Where I got to tonight. Still a bucket of detail work and then a million other parts to paint.
I have a lot of grimlocks. #transformers #grimlock
pastel-sugar-kitten said: How do you go about getting motivated or out of a slump? When I was in school, I was drawing frequently but was discouraged from doing art professionally and pushed into a "go to college-get real job" direction by the people around me. I’m going to college again and want to work while I’m waiting for the new semester, but I can’t seem to. I feel like my artistic talent has suffered over the years and I’m doubting if art is right for me. Any ideas on how to pick up the pencil and get going again?
You really just have to fight through it. Try getting on Skype with some artist friends and just chat and draw together, that sometimes helps. Or put on some music (yes I have read the animators survival kit and I don’t give a poop or agree with it on that chapter) and draw, possibly livestream it to a few of your friends (or google hangout since that’s great for a small group). Turning art into a social activity is a great way of keeping you on track, it was something I use to do on a regular basis.
thelightestlove said: Hey Ross! First of all I wanted to say you're doing an amazing job doing what you're doing. I am also a fellow Aussie ;) I wanted to ask, what techniques did you use to become a better drawer? I can draw okay, but I still have problems with proportions, hands, etc. I can send you some of my drawings if you like. But yeah, were there any techniques you used? :) Thanks! Cass xx
Make a drawing reference folder on your computer and break it down into different sub folders. Anatomy, Colour, Environment, Mechanical, Composition/Shots, Poses (life drawing), Animals and whatever else you think you might need. Then just follow a ton of different online sources for art and start saving them into the according folders. Eventually you’ll have a huge library of reference which will help you get past those gaps in your visual memory until it becomes second nature. In addition to life drawing, this is something that helped me a lot.
cygniphantom said: I've heard about a new Grump location, do you guys not film at Arin's house anymore?
We still do! But eventually we will film there. We all go in there to work on stuff like Sequelitis for about 8 hours for 5 days of the week. All my animation equipment is there, which is why I haven’t been livestreaming lately. I’m getting a 22inch Yiynova tablet for home so I can start to stream again. So hopefully when I start animating Gameoverse I can start to stream regularly (still writing it right now).
edencrow said: In your new YouTube channel announcement from December you mentioned a "live action show about the cartoons [you] grew up with". Any news on this?
Still planning on it, or at least something very similar. Just putting it on hold till I can comfortably film it on a regular basis. Once we’re all fully settled in the Grump space I’ll probably be filming it there.