Cartoon Drawing for Digital Animation

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


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This is it!

This is it everyone... thanks for a great semester, you can now relax on the couch and let the holiday break begin.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Monster Drawings are due tonight

The Artwork should not be in color. Follow the instructions from previous post to find out how to turn in.

* If you still need to turn in 
your Zine, please do. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Class cancelled tonight

An emergency has come up no class tonight. I will tell you about it next Tuesday, have a good holiday.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Background for the Walk Cycle

Getting ready for the end...

165 Students:
For Tuesday, when you come into class, have your background drawn and inked. Keep it simple, use bold graphics and make sure to match up the line on both the left and right side of the page. Try to make the drawing using the middle third of the page 

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Here is a time line for the rest of the semester:

Nov. 17, Inked Walk is due
Nov. 19, Inked Pause & Blink is due
Nov. 24, Inked Background is due
Nov. 26, No Class (Gobble, Gobble Day)
Dec. 1, First night of presentations/Review for quiz
Dec. 3, Second night of presentations/inked, scanned Monster Drawings are due
           Turn in as neatly cropped png. images in one folder.
Dec. 8, Third night of presentations, inked/scanned mini comics due
Dec. 10, Test Night, Show Walk animations
Dec. 15, Final night, Grades

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Parts 2 & 3 of the Walk Cycle

Part 2 of the Blink:
1. After you have drawn the 4 walk cycle poses, choose 3 of the images in sequence to use for a blink.
2. As you see below I have used the "contact", "down" and "pass" pose for my blink sequence.
3. For all 3 drawings I traced the originals, creating copies. 
4. I lowered the eyelids half way on the first one, all the way on the second one, then raised the lids to half open once again on the third.(See sequence below)
5. These drawing can then be added to the walk cycle sequence.

Today in class

165 Students:


1. Take five sheets of paper. 

2. Use the standard 3 hole punch that's on the back desk in the classroom, punch holes marking the top of the paper.

3. On only one sheet of the punched paper, measure 2" down from the top and draw a horizontal line that is parallel to the holes, use a fine point sharpie and mark your line. (Known as the 2 & 1 rule)

4. At the bottom of the page measure out a line that is 1" up from the bottom and mark with a sharpie.  

5. The page with the marked black lines should be used as guidelines when drawing your character in the walk cycle poses. (See red pencil drawings above).

6. Follow the examples shown above and draw your character in the 4 poses. RED PENCIL ONLY. You must scan and test your walk cycle as a pencil test before inking the final drawings.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Homework Drawing Project


Draw yourself as a UPA Style character.
Use your blue pencil to design the basic shape, add the red pencil for detail. 
No Graphite!, add ink, full body, full page. No need to color your drawings.
We will check them out in class. Have fun! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Homework Reading

165 Students: 
(This is the Homework for Tuesday, November 3, if you want to get a head start on it, go ahead. We will begin this on Thursday November 5.)

Homework reading, in the Richard Williams text book, read pg. 108-123 and pay particular attention to the diagram in the center of pg. 114 This will prepare you for the walk cycle.

Homework Drawing, 
1. In your sketchbook, work on creating a character for the walk cycle. Be prepared to show me 4-6 different variations of the character that will represent you in the walk animation. I will be looking for a simple character design, use animation pencils and no ink. Must be humanoid and look like you, try to avoid oversized capes and long tails.
2. Create a character page on one sheet of paper in the same way that the sack character page was designed. Use animation pencils only, no ink. See example below for the body positions.
(front, 3/4 front, profile, 3/4 back, back)  

On Thursday we will look at the pencil versions of your character pages. If they look good you can ink them. After inking, scan and create a character spin, like you with the sack project.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Character Design

165 Students: This was done tonight in class.

Monster Draw Challenge Day 27

Click the link!

for the next monster.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Monster Draw Challenge Day 21-23

         As promised, here are the next 3 challenges. 
                      Have fun!

Click the link!

for the next monster.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Project Due Dates and More

Project Due Dates

1. No class on October 22 because of the field trip. The field trip replaced that class.

2. 165 Students: On Tuesday October 27, you will pick the topics for the final presentations. You will pick your topic from an envelope of pre-selected names. The 5 min. presentations will be given during finals week.

3. Sketchbooks will be collected at the beginning of class on Thursday October 29th.(look back at the blog for the past projects if you think you are missing something, at the bare minimum all the drawings must be in the sketchbook, inked ).

4. Sack project will be collected on Tuesday November 3rd. at the beginning of class.

5. Tuesday November 3rd we begin our final animation.

Monster Draw Challenge Day 20

Happy Birthday!
 Born: October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary
Béla Ferenc Dezsõ Blaskó, or Bela Lugosi 

Click the link!

for the next monster.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Monster Draw Challenge Day 18

Its Field Trip Day, see 

you at the Museum!

Click the link!

for the next monster.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Field Trip Reminder

Bring 6 Dollars cash for 
the half price field trip rate.

Monster Draw Challenge Day 16

Click the link!

for the next monster.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Today in class, 10/8/15

165 Students: For Thursday 10/8

In class:
Draw the 3 background sketches in your sketchbook using Blue/Red pencil on 3 separate pages.
Use photos that you pull from the Internet for reference, do not add ink until a final version is decided upon. Once the final version is chosen, the drawing can be inked, scanned and brought into Illustrator for color.
When the color is completed, upload into flash.
Sack Character page and background due at end of class. We will begin animating the sack spin and the sack jump next Tuesday.

166 Students:
Today, be ready to show background sketches, they do not need to be inked.

Monster Draw Challenge Day 8

Click the link!

for the next monster.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monster Draw Challenge Day 1

We will look at your
drawings on Thursday!

Field Trip

This field trip replaces class on 10/22/15

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24, Homework

Draw yourself at 99 years of age
Use your blue pencil to design the basic shape, add the red pencil for detail. 
No Graphite!, add ink, full body, full page. No need to color your drawings.
We will check them out in class. Have fun! 

(Yep...! The one just below is me!) 

166 Students:
Please be ready to show at least one completed character page on Tuesday, it does not need to be inked.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Homework September 22

Design a logo that you will use in your animation as if you are your own studio.
Make sure to ink it and be ready to add it to your leaf drop project on Thursday. Look at the examples below, some are simple and others are complex.