Cartoon Drawing for Digital Animation

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


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.