I had this mental picture of Nico summoning ink-like shadows and disappearing into them, so I made this really short animation to give it a try !
The shadows were created from this free footage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71NVwY1J2ws&feature=c4-overview&list=UULxBCkZTCrdxw4qh1iz6F5Q . The video is web compressed so the quality isn’t so good, sorry about that.I guess one could say I’m slightly Nico-obssessed at the moment ;P
Anonymous asked: i was wondering, what do you do in university? the cartoon-realistic style you post here, or realism, or...?
It’s realism! we don’t really have the option to study concept art or caroon-realism, any of it, which is really sad sometimes. We can choose to do decorative style, but only for composition (which is more of a personal project) than our usual works.
if you’re curious..I kind of posted some stuff I did for the uni on instagram and I guess I could post some of them here too
some of them weren’t exactly finished at the point when I made photos but…haha you’d get the idea on what we do usually in the uni.__.
Tuesday Tips - Gesture Drawing
As a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.
I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.
I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.
For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.
Free! Names and Meanings
Guys! I was researching Japanese names are their meanings and look what I found:
Haruka: far off, distant
Rin: dignified, severe, cold
No like I believe this is basically what the show is trying to fix within it’s characters
Haru who was distant…
was taught to reach out to the people he cared about
Rin who was too dignified and cold
learned to acknowledge and amend for his mistakes
Makoto who is always ever so self sacrificing, always trying to be strong to the point of hiding everything if it meant the happiness of others or simply avoid any trouble just because of his ‘selfishness’
learned that it’s ok to be weak, to be TRUE TO ONES SELF, to stop pretending and actually say what he truely feels
Rei who only saw the beauty in for what it looked like
saw BEAUTY for what it felt like. That there are other things that make sports beautiful: Camaraderie, teamwork, trust…Friendship
and last but not the least
which translates to seashore…
Nagisa who is always so bubbly and cheerful actually has this insecure side.
At first glance, the seashore would look like the boundery between land and sea. But when you look at it in a different angle, it is actually ‘where the land and the sea meet’
Despite the age gap and his inner insecurities, Nagisa was able to prove to himself that he can do what others can if he puts his mind to it. That his age or anything else is no handicap but more of a bigger driving force for him to do his best.
This show is more than just muscles and torsos and fangasms
Free! taught me how to actually make myself a better person
The Gathering Storm: A Marauders Fan FIlm is in the final days of its Kickstarter campaign, and while we’re doing well, we still have a ways to go if we want to make this film a reality.
It’s absolutely doable, but not without your help. We need to reach our minimum by Monday, or we won’t be able to make a film. So donate what you can, and help us spread the word! We’ve got six days, and we’ll take all the support we can get.