Cartoon Drawing for Digital Animation

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


Friday, December 16, 2011


Thank you everyone for a great semester... I hope to see you all again... Keep on cartooning...!
If you have any questions please 
feel free to contact me. 
See you soon...Arthur


I want to thank Justin for this picture.... I did not realize that I forgot to get his work for the class coloring book. My error was pointed out to me after class was over. Justin, this image will be featured in the next edition.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Finish Line

Well everyone, time for final presentations,
can you see the finish line.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Project Update

*Due to our extended ACME broadcast the 165 Walk/Jump project can now be turned in at the time of your presentation. (The day you signed up for...)

* Acme contest.... please be prepared to give me your favorite pic for best gravity animation. Take a look at the blog's I will ask on Thursday.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Last Acme

... NO TEARS...


166 Reminder

Here are the items that I will be looking for in the Cartoon Bible.
(This should be turned in electronically on the 13th. For your presentation you will need to show character turns, animatic and any animation that you have created for your story.)

The Story Bible generally contains 30-40 pages written, plus another 20-25 pages of illustrations that encompass the following.

1 page =  Title page, writers name, show logo.

1-3 pages = Any myth or legend which explains how this
                    particular cartoon world came into being.
                    (voice over at beginning of Dexters
1-4 pages=  Summary or overview of what the series is
                    about including a listing of the main
                    characters and villains.
1-4 pages=  Written pages that describe settings and
                    location backgrounds plus illustrations of sets
                    and locals.
1-4 pages=  List of the rules of the series particular
                    (we never see mom & dad above the waist on
                    Cow & Chicken)
5-25 pages= A compilation of all characters, describing
                     each and every character including the
                     villains and their back stories. Also explain
                     each characters relationship to every
                     character on the show. Illustrations of how all
                     the characters will look and move will also be
                    (This is where the character page comes in.)
2-6 pages=  Sample springboard ideas for possible shows.
1-2 pages=  Sales pitch and sample dialogue of key
                    characters or catch phrases.
                    (Make sure what you put here is your best

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The End is Near!

Dec.1,  Sign up for final presentations and review for drawing test.
Dec. 6,  Last Acme
Dec. 8,  Last night regular class (165-Walk/Jump is due)

Dec. 13, Presentations Walk/Jump, 5min. presentations and Bibles. (166-Bible is due, turn in electronic copy)
Dec. 15, Presentations Walk/Jump, 5min. presentations and Bibles. (165-Drawing Quiz)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


165 Students: This weekend, make sure to be working on your walk and jump poses. 
This will be your final animation project. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Contest Due Date Coming Soon

If you plan on entering the contest for fame and prizes, the time for entering your draft is here.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Homework reminder and sample drawing style page

Here is a sample character page.

Here is a collection of bean body bird drawings created using different pens and techniques.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Homework reminder and some misc. business

Great work last night everyone,
165 Students:
1. On Thursday, the final versions of the Leaf/Paper drops are due.
2. The sack drop project will be due at the end of class next Tuesday.
3. On Thursday, I will continue to review designs for your bean shape cartoon character.
4. On Thursday, if anyone has any questions about the final presentations that need to given on the last day of  class please ask.  
5. Your homework is to redraw your "Jump" character in a different pose from one that you have used so far. Use both Sharpies and experiment by using a thick line for the outside of the body and a thin line for the inside.
look at the example below very carefully and notice how the thickness of the line changes as it works its way around the body.

166 Students:
Start thinking about grouping all of your work together for turning in. Look at your notes to see if you have everything that is listed in the Story Bible information. I will review with everyone on Thursday.

Monday, November 14, 2011

ACME Reminder and Sample Jump cartoon board

Using your character, show it jumping over an object. Use only one page
and bring it to acme. Do not add sharpie, keep the image in R/B Pencil.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Draw 10 versions of a simple Mr Bean character. Use the poses from the previous project. make sure to change the costumes a little. Use Blue and Red pencils.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Homework Reminder

Draw yourself as if you lived in Bedrock city. Please... do not use the standard poses and costumes, come up with something fun or else you will have to face the wrath of Fred's mother in law.

See you tonight... New Project! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Voice your opinion....

Hi, by the end of class tonight, I would like everyone to make one or more comments on two other student blogs.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Homework reminder

Draw two characters not copied but inspired by the ones you picked in class on Thursday. Make sure to bring the figures back to class. as always, they need to show the full body (hands and feet), ink with a Sharpie.
On Thursday we will continue part 2 of the Pendulum animation and we will talk about the final presentations.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tonight is Acme night from 6-8 in L151

Hi everyone...
Tonight is ACME night so please meet in L151, as always bring your sketchbooks and your flash drives with your projects. 165 you have the pendulum and 166 you can select from any of your animations from your story.

The home work drawing project was to create a haunted house with a face on it.
Try out the link below for haunted cartoon houses, see you tonight...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Great Job!

Hi everyone... great job! on Thursday we will look at the projects.

165 Students:
1. Thursday we begin the Pendulum Animation.
    (Be thinking of something that you would like to have in the background).
2. Homework Drawing Project: Draw your version of the Great Pumpkin from the Charles Schultz cartoon.
    (As always show the full body including hands and feet...if it has any. Use Blue &
    Red Pencil, Sharpie for the final drawing.)

166 Students:
1. Since you lost some time because of our special project, I'm extending the due date for your Rough Sketch, Storyboards until October 20th.
2. On the 20th be prepared to talk about your storyboard and the sequence that you would like to animate.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A controversy

Something to think about...when should a classic be retooled no matter how good the intent. Check out the link below to find out more.

Be ready for tomorrow night

Tomorrow night in class, I will distribute the images taken so far. The two groups that still need to shoot will be able to do so, on the white board. Here are some shots from last week.

A Comic Contest.....

Hi everyone, here is the information about the comic contest that I mentioned in class.

We can talk more about it in class.

Extra Credit Event Fundraiser of the 2-D Art Area

This is a great deal... 20.00 for a full day of drawing both a male and female model.

Homework Reminder

165 Students:
Draw the cast of the Munsters, you must include yourself as one of the castmembers. Feel free to add color on this one. Due this Tues. Have fun....

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hope you APE

Wow what a great time... so many good people to talk to...

a familiar face...

I will fill you in on Tuesday... remember 6-8pm for Acme.

Monster Draw Pictures

Hi everyone,
Here is a sample of the sketches made during the screening of Rocky Horror.

Now its off to APE see you in the city...

Friday, September 30, 2011

Time for the Monster Draw.....

Well folks... tonight is the night to take out the markers, crayons, pencils and sketchbooks. Then, this weekend will be all about APE... I will be going on Sunday... if you go, shoot me an email... Hopfully I will see you folks at some point tonight or this weekend... Draw Draw Draw...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Class Canceled tonight: Gas Leak around the corner from the college.

Do Not Panic!
Well folks.... since the entire DVC campus has been closed for the night here are a couple of things to keep those creative juices flowing. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal tomorrow for open studio and our monster draw. When I know more I will
   pass it on... but for now!

165 Students:
Here is a model sheet for Popeye and two head shots of Frank Gladstone. Be ready to
show your Frank as Popeye cartoons on Tuesday. Please ink them...

If you have never seen a Popeye cartoon take 
a couple minutes and enjoy.
166 Students:
Please continue working on the first draft of your storyboards. They are due on at the Mid. term. At that point we will choose the best scene and that should be the part of the storyboard that gets the detail treatment and will be animated.