If any of my followers are currently students at Art Center I’ll be doing a talk with a couple of other alumni tomorrow night at 7:30pm March 6th in the Ahmanson. We’ll be talking about life after school and probably on how we each got into the industry. I will be joined by my peers who also work in animation and illustration. It’s open to students in any of the departments so come check it out if you can :)
Anonymous asked: Hi! I have a few questions, right now I'm struggling with optimizing my potential for artistic growth. 1. How often do you use reference? Should we always be using reference? I still am not used to feeling like I am "cheating". I know it's silly... 2. Other than figure drawing, how can I retain my artist studies better? Right now learning anatomy is going slow, and I was wondering how you approached improving your art. What's the difference from simply mindless copying? Thank you! <3
I use reference all the time. Much reference. All the time.
It’s not cheating because you’re using it for information to apply to your own art, you’re not copying it. Unless you’re drawing photo-realism, which is fine, you’re achieving something different there. When you start off drawing anything new you need to use reference for it, you will eventually get to a point where reference won’t be needed because you’ve studied it enough. Never be ashamed to do research in order to better your knowledge of drawing a certain thing.
There’s a difference between copying and referencing. Copying you’re concentrating on how accurate your drawing looks to the source. You’re focused on the accuracy and not as much information is being absorbed. When you reference you’re taking the information you see from the source and then applying it to your drawing in your particular way or style. You will learn more drawing figures from a live figure drawing session than you will from books or model pose sites.
If something is too difficult to draw, break it down to basic forms. Cylinders, cubes, just simple shapes. You can draw anything if you break it down to simple cubes, cylinders and ellipses.
Draw every day and have fun with it.
Anonymous asked: Since I saw you have amazing art when you gave a presentation to us OCSA Visual Arts students, I wanted to ask: What is a good way to practice drawing more varied faces? My faces come out either as twins or mutated aliens with no middle ground, and I would really love some advice on how to stop that. Please help!
Drawing caricatures of friends or celebrities is a good way to get a variety of faces down, first strive for a realism and then study their facial features and accentuate the ones that stand out the most and exaggerate the proportions when you draw the faces. Some people have round faces, some have more square jaws, others have larger ears than others and some people have fuller lips than others. It’s all about studying different face shapes and features. Also make sure that when you do go for more caricatured or cartoony that the head looks like it’s still wrapped around a skull and has structure to the form.
Go cafe sketching! It’s more informative to draw a person live than from a photograph because you can draw them quickly from different angles as they move around and notice the different planes of their face.
Draw young people, adults, old people, children and babies. Draw as much as you can every day and you will see improvement in your art over time.
Anonymous asked: Hello! (sorry if this has been asked but i dont think ive seen it in your faq) I was wondering what software you used for drawing? Like a tablet or something and what type do you use/recommend? Sorry for the question youre just a very inspirational artist thank you for making me smile!
I switch back and forth between a Cintiq 22HD and Intuos 4 Wacom tablet.
Anonymous asked: can you maybe do a livestream of you at work? youre a genius it would be incredible to watch!
Do you mean livestream of me working on personal art? Because livestreaming art I do at work is definitely not allowed. I occasionally livestream personal work from home. I post links to the stream on my main account when I do. I don’t do it as often as I’d like because my computer is slow and crappy lol.
Anonymous asked: Hi Elsa! I found your blog and art work very recently and I love it! your such an amazing artist and you did everything I hope to do when I graduate and look for a job (I hope Disney!) I have two questions for you, 1. How do you do most of your Sherlock sketches? the medium almost looks like chalk? Is that done with a mode on your computer? 2. What version of photoshop do you use? Thanks!
The Sherlock sketches for the countdown I did was all done in photoshop using a sumi brush that I found on tumblr a few years ago. I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully, to find the person who made that brush. I switch between Photoshop CS5 and CS6.
vanyaliful asked: Hi, sorry if that has been asked before, but I was wondering how you managed to (beautifully) achieve those pieces with no lineart? (I suppose that there was a lineart before I mean) Because I find this technique really great but I can't seem to be able to get rid of those linearts and get a clear proper outline (like the one with Sherlock against a wall for instance). Do you happen to have any tips on the matter, please? Also you are one talented artist ;)
Anonymous asked: I absolutely love your Sherlock doodles and how you draw. May I please ask you to post a guide on how to draw Sherlock's hair. I've been struggling for ages and I love how you draw the characters so accurately
I am no expert on drawing Sherlock’s hair, I am still struggling with it in fact lol. It took me a while to understand the overall shape and structure of it and a lot of it was just looking at how other artists interpreted his hair. The ones who simplified it the most were the ones where I looked at and went “Oh I see…It can be really simple.” So I gathered photo references and studied the hair patterns, where the growth starts and where it bends and swoops. The most prominent thing about his hair style are his bangs(?) [I don’t know what you call it when it just covers part of the forehead.] He has a left part so a majority of his hair near the front of his head will cover the right side of his forehead and the other half swoops above and around his left ear. The back of his hair just kind of form one shape.
I’m bad at describing it haha so refer to the diagram I drew. Anyway that’s just how I draw his hair but other people have their successful way of doing it. I hope that helps…
jueboo asked: I saw your GORGEOUS Sherlock carousel horses and I was wondering if you would give me permission to make the horses into customised MLP toys. I think they'd be stunning and of course the designs would remain yours. Thanks x
Sure so long as they’re just for you personally and not to be sold I’m okay with it and I would love love love to see them when you’re done :)