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Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to draw Kung Fu Panda Po

How to draw Kung Fu Panda Po. How to draw cartoon, Kung Fu Panda Po. From step by step drawing and video tutorial. Learn how to draw Manga, Anime, and comics. Drawing and sketching anime technique for manga, cartoon and comics. Draw and Sketch Cartoon character, Kung Fu Panda in action pose. Learn from Step by step and video tutorial. The process shows drawing and sketching video series of comic book characters that will help you gain knowledge of its cartoon anatomy and dynamics in the positioning of the figure and the details.

Here is a final drawing of Po from Kung Fu Panda

Here is a video tutorial how to draw Kung Fu Panda.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sketch of two tribal kids in snow valley

Sketch of two tribal kids on snow valley.  Here is a quick sketch of two Mongol children in snow valley.  I have been kind of sick for a few days so really have not done much.  I think it was the flu that took me down.  I still try to go run almost everyday but it was very difficult.  Well, let just say it sucks.  I would feel really good for like three hours then really sick for about two hours, it circles like that all day for a few days.  It was very confusing.
Though I know my body told me to rest more so I listen.
I've read a lot in the past few days since I couldn't really do much.  So I continued to read "Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin again since I left it unfinished about two years ago.  Then I think I should probably paint some of the characters, there are so many awesome characters in the book.  Eddard Stark, Jon Snow, Tyrian Lannister, and Arya Stark are probably my most favorite characters.  And now the show is on HBO already 2 episodes.
The funny thing is, about 5 years ago I was working as freelance illustrator on my free time apart from Guild Wars.  I usually received assignment with a paragraph description.  Most of the illustrations that I work on are for "Game of Thrones" but I had no idea what it was back then.  I regretted that I did not read the novel before I assign to do the job.  I was just pumping out work and work, I should have cared a lot more then.  If I could redo all of those illustrations now, I would.  But oh well that was a long time ago.

Then I picked up another book called "Birth of an Empire" by Conn Iggulden, it is also very very good.  It might not be as great as Game of Thrones, but I only went thru a few chapters so we will see.
Then from all those reading, I feel a little better and more inspire so I decided to sketch out some of the blend conceptual from my idea between those books.  I don't know how it comes about to be two Mongol children, but here they are.

This is the very first sketch.  I didn't like it so I started over.

Here are the better version and I decide to add one more kid in there.

Then I think I should stay true to the traditional historically cooler and better Mongol hair style.

Did you the different between the hair style?  Which one do you like better, post you opinion on the comment below.

Here are step by step digital sketch of Mongol children below.

Manga digital tutorial

Here is a final I decide on that I might work on it a little more later.  With the true tribal hair, yes.
children of wolves
Here is a bigger version of the sketch, children of wolves.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

How to draw Manga Death Note, L

How to draw L Death Note. Learn how to draw Manga easy to follow from Video tutorial and step by step images.  Video tutorial will show you real time drawing and sketching anime technique for manga, from start with blank page to finish Manga character drawing. It is one of the easiest way to learn how to draw and experience how the professional commercial artist draw it.  The video will explain how and why you should draw the easy way and very comprehensive.  You will learn manage and simplify a complex drawing.  You will learn how to break down complex Manga drawing in to simple shape to start with.  Then add necessary detail to complete the drawing that will look professional.

The character we are going to show you how to draw in this post is "L" from Death Note.  Here is some information about the character.  L Lawliet (エル・ローライト Eru Rōraito?), known universally among viewers by the letter L, is a fictional character in the manga, anime and film series Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba. In the storyline, L is considered the world's greatest detective, whose identity remains unknown before the story takes place because he has never revealed himself to the public. L takes on the Kira case in order to find the titular murderer able to kill people whose names are written in the Death Note. He meets Kira, a teenager named Light Yagami, and becomes determined to convict him.

Here is a break down of the Manga drawing into easy to start geometry shapes to draw with.
draw Death Note L

Here is a Manga drawing video tutorial, How to draw L from Death Note.

Below are step by step images easy to follow to go along with the learning to draw Manga video 

Draw L from Death Note step 1.
draw Death Note L step 1

Draw L from Death Note step 2.
draw Death Note L step 2

And the final Manga drawing of "L" from Death Note.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bobby Pontillas, Master Artist interview

Bobby Pontillas, Master Artist interview.

I used to work with the man, in fact it was my first art job doing tons of 2D animation for Disney Int and Pixar games.  Another fun fact, I got hired only because I can draw fast, but know nothing about animation.  Then Bobby taught me how to animate properly.  Thanks to Bobby.  Bobby was the best animator I've known and ever worked with.  Then we re-teamed again on Guild Wars series, Bobby is the one who basically invented tons of the Guild Wars characters' dance moves and a bunch of cool animation tricks.  And now it's been about a year since he left for Blue Sky Studios.  Bobby just finished his current project "Rio", it is currently in theater.  Congratz Bobby!!!
Now he is kind enough to give us some of his precious time for a short interview for you guys.

1. How and why did you want to become a Animatist (Animation Artist)?

Bobby: Back in 2000, I had a few terms left in art school, and I still didn't know what I wanted to do. I knew I liked to draw but I was pretty directionless. This all changed when I saw Disney's Tarzan, and saw all of the work Glen Keane and his fantastic animators in Paris did with the main character. It was unlike anything I had seen before, and I knew then that I wanted to be an animator.

As you can see Bobby (in the hat) is working hard at work.

2. What is your first art job and how did you start?

Bobby:  My first art job was with a small children's games company in Kirkland, WA, working with Xia Taptara actually.  We mainly work on some small Disney and Pixar titles. We were right out of school, and we did everything from 2D Animation, Storyboards, to Character Design. We were so eager to get better and learn from our great art director. It still is one of the most memorable experiences in my career.

 © Bobby Pontillas

3. How do a beginner become an Animator?

Bobby: Study and Application. Don't just do one or the other. Study the masters that came before you. To both, learn the foundations that they established, and to not just simply repeat what they did. Stand on their shoulders and take animation to different place than it's been to before.

4. To you, what are the three to five most important elements in Animation and/or art in general?

In no particular order: Simplicity. Easily said, hard to accomplish. What's important in my work is that the central idea is not cluttered by extraneous details. I want my statements to be clear and bold.

Personality. To me my favorite work is when it's coming from someplace personal. Something that I've experienced myself that I know to be true.

Storytelling. I feel like every facet of an animated film, film in general, or work of art is stronger when it's telling a story, big or small. Communicating an idea, making a statement.

Feeling. This is a big one for me that might be a little ambiguous. But I'm really drawn to art that makes me feel what the artist was feeling. Or what the character is feeling, or how a scene feels.

© Bobby Pontillas
© Bobby Pontillas

5. What would you suggest to young artists on how to get start and become an Animator?

Bobby: Make sure to get quality animation education. There are thousands of art schools with animation programs, and I'd say 90 percent of them will lead you astray. They don't really mean to , they just lack the knowledge of what skills it really takes to break into the animation industry.

Second, I would focus on being an animator, but at the same time have interests in more facets of art besides just animation. Fine Art, Illustration, Photography, Theater. Any of these things will help your animation be of higher caliber. 

Now we can watch a few minute clips of RIO from Blue Sky studio

Thanks again Bobby, for the valuable information.
You can go say hi to Bobby at http://bobbypontillas.blogspot.com/  
Don't hesitate to ask him questions if you really interested in being an animator.  He is the man!

Hope you enjoy the post!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

How to draw Manga Maka from Soul Eater

How to draw Manga Maka Soul Eater. From step by step drawing and video tutorial. Learn how to draw Manga, Anime, and comics. Drawing and sketching anime technique for manga, cartoon and comics.

Maka, the meister of the scythe Soul Eater and the main female protagonist. She is a young but dedicated student who takes after her mother, another prodigious meister. However, her relationship with her father Spirit (aka Death Scythe) is incredibly strained due to his constant flirtations with women, leading her parents to divorce. As such, Maka is obsessed with turning Soul Eater into a Death Scythe that will surpass her father. She makes a good team with Soul, but is prone to nagging and violent outbursts whenever Soul does something foolish.

Here is a Manga drawing of Maka from Soul Eater
draw Maka soul eater

Below are easy construction pattern for easy drawing following along the Manga drawing video tutorial.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Night Elf digital painting process

How to draw and paint night elf or Night Elf digital painting tutorial process. Digital painting tutorial of World of Warcraft character, Night Elf. This one I get it done about the same time I did Blood Elf speedpainting. I just didn't get around to post it last week.
In similar manner to the previous step by step, I started out with scribble to find her structure and suitable pose. After that I established shape or silhouette. During this process everything is still monochromatic and it is easier to try to figure out the lighting direction than when involving many colors.
This one though, the lighting is coming from below. The light source is the little ball of fire at the tip of the arrow. And again, I paint the over all image as loose and suggestive rather than finished illustration style. Once I have the basic value in place, I will then start to slowly figure out the color scheme and paint over the under-painting.  The really most difficult or tricky part of this speedpainting is probably finding the lighting direction on the her face.  It takes me longer than usual because it is an unfamiliar process to me lighting the face from light source underneath.  So it takes almost 20-30 minutes just figuring out the lighting on the face alone.  It is quite challenging for me to do so.

Here is a bit of information about Night Elf, the night elves, or kaldorei (sometimes spelled kal'dorei) are "Children of the Stars" in their native tongue of Darnassian. The kaldorei are a reclusive and mystical race born during the waking of the world. Though tribes and clans of trolls have been in existence almost or some speculate even as long as they have, the Darkspear trolls playable in the game have not been around nearly as long, thus making the night elves the second most ancient race playable in the game (the most ancient is the draenei race) and the first to appear on Azeroth. Theirs is a most ancient heritage, which has shaped them into a very self-sufficient and self-conscious people that often display strong streaks of isolationism.

Here is a final speedpainting of Night Elf.

Below is a digital painting Video tutorial Night Elf

Below are step by step images of Night Elf.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to draw Manga, Light Yagami from Death Note

How to draw Manga Light Yagami from Death Note. Learn how to draw Manga, Anime, and comics. Drawing and sketching anime technique for manga, cartoon and comics. One of the easiest way to draw I find is to simplify the subject first and foremost. It will make drawing a lot less complicate and less intimidating. I usually look at the image then simplify it into simple geometry shapes like rectangles. It is a lot easier to draw once simplify your observation of the subject and the over all shape of the face or character you are drawing. I usually start of using circle or oval or simple geometry shape as a base for character's skull, then next step would be figuring out the next geometry form to fit into the image.

About Death Note, Light Yagami,
Light Yagami (夜神 月 Yagami Raito?), also known as Kira (キラ?) is a fictional character and the main protagonist of the manga and anime series Death Note. He is an extremely intelligent, athletic, popular, but bored young man who finds the Death Note dropped by the Shinigami Ryuk by sheer chance.
He is the protagonist and anti-hero of Death Note. At the start of the series, he discovers the Death Note and uses it to kill criminals, then becoming known to the people of Japan as Kira (based on the Japanese pronunciation of the English word "killer"). Light is characterized as an extremely intelligent yet bored young man, confident in his own sense of logic and how clever he is in regards to others. He is frustrated by the lack of justice in the world. Believing the world to be "rotten," he desires a means by which he can enact his will to purge the world of all evil. Light can be described as "coldly manipulative," "egomaniacal," and "an unrepentant serial killer, a butcher on an enormous scale" who is not "a Freddy Krueger, a monster who represents pure evil, or a Patrick Bateman, a demonic symbol of his age." Wolk describes Light as "the good guy, more or less" who genuinely believes that he holds "the moral high ground." Through use the Death Note, Light quickly begins to develop a cruel and malevolent nature. He becomes completely devoid of love, compassion and mercy. He views himself as the only rightful savior of mankind and that all his actions are justified no matter how inhuman they are. He is shown even to sacrifice his own family to obtain his goals.

Here is a drawing break down sheet of Light Yagami from Death Note
draw Death Note Light break down

Here is a final sketch of Light Yagami from Death Note
draw Death Note Light

Here is a video tutorial How to draw Manga, Light Yagami from Death Note

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Below are step by step image to go along drawing with the Manga drawing video tutorial. 

Draw Light Yagami Death Note step 1
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Draw Light Yagami Death Note step 2
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 final sketch of Light Yagami from Death Note
draw Death Note Light Yagami finished

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Art Contest ROUND 1 PowerPuff Gladiator Voting

Round 1 “Gladiator PowerPuff Girl”
I have to say I am very impress with the very first round of contest at ArtistsArena.Org  There are some stunning art work from the entries.  I could not have anticipated any better turn out.  It was great to see so many of you work hard and succeed.  Many of you I am sure have put a lot of effort and push your limited.  The point of the contest is to make you grow as an artist and hopefully contest makes you the better artist than you were.

ROUND 02 will begin on Wednesday April 20th, 2011
Sharpen your Wacom, the battle will begin once more for the ultimate prize!!!

I cannot wait to see what is coming in round 2 at artistarena.org
Now we will all cast the final vote. Who ever has the MOST number of VOTES win! Final Voting will go on until Sunday (final day to vote on the POLL is April 17th at midnitght)

You can help us out and go vote for the Top Ten finalists here http://idrawgirls.com/artists/2011/04/round01-finalist/

The topic of contest: Gladiator PowerPuff Girl
Re design or re create one or all of the PowerPuff Girls into a Gladiator! They are all grown up now too so try to put them all in a semi-realistic rendition. Put her into a well thought out armor design in action or relax pose to fit the fantasy world (could also be dark and gritty, up to you, use your imagination.

Below are the top five entries at the moment.
Go cast your vote here http://idrawgirls.com/artists/2011/04/round01-finalist/

© Jacob Siebentritt

© Khoa-Ho

 © Stanislav-Aldinov 

  © Benjamin Ayilara

© Johnathan Sung

Great job guys and many others.  If I have more space on my blog post, I would put all of you in here.  But I have to keep it short for page download time, otherwise nobody will get to see anything.

Again, you can go vote for your most favorite here: http://idrawgirls.com/artists/2011/04/round01-finalist/

You never know with a lot of good entries coming up and really good art work from winners.  We might get to see some tutorial from these guys.

Hope you enjoy the post, peace!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tangled Concept Art, The art of review

Tangle concept art book review.  
The art of Tangled, Concept Art book review. The first time I saw the trailer, I thought the female character is very solid and she reminds me of when the first time I saw Ariel in Little Mermaid. So I did some research, little that I know that my most favorite master character designer and animator, the legend Glen Keane was the original driving force behind the film. And of course Rapunzel (female character) is indeed his design.
When I saw it in 3D, I kind of able to guess but not sure. Once I saw the sketches, then I know for that fact that she is Glen Keane's creation.

Keane is best known for his character animation at Walt Disney Studios for feature films including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan, and Tangled. Keane received the 1992 Annie Award for character animation and the 2007 Winsor McCay Award for lifetime contribution to the field of animation.

Glen Keane
Glen Keane wanted this to be an animated movie that looked and felt like a traditional hand-drawn Disney Classic in 3D, he first had a seminar called "The Best of Both Worlds", where he, with 50 Disney animators (CGI artists and traditional artists), focused on the pros and cons of each style.

Here are some of Master Keane sketches:

The art of Tangled Book
It has 160-pages with hardcover. The book filled with the very distinctive Disney style art, featuring character designs, environment and storyboards.

I love the beautiful character sketches and there are lots of them. Some of the character artists are Jin Kim, Claire Keane, Bill Schwab who drew really expressive characters. But much of them are drawn by legendary animator Glen Keane, and they really stand out with their lively action poses.
even if you don't know any of these names and just want to know a little bit more about how this film was made, you won't be disappointed. The art, in and of itself is simply spectacular and you'll get basically a portfolio representing many different styles and viewpoints. I was often disappointed in the earlier Disney "art of" books because I simply wanted to see more - more drawings and more paintings. But this book exceeded my expectations and really packs it in.

Below are some of the interior art in the book:

If you love Glen Keane artwork then you will love "The Art of Tangled." Well, there are also a lot of beautiful environmental design also.

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