Friday, 25 May 2018

Art Supplies Galore

I got an amazing gift from the fabulous Kakibot so I thought I'd make a video and test out some art supplies:


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Things I Can't Draw


This Feb I started drawing my travel Zine. I had the notes and the ideas, but I had one major problem. I didn't like the drawings. I draw a lot these days but I draw very similar things. I never push myself so I thought I'd use March as a warm up month before I start drawing the zine. That is how I came up with the 'Things I Can't Draw' challenge. I made a list of all the things I hate drawing or never draw and set myself the challenge of doing one a day. 

So far it has been going well. I have found that most drawings go into one of three categories; 'This is more fun to draw than I thought', 'I can draw this if I spend time thinking about it' and 'I need lots of practice'.

Hands are something I draw every day but I always rush them and pig-headedly draw them without getting some reference. When I spent some time on them I was happy with the results. 

Scenery turned out to be really fun. I love how scenery drawings always come together when you ink them. The colours can be really expressionist and then the inked lines and details add life to the sketch. I'll definitely be doing more of them. 

Feet. I hate feet. I hate my feet. I don't like drawing feet. I will practice them more and hopefully grow to like drawing these weird mechanical yet organic objects. 


I'm only 10 days into the challenge but it has been fun so far. I have some hard days coming up but the results are pushing me through. 

What would be on your list of things you hate to draw? 


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Getting back my Mojo at Anim Dojo

At the start of this year I decided that 2018's mission was to be a better animator. This August will be a milestone for me. It will be a decade since I became an animator. While I am relatively happy with my skills, I feel that it's easy to get comfy and I want to push myself to the next level. Another factor of pushing myself is that as an animation supervisor and lead in both 2d and CG I feel it's my job to help my junior animators and my team as much as possible. I want to be a good mentor to them. I feel I owe it to them to get my butt into gear. All of these reasons pushed me to join an online animation school called 'Anim Dojo'. Anim Dojo is a online animation site that is aiming to teach people who can already animate, how to animate better. 

AnimDojo

When you've been an animator for many years , someone asking you to explain/ teach your process of working can sometimes feel like a golfer trying to explain their swing. They can use the tech speak but don't really know what they are technically doing to make it different from anyone else...they just do it and can't explain the nuisances, which is where Anim Dojo is coming in. 
We all know the tech speak of key poses and inbetweens but sometimes just saying 'work in a pose' can be daunting to Junior animators.  Animdojo is forcing me to breakdown (animation pun intended) my process. It's amazing to really feel like I'm working out the basics again and it's helping me deconstruct my work. 

Fingers crossed I can know all my bad habits out and build back up stronger. I've done it for two weeks and I already notice a HUGE difference. 

It's been stupidly fun so far and because I am paying for it each month it is pushing me to work in my own time. I have allocated three week nights to it so far but I'm so eager that I may do more. 

It is the cheapest online anim program I've found (which is a huge plus because I'm a horrid cheapskate) at only $30 (aud) a month. This is starting to sound like a paid advert and it definitely isn't. I just think it's something the animation industry has been missing and everyone should jump on it. It also helps that the company running it is called Blue Zoo where I use to work. I know they are an amazingly forward thinking company who are enthusiastic about their animators becoming better and not just worrying about their deadlines. 

To sum up...DO IT! 


I'll keep you up to date and post animations that I do from scratch. There are a lot of tasks that involve Maya scenes with your keys already given to you. This is to help practice timing (such a great idea) or scenes with the start and end keys in place so that you create your breakdowns (another genius idea). I won't post them because I don't want to show other peoples poses but I'll show you some work soon. 

p.s their rigs are to die for! 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

New Year - New Creative Challenges

Happy New Year everyone!

It was a crazy 2017.

I started drawing like a loon and posting my drawings daily to Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/doodlezilla_/

and excitingly I have started a podcast that I absolutely love recording with my oldest friend of 23 years (and boyfriend) about Science Fiction. The basic concept is we have some drinks and I propose a fundamental change to the world and then we build a new world around that rule. How would it influence science , population, art and culture?


http://drinksanddystopia.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/ep-08-i-punch-lined-all-over-it-lee.html

It's just some silly fun but over 2000 people have listened so far (what?!).  It's exciting and I can't wait to carry on in 2018.

Other exciting adventures and missions are:

* Learn more Toonboom
* Paint more

What are your creative plans?

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Getting Ready For Inktober

Hello guys. 
It's Inktober. We are in it. How is your drawing going? 
I made a video last week about the lead-up to Inktober and the prompts list I'll be following:


The funny thing about Inktober to me is how stressed everyone gets. It's interesting to see the pressures people put on themselves to be creative. I saw a fantastic talk given by Elizabeth Gilbert about the pressures of being creative and how we tie it into our personality. As if doing a bad drawing makes you a bad person or untalented in all ways. This is such a hard hurdle to jump over. I only found a way over it by throwing all my drawings out there and realising that the world didn't disown me because I wasn't the worlds greatest artist. Here is the video ...it's really inspiring: 

I love Iinktober because it takes the pressure off and gives you the chance to put art out there without people judging you. People know you only had an hour or two to get it done and everyone is also putting work out there so everyone knows and feels how difficult it can be. 

I love Inktober as an idea. I think it is encouraging people not only to be creative but to be compassionate and enthusiastic artists. I also selfishly love looking at all the art that is around. So much to see!!!! 

Enjoy it, only do it if you want to or can and enjoy it. Enjoying creating things is really the only part of this that matters. If you do one drawing or 31...or even just get inspired by looking at the #inktober #intober2017 or #pinktobertime hashtags...that's all that matters.

Enjoy guys and happy doodling x