Cartoon Drawing for Digital Animation

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


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Last Animation

165 Students:
1. For the last project, you are working on a simple walk with a background.
(See previous post for project details) 
If you would like to work toward extra credit or just work on becoming a more experienced animator You can try having your character jump. The instructions for the jump are below.
2. The goal is to add a third scene to your animation showing your character walking onto the stage and stop a third of the way in, look at something on the ground, look at the audience, then jump over the object, land and walk off screen.  
3. Next Tuesday is the last regular class and is your last chance to turn in projects.

Both 165 and 166 students, bring your sketchbooks to class so that I can look at your work and give you credit.

Also if I returned your comic to you please re-do and turn in on Tuesday. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Walk Cycle

165 Students:
The handout says Monday but 
we will begin on Tuesday.
1. On Tuesday Dec. 3, you are expected to come to class with the 4 drawings done.

2. On Tuesday Dec. 3, be ready to scan and ink the images then place into Flash. 

3. The Walk Cycle is Due at the end of class on Thursday Dec. 5. 

*Color is optional
*You must include a background that matches the style of your character.
*Include opening and closing credits.
*The goal is to have the character walk across the stage: begin by having the character start from off stage, walk onto the stage and all the way across and off the other side. Then have the character do the same thing from the opposite direction.
*Turn in as a swf. to me and upload to ACME as a .mov

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


165: Students
Continue the comic project, continue the story using the same characters. Same as before, draw 3-4 independent panels, use ink, focus on action-reaction-consequences.

166: Students
On Thursday I will sit with each of you and review your progress on your Bible projects

See you all on Thursday,

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Note from the Cave

Hey folks... I'm hanging out in my cave and this scholarship offer crossed my desk...and its only open to students that participate in the ACME Animation program. We will talk about it the next time we meet.
Come for the ACME Broadcast,
today in the Library from 
6:30-8:30 in room L201

Home work: Comic Project

165 Students:
In your sketchbook or on separate sheets of paper draw a 3-4 panel comic that uses the two characters that you designed for class this week. The comic should begin with the premise that "A character walks into a room and..." You can add more characters if you want, however all the characters and any backgrounds that you  use must be in the minimalist style. As you work on your story keep in mind the basic format for story telling, Action, Reaction, Consequences. This is due Tuesday, please ink using two pen thicknesses.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Homework Drawing

165 Students:
Work on fine tuning your minimalist drawings. If you did not do all 12 you need to complete the project. Some of you need to redraw from the start, you know who you are. Besides completing the last drawing project, You homework for Thursday is to draw another character in the same minimal style. The theme is to draw that childhood acquaintance that followed you around and looked up to you when you were little. Be prepared to tell us about the person. Please ink using two thicknesses of pens. Due At 7:00 when you walk in. Have fun.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Homework Drawing Project

Draw yourself as a
cute stuffed animal.
Due Thursday.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Reminder... No Class on October 31st because of the field trip we took last Saturday AND HOMEWORK DRAWING PROJECT

Reminder... No Class on October 31st because of the field trip we took last Saturday to the Cartoon Art Museum.

If you missed the trip and would like to make up the time (if you are available), you can come by the DVC Halloween Party. Located in the courtyard between the Margret Lesher and Cafeteria buildings Wednesday the 30th from 10-2 for some caricature drawing. This is a great chance for you to practice your craft. I will be drawing, you can help me to turn your fellow students into monsters. You do not need to stay the entire time and they will feed you and provide the drawing materials all you need to do is draw.

Homework drawing project for the weekend: Draw yourself as a superhero of the opposite gender. Due Tuesday.

A quick drawing job came up! So i'm offering it to the first taker, all you have to do is call the person.


Thank you for asking your class to help me with this project. Pet Food Express and our Animal Shelter, Contra Costa Animal Services are working on a dog adoption store. They want me to draw a rough draft floor plan. I have the ideals but can not draw. I can meet with the student and pay them for their time.

If I can meet with them anytime this Wed. that would be great. I can also meet in the evening.

My phone is 925-933-4842.

Thank you!

Debbie Rodriguez

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This weekend is the field trip to the Cartoon Art Museum

If you are not able to join us for the field trip, next Tuesday, I will give you the make up assignment. 

Weekend drawing homework: Take two well known Monsters and create your own version of a love child between the two monsters, that creates a new monster with the characteristics of both. 
(Please do not just stick body parts together) 
Draw this full body in your sketchbook, use 
ink for final version, color is optional.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Hi, great night at ACME tonight!

165 Students: For Thursday, please bring your animation peg strip. We will be working on the sack drop so make sure your background is done before you come to class. 
166 Students: For Thursday, be ready to show your storyboard animatics.

Everyone, I will return your drawings on Thursday...see you then!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Research Project and Homework for 165/166 Students

*165 Students on Thursday, the weekend homework will be to draw caricatures of 12 well known people. For Thursday, please have photo's of the 12 people selected and in a folder. Be ready to show them. Here is the information about the drawing's themselves. The 12 heads are due on Tuesday.
*165 Students: you must also be ready to show a sketch of the back drop that you want to use for your sack drop. See earlier post on the sack drop project for the specifics. 

*166 Students: Be ready to show thumbnail sketches for your animation project. I or your fellow students should be able to understand the movements and the action without any text added.
Keep the drawing simple and uncluttered.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Homework Drawing

Great night tonight everyone...
165 Students:
Draw yourself as a Disco Diva, put yourself into a dance pose and have fun with the costume... Yes it's me...

On Tuesday we will look at the drawings and work on animating your sack turns.
166 Students: On Tuesday we will look at your character turns. Also on Tuesday we will look at your thumbnail story boards. (These are the ones that are simple and with out details).


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Homework reminder

165 students:
1. Be ready to show your Sack character page.
2. Bring your ruler we will review drawing in perspective. 
166 students:
1. Make sure you have the character bios., character page completed.
2. On Thursday we will work on your character spins.

Everyone... Ink your Santa/Jason and Rudolph/Cathulu pictures. On Thursday you can upload them from class.

See you then...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Weekend Homework Drawing

Great Night tonight everyone.....

Homework 165 students:
1. Try a second draft of the anthropomorphize project. Really try to work in the unique facial characteristics that make up your face... such as glasses, shape of nose and so on. Due Tuesday

2. Draw your sack character page as shown in the earlier post. Make sure to draw a base line and a head line so that the scale of the character stays constant. For the action poses you can use the reference image below. This must be drawn on a singe sheet, in red or blue, add marker on top. Due Tuesday
3. In your sketchbook try drawing yourself as a UPA style character. Use your red or blue pencil, add marker on top. Due Tuesday

Homework 166 students:
Work finalizing you character pages, Due at end of night on Tuesday. Thursday at the end of the night the character spins based on the character pages are due. 



OCT. 8th is ACME DAY

meet at the library from 

6:30-8:30 ROOM L201