Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Other Mononoke

Here's some lovely production art, presented as a picture book, from an early project by Hayao Miyazaki. Look at the deftness and character of his loose line and the simple splashes of watercolor. Nice stuff.

The Ghibli Blog

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Jack Myers

Jack Myers
MCA alumni, 1993 Illustration
lecture on Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm in Callicott

Jack completed his degree at the Memphis College of Art, where an exchange with the San Francisco Art Institute convinced Jack to ultimately move west. In 1996, he became Senior Designer at the Bay Area firm DesignSite, where he mainly focused on print design and illustration...landing a spot in Print Magazine's Design Annual. With the advent of digital video, his work soon evolved to animation and motion graphics. In 2000 he moved to New York where he completed Food, an award-winning animated film shown on PBS and at festivals worldwide. In 2001, Jack and his partner Matthew Robbins launched Artfool, a multidisciplinary design studio that went on to become one of New York's finest event design companies, later chosen as one of Modern Bride's 25 Trendsetters of the Year and frequently featured on Martha Stewart. Jack has had the privilege to work with some of the best animation studios and directors in New York, and his work has been seen most everywhere there is a television, with spots for MTV, VH1, ABC, NBC, HBO, Showtime, the Style Network and the Discovery Channel, as well as having work featured in The New York Times, Print Magazine, Wired and Newsweek.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Art podcasts

Here are a few illustration/comics/animation related podcasts I like to listen to. Chock full o' advice, tips, inspiration and entertainment, this kind of stuff can be good for keeping you company as you toil away on your next masterpiece.
(can also be downloaded and subscribed to via iTunes)

Escape from Illustration Island

Big Illustration Party Time

Chris Oatley's Artcast

Man Vs. Art

Visual Artist Podcast Network

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gesture drawing tool

So, you want to work on your figure drawing skills but are tired of drawing people sitting in cafes, and don't have an understanding roommate/significant other who will take up odd poses half-naked while you draw. Try out this Gesture Drawing Tool. You can select the timing of the poses (30 seconds- 10 minutes), the gender of the models, and whether they are clothed or nude. Of course nothing can replace drawing from life, but this could be very useful for brief daily practice or warming up before getting to work.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hey! Kids! Comics!

from Elliot Boyette's BOONDOG
Comics 4 is a class about serialized storytelling and digital distribution (in other words, webcomics).

It takes years for a webcomic to mature, and these strips have only had a few weeks to get their feet under them. But we're on a semester-cycle, here, and it's past mid-terms; time to throw them to the wolves of public scrutiny!

Please check them out and give plenty of feedback! These poor cartoonists have only had me nattering at them so far, and I'm sure they'd appreciate hearing some other voices.

Rory-Ann Austin
Done With Kissing

Alex Barton
Duncan’s Moving Parts

Elliot Boyette

Kayla Cline
Slag Valley

Lauren Rae Holterman
Serpent Feathers

Matt Ryan
The Ballad of Hank Fox

Devin Taylor
Rosa Vs. Retirement

Monday, March 14, 2011

Comics Scholarship Funds!

The deadline is TOMORROW, but, hey, you're on Spring Break. No excuses!

The Cartoonists League of Absurd Washingtonians has as part of its objectives the awarding of a scholarship to a student interested in learning the mystical art of sequential illustration. This scholarship will be at least a lowly $100, but might reach loftier sums of $200 or maybe even higher. Funds for the scholarship are gathered in the year prior, and all funds gathered are bestowed on the talented applicant the CLAW chooses. Update: The funds raised for the 2011 Scholarship have reached over $900. And it is potentially available to the student who best fills out this application. You must also be currently enrolled in an institution or have confirmation of enrollment.

CLAW Scholarship

It's not going to pay your tuition, but it'd buy a mighty nice light table, or something.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Relevant to Illustrated Story Students

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things artist, Coelasquid, put up this great article about general drawing advice...but particularly relevant is the comparison of her redrawing one of her strips with just the two characters talking side by side (see above) in comparison to the dynamic scenes that she actually depicts in her webcomic.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Business of Art Lecture

This Thursday, March 10 from 6-7 PM, artist Amy Whitaker will be hosting a free lecture series on the Business of Art. Amy is the author of Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art, and since 2004, she has taught economic and financial theory to artists in a course she designed called Business School for Artists. Come join Amy, UrbanArt and Crosstown Arts this Thursday, March 10 from 6-7 PM for a FREE lecture that you won't want to miss.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Beggarstaff Brothers

Here's a nice link on the wonderful work of the Beggarstaff Brothers on David Apatoff's Illustration Art blog.