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Over the last few weeks I’ve been getting lots of requests for tips and advice. So I thought instead of answering each one I will give an overall guide to what I’ve learnt over the last year using graphite. And some of the things I’m going to say may sound very obvious but I’m trying to cater for artists of all levels so just ignore the bits you already know (I apologise for how long this is).

But before I go on I must point out though, that I am no expert and this is just what I’ve found works for me so may not work for everyone.  And I have only really started getting used to using graphite pencils recently, as I had not drawn for 11 years until September 2012. And so I am still learning myself and have only found out what works for me from allot of practising and trial and error.  Also I am not going to go into doing skin textures as I’m still learning what works and it’s far too complicated to describe on here.

Firstly you are only as good as your tools, you can have all the talent in the world but will not progress if you have the wrong equipment. As you might know nearly all portraits and allot of pencil artwork now is done in 'graphite pencils', so get a graphite pencil box with grades between 5h to 9b. And f you master graphite you can be amazing, unfortunately it takes time, practice and talent and being very stubborn.

Here’s a list of what I use:

 

Pencils

1) Graphite standard pencils - (I use Derwent) 5h to 9b, But I mainly use 3H,F,HB,B,4B,9B.  These are ideal for portraits, pets etc, due the softness and different grades you can achieve.

2) Mechanical Graphite pencils. Around 4 sizes in -  2X 0.3 (1 for HB 1 for 2B) - 2X 0.5 (1 for HB 1 for 2b). And if you can afford it 1X 0.7 hb - 1X 0.9 hb (i recommend staedtlar). You won't need lots like me but the more the better in my opinion.

Mechanical pencils are ideal for intricate lines and detail and I use them primarily for fanart like my spiderman,batman, drath vader etc.

3) Charcoal Pencils -This is something I’ve been using recently but it’s now become just as essential as my graphite pencils. I use them for mainly creating deep non reflective blacks which just is not possible with graphite as the darker you shade the more it shines.

The down side is that it’s extremely messy and there’s a steep learning curve on how to use it with graphite so be careful. So don't use charcoal until you have got to grips with using graphite.

 

Paper

1) Bristol board smooth paper – (I use Windsor & Newton) And I now only use it for fanart or anything with extreme detail like my ‘astronaught’ drawing., as it is ideal for holding detail . Unfortunately it does not work great with charcoal though.

2) Cartridge or Sketch Paper – I only started using this a few months ago and I now use it mainly for portraits. As it’s great for shading natural looking skin and holds charcoal brilliantly. The down side is that it cannot hold allot of intricate detail like Bristol board.

 

Other

1) These are for blending. 3 sizes of Blending stumps, Tortillas and Standard cotton pads (I use every single one and all different sizes). I've found myself useing cotton pads allot for portraits.

2) Lots of erasers as good erasers are really essential for pulling out the whites. I have 'kneaded eraser' but find it can leave marks on the paper. But get an ‘electric’ eraser as they are incredible at pulling out whites like in hair.

3) Fixative spray. I know this is obvious, but fixative is crucial during and after the drawing process. Firstly if the drawing is large and complicated, you should spray section by section of your drawing so you don't smudge it. This allows you to then confidently go onto the next part and take your time. But also it darkens the graphite, and reduces the annoying distracting metallic sheen of the dark parts.

And if you’re using charcoal I would recommend spraying it as it can smudge. And don’t worry too much as you can easily draw on top of fixative at least once.

4) Lots of plain clean paper to cover the parts you have already done. Once again this sounds very obvious. But clean paper is very crucial, as you need to put it over the parts you have already drawn to stop it smudging. And I constantly change the paper as it gets dirty quick and could easily ruin your drawing.

 

Advice and overall techniques I’ve learnt

I’m going to say something first and that is you cannot miracously improve over night it takes lots of determination and most importantly ‘practice’. And you will do drawings that will have you in tears of frustration, which I have had plenty off. But even drawings that you perceive to be a disaster will teach you lots about what to do and not to do. In fact some of my best drawings (like my ‘Spiderman’ drawing) have come after I failed miserably and was almost in tears and wanting to give up.

Also do not be afraid to use different techniques as even though it may not be right for you can still take something away from it. And although it tough to do, I believe if something is not working no matter how comfortable it is for you, you’ve got to try something new (like my latest Beckham drawing)

In terms of portraits I learnt loads from watching YouTube vids and looking at other artists work and WIP to see how they done stuff to. And if you are not naturally good at portraits like me then just use the grid method when doing portraits to get the likness.

But what worked best for me was to learn gradually, as you can’t ‘run before you can walk’. And you will just fail and be disheartened and may just give up. So for any younger artists, firstly learn proportions perspective etc and how to do basic shading. Then once you have a good understanding of that, start to choose pieces that a more complicated and you can include everything you’ve learnt.

And don’t be afraid of failure as you can always start again. And keep on increasing the complexity of your drawings. And once you are comfortable with the shading you can then get to the point where you can start putting skin textures on the skin and intricate detailing.  But this will not happen over night but very gradually so be patient.

I also choose particular photos not because I liked them but to test a particular skill. So for instance I chose 'marylin manroe' so that I could learn how to do blonde hair and have big contrasts between black and white. The al pacino for bold shadows, and Ian mckellen for skin textures, and recently ‘David Beckham’ for my new technique in drawing skin textures etc.

And it sounds obvious but ‘always ‘implement what you've learnt from your previous drawings and 'always try' to better your last drawing (you won't always succeed at first).  And be very critical of your work, it’s going to hurt but that will allow you to push yourself further. But unfortunately the only real way to really improve is to ‘practice,practice,practice,prcticepractice,practice’ (you get the point XD).

 

 

I hope I have proved that with allot of practice and determination you can rapidly improve. But my progess is a bit out of the norm, as I did have an advantage because I did not draw for 11 years my skills were very rusty. And so when i started last year they returned quickly so my  progression looks allot more impressive. And I am extremely obsessive and can zone out and have a one track mind when I have a goal i want to achieve. Which is probably because I have ‘Aspergers Syndrome’ which is a form of autism which means I can be very very focussed when I want to be. So don’t be disheartened if your progress is not as fast as mine.

Anyway good luck and feel free to ask me if you got a problem.

 

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Vote for your Favourite and Win 2000 Points

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 1, 2015, 10:46 PM


So all of the nominations have been submitted, viewed, sorted and counted - now for the fun part.....VOTING


So here is how it works.....


There are 5 Categories;
A - Portrait
B - Animal
C - Still Life
D- Surreal
E - TV & Movies


In each of the categories you have nominated  up to 13 pieces of work from 2014 that are your favourites.  Each of these will be given a number from 1 to 13.  All you now have to do is vote for your favourite in each category by leaving a comment below (example A1, B3, C5, D8, E1) you can only vote for 1 drawing in each category, you can vote for your own and ask friends, family, cousins, dogs and cats to vote for you also - you must also 'Fave' this journal - So hear are the nominations


Category - Portrait

A1 - Danie Trejo by toniart57     A2 - Monika - 4 by caiusaugustus   A3 -  Water Portrait by ipstudio    A4 - Angelina Jolie by A-D-I--N-U-G-R-O-H-O   A5 - Girl by zephyrxavier
A6 - Wild Calm by Lukasing  A7 - Cigno Nero #pencilonpaper by DiegoKoi   A8 - Jason Flemyng by markstewart  A9 - Dyxtreme 2 by caiusaugustus   A10 -   DRAWING: Divina Consonantia by EmanueleDascanio

A11 - LIBERTAS by EmanueleDascanio   A12 -  Pencil portrait of Alyzza by LateStarter63  A13 - Untitled II by Redfox999  



Category - Animal

B1 -Tiger by markstewart    B2 - Rhinoceros by AmBr0    B3 - DON'T PANIC by MiroDesign   B4 - Subject #7 by MalcolmShortt   B6 - Polar Bear by AmBr0
B7 - THE KING by MiroDesign   B8 - Puma by billharrison   B9 - Commission - Border Collie 'Maggie' by Captured-In-Pencil   


Category - Still Life

C1 - Rubicon by toniart57   C2 - Graphite Love by realisticartsachin   C3 - Avalokitesvara by paullung    C4 - Pencil drawing - shoes in the rain by byMichaelX   C5 - Alchemy (not photo) by Natal-Zhade
C6 - Winter fairytale (not photo) by Natal-Zhade   C7 - Jackets by Skippy-s   C8 - Pencil Drawing - Plastic Bottle Photorealism by YFYeung   C9 - Heart-Beat by Anubhavg


Category - Surreal

D1 - Augmented Reality by JonoDry   D2 - Quantify by JonoDry   D3 - Reflection Mouse by JonoDry   D4 - Kiss by Miles-Johnston   D5 - surreal eye drawing by hg-art
D6 - Hand Drawn collaboration by MrEyeCandy66    D7 - Vulnerability (Drawing) by JonoDry   D8 - Hut on the moon by zydaria


Category - TV & Movies

E1 - DEAN WINCHESTER by IaIaCom   E2 - Game of Thrones - Tyrion Lannister by Stanbos   E3 - Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead by Chrisbakerart   E4 - Anne Hathaway by francoclun   E5 - Daenerys Targaryen / Khaleesi by Mahbopoli
E6 - Tom Hanks by AmBr0   E7 - Severus Snape by Michelle-Winer   E8 - Jack Sparrow vs Barbossa by FredrikEriksson1   E9 - Assassins Creed drawing by markstewart   E10 - Stand Together Until the End by riverstyx27
E11 - Jax Teller - Sons Of Anarchy by Chrisbakerart   E12 - Robin Williams by ronmonroe   E13 - Fugitive by naturalshocks   


So how do you win the points I hear you asking - The winner or winners if there is a tie, will be the voter who has correctly chosen the same order of favourites as most other people, I will hide everyone's comments as they make them (so that you cannot see what everyone else has voted for). For example if you choose A1, B3, C5, D8, E1 as your favourites and everybody else chooses the same then you all share the points, if no body but you chooses this selection then you probably wont win anything :(  My Selection is in the first comment to show you how to vote - best of luck to everyone :)


    If the rules are still not clear to you - do not worry, just have a vote and who knows maybe you will be in with a chance anyway :)  Closing Date will be 28th February @ Midnight Chinese time.








Again take a look at this
 and this 

Small Print - I have reduced the number of nominations based on those nominated more than once received priority, I removed all of my work that was nominated and some pieces included colour, or were drawn before 2014 - any questions just ask.






Skin by SimplySilent
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Challenge COLOUR RED vote and win points!

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 25, 2015, 11:24 AM


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Hello dear members of TheFavouriteShowcase, friends and deviants,



This is the new way to find our winner of our monthly challenge at TheFavouriteShowcase: instead of using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED on this theme!


This means, or so I hope, more exposure for your pieces and galleries.


The idea is simple: each work has a number and all deviants have the opportunity to vote like if it was a poll...with the difference that you will choose not one but 3 favourites! 

All deviants may vote, INCLUSIVE who is participating; the participants may vote for themselves and ask friends and watchers to vote; this blog may have publicity by all means and be submitted in groups. 


The work with most votes wins 130 points;
the second place wins 80, the 3rd place wins 50 and the 4th wins 25 :points:.



These prizes can be updated for the next themes with the help of our friends.

You may also help by clicking on our stamp :iconthefavouritecontests::iconthefavouritecontest2: and making a donation.




Follow the RULES to VOTE...

EVERYONE VOTING and :+fav:ING THIS BLOG will enter a draw to win 10 :points:.
The participants may and should click the Favourite Button too - this will give you another chance to win more points!
And so you can have more possibilities to win I'll give 5 prizes of 10 points!

Vote and let your friends know about this voting!



NOTE: The participants who don't vote aren't eligible to win.






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Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet (Rainbow) - F2U!  RULES to VOTE  Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! Arrow Bullet Left (Rainbow) - F2U! 

(read careful, it's very simple)
*everyone can participate, you don't have to be a member of TheFavouriteShowcase.



1. Choose your favourite 3 works from below;

2. See the correspondent number before the thumb? Comment on this blog by writing the numbers of your favourite works, like this:

39, 45, 67

You have 3 votes to give and you must give all the 3 votes, not 1, not 2, not 5 - it's 3 votes!
Comments with more or fewer votes will be ignored.

3. To have the possibility to win 10 :points: entering a draw, FAVE THIS BLOG!

4. You don't have to do anything else :thumbsup: 
This voting will be open exceptionally until the 2nd March (since february is very small :lol: ) and the winners will be announced on the 3rd March.
Anyway, the next theme will be open to submissions on the 1st March, as usual.




Thank you for participating!







                                                                                               

1... fire by Lolita-Artz

 by Lolita-Artz




                                                         

2... Rose square for the lady with rose icon by TheRafflesia

 by TheRafflesia




                          
                                                           

3... When the leaves turn red by Mogrianne

by Mogrianne





                                       

4... Red by beci-bumble

by beci-bumble




                                                 

5... what have i done..... by Marl1nde

by Marl1nde




                                                         

6... The Autumn Tree by doma22

by doma22




                                                                 

7... Dakini by Chicchan5

by Chicchan5




                                                       

8... Leblos by PassionAndTheCamera

by PassionAndTheCamera





                                                                        

9... Red Beauty by Lolita-Artz

by Lolita-Artz





                                                                       

10... Coral's Tears by Brightsmile-didi

by Brightsmile-didi




                                                                        

11... Lady in Red by marphilhearts

by marphilhearts






12... ABBA by Badusev


by Badusev






                                                                            

13... Red Heart by StinkyCatsMom

by StinkyCatsMom





                                                                          

14... Through the snow by EvgenyAverin

by EvgenyAverin





                                                                  

15... Hoverfly on Poppy by JoannaMoory

by JoannaMoory





                                               

16... Amanita Muscaria IV by sahtanoj

by sahtanoj






17... Looking for love by kayaksailor

by kayaksailor






18... I Learn To Live Before I Die by sesam-is-open

by sesam-is-open





                                                                                       

19... Valentine's Date    or     Honey Let's Not Go Out by lemgras330

by lemgras330







20... Hummingbird Flower by AmBr0

by AmBr0






NEXT THEME STARTING ON THE 1st MARCH: FAN ART

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Los puntos de DA, el dinero de rascapiquilandia

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 16, 2010, 9:46 AM


16 de Marzo de 2010
  

Puntos de Deviant Art, el dinero de Rascapiquilandia


Posiblemente el título de este artículo os resultará extraño si no habéis visto el primer capítulo de la sexta temporada de los Simpson ; en el que la familia amarilla va a visitar el parque de atracciones de Rasca y Pica. En este episodio, la taquillera le ofrece a Homer adquirir dinero de Rascapiquilandia, informándole de que se utiliza dentro del parque como el dinero normal, pero teniendo más gracia.  Homer compra dinero de Rascapiquilandia por valor de 1100 dólares , y nada más entrar en el parque se encuentra que el 99% de los comercios no aceptan dinero de Rascapiquilandia... un gag que siempre me hace esbozar una sonrisa de complicidad.

¿Que por qué os cuento esto? Pues porque guarda una tremenda similitud con el sistema de puntos de Deviant Art, el cual pretendo explicar con detalle en este artículo y así exponer, para los usuarios más incautos, los peligros potenciales que este sistema entraña.

:star: Empezaré explicando, de manera muy sencilla, el sistema de puntos y sus reglas:

:bulletred:  1)    Los puntos son un sistema monetario interno de Deviantart. Hay dos maneras de adquirirlos:

A)   Comprando los puntos
B) Que   otro usuario, que previamente los ha comprado, .     te los proporcione.

:bulletred:  2)      Los puntos son transferibles entre usuarios, es decir, puedes ofrecer puntos como premio si sostienes un concurso o, simplemente, regalarle unos pocos a un amigo tuyo.
:bulletred:  3)     Los puntos son canjeables por productos de Deviant Art. Ya sea por subscripciones, Adsense, Deviant Wear o similar.
:bulletred:  4)    LOS PUNTOS NO PUEDEN CANJEARSE POR DINERO


Así pues, los puntos que recibes como regalo de otros usuarios, invariablemente, siempre han sido comprados  en un momento dado.

Una pregunta muy frecuente que me han hecho últimamente es cuál es la diferencia entre los puntos y los antiguos Deviant dollars; la respuesta es, "técnicamente ninguna" , salvo en el valor de los mismos en relación a un dólar real:

Un Deviant Dollar era equivalente a un dólar americano. Sin embargo, en el caso de los puntos  1 dólar equivale a 80 puntos.

Ahora os preguntaréis ¿ por qué han eliminado los deviant dollars (ya no están disponibles) e impuesto los puntos?

Fácil: Porque los puntos son mucho más alienantes. La función de los puntos es hacer perder al usuario la sensación de que está manejando dinero contante y sonante.


La equivalencia confusa de los puntos (pues es difícil calcular mentalmente cuánto dinero son 5430 puntos), junto con su concepto (ya no son dollars, son puntos) .    disfrazan la divisa real  que se esconde tras ellos de una manera mucho más eficaz que los Deviant dollars.

:star:  Los peligros del sistema de puntos:

El sistema de puntos ha sido utilizado por un sinfín de grandes compañías. Muchas son las tiendas que, al cambiar un artículo, te ofrecen un vale que puedes usar en la propia tienda. De este modo, se aseguran el beneficio de esa compra y, quizás, un pequeño beneficio extra si en lugar del mismo artículo decides comprar otro de valor ligeramente superior.

Este modelo monetario es bien conocido por los deviants Españoles que tienen en su ciudad un “Corte Inglés” y que han tenido en sus manos, alguna vez, los infames “Corticoles” (el dinero interno de este centro comercial), o también para aquellos que han tenido la desgracia de tener que lidiar con ciertas compañías de telefonía móvil.

DA intenta disfrazar el sistema de puntos con una excusa de “buen Karma” general. Alegando que para apoyar a un artista al que admires especialmente, es un detalle muy bonito regalarle unos cuántos puntos. No sé a vosotros, pero a mí, a día de hoy, nadie se ha pasado por mi galería y me ha regalado dinero (Dios lo oiga). Lo que ocurre es que, con el sistema de puntos, como he dicho anteriormente, este concepto, antes impensable con divisa real, se vuelve “lógico”, pues perdemos la sensación de tener dinero en movimiento, sino que tenemos inocuos puntos.

Por supuesto, gracias a este divino sistema, cada vez que DA sostenga un concurso, el premio será otorgado en puntos, puntos que revertirán obligatoriamente en DA, pues sólo son válidos para el sitio.

Otro asunto sobre el cual reflexionar es el restante que nos quedará a muchos tras la compra de un artículo, lo que en divisas se traduciría en la “chatarra” o la “calderilla” de nuestros bolsillos. Este problema es bien conocido por aquellos deviants que vivieron en la Europa anterior al Euro, en la que era necesaria la conversión de divisas cuándo visitábamos un país extranjero, pues siempre nos traíamos de vuelta un montón de moneditas que no habíamos conseguido gastar, y que, por su escaso valor total, no valía la pena cambiar en el banco:

Supongamos que tenemos 2000 puntos, y que queremos una gorra que cuesta 1600 puntos; la compramos y nos quedan 400 puntos.

El artículo más ridículo de la tienda cuesta 450 puntos, nosotros tenemos 400, y la inversión mínima para la adquisición de puntos son 5 dólares (equivalentes a 400 puntos)

Total: que para adquirir el nuevo artículo tenemos que invertir una cantidad fija de dinero que revertirá obligatoriamente en DA de una forma u otra. Esos 5 dólares quedan bien salvaguardados en el bolsillo de DA, no pudiendo ser canjeados por dólares a la inversa y así hasta el infinito y multiplicado por más de 9 millones de usuarios.

Los beneficios que DA va a hacer gracias a estos “puntos sueltos, o calderilla” que va a rondar por nuestras cuentas son escalofriantes. No obstante, el sistema está aún siendo desarrollado, por lo que todavía puede haber cambios que nos reporten muchas sorpresas.


Artículo en Inglés aqui --> news.deviantart.com/article/11…

Journal preparado por Anima-dos


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FINAL - March Poll Period * CLOSED

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 8, 2013, 6:17 AM


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Hello dear members, watchers and visitors :wave:


This is the new way to find our winner of our POLL SYSTEM: instead using a Poll with the ten most voted of the period, we'll be using a blog to showcase the 20 MOST VOTED of this period!

This means, or so I hope, more exposure for your pieces and galleries.


The idea is simple: each work has a number and all deviants have the opportunity to vote like if it was a poll...with the difference that you will choose not one but 3 favourites!
All deviants may vote, INCLUSIVE who is participating; the participants may vote for themselves and ask friends and watchers to vote; this blog may have publicity by all means and be submitted in groups.
The work with most votes wins a 3 months sub, our usual prize.

Follow the RULES to VOTE...AND EVERYONE VOTING and :+fav:ING THIS BLOG will enter a draw to win 100 :points:. The participants may and should click the Favourite Button too - you have another chance to win more points!
And so you can have more possibilities to win I'll give 3 prizes of 100 points!
Vote and let your friends know about this voting!



RULES to VOTE


(read careful, it's very simple)
*everyone can participate, you don't have to be a member of TheFavouriteShowcase.



1. Choose your favourite 3 works from below;

2. See the correspondent number before the thumb? Comment on this blog by writing the numbers of your favourite works, like this:

39, 45, 67

3. To have the possibility to win 100 :points: entering a draw, FAVE THIS BLOG!

4. You don't have to do anything else :thumbsup: This voting will be open until the 15th March! The winner will be announced on the 16th March.

Thank you for participating!




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1...A Dream Created by Kezzi-Rose by Kezzi-Rose

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2...Panja, in love? by morho by morho

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3...C r i m s o n by Enalla by Enalla

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4...In Love by jankolas by jankolas

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5...Nemo's Surprise by SanderJansen by SanderJansen

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6...Bill Kaulitz by Insolentia by Insolentia

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7...Fisherman by Scorpidilion by Scorpidilion

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8...Drop reflexions by JoaoPhotography by JoaoPhotography

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9...Blue Tit Drawing 2012 by JoannaMoory by JoannaMoory

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10...Oblivion by XRlS by XRlS

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11...All I Need Is You by panna-cotta by panna-cotta

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12...Brugge - A Joy Forever by siddhartha19 by siddhartha19

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:party: Happy 16th Anniversary to Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame!  June 21st, 1996, Disney's 34th animated film was released to theaters.  I posted the original theatrical trailer that showed us all just how amazing this movie would be.  I love that it ranged from light-hearted and silly to dark and serious.



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"Disney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" premiered on this date, June 19 in 1996 at the New Orleans Superdome, where it was played on six enormous screens. The premiere was preceded by a parade through the French Quarter, beginning at Jackson Square and utilizing floats and cast members from Walt Disney World.
The film was widely released two days later."


Here is video on this event, credit to the youtube owner musicmanWP






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When my sister and I attended the event with Disney animators back in early June of this year, Kathy Zielinski explained her experience of sitting in during the Hellfire session.  Poor Tony Jay was so nervous to sing the most epic villain song in Disney history.  A shame there just doesn't seem to be videos of these sessions posted anywhere.  I have found so many recording sessions for Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid and Aladdin, but hardly anything on HoND.  We all know they recorded it, they have to for the artists to watch them more than once when animating.  Well, none the less, enjoy this video my sister filmed of Kathy Zielinski.







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I hope you all enjoy this day and celebrate by either watching this amazing movie we all have grown to love, clips of your favorite scenes, blast the epic soundtrack and so on.  I myself am planning to head up to Disneyland while wearing my Frollo hat to spread the HoND love throughout the park.  I don't think anything is going on dedicated to this movie unfortunately, but at least I will let those around me be aware of it.  It also helps there is new villain vinylmations, including Frollo, that were just released on the 18th of this month.   You can read up on that information at :iconthepalaceofjustice:   

Over at :icontony-jay: there's an interesting journal posted as well with little tidbits and a fun video. :)

A reminder that Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance is set to be released on July 31st with HoND being featured. This will also help boost awareness of this movie.  I have been posting journals on this wonderful news for quite some time now.  If you are interested to see them you can check back to our past journals.  The popularity of HoND is growing slowly, little by little, which is so exciting! :XD:

Take care everyone and have a Happy 16th Anniversary! :party:











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There was a Read-Along book on Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame that came out around the time of the movie.  David Ogden Stiers (the Archdeacon's voice) was the narrator.  All the original cast from the 1996 movie were included in this.  I discovered this video on tumblr yesterday where the entire book was read.  

To those who don't have tumblr, I decided to share it here.  I discovered I have two of the Read-Along books in my collection, one even has both the English and Spanish version, but I had found them at antique stores, no tape included with this so it was a pleasant surprise to find this and watch the video.   As you will notice it's a little watered down then the movie was.  No real mention as to why Frollo is pursuing Esmeralda other than he is furious with her behavior towards him at the festival.  No hint of his true feelings, there is not even the ultimatum he offers her, but it still is a fun little gem to check out none the less.  I hope this finds you all well and enjoy the video.  :)





Credit to jinglebelljade from tumblr for positing it, but also to the youtube uploader DisneyVintage










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Oh, the things you find on tumblr!  :XD:  Anyone who also follows The Frollo Society group as well will see the video I posted up, also found from tumblr.  I truly do recomend tumblr for those who don't have it already, there is so many goodies from every fandom imaginable on there. News spreads faster on there too.  :)

I had found this on tumblr the other day and it just had me laughing!  Eric Goldberg, Disney's Genie animator, created this funny book where you can take the Disney villains such as Frollo, Cruella De Vil, Jafar, the Queen of Hearts, Ursula, Ratcliffe and mix and match their costumes, faces to come up with hilarious results.  I had met Eric at a panel up in UCLA.  He is a nut, much like Genie, so it's perfectly hilarious that he would create this book.   The book can still be found in places like Amazon and ebay, but once it came through on tumblr, people were snapping it up left and right off Amazon.  All the cheaper prized ones are already gone, but not to despair.  These things have a way of always turning up again so keep a sharp eye.  :XD:


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International Tiger Day + Feature

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 30, 2013, 11:18 PM


Yesterday was International Tiger Day: an annual day of both celebration of the beauty of, and awareness of the plight of, tigers. Tiger populations around the globe have plummeted due to hunting, habitat loss and climate shifts. 100 years ago there were more than 100,000 tigers left in the wild. Today their numbers sit at a meagre 3,200. Three subspecies of tiger have already gone extinct. The remaining 6 subspecies are either endangered or critically endangered. In a decade, they may all be completely extinct from the wild. They've lost over 90% of their habitat, and the shifting climate is threatening to remove what little we've left them. If we don't mitigate the impacts of climate change now, the Sundarbans (their largest remaining stronghold) will be under water in 50 years. It's not a problem for our granchildren: many of us will live to see this.

In order to save them, we need to mitigate their impacts on their environment and that of the rest of the ecosystem. We need to work to stop poaching. We need to work to resolve the conflict between tigers and the farmers whose livestock the tigers have been reduced to hunting. This is indeed the very same story for many large predators across the globe.

It's not all doom and gloom. WWF's conservation efforts have gone a long way to stabilising tiger numbers in Nepal, for example. Many localised charities and/or conservation reserves are investing everything in helping recover the populations. Zoos around the globe play an important role in education and breeding programs. Ecologists work constantly to monitor, understand and work toward conserving all remaining subspecies. For those of you with mini-kitties to feed, you may have noticed Whiskas selling specially-marked packets of cat food aimed at helping the tiger cause. Through product sales, Whiskas donated $750,000 to the cause last year. We can help every day my mitigating our own impacts on the environment, and by pushing our elected representatives to prioritise conservation of wildlife and ecosystems. By raising awareness and supporting the conservation efforts of groups like WWF, we can help end the threat to Tigers across the globe.

In celebration of their beauty, this week's feature is all about crafted tigers.




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