Getting a First Storyboarding GigThis question came in from Twitter today: "How would I go about getting a first storyboarding gig?" I thought I'd put my answer on the blog so others can read it too. Here it is:
When I was starting out I had absolutely no idea how to look for work myself. It ends up being different for everybody. The big thing when I was starting out was to make sure LOTS of people saw my work. This was before the Internet got started, so I was working on my college newspaper, making comics and showing them off at conventions. It was meeting a Ren & Stimpy director at a convention that helped me get my start. He liked my comics, and he told me all about how storyboarding for TV works.
The main thing that helped me get started was that I got my work OUT THERE where people could see it. That's a million times easier to do now than ever before; no publishing costs too get your work see by countless people through blogs and Facebook and Twitter, etc.
Here's a crazy story: last year I came across a guy on
My Art School RantI mentioned I had a rant about art schools and many of you said you wanted to hear it. Well, its long so I hope you meant it. This will make some of you angry, but I hope not. I love art schools and I love their instructors even more! Many art instructors are friends of mine. This rant is about the art school teaching SYSTEM. Money drives that, just like any other business, so there will be mistakes made because of greed. So, without further ado.....My Art School Rant3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My Art School Rant
I have a love-hate relationship with art schools. I love what they stand for- the pursuit of and love for creating great art! I still get excited walking into an art school. Seeing all the rows and rows of wonderful Macs, the energy (or lack thereof- we ARE talking about art students, after all), the artwork on the walls, the postings of upcoming events and guest speakers, the dirty floors, the whole
Disney Animation Internships are open!Hey aspiring/student storyboard artists, animators, and development artists: Disney Feature Animation has openings in their Summer INTERNSHIP program. Hurry application deadline is April 20th! http://storyboardsecrets.com/blog/disney-animation-story-internship-summer-2012/Disney Animation Internships are open!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Money Situation: Finance during college?:iconfarfie-land:The Money Situation: Finance during college?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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"I could use some personal finance advice about about saving money/student loans/credit cards/college! I'm attending MCAD in the fall, and I was wondering if you had any tips about handling money in general as a freshman (getting a credit card/using a bank/etc?). I don't have much to pay luckily [loan amount] but any help would be appreciated!"
This was a question was a response to a 10 random facts that I did on tumblr. ^^ And dear lord did this entry turn out to be a behemoth…
Mental health, physical
Watcher Feature #6note: If you commented on my other journal to be featured, please take a look at everyone else's work too. After all, it's only fair that way and if you don't, it's just a little selfish and your conscience will bug you . So yah, share the love, guys! Faving this journal might helpWatcher Feature #63 years ago in Art Features More Like This
These are ordered first come first serve style; I will be showing around 50 pieces at one time (i have around 600 comments now @__@ ), and be featuring once a week as to not clog up your message boxes. It'll probably take ....a few months, so please be patient!
Protector by ThoughtMantique young morita shinobu by diechief Chris Hemsworth by azulmint Overflowing by DonguriArt merman by evilstrawberrycookie Schneewittchen glass BOTTLE by HazyDreamerNeko Surf-n-Turf Edit by leiarenee Frozen in Time - Cryonics by AtticCreationz2 -BIRTH OF A VALKYRIE- 1 of 6 by Autumn-North lion2 by umbreon17Daffodils 2 by BlubBlobbery :thumb295466403: Nightgirl Blocking by Adviva BULKHEAD by Trunchbull :thumb28872224
Inspiring videos from the topRecently I've been scouring TED talks... it's a bunch of videos from all these awesome people that are so inspiring and heartwarming. I did a poll a while back where 85% of you guys pretty much said that motivation was one of the most important factors to being an artist, and I think these videos can help everyone revive their drive, or push it even further.Inspiring videos from the top3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The fringe benefits of failure - From J.K. Rowling (Author of Harry Potter)
The Mystery Box - From J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost and Director of Star Trek
Your Elusive Creative Genius - From the author of Eat Prey Love
A curious boy - From James Cameron (Director of Terminator, Avatar, Titanic)
nami is back ,) point give away :DREnami is back ,) point give away :D3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Finally I got my computer back again Q_Q Of course i have sooo many things to re-instrall but I'm happy :3
To celebrate this ,what about a little point give away?
Win 100 with 3 easy step
well... I have some what I would like to use something good And since you liked the first little give away let's give it a try again
Price: Three lucky person will get who will be chosen randomly!
[Heart]1.)[+fav] this journal!
[Heart]2.)Comment on this journal!
[Heart]3.)Share this journal
(with the "Thumb" code (: : thumb311823607 : : ) ,everywhere you just want ^^ just let the others know about this giveaway [Aww])
sounds easy ,huh?
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Digital Illustration TutorialI made this tutorial back in 2010 as a pitch for a project that never took off. I finally decided I should just bundle it up as a PDF and upload it for anyone who wants to see it. It's old and the image quality isn't super great, but it covers my process from idea creation, composition, adding color, all the way to the final draft, and there might be something useful in there for some of you.Digital Illustration Tutorial4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Download the tutorial here!
Why Can't Warner Bros Get Their Act Together?Over the weekend at SDCC, Warner Bros announced that the new Man of Steel sequel will also feature Batman. The team-up movie will be followed by a Flash movie and then a Justice League Avenger's style team-up movie. This has a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what exactly is wrong with DC and Warner Bros respectively. Why Flash and not Wonder Woman? Why add Batman when reports have been told that Christian Bale doesn't want to return and we'll likely get a completely new Batman? Why do a team-up so soon after the first Man of Steel movie instead of fleshing out Superman's modernized world better?Why Can't Warner Bros Get Their Act Together?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Well... to put it bluntly I don't think Warner Bros really gives a shit about comic book themed movies and they're only going through these motions because they feel like they HAVE to rather than because they WANT to. Just take a look at their track record.
History of Bad Marketing
First off, Warner Bros has a problem of relying too heavily on the people th
Tip of the Day: Traits of a good artist.A trait of a 'good artists' is that they keep drawing and painting long after others would have stopped. Press "Favorite" if you plan on painting or drawing today!Tip of the Day: Traits of a good artist.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
See you soon for my workshop in Sao Paulo! http://www.melies.com.br/mega-palestra/programacao.html
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Classic WB Cartoon ModelSheetsCartOOns! GREAT collection of Warner Brothers animation model sheets on my friend Chong Lee's website:Classic WB Cartoon ModelSheets3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My Two cents on Portfolio ReviewsYou know, I see quite a bit of portfolio on a regular basis, and even more so when I go to comic con and CTN.My Two cents on Portfolio Reviews2 years ago in Personal More Like This
This time around was the same thing, I saw quite a few portfolios. Some good ones and some that miss the mark.
There were a few in particular that caught my eye.. a few extremely good ones, and a few that just didn't work, and I wanted to try and share my opinions about portfolios in general.
This is just my point of view, based on MY experience and definitely not a definitely law, rule, or "must do". Just what I noticed in many student's and young professional's portfolios.
The first thing that strikes me is how similar portfolios can be from one student to another..I can almost always tell when one student is from Art Center, San Jose State, Otis, Sheridan or any other major school. It's a good thing and a bad thing. Mainly a bad thing though
Just a few personal thoughts on portfolios since I just came back from comic con and saw a ton over there.
Your portfolio should be a r
ImagineFXCheck out ImagineFx issue 99! I have 2 pages full of sketches inside. Also, this issue has some pretty awesome tutorials among other things!ImagineFX2 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you are considering going into the industry....If you are an artist or want to be one, especially if you want to get into the VFX industry, you should watch this:If you are considering going into the industry....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
It touches on a few things I feel are important to understand as an artist and even as consumers of art:
1.) Art is not an exact science. It can be difficult to put a price tag on it, let alone the often very complicated processes of making it.
2.) Computers are tools that facilitate our work but they DO NOT do the work for us.
3.) Don't get into this industry for the money. If you go into this line of work, you do it because you love it. If someone happens to get lucky or has a really great idea and he/she hits it big, GREAT! Good for him/her. But don't go in expecting that to happen to you. Chances are it won't. If you are lucky, you will find a nice middleclass job you can support yourself and your family on for a while...... until....
4.) Unfortunately, a lot of employers see artists as disposable. When they no longer need you, they will kick you to the curb an
Thank a tree this weekend.Any tree.Thank a tree this weekend.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Go up to it.
Acknowledge its existence.
And thank it.
Perception on the InternetYour average user on the internet can generally say whatever they want about an issue. It's alright to voice an opinion because no one is really going to track you down and attack you for having one (unless you're doing it in a really really public place like a forum or chat room). However, as I've become somewhat popular online, I've noticed a perception from people that I must maintain a neutral and unbiased outlook at all times on every issue.Perception on the Internet3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Regardless of what that issue is I'm not generally free to express my opinion without first listing a whole bunch of qualifiers for "why" I feel this way, or by making it very clear that it's OK for you to disagree. You are not allowed to "sum up" an experience, and it's greatly discouraged for you to generalize. I've notice that this mentality has greatly affected my writing style as it forces me to tip toe very carefully around every issue I address.
Using my most famous example: I am not allowed to say that I enjoyed Metroid: Othe
Tip of the Day: RisksThe biggest risk you can take is to never take any risks.Tip of the Day: Risks3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Short and simple today. Now I gotta get back to work!
Sending positive vibes to you all.
Storyboard Portfolio Advice by Pixar's Ted MathotHow do you put together a great Storyboard Artist portfolio? Pixar Story Artist Ted Mathot has some great advice...Storyboard Portfolio Advice by Pixar's Ted Mathot2 years ago in Personal More Like This
JUUHANNA'S ART-RAFFLE! [WINNERS]Hello everybody, and welcome to my art-raffle journal!JUUHANNA'S ART-RAFFLE! [WINNERS]2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been thinking of different kinds of community-activities I could create or participate in, and this seems like it could be fun n easy.
In order to participate in the raffle, you have to do two things:
1. Add this journal to your favorites (so that you will have a number).
2. Leave a comment with a link to the character (or few alternative charas for me to choose from) you'd like me to draw if you're a lucky winner!
So fav+comment, and you're in!
The way it works is as follows:
Once the contest ends, I will use random number generator to get a number, and the person who has that number in the faves list will be the winner!
I will be making a colored portrait (shoulders up) for the winner!
As a bonus I will also generate a runner-up number, and the runner-up will get a port
Contest: Crossovers! As kids, we often mashed our toys together, regardless of Copyright. Superman would take command of G.I. Joe to defeat the combined forces of Doctor Doom and the Decepticons, while Barbie took a break from her idealistic lifestyle to become a Pokemon master. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got recruited into Starfleet and taught Spock the wonders of pizza. (And from the furor arose Mister Rogers in a blood-stained sweater.)Contest: Crossovers!3 years ago in Official DeviantArt Contests More Like This
And thus, the Crossover was born. It's something we never really outgrew, either. To this day, seeing our favorite characters from different stories meet and compete is a guilty pleasure that we all like to indulge in. So now's your chance to indulge yourselves for prizes!
Art class 101 -Digital painting beginning exerciseSphere demoArt class 101 -Digital painting beginning exercise6 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This is a great way to try digital painting and to get used to two very different methods of digital painting, I will refer to them as glazing and direct painting. I find when teaching this to my students that it is about a 50/50 split as to which method the students prefer. Either method will produce beautiful results.
The reason I start with the sphere is so that students master the techniques on a simple object, but dont let that fool you. A sphere is a very complex shape when you are first starting out. If you can mater shading a sphere smoothly then you will be well on your way to mastering digital painting. I often suggest students try the sphere exercise several times until they can do it smoothly.
The goal of this exercise is to master the values to produce the illusion that the sphere is three dimensional. If you have ever taken a drawing or painting class, you may have done this exercise before with more traditional materials. There are 6-7 values needed to
The Detrimental AweThanks for the ideas everyone! Here's the post many of you requested...The Detrimental Awe3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a sample of responses I've heard from some editors over the years when I've raised practical business concerns regarding comic book publishing:
"No, we don't know exactly what books you'll be doing, but we're (insert name of big publisher) Comics, so sign exclusive with us and not (insert name of competing publisher who has titles ready for you)!"
"This is a (insert name of big writer) book! I know he's late, but just think of how many people would love to be in your shoes!"
"The page rate isn't good, but at least you'll be getting to work with (name of big superhero whom you're supposed to be a fan of)!"
"We won't fly you out or put you into a hotel, but you should come so you can sign at the booth for us! Who doesn't love signing autographs?"
What do these statements have in common? They're emotional arguments made to sidestep yo
Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsI may or may not have linked to these folks but if I did it was a long time ago and I'm sure I've gained some new watchers by then.Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A lot of artists starting out feel overwhelmed by the legal, business, and tax issues involved in starting a small business and becoming a freelance artists. Fortunately, there are organizations around the country to help those who exist under a certain income bracket.
Here is a list of organizations by state.
Each offers different services and consultations, but if you're stuck for information, these people are here to help. Even if they don't know the answer to your question, they might be able to direct you to someone who does.
Though some of the organizations are disbanded, I imagine you could ask for an updated list.
Just thought i'd toss this out here before bed...In the newest video of John De Lancie he was bombarded with pony questions again and was straight out asked if he was returning as Discord. To which he repliedJust thought i'd toss this out here before bed...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Apparently it's a "major story line" which means Discord is not going to be just a minor character this time and is gonna have some big significance. Which is just....friggin epic.
So that brony was right when he said Discord was returning as a recurring character because John De Lancie confirmed that himself, saying he did a recording two months ago for the crew and said it was "very interesting" or something like that.
With that in mind I'll also leave this plot synopsis for the next chapter here.
It's chaos in the kingdom as Luna goes missing. In the midst of trying to find her, Celestia is finally told of Twilight and Fluttershy's crime with "Alicorn's Power". When Twilight goes missing next, Celestia is determined to find her student. Meanwhile, Discord is on the hunt to find and finally reconcile w