Hi Chris! I’m happy you like all the Cloudy work - especially since it relates to your question. I learned so much about color working on Cloudy. I think the biggest piece of advice I can offer you is do you research! Gather a lot of reference material. And not just research material from animated movies or “art of” animated movie books - a big thing that my Art Director, Dave Bleich, taught me on Cloudy was to look for color inspiration in unexpected places. When he gave us a sequence to key, many times he would also give us tons of reference images. These images came from anywhere and everywhere… yes, there were animated movie stills, but also photographs from fashion magazines, food photography, swatches of fabric, national geographic shots… By looking for color connections in these images, you find really unexpected combinations and solutions.
I think the other thing that has really been helping me to hone my color sense has been going plein-air painting. Up until this last year, I’ve been a pretty lazy painter. I never used to go painting outside, but since I started doing it again, I’ve learned so much about the amazing colors found in light and shadow. I will never paint a black shadow again! I think nature and life is the best teacher, so my other piece of advice is go outside and really pay attention the amazing colors in the world.
Hope that helps!
Hi! Thanks for your question - this is definitely something I’ve always been meaning to do, but never quite get around to… mostly because when I’m painting at home these days, it’s usually for work, which I can’t show on youtube. Also… I’m a little technologically challenged when it comes to figuring out how to record my paintings for future viewing… I would have to learn how to edit out all my “snack breaks.” Maybe one of these weekends I’ll figure it out. If I do, it’ll show up on the blog! :D
Hi! I don’t really share them, many were given to me and many I made myself - however, they are ridiculously easy and fun to make and also you can find many free ones online simply by searching “watercolor textures.” I definitely recommend making and scanning your own, however; they will give your work a look that is distinctly your own!
I would post more often if tumblr paid me for each post. But thank you for your enthusiasm. :D
Hi! Thank you for the kind words about my work! As far as advice… I guess my big piece of advice is simple, and yet hard to take to heart: never give up. When you are trying to get your first job in the entertainment industry, you will hear “no” a lot more than you’ll hear “yes.” It took me two years after graduating school before I got my first full time position in a studio. Try not to be discouraged by rejection, because it happens to everyone, and try to never stop learning and improving. My other piece of advice is, be nice to everyone because the industry is VERY small. Don’t dismiss anyone; you realize very quickly that everyone knows someone in this business, so be kind, work hard, and never give up! Good luck!
Hi! Thank you for your kind words about my work! All the information about what kind of software/hardware/supplies I use can be found here: http://samsketch.tumblr.com/tooltalk
Hi! I can’t help but feel you are asking the wrong person this question! I have never been very good at perspective - it’s a bit of a constant struggle for me and I think most of my work features a sort of “faux perspective” or “eye-ball perspective.” On the rare occasions I do have to be precise, I will break out the old perspective books and grid everything out… (I like this book). I suppose as far as advice for illustrating environments in general, I would say do your research and get really solid reference material to build your ideas on… and be sure to really think about the world you are creating, so that you can better follow the visual language you’ve set up for yourself. Also, if you look at many animated films in general you will notice that the perspective, angles, shapes, shadows, and colors etc. of an environment all usually serve the purpose of telling a visual story. They will, often quite literally, point the viewer’s eyes to the part of the illustration that the artist wishes to highlight. That said, for me, the standard is generally, if I don’t look at a painting and think “Ugh, something really weird is going on with the perspective!” …than the painting is alright! Haha. Anyway, good luck!
Hi! Thank you so much for the kind words about my work! As to improving your “realistic” drawings, I would say the best advice I could offer you is actually the advice I offer generally to anyone wanting to improve; and that is: go outside and draw from life. If you want to learn how to draw the world around you, there is no better way than to actually go outside, pencil and paper in hand, and actually draw it! It will be frustrating at first, and unfortunately, in this case, I’m afraid the only way to improve is to put the hours in. Draw through the pain! Eventually you will feel more comfortable with it. I would say also that enrolling in a life drawing course will be extremely helpful, as well as studying the old masters. I love going to museums to draw because you actually get two sets of subjects - you can makes studies of the paintings on the walls, but you can also make a study of the museum patrons! I hope that helps, happy drawing!
Hi there! I actually get Art Center questions quite often and a while back I wrote a fairly detailed answer full of ACCD advice! Check it out here: http://asksamsketch.tumblr.com/post/5031998579/so-i-noticed-you-are-a-graduate-of-art-centers
I hope that is helpful to you! Feel free to ask any specific questions you might have if I didn’t answer them in that post! And good luck with your studies!
Many times I draw initially into photoshop; with the Cintiq it is easier to overcome the “shakiness,” but with any tablet there is a certain adjustment period because the suface of a screen is smoother than paper. You can scan your drawings in first or practice using the tablet… I don’t think it matters that much. But if you want to get rid of the shaky line when drawing digitally, it’s just practice, practice, practice!