Cartoon Drawing for Digital Animation

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017


165 Students: 
1.  Today in class, work on coloring and assembling all the elements for your final project. (See previous blog post for details).
2. Before you leave class today, publish what you have as a mov. file. I have placed a file called 
"Final project draft 1" into the usual place 
in scratch.
3. For homework, Draw and ink the thing that you will be jumping over for your final animation. On Tuesday, scan it, color it, and add it to your movie.

166 Students:
1. In class, build your bible project portfolio. At the 

end of class, please turn in the following as scanned

documents into an electronic folder with your name

on it, into a folder labeled, "166 portfolio". The folder

will be in the class folder on scratch.

Main folder:  Last name, Movie project name 
Inside main folder: (One folder for each letter).
A. Folder with character pages and the character spins.
B. Backgrounds
C. Thumbnails and story board animatic.
D. Draft version of mov. file and story pitch.

2. For homework:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

4/27 Homework

165 Students:
Go to the Jump tab at the top of the blog. Begin working on the jump cycle portion of the project. On Tuesday, when you come in, the rough draft of those drawings will be due. As soon as you come in scan and test. Show me...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

April 25 Homework

165 Students:
Go to the walk cycle background tab at the top of the blog. Begin working on a background. On Thursday, as soon as you come in scan and test. Keep them as pencil drawings only, until you test the drawings.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

4/20 Homework

165 Homework
Go to the Walk, Blink, Pause tab at the top of the blog. Begin working on the Blink and Pause portion of the project. On Tuesday, when you come in, the rough draft of those drawings will be due. As soon as you come in scan and test. Show me...

166 Students:
Next week bring your watercolor pencils and water brush.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

4/18 Homework

165 Students:
Go to the Walk, Blink, Pause tab at the top of the blog. Begin working on the walk cycle. On Thursday, when you come in the rough draft of the 4 poses are due. As soon as you come in scan and test. Show me...

165 Research Project

Thursday, April 13, 2017

165 Homework

165 Homework drawing project:
Go to the character page tab at the top of the blog. read and follow the directions on how to draw the character page.
165 Homework Reading:
In the class text book, read pages 102-163. It talks about the walk cycle. We will discuss in class.

166 Homework: 
Next Tuesday, turn in your inked backgrounds.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

165 Character Design

In your sketchbook fill a page with at least 12 variations of your character.

Pick one that you like and try inking it a couple of different ways.

 The final step is to draw your character full page. Keep in mind:
a. Try to incorporate overlapping shapes 
b. Try to incorporate different line thicknesses
c. No shading

Sunday, April 2, 2017


9. When we came back after the break we will scan and see how they work. 

*Remember, Clean lines, 
no shading.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


165 Students:
1. No new drawing projects tonight.
2. This is your chance to get caught up, look back at the blog for past homework assignments, make sure you are all caught up. 
3. Next class, bring in your sketchbook, I will be reviewing them and looking for your drawings.
4. Next class, we will look at your final sack drop animations.
5. Next class I will introduce the next animation project.
6. We will review your 6 classmate cartoons.

166 Students:
Please be ready to turn in the following two things in one folder.
A. Your thumbnail animatic with sound.
B. A copy of the actual trailer that you used as the basis for your project. 

2017 James O'Keefe Comic contest winners

Presenting the 2017 James O'Keefe Comic contest winners

Thanks to Nick Sousanis for coming out and talking about his new book, Unflattening and Joe Field from Flying Color Comics for talking to our DVC students and encouraging them to keep being creative no matter what.

Select the link to see all the entries

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Draw Your Classmates

165 Students:
The "Cartoon 6 Classmates" 
project is due at the 
end of class on 3/28. 

Happy St. Patricks Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Thursday, March 16, 2017

3/16 Homework

165 Students:
In your sketchbook, draw yourself as a Disco Star or Roller Skating Disco Diva in any style you like, UPA, Rubber Hose, Anime.... Full body, use red pencil first, then ink, pay attention to line quality. Have fun!
Yep, the one below is me!

166 Students
Due dates Animation Bible project:
*Each is due at the end of class.

3/21 Character Pages and Character Spins 
        (Pencil Versions)
3/23 Thumbnail Animatic 
        (With timing, as demonstrated in class)
4/13 Backgrounds (Pencil Version)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

3/14 Homework

Hi everyone, 
Divide the page into four quarters and draw yourself four times on the same sheet of paper. Experiment with caricature based on the the example provided in the handout. Use your blue or red pencil. No Graphite! Below is an example of a faces drawn as a caricatures. 
*Play with moving the eye line up and down
*(Note that the setup lines can still be seen).
*Note: The black and white drawing shows shading, you do not need to shade. *You will add your source photo before turning it in, I will talk about how to do it in class.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

3/9/17 Homework

165 Students:
Looking forward to seeing you at Monster Draw tomorrow night!

*My students get extra credit for attending.

Weekend Homework:
In your sketchbook, full page, full body, using your red or blue pencil, draw yourself as an Anthropomorphic Anime style character. Try to create something that looks like you as an animal. Use two different pens and ink your drawings.

 Anthropomorphic characters 
have always been part 
of human mythology.

 Today they are still with us 
in popular culture

          Yep, the one below is me.