gabehduh asked: What program do you typically work in?
Photoshop! Pretty much all the time haha. The charcoal stuff is usually done with just pencil and paper and tightened up when I scan it.
deliatee asked: Hei, I have been admiring your stylized animal characters for a while now. I was wondering if you could give some tips for some of us in Europe, who will most likely never get the chance to attend an awesome place like CalArts. More precisely, could you share some of the knowledge you may have aquired during the classes about stylizing your characters? Anything from tips to books would be so helpful.
Hey! Thank you so much for the kind words, I super appreciate it! :)
In terms of stylizing characters, I think one of the biggest tips I received from CalArts (that you can really apply anywhere) is to not only life draw, but to draw from artbooks and artists that inspire you. One of my character design classes first year did that for over half of the class- the teacher just passed out printouts of old concept art from movies like Fantasia and Peter Pan, and we had to redraw the characters as if we were coming up with it for the first time. It was a super useful exercise, especially for learning how other artists tackled anatomy/expressions/etc, and I learned a lot just by doing that.
So yeah! I guess what I’m saying is always be on the lookout for awesome art whether it be through Tumblr or Pinterest or DeviantArt or whichever site you use, then see if you can print it and try redrawing it how you would approach it (so something like, if you always draw a circle for the head first then do that when you redraw your inspiration art- don’t draw it line by line as if you’re just trying to get it exact. Put your own process in there and that will help you integrate it with your own style).
As for books and stuff, it all comes back to finding the styles you like and taking from that. So if you already collect art books from movies you enjoy, then you already have some art to start practicing from!