Anonymous said: Quick question: I like making characters but hate doing backgrounds. Any tips on how to make them more enjoyable? (Also your stuff is amazing by the way)

kevindart:

Hi!  Thanks!  And yes, I have tips.  First of all (and I’m not saying you do this) but backgrounds are never going to be fun if you try drawing them AFTER you’ve already drawn your characters.  It’s really the FIRST thing you need to consider because it’s like 70-90% of your entire composition!

Second - if you like drawing characters, look at the background as if it’s a character!  Everything in there can help tell the story of your characters.  What kind of environments would your characters inhabit?  What sort of props would they surround themselves with?  If they’re in a building, what is the style of the architecture?  Also, you can draw environments just as dynamically as you draw characters - with motion, emotion, personality, all of that!  The background is also one of your biggest tools for directing the viewer’s eye in your composition - it can point them exactly where they need to look!

Third - the same as you would when you’re drawing a character, don’t rely on stereotypes or icons!  Not every tree is an oak tree.  There are so many types of trees.  But you have to look for them, and study them.  Be as specific as you possibly can with everything in the environment, otherwise it will look boring and generic.

Most importantly, keep drawing and challenging yourself to try new things!  Good luck!

coelasquid:

returntothestars:

It’s like when Windows does this, but in real life.


Okay but for real, how do I buy that chair, it looks so useful

coelasquid:

returntothestars:

It’s like when Windows does this, but in real life.

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Okay but for real, how do I buy that chair, it looks so useful

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benditlikekorra:

Ba Sing Se background designs in Book 3 of The Legend of Korra

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ca-tsuka:

Childhood Classics by Chris O’Hara.

ca-tsuka:

Childhood Classics by Chris O’Hara.

f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

Fascinating characters by Jeff Simpson

Jeff Simpson is a 26 year-old concept artist currently living in Canada and more precisely in Montreal when he works for the prestigious studio Ubisoft. He is specialized in character and creature design. They have generally a strange and tormented aspect.  Discover more illustrations on his portfolio, his CGHub and his DeviantArt.

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aivii:

Long time no post, sorry it’s mostly jank doodles as usual

Taking a break was super great for me in every way except for art, oops, but it’s print-making crunch time now so I’m picking up the slack. Hope everyone’s been well! :)

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beatonna:

Snazzy Josephine

beatonna:

Snazzy Josephine

anatomicalart:

Let me link Yall’ to this holy grail.
I present to you Character Design Reference
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I couldn’t even include all of the reference boards this blog contains on this photoset. That’s right! There’s EVEN MORE! There are pages and pages of them! It is an inspiration treasure trove!
Bookmark this link!
Fill your life with inspiration!

erikamoen:

lucybellwood:

After many long weeks of toil, I’m thrilled to announce that Down to the Seas Again, my travelogue comic from this summer’s sailing trip aboard the Charles W. Morgan, is officially off the press and available for pre-order and PDF download! Pre-ordered print editions will begin shipping September 22nd once I’m back from my next two conventions. They’re 20 pages, full color, and (if I do say so myself) totally gorgeous. Colorhaus did a fantastic job on the printing and I can’t wait to start getting them into people’s hands.

If you’re attending the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD this weekend, you can catch the official print debut and pick one up in person at Table C14, or you can find me at Rose City Comic Con next week with additional copies!

Big thanks to all my supporters on Patreon for directly enabling the creation of this comic over the last two months. You’re the best <3

This is a super gorgeous comic and I really encourage everyone to get a copy, physical or digital!

imaginismcanvas:

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7 Tips for the 21-Year-Old Me
by Bobby Chiu

When I was a student in college working on my skills as a character designer, I’d had periods where I would sit at my desk working as hard as I could but having little to show for my efforts at the end of the day. I remember sitting there…

Good tips!

boldriley:

verticalart:

I’ve been reading the Aubrey-Maturin Series by Patrick O’Brian (I’m 3 books in now!) and I wanted to try designing a Jack Aubrey - the most sanguine captain.

Perfection.

maegalcarwenraven:

Here is what to do with some old, broken terracotta pots!

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I did an interview with Karin Abcarians for Screen Invasion where we chatted about making comics, working in animation, artistic inspiration, making a Batman movie &amp; being a geek. Fun times!
Check it out here:
http://screeninvasion.com/2014/09/real-geek-girls-cartoonist-story-artist-katie-shanahan/

I did an interview with Karin Abcarians for Screen Invasion where we chatted about making comics, working in animation, artistic inspiration, making a Batman movie & being a geek. Fun times!

Check it out here:

http://screeninvasion.com/2014/09/real-geek-girls-cartoonist-story-artist-katie-shanahan/

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The Last Unicorn (1982)

↳ The Unicorn’s Forest

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