I had the privilege of attending one of his workshops during my time in art school. First he gave an inspiring talk about how he got started in animation, and then he showed us some of his films. At that time, I was most impressed by his short “The Bead Game” (having tried animating with beads earlier that year) and the magical shiny palace effect in “Paradise” (achieved by punching a bazillion tiny holes in black cardboard).
Many many years ago, while picking out a book for one of my younger sisters, I came across one of the books from The Edge Chronicles. Flipping through, I was captivated by the illustrations, and I think I started reading it right there in the shop. To this day I’m not sure if that sister finished the series (as I kept buying her the books, with my own ulterior motives, of course).
Fast forward to a few years ago, I get a package in the mail from an awesome friend (my book Santa of sorts :D), and inside was Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Chris Riddell. Now, I should probably mention how horrible I am with names, because once the shock of GETTING A SUPER PACKAGE wore off, I got that itching, tingling feeling that I have seen this drawing style somewhere before, which led me on a magnificent google spree. Here are some snapshots of the book in question:
Chris Riddell has also written a number a books (which he illustrated himself of course). I’m adding those to my “To Read List”: Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Ottoline and the Purple Fox.
As usual, I’m preparing this post late in the evening, as my “baby-free” time is about to expire. One of these Sundays I’ll start working on the post days in advance, so that I have at least a few good hours to study the chosen art-style. The more I sketched, the more I itched to draw more, but noooooooo, I spent most of the evening oogling his tumblr page and stroking the book pages (also wiping slobber off them, slobber is bad for paper).
As usual, I’ll be posting Sunday’s comic page together with Monday’s, because I was in a rush to finish my Rubber Onion Battle entry (which you can already see on my Instagram) today instead. Oh well, more work for me tomorrow! Still need to write the mandatory long ramble about my animation battle entry… Aaaaand putting it all into my lovely Bullet Journal, pretty neat tasks 🙂
Amanda is a self-taught artist, born in New York but grew up in Zambia in a missionary family surrounded by pets.
I stumbled upon her on Instagram, and was immediately hooked. (This here is her site.) She does lovely and hilarious sketches of her kids, among loads of original characters and fan art that she posts in her eye-grabbing style. I’ve been writing this post in my mind most of the day today, and the closest I got to describing her style so far is “like something out of 101 Dalmatians”. While it’s not really accurate, the warm fuzzy feeling I get while thinking about that movie is pretty close to my state of mind while looking at her artwork.
I’ve seen a lot of artists adapt what I think of as “the Disney” style, and I’m normally not the biggest fan of stuff like that, but there’s something different and special about Amanda’s work. It’s as if she’s taken elements of the classic Disney appeal and flow and put her own spin on it.
And this is where I apologize for yet another set of rushed half-arsed sketches, mention my Internet face-planting all over the place, crying toddler head-diving off the bed, and a few other irrelevant excuses before presenting you with my attempt at reproducing some of Amanda’s magic:
My conclusion from today is that I should definitely study more of Disney’s art. I should put into my future Bullet Journal even. So I will write it down on this here piece of paper I just found under my desk, and then put it right here next to my keyboard, in the hope that I won’t somehow misplace it within the next 9 days.
I thought long and hard about last week’s post, and came to the unfortunate conclusion that the “A.S.S.” title just wasn’t as witty as I first thought it was. Plus as I was trying to decide on this week’s artist of choice, I realized that while posting other people’s art will make this blog very pleasing to the eye, it won’t do me any good. There are loads of copy/paste art blogs out there already, and I wanted to do something a little different. So, in addition to showcasing other people’s hard work, I’m going to try and learn something as well.
Today’s pick is Paul Kidby: http://www.paulkidby.com/
I think I own all of the big fancy Discworld books illustrated by him. In fact, “The Art of Discworld” practically lives on my desk, partially because I keep forgetting to put it away, but mostly because I look at it a lot. I think it’s in that book that they quote Terry Pratchett saying that Kidby drew all the characters exactly the way he imagined them in his head. That really stuck with me for some reason.
He’s one of those “I wish I could draw like that when I grow up” artists for me. As I googled his name I got a big scare when “Paul Kidby death” popped up in the search suggestions, because I was slow to figure out it was Death (the best Discworld character) and not more bad news.
I was bad today, and didn’t prepare things in advance… so here’s a crappy collage I put together with some phone photos from Terry Pratchett’s “The Art of Discworld” by Paul Kidby.
Here’s the hasty sketch I did in between Skype calls and having the hungry baby handed to me. I really like Nanny Ogg’s grin in this one (and she’s my second favourite character) and I generally find smiles very hard to draw without them looking fake. I didn’t manage to copy the expression, but I did enjoy drawing all the wrinkles and lines. I definitely need to prepare better for next Sunday…
I wanted to do some small fluffy animal studies based on these photosSnow took the moment I saw them. Her blog is full of beautiful and inspiring photos, and there are some great owl portraits in there too! I should draw some owls… with colours!
I wanted to try something different for today.
Artist Spotlight Sunday, or ASS for short, clearly.. since that is what I’m likely to make of myself doing this.
I thought it’d be cool to share some of the artists I admire and follow/stalk online. In no particular order, as I wouldn’t know how to organize it. I’ll probably also add a new page to this here blog, with all sorts of links to podcasts, art resources, streamers and arty people, so that it’s stacked up nice and neat someplace with easy access.
Stumbled across a very good video tutorial on drawing the head.
I’m not done with the video yet, I’ve already found myself going back to rewatch some bits, to cement his tips in my head for good. It’s pretty fascinating how many different ways and techniques and guides there are, all for drawing the same old noggin. I was incredibly tempted to immediately break the proportions and play around, thus distracting myself from the thing that was distracting me from the original thing I was working on. Read more →