Hey, Illustrators! Animator Len Smith wants to see your character's front-to-back model sheet
You know, those three basic views that show your story character 'in the round' and make him easier to render through all a story's pages?
"How do you keep someone looking the same from scene to scene?"
It's often the first question a beginning illustrator asks. And it's the first skills a professional animator must learn.
This week Len Smith will share some of his best 'process tips' gained from his career as an animator, concept and licensing artist for cartoon studio Hanna-Barbera (where he started working right after high school), Disney, Disney Publishing, Disney Pixar and Mattel Toys.
Come join us Tuesday, December 13 for the Marks & Splashes Guest Group Critique starting at 6 p.m. (U.S. Central Time.)
And he has an assignment for us for Tuesday:
Draw three views, 'front-to-back' of a character. Your story character) person, child, animal – vegetable or mineral, too if it's your character. Your character seen from the front, side and back. (Or if you want to get fancy – 3/4 view front, 3/4 view side and 3/4 back, like Len's image at the top of this page.
It can be a single face or a complete figure. Rough sketch or final art, whatever you can muster in the time available.
We'll tell you where to upload your work and where to be – when you register!
Monthly group critiques are 'perfect practice'
They tell you...
What isn't working
When to push harder
When to just stop
And help you to...
Get a fresh perspective
Our guest critiquers – illustrators, author-illustrators, children’s literary agents, art directors, maybe an editor or two – examine your final in a spirit of teaching and mentoring.
Think more like a pro
Watch up close and personal how full-time creatives evaluate and troubleshoot their own and others’ pieces.
Prepare for that thing
That upcoming kidlit (or illustrators’) conference, important promotional mailing, post or sit-down with a client.
Sharpen your discernment powers
Remind you of those bedrock principles of draftsmanship, design and communication. (Funny how they keep bringing you back to those.)
Meet your tribe
Your colleagues and the expert practioners. Who share their What I Wish I Knew Then stories and become your contacts in ‘the biz.’ (It’s called networking.)
Get better at getting better
Practice with critiques helps you understand the hierarchy of feedback and how to navigate it wisely – knowing what’s valid for you now, vs. what to set aside for later.
Participate in new, live, online group sessions every month!
Group critiques – in the classroom or around a cafe table with friends – have been training artists for centuries.
Only $8.95 monthly.
Improvement comes from consistent focus
Sometimes it will be your work being discussed. More often than not, someone else's.
You'll benefit just by being there. By being in the conversation, you'll absorb the insights to help you later, when it's just you behind the drawing board making all the choices for your illustration.
You don't have to go it alone...
You can participate in all of our monthly live programs and access replays of all past sessions...
Like these we've enjoyed and learned so much from this year, taught by wonderful children's publishing professionals:
It's a bit like being in art school...
For $8.95 per month.
We'll keep it real by limiting enrollment...
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