The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2!
With the nature of this year’s gag, it’s easy to walk away with the impression that I’m making a mockery of kids who are just learning how to draw–many of whom might be fans of this comic! For those of you struggling with insecurity about your art, I have a secret: all of the “Kukobu Quest” artwork you see is 100% genuine stuff I drew about ten years ago. Even most of the writing was copied straight from my 2004 Livejournal entries.
If anything, I hope that “Kukobu Quest” will encourage artists who fear that they may never become “good enough” to bring their dreams to life. Regardless of your skill level, you will get better as long as you work hard and keep an open mind. The road to improvement never ends, and that can be scary, but if you find yourself worrying that your artistic pursuits are a waste of time, I hope you’ll think of Kukobu. He’s cheering for you in his own, weird way.
This made me strangely emotional. What an inspiration!
Hey everyone! In some previous blog posts, I mentioned that I’m struggling with an injury to my drawing arm. Although I hoped that the problem would have totally gone away after more than a month of rest, it actually hasn’t, and I’m still struggling with it at this very moment. It’s actually been harder emotionally than it has physically. I’ve decided to go ahead and write a blog entry about it, not only to keep my followers in the loop but also as a cautionary tale to any artists out there who have not yet sustained an injury. If I had been more aware of the risks, maybe this would never have happened to me, so the very least I can do is try to help those who aren’t aware of the risks.
From an artist I really respect. Thank you for your cautionary tale, loish!
This is very important, applicable to not just artists but anyone working tirelessly on the things that they love. There are reasons why the Sabbath exists, and I believe one of them is to protect us from overworking ourselves. Your identity is so much more than what you do.
I downloaded Soul Calibur II HD some days ago and had the urge to draw Talim, one of my favorite video game characters. Her design from SCII is still the one I like the best!
She’s my favorite, too!
Happy Day of Dragons!
Happy Dragon Day!
Looked through the old folders and picked up some old story panels from the first film. The pace of production was quite hectic, and my drawings of the characters were more loose and cartoony.
The first 5 panels are from a deleted scene - viking kids fighting!
I really enjoyed drawing the other kids.
Happy Day of Dragons!
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.
I have friends working in Disney Animation who were celebrating at the studio and so proud of winning the Oscars that night and I was happy for them. But to win like this? At least watch the films and give them a chance before completely writing them off. For shame.