Picking shirt designs is like deciding your favorite child(or so I’m told). We’ve decided to enlist the wisdom of the crowd and turn to you to help us get to the bottom of this. We’re sharing a total of 16 designs over the next two days. Today we’ll have two sets up on the blog and put the remaining two sets on our facebook page and our instagram.
Look. Vote. Help us out!
I’ve always heard it’s what’s on the inside that counts and we’ve made a few shirt designs exploring innards.
My mother told me not to play with my food, but I wonder if it’s okay if my food does it by itself?
idylltale asked: Hello, do you have plans of selling your book "Rough Draft" in your shop again? I missed that one and I have all your other books, looking so nice on my shelf.
Hi There! We’re going to release a second edition of the book later this year (CTN time) so keep an eye out then!
Once again we look into our mailbag of reader submitted questions! If you have anything on your mind about art, the industry, breaking in, etc, feel free to shoot us a line. Perhaps you’ll see your question featured on the next monthly Q&A.
This Month’s Questions
I want to maintain a personal habit of consistent practice so I can improve my work. What do I need to do in order to learn what I need to learn efficiently?
Create a project for yourself and define due dates and deadlines. I’d recommend picking a pre-existing story - as a visual development artist, you are never working on your own story - and setting a firm end date - ie this project will take 3 months. Working on a project it allows you to focus on all parts of the process - characters, environments, props, etc. You can also tailor your project to focus on what you want to improve on - props. Finally, make regular contributions to your project. Start off small and use little successes to propel yourself into taking risks.
What subjects would you recommend (or did you find extremely helpful) in informing your art practice at art school? And, do you find that the principles you learnt from them still applicable now to what you do as a visual development artist?
I learned a lot about composition from my graphic design/typography/printmaking classes. I personally recommend taking graphic design classes because many of the same principles apply to illustration/picture-making.
I was wondering if for you guys personally, whether you decided on a personal style consciously, or if it came naturally to you as you went along. Also, did it help you more to look at many different references while finding a style?
Style comes from two places - there’s the natural way that you do things and outside influences that affect it. There’s a balance and conflict between the two - sometimes things don’t quite seem to work well or sit right on the page. For us we only try to enforce a common style when we both work on a sequential project. In other cases we explore, play, and do whatever looks good to us. We of course look at other artists and try new things, but don’t really pursue adapting their look.
Have you seen…
all the Oscar nominated animated Shorts & Features? Who’s your favorites to win?
Victoria’s Frozen artwork featured on Io9?
I’m a fan of creating personal challenges in order to better myself - as an artist and as a person. Recently I’ve been doing these paint sketches which I’ve been sharing on my instagram & our facebook page. If you’d like to follow along, I’d recommend looking there.
Have you seen…
the Shape of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut? It’s pretty interesting and I like the idea of it as a visual person.
Vashi Nedomansky’s article on the evolution of the dolly zoom? A must for film nerds.
Like all relationships, Love and Social Networks are two way streets, Give some Love and Get some Love!
There are tons of social networks out there now, some even I haven’t heard of! Here’s just a few that you guys might be on:
All of these forms of communication have a way to “Like” a post, to us, we feel that liking a post is very like letting somebody know that you think what they did was cool. While on the surface this doesn’t seem to do much for you, it does! It may not directly translate into the person you liked liking your stuff back, but you feel something when you “like” somebody’s post, it helps you feel like you’re participating in their posting which can be a powerful way to engage with the artist and as an artist. Think about what it’s like to be the person on the receiving end of your “like” it’s nice to just do something for someone else. I always got a spring in my step if one of my classmates told me they liked something I did!
I think that even for someone of my age (28) I don’t fully understand how other people use some forms of social media. It was a big revelation to me when someone just a few years younger was telling me that she spends all day on tumblr, scrolling fast, and liking the things that she was interested in revisiting. This has also helped her to gain a lot of followers on the medium who are all very engaged and interested. I found this to be the case with twitter as well. It’s a great way to get an introduction to an artist or famous person that you want to talk to! Like their stuff and participate and you’ll find a whole new group of friends.
What do you think? Lets all get on each other’s social media and Spread some LOVE!
Seen this awesome Tumblr with vintage and reproduction costumes? Get some inspiration today!
Heard about the Goya Exhibit at Norton Simon? Amazing drawings from a master draftsman and painter.
Here’s an unused greeting card concept that I had kicking around. We’re all big fans of all sorts of games, movies and media. I wanted to combine that into an image.