So this has kind-of become my daily Art workout schedule for the past two weeks, whatever I do not complete I start off with the next day :D That way I make sure I do everything on my list within the week. I don’t go to art school, but I do plan on studying like I do!
- Learn about 2D Animation (I am reading The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams) Include learning hand drawn, flash, and toonboom. ( I also like the book the illusions of life)
- Learn about 3D Animation. This one is a little difficult for me, I am trying to use the free program called Blender just so I can get the basics of it down. I am also watching and reading a lot of things on the net.
- Review what art schools and studios require in a portfolio, and what they are currently looking for (if applicable I mark down the assignments into other categories of my schedule)
- Character design- I am trying to draw more of my own characters. I am also trying to draw them in several poses. The best way I have been learning about character design is through looking at the work of other artists, including the 9 old men. I also like watching youtube videos of artists such as Stephen Silver who teach about character design. I really want to make my characters more appealing.
- Story- Basically I am trying to figure out how to make storyboards. I have a book for it called Directing the Story by Francis Glebas. I keep having to go back to the beginning because I keep finding new information. It has helped me to even focus on what my non storyboard pieces are saying to an audience. I also enjoy studying already existing live action films ( John Mahoney recommends doing this)
- Digital- Basically learn how to paint/ color/ draw on photoshop, illustrator, how to use aftereffects (I still have not used this program yet ekkk!) and see what techniques are used by other artists. A lot of artists post a time lapse of creating digital work online in both photo and video format. They are really enjoyable to watch!
- Color and Design- Try to focus on what colors work together, and how to use color to draw attention to your piece. I just got the book Dream Worlds by Hans Bacher ( legend at color and design) so I can see what kind of composition and colors artist use for films. I want to see why they use it, and what the thought process was to come up with the final outcome.
- Go Outside! Yuck, there is such think as staying inside for far to long! Go outside and be inspired! Walk around your neighborhood or to a local restaurant/ park/ cafe/ mall/ street corner…..etc. Just get outside! You don’t have to draw anything, but take your sketchbook in case you see anything interesting!
- Life drawing: I really don’t suggest drawing from photos ( even though I do it quite often) unless you are using it for reference. Life drawing can be drawing someone from the park, your friends, your mom, and even your pets. Go to the zoo and look at the variety of animals. If you cant go out much you can watch movies and draw people from there, even discovery channel films ( I like putting things in slow motion on youtube so I can capture movement a bit better). I can’t wait because I will be taking my first life drawing class in spring! ( yes they will be nude!) Also! If you want to be an Animator/ illustrator ( yes please! This is my dream!) I HIGHLY suggest reading the book Drawn To Life. Several CAL art students suggested it to me and I can’t get enough of it! ( really I keep having to go back to the beginning and reviewing!)
- Still life drawing: Draw your bedroom, your dirty shoes, an unfinished meal. There are no boring subjects to an artist! I know its not true, but I consider buildings and landscapes part of still life drawing.
- Sketchbook time: After all this hard work, its okay to go to your sketchbook and just making a mess. Your sketchbook is a place where you are ALLOWED TO MAKE MISTAKES!!!! Even if you do send it to a college, they just want to see your thinking process. I get discouraged sometimes when I see people on youtube ( especially 14 year olds) who have glorious sketchbooks with perfect details! Don’t let it discourage you, you are working at your own pace, and the sketchbook is there to get your mistakes out of the way. Sometimes you have to draw hundreds of drawings just to get to the good stuff.
- Finally: Look at blogs, read books, articles, go to the local library. There is lots of information, just make sure you are able to localize the information you want…. I will post so blogs that I really like in the future! :D
Keep drawing! Keep Working! One day our dreams will come true!