so don’t take that away from yourself. Keep working, even if you’re just writing descriptions of people or places that you’re never going to actually use. It’s good artistic exercise and guess what? Odds that you’ll actually fall in love with one of those sketch characters or skeleton outlines are pretty good. Make your brain work. Sooner or later it’ll cough up something good.
So those are my two big helpful hints for when you’re suffering an idea block. But before I finish this up I have two more important things to say:
You can’t rush inspiration. Art is not like building an IKEA bookcase, where you take it out of the box and follow the instructions and a little while later, bam, there it is. It’s much more complicated than that, and there are no universal instructions. If you don’t have what you feel like is the right idea for a novel, wait. Because:
You shouldn’t write a novel just to write a novel. Writing a novel is an absolutely huge undertaking, if you’re going to do it right. It will take literally (literally) years of your life, and chances are the first three to five novels you write will end up being drawer novels nobody ever sees because you’re still learning and they’re not that good. That’s fine. That’s necessary. That’s how you finally write a six or seventh novel that is worth a reader’s time. But it’s an enormous commitment, and it’s not something you should do unless the idea is so compelling that you feel like you have to write this novel. Because if you start writing a novel just because you like the idea of writing a novel and the story is really just something you threw together and don’t care very much about, it’s kind of doomed from the start and you’re just going to end up wasting your own time. So wait. Keep playing with words and engaging with other forms of art and wait for that inspiration you can’t rush. You will thank yourself down the line.
Let me know if this doesn’t help. (And do browse through the writing advice and writer’s block tags, because there’s a lot of this kind of stuff there already.)
Hey there! Love your art! Your OCs are so well-drawn. Just asking some advice. Any tips in head shapes and body shapes?
Thanks, friend! And sure!
So for a good exercise, I would draw random shapes and fill them in with faces. I find that this is a great practice! Just fun, throwaway faces and hey maybe you’ll see one you really like! But it’s good to get comfortable just doing all kinds of faces and break away from any usual face you may go to automatically.
Also, I took some of my doodles and made some notes on why I chose specific head shapes. It usually reflects their personality. For example:
As for bodies! I made this little chart also using some old doodles:
Using basic shapes as a guide if def a golden rule. These are just some of my male characters for example, but you can use the same exact shapes for women. In fact, I highly recommend it. It’s easy to get stuck in one specific shape so make sure to branch out!
Also, as I stated in the little diagram, a key in character designing is unique silhouettes. You and your audience should be able to tell each one apart easily.
this might seem a bit random but.. where do you draw? like do you have a studio or someplace you know you can get inspired just being there? im asking since im currently struggling with motivating myself to get started on drawing, im not one of those people who can just doodle whenever and wherever they go so i think the lack of a creative environment (like a studio or art class or sth) is a major reason for it, so i was wondering how you feel about it? c:
oh no… i just draw at my desk in my bedroom… or wherever is convenient! i’ve been drawing daily since i was 3 so it’s very habitual for me, i don’t really do the environment change/inspiration thing as much as i should! i find places with good lighting and a lot of nature are really good for me to get inspired, if i do need it – if you have some nice woody parks or a botanical garden within traveling distance? my favourite places to go for drawing from life are actually natural science museums, because NOTHING IS BETTER THAN SKELETONS, except maybe taxidermy, and museums have both those things.
this has been said before, more eloquently than i can, but i think waiting for inspiration/motivation isn’t very effective. discipline is much more useful; just sitting yourself down and doing it, even if it sucks for a while. i’m still working on this front myself, but it’s kind of like exercise; if you just wait til you’re INSPIRED to go jogging, you’ll never get a good routine going, you know? you just have to do it, consistently, even if you have to force yourself some days at the beginning or if you don’t really enjoy it sometimes.
an art class could definitely help, because it will force you to just sit down and draw a lot, which is the best way to get into the habit of drawing a lot! but putting a lot of effort into the pre-game, like setting up a studio space or buying lots of materials, is just procrastination, and better saved for when you’ve already in a good habit of drawing and need to up your studio game. even if you’re just drawing circles on a pad of lined paper with a biro, i really think the physical act of drawing will do more to help you get started on drawing than anything else.
of course, it does depend on if you want to do art as a hobby or a profession, but in any case, preparing to draw is never going to help as much as actually drawing. (that said: if you know you’ll be drawing for a long time, remember to hydrate and do your wrist stretches!)
people always say to draw with your entire arm instead of your wrist because it usually looks better but i do most of my art at a computer desk and don't have much room and i also have scoliosis which kinda makes me tense up from the pain and it makes me feel as though i'll never be as good as i could be. do you have any advice on how to deal with this?
take breaks every 30 minutes and stretch! look online for some good exercises for someone who has scoliosis, there’s a lot out there. also if you financially can, get yourself a chair thats comfier to sit in for longer periods of time if you don’t have one already, like a small office chair maybe or something similar. if it helps, there’s also those little things that elevate your art at an angle? I’m not sure what they’re called, but its like a desk “easel” basically. that can help you not be hunched over when drawing especially traditionally?
Heyyyy I was wondering if you can give some tips/advice to those who wanna be 2D artist?? What do they teach you in school??
Hey ! I can only talk from my own experience, but I’d say the most important is practicing as much as you can, no matter you’re in a school or not. Hard work and motivation is what makes the difference !
What they teach you in school… well it really depends on the school . I think a good art school helps you broaden your mind and find what you really want to do by experimenting different techniques/art fields, teaches you how to observe and draw from life (life model, still life, real fundamentals of drawing ) and to work with a professional method (proposing different ideas, developping it, making a good finished product )
I studied 2D animation and we had a lot of life drawing courses, “plastic expression” courses aimed at experimenting graphics styles, computer graphics courses to learn animation softwares , and a lot of animation exercises (creating a short movie on a theme, design a background, etc ) also economy, art history, foreign languages and other not art related stuff . I don’t know if you’re in a school or not
but today with things like online courses you can get yourself an education as good as in “real” schools, if not better.
School is good for the work ambience and keeping a good work rythm, but it’s only there to give you the tools, never the magic thing that will make you “talented”. This only comes from how hard you work to improve everyday. I feel like a lot of today’s most talented well-known young artists actually dropped from school to have more time to work on their own, as school made them loose time to work on what they really loved.
So … yeah, my tip would be if you choose to go to school : choose the school wisely, because there’s a lot of huge scams private schools that only teach you bullshit while being very expensive. Once you’re in school keep in mind you work for yourself and not for the school. And if you don’t go to school it’s probably a bit harder, but try to find life drawing courses, online classes, etc. Find other artists friends to motivate each other, make projects together . In both cases : try to learn from everything around you. Be open minded and curious about everything, read books, see movies, exhibitions, test different art styles and techniques until you find what really suits you. Have fun ! Aaand most important practice a lot and don’t give up because you’re the only one who can make yourself the 2D/whatever artist you want to be !!!
That’s all ! I hope this long answer could help, cheers and good luck to you Anon ! ♥
hey rian do you have any advice on self discipline and motivation in terms of saving money and doing things that are good for you like exercising, eating right, etc. especially for someone with depression??
Saving money I would say DIY and be green conscious is a great way to save money so that you feel a lot better about everything you do. It helps you navigate depression even better. Like if you don’t like your food at home but you’re saving money, you just make a weird meal out of what you have, until you have absolutely nothing left. If you don’t like your clothes, make them into clothes you like by wearing them differently and layering differently. If you don’t have skincare products look up DIY skincare with stuff you have, use soaps you already have to clean your makeup brushes, etc. everything you do, just use what you have. You save money and you feel fulfilled about your decisions so you navigate depression with a sense of small fulfillment about that.
For how to motivate to exercise I don’t know what to say other than just do it like those verb commercials that used to come on nickelodeon. Exercising feels so good and makes me feel so happy naturally, if I want to exercise like if I’m thinking about it, I generally do it because it’s free good-feelings! It’s like a free high, and it’s fun. Find exercise that you enjoy so like dance, gymnastics, martial arts, yoga, or other things that you get a little excited to do for yourself so it doesn’t feel like a chore
Make the decisions you make feel like a gift to yourself so you can kick life’s ass
Draw your favourite things!! Remember - art is a skill that is honed over many many hours of practicing - it takes a lot of hard work and time and effort to get “good”, and even then, still more time and effort! YOU CAN DO IT!
Hi, I've been trying to get into more cartoon looking drawings. I've always been able to draw realistic faces, but I want to add a slight unrealistic look, if you get what I mean?😂 So could you do a wee tutorial on realism to cartoon?
Hmm, funny enough I don’t know too many tutorials on the topic, I think one reason for that is usually any tutorial on drawing cartoons would give you the tips you need to translate realism into more cartoonish work.
That said I can try to help you out all the same!
First there’s actually two good book that sorta go into the topic, one is for animals specifically and its called “The Art of Animal Drawing” by Ken Hultgren. While it mostly shows how to draw animals realistically every animal it examines also comes with a tip on how to create a caricature of that animal by exaggerating its features.
The other that’s for humans is “Cartooning The Head & Figure” by Jack Hamm. Specifically page 28 to 34 they deal with this exact topic (taking realism and making it a caricature of that).
For anyone reading this any other book suggestions would be great as well!
Another good tutorial I know that’s sorta on the topic is this two part tutorial by the DeviantART user Heysawbones.
Its more about understanding visual style and a bit more useful for people that are going from drawing anime to a western animation style than it is from realism to cartoonish but it does give some tips in the a realm.
As an artist though that draws more cartoon looking work I would say some of the better tips I can give is :
1. Reducing detail is very good for cartoony things especially unnecessary “filler” lines like the folds within clothing.
2. Exaggerate features that bring out the personality of that character. A weird exercise I can suggest is actually finding a very good cosplayer and comparing that individual to the actual character and noting the differences you see. You’ll definitely notice consistencies between how artists alter certain features on certain types of characters to get a particular affect when compared to the real thing.
just little doodles from this morning… i need to exercise more with my tablet so i was like “why not doodle my mercs?”
don’t mind that stupid gun…
i think i will do some request if some of you want? all the exercise is good XD so.. if u have some prompts send me an ask! i will do my best ^^ it must just be tf2 or rvb related lol… rare pairs are damn good accepted <3