Cartoon Drawing for Digital Animation

This is the place to find all kinds of extra information required for ARTDM 165-166

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2/20 Recap and Homework

Thursday the 22nd at 7pm we meet at the DVC Theater Lobby (see map from previous post)

1. We will spend the evening drawing the actors in costume and the 
sets behind them.
2. Bring your sketchbook, pens and pencils.
3. If you are coming to class from work it may be easier for you to park in the front of the school, parking lot #8. That way you will not have to walk across campus afterword.
4. When we meet, I will give you a hand out with drawing tips and go over the timeline for the evening.
5. On Tuesday, next week, we will look at all the drawings.
6. If you would like more classroom time to work on your projects I am here in the same room every Saturday from 9-3 teaching graphic design. You are always welcome to come in and work.
7. Note that I have placed a tab at the top of the screen labeled "Illustrator Basics" its a collection of good videos that will help to reinforce the class demonstrations on how to use Illustrator. More videos will be added as the semester progresses.

165 Students:
1. We will continue working on the leaf drop project next Tuesday. 
2. Your homework is to ink the following past projects if you have 
not done so already: 
A. Rubber Hose 
B. Simpson 
C. Zombie
D. Single Page Comic.
E. Studio Logo Card
3. On Tuesday you will scan and clean up your artwork. I will collect the Black and White scans at the end of class. (They should not be colored)
4. Remember, neatness counts with the inking, do the best can. The more you practice, the better and faster you will get.

166 Students:
1. On Tuesday be ready to talk about your projects.
A. Give the name
B. In a couple of sentences be able to tell us what the story is all about.
C. Be ready to show some rough sketches of the characters.
2. If you have a trailer that you are using as a template for your project, have the link available so that we can look at it. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2/15 Class Recap and Homework

Everyone field trip reminder

165 Students
1. Nice job working on your leaf drop projects. We will continue them on Tuesday.
2. If you need to rework your Rubber Hose drawings, please do so and show me on Tuesday before you ink them.
3. The homework is for you to create a Studio Card for your self. I have placed a tab at the top of the blog entitled "Studio Card," it has examples to get you thinking. We will look at your sketches on Tuesday.

166 Students
On Tuesday we will talk about your big project.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2/13 Recap Homework

Thursdays 5-7 Movie

165 Students
1. Great night tonight, you survived your first night of Illustrator. Once you have converted your artwork a couple of times you will find that its a great program for cleaning up your artwork.
2. On Thursday we will finish converting your drawings in Illustrator and begin working building the leaf drop project. So if you are still working on your designs, please finish them and be ready to scan and color them on Thursday.
3. Homework: Go to the top of the blog and select the Rubber Hose tab, review the information. Your homework, is to draw yourself, in your sketchbook, full page, in red or blue pencil only as a Rubber Hose style character. 
* Note: When you draw, only use one side of a page, from now on all homework drawings will be inked after they are drawn. This means that the ink will soak through the page and destroy any drawing that may be on the back side. 
4. We will look at your Rubber Hose drawings, next class. Below are two different versions of myself as a Rubber Hose style character.

166 Students
1. Next class will look at your final 
Walk Fly Swim movies.
2. Be ready to talk about the movie you have chosen for your project.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2/8 Recap and Homework

Special Extra Credit Drawing event this Friday
2/09 Draw at a secret location on campus 2 - 4pm
Meet at the gallery, bring your sketchbook, pens, pencils and markers. Be ready to draw. After we meet we will go to the drawing location. I will share tips for sketching on location.

Next Tuesdays 2-5 Movie will be a Rubber Hose double feature:

165 Students

Over the weekend, your goal is to create characters for your next animation that will be based on the 20's-30's Rubber Hose style animation.  
1. Go to the top of the blog and review the two tabs labeled "LEAF DROP" & "RUBBER" HOSE. They contain an overview of the project.
2. Conduct a google search for tree images that inspire you as you design a tree for your leaf drop project. 
3. Below is a sample of the project

4. Design a Tree, cloud, sun, flower for your animation, do the drawings in Red Pencil and in your sketchbook.
5. On Tuesday we will look at your drawings, you will ink them, scan and color them in Illustrator. This will get them ready for animating.
6. For more Rubber Hose goodness, click on the link below to see some classic Rubber Hose Animation.

166 Students
Next week we will be working on your 3rd Walk, fly, Swim animation.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2/6 Recap and Homework

Tomorrow the DVC Art Gallery is having a reception for its new show featuring comic art. The reception is from 11:30-12:30 at the gallery. Several of the artists will be at the reception. If you would like to receive some extra credit stop by, see some art and check in at the front desk. Ask for a proof of attendance slip and bring it to class, that will get you the credit. The Gallery is located in the Art Building Room A305.

Thursday's 5-7 Movie

165 Students
1. Super job with the ball bounce projects.

2. We will finish the ball bounce animations on Thursday.

3. On Thursday we will also have a look at your comics. If you didn't get a chance to turn it in tonight, you can turn it in on Thursday. 

1. In your sketchbook, full page, full body, in red or blue pencil, 
draw yourself as a Simpson character.  (Front or 3/4 view only).

2. Tip: four finger hands

3. Tip: Large eyes with dots for pupils

4. Tip: No chins, just a lower lip that goes into the neck.

5. The two pages below are character reference pages from the Simpsons. I have included one male and one female, I have included these so that you can see how the characters are constructed.

6. Note that each drawing shows the character from very specific angles. For the homework, you need to pick a "front view" or a "3/4 Front" view pose to draw yourself. As I said above, No ink, keep it in Red or Blue pencil.

7. Below are sample diagrams to help you draw 4 finger hands

Yep the guy shown below is me...

166 Students:
Thursday your next rough animatic from the Walk, Fly, Swim project is due at the end of class.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2/1 Recap/Homework

Super Job tonight everyone!

165 Students:
1. Your Zombies were gross yet full of character, nice work.
2. You should all fell very proud, you hung on for the ride and really made some silly test animations. Good Work.
3. On Tuesday we will put all that work to the test and apply it to the creation of a ball bounce. This is a basic animation that everyone needs for a portfolio. We will be able to complete it in one class. I have added a tab at the top of the blog that has information you need to review before next Tuesday.
4. Drawing homework: I have placed a tab at the top of the blog entitled "Single Page Zine" that has the same handouts I gave you in class. However, I have also included images of the one I created from red pencil to the final inked version. Try designing a simple character in red pencil that can be used over and over again for the comic. No need to ink it unless you really like your work. You will be able to ink it after we look at it together on Tuesday. 

166 Students:
1. It was good to see your first test animations. Next Thursday, The next animation is due.
2. Continue working on your Walk, Fly, Swim animations.

All students:
1. This is happening soon!

  2. On Tuesday our 5-7 movie will be Iron Giant

A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy.

Director: Brad Bird

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

1/30 Recap

Class Notes:
Super job everyone, on your first caricatures. 

165 Students:
1. For homework, Draw yourself as a cartoon zombie, try to simplify your drawings, do not make a sketch. 2. Use red pencil, use the full page, inking is optional. 3. Below are some images to inspire you. Have fun, be as silly or creepy as you want the name of the game is to try. Yes the one at the bottom in me.

4. Next class we will look at your zombie drawings.
5. We will crack open Adobe Animate and begin our first animation.

166 Students:
1. Continue working on your Walk, Fly, Swim.
2. At the end of night, on Thursday, we will look at the first test of one the animal animatics.


On a post-apocalyptic Earth, a wizard and his faire folk comrades fight an evil wizard who's using technology in his bid for conquest.

Director: Ralph Bakshi
Writer: Ralph Bakshi