Tuesday, 6 June 2017

1 Minute Sketches

These are two little 'one minute' sketches. I had to really plan in my head what I was going to draw before I started and have my colours ready. It was quite stressful so I've moved onto two minute sketches instead.

This second little guy is meant to be a unicorn named Gary. It just so happens that I forgot the most important part of the unicorn... his horn..so he's just a pink horse that identifies as a unicorn. :)

Happy Tuesday Everyone xxx

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Day Out Doodles - A Day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

We've been trying lately to get out and about as much as possible. The travel bug has bitten us again.

This weekend we decided we needed our 'they're so cute and fluffy' fix. So we decided on Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

We saw so many pretty colours and animals (and I squeezed in a few weekend coffees...of course). Even though we have been in Australia for almost 2 years, I don't think I'll ever get sick of cute koalas, kangaroo's and wombats.

The day was totally inspiring and had me itching to draw and edit.

This is still very much in the 'I'm trying to learn so please be patient' stage of editing and filming....and come to think of it, drawing too.

Hopefully you enjoy seeing these little cute animals as much as we did :)

Bye for now,

Friday, 26 May 2017

May - update

Hello lovely people,

It is one of my favourite months , MAY  ! Although my birthday is this month that isn't why it's one of my favourites, although that does help. It is one of my favourite times because there are blossoms on the trees, the weather is great, the sky is blue and it makes me want to be active and creative.

I may have had some of the most creative few months i've had since I was 12 and my mum thought I must of been eating sketch books because I was getting through them so quickly.

We have had some down time in work and my incredible company set me the challenge to master cut out and 2d animation on the program Toon Boom Harmony. It's been eye opening. I realised that I'd allowed my brain to stop learning and I've become creatively lazy. Having to re-train and learn new skills has given me so much more get up and go. My cg has seen an improvement and I'm animating in my own time at home because i've got the creative bug bad.

My Copic collection has grown to a distracting level. I now own 39 ....opphs. All of them in various pastel shades. I'm a pastel addict.

So what is coming up on this blog due to my new nerdy creative streak:

* Lots more drawings - i've been sketching and trying to stick things on my Instagram daily. Minute sketches, 'what I did today' type illustrations and such...so hopefully i'll stick them here too.

* Some cg - i've been sitting on a cg idea i've wanted to do for ages. I've finally pulled my finger out and blocked the damn thing so I'll bug you guys for feedback soon.

* 2d -  All those books I read in uni feel like they finally make sense to me. Like the detective at the end of The Usual Suspects. I feel that a lot of lingering questions i've had about animation finally make practical sense. I've always understood timing and spacing but now I feel I actually 'understand' it ....if that makes any sense what so ever.

* Travel drawings - I'm off to New Zealand soon and almost all of my baggage allowance is being used up on art supplies and photography equipment. Who needs shoes anyway! Expect lots of sketches and me moaning about frozen fingers.

And that's it for now.

Animated hugs,
Tania xxx

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Let's try 2D...and stop buying pens

This week I have been given a fantastic opportunity. My company has allowed us to learn the 2d software Toon Boom.
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This is a great chance to learn as much as possible about the origins of what I do in CG. I think that secretly we are all 2d-ers at heart in CG. We just arrived in the industry when computers were taking over. The thrill of seeing a pencil test gives me goosebumps.
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It's a terrifying challenge but I'm going to throw myself into the task and see what happens. I'll show you guys what I get up to . Maybe it will inspire you guys. You'll see what I do and think to yourself 'jeez I can do better than that'. :)
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As well as learning 2D , my drawing room in the new house has inspired me to draw more and my new ethos of 'send what you scribble' has really helped motivate me. I've challenged myself to post something online everyday no matter how rubbish. It's making me think about my work a lot more and really try to improve instead of just coasting. Today I disappeared into my new drawing room and did more artwork than i've done in years. About 90% of it was absolutely shite but at least its a start.

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Happy Weekend Everyone xxx

Friday, 3 March 2017

Copic Markers and Moving House

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My sketchbooks have been feeling a little neglected as of late. I've been moving house . Since this is the 13th move in 13 years , I should be a pro by now. This is definitely not the case.
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The benifits of moving house is that we have our first spare room. The day before we were moving in we were talking about what to do with our dining table. The place we were going to was partially furnished so we had a spare table...then it hit me...I COULD HAVE A DRAWING ROOM! When you think of drawing room you may conjur up images of old men in smoking jackets, drinking port and 'retiring to the drawing room' at 8pm. That is not what I'm talking about. I have all these art supplies that are in boxes and no where to go to use them. So my lovely Mr agreed that I could rudely take over the space. Don't feel too bad for him. He has converted the garage into a brewery. Our garage is a hops lab for beardy beer lovers.

This new room has invigorated my love of sketching and drawing. It also has coincided with the arrival of my first art markers *sqweeee* ...yes i'm far too excited about them.

Copic's were always the pens I saw in 'the making of' videos for comics and 2d animation . They'd sit in the background , in all of there colour glory and I wanted to get my hands on them so much. So I invested in a few of my favourite colours (pastel colours ..obviously) and as soon as they arrived I wanted to sketch everything I could think of. I'm already planning my next colour choices. hmmmm...what colours will I need to draw a red panda?
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I'm now struggling with what paper to get. Copic or alcohol markers are so unique that they require the exact right paper to show their loveliness. They aren't like good old pencils that look good on the back of an old envelope. I'm currently trying to decide what sketchbook to get by trawling through the millions of art bloggers on youtube and instagram. There are so many inspiring artists out there and it's great to discover this little art community right at your fingers. Yes,  I do know what the internet is and I am very late to the game. I have been following artists in the past, but I never realised how many greats there were out there , and on top of that they are giving great advice.

My current favourite is Frannerd. She is adorable. Her work is charming and her videos are like listening to a friend over coffee. I'd recommend giving her a listen.

So watch this space because I will be filling my instragram with far too many annoying doodles. But hey, practice makes perfect right!

Happy Saturday everyone x