Cartoon Drawing for Digital Animation

This is the place to find all kinds of extra information required for ARTDM 165-166

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 1, Homework

165 Students:
Homework, tonight work on the backgrounds for the sack drop. Please be ready to scan in your backgrounds by 2:00.

For the weekend, I would like you to draw yourself in the 3 main animation character styles as shown below. I'm showing you this early so that you can begin thinking about how you want to draw yourself.

Use your blue pencil to design the basic shape, add the red pencil for detail. No Graphite! and add ink. No need to color your drawings.
We will check them out in class on Monday. Have fun!


 The images below are anime versions of Hollywood stars. (just for fun)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sack Drop

165 Students:
Great job working on your sack character designs, below is the outline for the project. On Wednesday we you will scan your inked sacks, upload to flash, bitmap, cut out and place one sack drawing on seperate key fames that are on the same layer in this order:
1. front 
2. 3/4 front
3. profile
4. 3/4 back
5. back
6. 3/4 back (here you will copy and paste #4 in reverse)
7. Profile (here you will copy and paste #3 in reverse)
8. 3/4 front (here you will copy and paste #2 in reverse)

Make sure to use the ruler tool to line up all the drawings. When it looks good,
you can publish as a .swf

For Homework:
Think about the environment that you want to design as a backdrop for the sack animation. We will work on those in class tomorrow.

In your sketchbook, please draw your self as a sack, remember, no full faces, keep the designs simple. We will look at them tomorrow in class.



166 Students: 
On Wednesday we will look at the rest of the Godzilla Animatics. Due This Thursday at the end of class, character pages and backgrounds.

Monday, June 29, 2015

June 29, Homework

165 Students:
Use your blue pencil to design the basic shape, add the red pencil for detail. No Graphite! and add ink. No need to color your drawings.
We will check them out in class tomorrow. Have fun!










166 Students:
Begin working on your Story Boards and character pages. See samples below.


 Note that the backgrounds are simple and in the mid third of each page.






Thursday, June 25, 2015

June 25, Homework

165 Students:
Yep! the one below is me.




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June 24 Homework

165 Students:
Draw your self as a zombie....
Use your blue pencil to design the basic shape, add the red pencil for detail. No Graphite! and add ink. No need to color your drawings.
We will check them out in class tomorrow. Have fun! 
(Yep...! The ones just below are me!) 






166 Students: 

Please work on the thumbnails for the Godzilla project. We will review tomorrow.

About drawing thumbnails:


Thumbnail Sketches are Shorthand Notes for Artists:
Thumbnail sketches are drawing quick, abbreviated drawings. Usually, they are done very rapidly and with no corrections - you can use any medium, though pen or pencil is the most common. Thumbnails sketches are usually very small, often only an inch or two high.
Thumbnails are Memory Aids and Planning Tools:
Thumbnail sketches can serve as a memory aid to help you remember important features of a subject, when making notes for a painting or drawing. They are also useful when visiting a gallery, to help you remember important pieces. Often artists use thumbnail sketches to plan pictures. You can quickly experiment with format and composition, placing just the major features - such as the horizon and any large objects, and indicating movement and balance.
How to Draw a Thumbnail Sketch:
Imagine your subject or picture stripped of all details, through squinted eyes, or in poor light. All you see are big rough shapes and some lines. That’s all you need for a thumbnail. First, sketch a rough box, smaller but in the same proportions as the finished picture might be. Then sketch in the horizon line, hills, or any major verticals or horizontals. The outline any key shapes, and quickly hatch in any strong dark areas. There are no right or wrong ways - that's my approach, and it might work for you.
Thumbnails can be Colored:
Thumbnail sketches are a great way to plan color schemes. Use colored pencil or watercolor to put in major areas of color in your picture. Small but intense colors can also be noted, as these can attract the eye, but don't get bogged down with detail.

Making Notes and Working Drawings:
Once you've done your thumbnail sketch, you might want to make some notes alongside it. If at a gallery, you can record the artist's name and the title, along with your thoughts about the painting. If sketching outdoors, you might record notes about the position of the sun, the particular colors, or make additional sketches to show small details. If you are planning a painting, you might want to do a working drawing. A working drawing is usually fairly large, sometimes as big as the finished piece, and carefully composed. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 23, Homework

165 Students:
Create your own Studio Production Card. Draw it out in your sketch book. use red pencil and ink it if you like, do not add texture. That can be done in the program. We will look at them in class on Wednesday.

















Monday, June 22, 2015

June 22 Homework

Hi everyone,
165 Students:
Please read and work on the designs for your leaf drop animation.
On Tuesday, we will look at your designs and begin building the movies.










166 Students:
Tomorrow we will talk about your Godzilla ideas...