Henry Thomas audition för E.T. "Ok kid, you got the job".

Now this is what I call acting....

stickman created in OpenToonz





I thought I would try something different and learn OpenToonz, now that someone has taken the time to produce an OpenToonz course on Udemy. This is my first little scene created after completing 30 minutes of the course. Thanks to DarrenT for creating the course. If you are interested in Darren's course, search "A complete guide to OpenToonz for traditional 2D animation" on Udemy.com

Twin Tails

Manga / Anime practise - Twin Tails
Drawn in Clip Studio Paint
 

Pen and Paper Manga Practise

 Sometimes I just feel the need to practise with pen and paper, rather than sitting in front of the computer.











Manga Character

I might have a go at animating this character I created this afternoon. It will certainly be challenging with a head turn included. The image was created using Clip Studio Pro.


Hero 2, recreated and coloured, from the book How to Draw Manga by Andres Bernardo Giannotta.

Shading and Highlighting Practise

This is my second attempt at shading and highlighting this character. The result is okay-ish, but I think I need more practise.

Shading Practise

This is a practise at shading using the Hero 1 image recreated from How to Draw Manga by Andres Bernardo Giannotta.
[note] Just noticed that I forgot to shade the arms. That's me rushing and getting distracted as usual. I was also supposed to create highlights. Dang!

Blender Grease Pencil Head-Turn Part 1: Drawing

Drawing Manga Clothes and Folds

How to Draw Manga/Anime Cloths and Folds 

How to Draw Manga Clothes: Running Pose


Drawing Manga Poses

How to Draw Manga Action Pose 

How to Draw Action Poses: Running 

How to Draw Manga Fighting Pose: Punching Fists! 

How to Draw A Fireball Power Up! 

How to Draw Fight Scenes 

How to Draw Fighting Scenes: Punch with Impact



Manga Shading Techniques

Anime Shading Techniques: Manga Face


How to Draw Shading: Naruto Style


How to Draw Shading: Anime Style


How to Draw Manga: Body Proportions

How to Draw Female Body Proportions: Teenage to Kid, Manga Style


How to Draw Manga: Female Body Proportions - Different Views 


How to Draw Manga: Male Body Proportions - Teenage to Kid 


How to Draw Different Views for Male Body Proportions, Manga Style


How to Draw Manga Shoes!

How to draw Manga Shoes! 3/4 view (part 1)


How to draw Manga Shoes! 3/4 view (part 2)


How to draw Manga Shoes!


How to Draw Manga Faces


How to Draw a Manga/Anime Face: Front View Structure


How to Draw a Mange Face: 3/4 view and Hoodie


How to Draw a Manga Face: 3/4 View Titled Down


How to Draw a Manga Face: 7 Expressions


Anime Shading Techniques: Manga Face



This looks useful, so will be something I'll be trying later. Check back for my results.

How to Draw a Little Angel with Christopher Hart

New Faces

Yet more scribblings. My next task is to scan them in, digitize and improve.


I have found that by initially switching to pencil, paper, and pen, I am less distracted from everything else on my PC, and am able to get on with sketching. Getting the roughs on to the PC afterwards is a doddle as I just take a photograph and let iCloud automatically put them in a folder on my PC. From there I can import them into Clip Studio Paint and use them to trace from.

UPDATE 18th July '20

Digitized and coloured

In the below second set, I was working on one character at a time, inking then flatting, but I forgot to switch back to the ink layer when inking further characters, but carried on anyway. MISTAKE!!! I should have corrected at this stage, but because I carried on regardless, I ended up with 1 ink and 2 flat layers which got a little awkward. As this is only a practise though I've left my errors in.

Random Scribblings on Paper

Rough work drawing practise on paper. I've decided that I get too easily distracted on the PC, so occasionally I should practise on paper. It should be a lot more than occasionally really, but we all have to start somewhere. These are practise drawings whilst reading the book, "Cartoon 360°: Secrets to Drawing Cartoon People and Poses in 3-D" by Harry Hamernik. My intention has always been to design and draw my own characters, but I keep taking the shortcut of utilising designs from Freepik or Pixabay. So, I'm trying to turn the computer off on alternate days and reverting to pencil, paper and pen. How far I get with that remains to be seen.

UPDATE 18th July '20:

I have now traced the figures into Clip Studio Paint.

Whilst adding colour, I noticed that I had to add several lines and also close up lines to allow for proper colour fill.
I may return to these heads for use at a later date, but if I do I'll start a new post.

Davinci Resolve 15 - How to do Camera Shake Effect

Random Scribblings in Clip Studio Paint


Just some pretty basic scribblings in Clip Studio Paint. Nothing fancy and nothing great, just practise in both drawing / cartooning and in the use of Clip Studio Paint.


The Owl and The Pussy Cat



My entry into the AnimeStudioTutor monthly competition for July 2020, under the theme  of The Sea. Created in MOHO Pro 13.

Cartoon Character Design for Beginners

A really brilliant tutorial for cartoon character design for beginners for both kids and adults from Christopher Hart.




HOW TO DRAW A BABY SEAL

How to Draw A Baby Seal. Another fantastic short tutorial by Christopher Hart.

How to make stencil/silhouette | Affinity Photo Tutorial

A very short video on how to make a silhouette in Affinity Photo. I found this useful so thought it worth a share.

Dreamer Family Select 2020 Camper Van 6 m

Not my usual type of post, I know, but I'd really like one of these Camper Vans. There are only two things stopping me. Firstly, I need this to be a right-hand drive for use in England, and secondly, I just don't have that sort of money lying around. Perhaps that is why it is called the "Dreamer". It's still very nice though, and you never know. Back in the 1980's, whilst playing on my ZX Spectrum, I never dreamed that I'd have the computer I have these days, let alone be able to do all this stuff on it. So, perhaps, I will one day have my Dreamer.

Fast Cartoon Design #1 - Head & Body Morph Creation in Character Creator...



I haven't tried this tutorial myself yet, but will do when I have time. I notice he uses other programs other than Character Creator in the tutorial which doesn't give a good initial impression of Character Creator. The one problem I have found in general with Reallusion products is that you need a money tree to feed the money pit of buying programs and addons.

Learn something new today

Have you tried Skillshare yet? It's a great place to learn something new. With this link, you can get the first 2 months free. What have you got to lose?

How to DESIGN a GREAT CHARACTER - Step-by-step drawing tutorial!

Summer Beach

Created in MOHO Pro 13 for the monthly competition at www.animestudiotutor.com

The cruise ship is based on a design from Freepik.com as are the hula girls. I had to learn the basics of hula dance for this animation. I've also included some squash and stretch with the beach ball. It took a bit of thought to create the tree shadows, which I admit aren't perfect as the shadows darken where they overlap. The music is a freebie from Youtube Audio Library. I've also included Sheppy from the MOHO library.

A Terrible Crime (created in iClone 7)

This is my entry into the 11secondclub.com June 2020 competition. The animation was created in iClone 7.

Cartoon Animator 4 Webcam Tutorial - Audio Recording and Real-time Lip S...

Irish country roads with high tax ,pricey insurance and strict car testing

Funny animation created by Chris Byes.

How to make Rick Sanchez in Anime Studio Pro 11 or MOHO Pro 12-13 PART 5

SkinGen First Look - Dynamic Skin Effect Editor for Character Creator 3

Is Blender Good for 3D Printing

3D printing isn't something I've tried yet, but if I wanted to create something unique of my own design then I would certainly consider Blender for 3D printing.

HOW TO DRAW A CARTOON FACE - FOR BEGINNERS!

Christopher Hart is one of my favourite artists and I have tons of his books. His instructions tend to be easy to follow and also make sense. Christopher Hart has a youtube channel with loads of tutorials and has published many art books, all available on amazon



Books by Christopher Hart include:
  • Modern Cartooning: Essential Techniques for Drawing Today's Popular Cartoons (Christopher Hart's Cartooning) [ link ]
  • The Master Guide to Drawing Anime: How to Draw Original Characters from Simple Templates [ link ]
  • Manga for the Beginner: Everything you Need to Start Drawing Right Away! (Christopher Hart's Manga for the Beginner) [ link ]
  • Manga for the Beginner Shoujo (Christopher Hart's Manga for the Beginner) [ link ]
  • Cartooning for the Beginner (Christopher Hart's Cartooning) [ link ]
  • Humongous Book of Cartooning (Christopher Hart's Cartooning)  [ link ]
  • The Cartoonist's Big Book of Drawing Animals (Christopher Hart's Cartooning) [ link ]
  • Drawing Cutting Edge Anatomy: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Comic Book Artists [ link ]
  • Cartoon Cool: How to Draw the New Retro Characters of Today's Cartoons (Christopher Hart's Cartooning)  [ link ]
  • Shoujo Basics: Christopher Hart's Draw Manga Now!  [ link ]
  • Drawing Fantastic Furries: The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Anthropomrphic Charaacters  [ link ]
  • Cartoon Cute Animals: How to Draw the Most Irresistible Creatures on the Planet (Christopher Hart's Cartooning) [ link ]
  • Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy (Made Amazingly Easy Series) [ link ]
  • Manga for the Beginner Kawaii: How to Draw the Supercute Characters of Japanese Comics (Christopher Hart's Manga for the Beginner) [ link ]
  • Manga for the Beginner Midnight Monsters: How to Draw Zombies, Vampires, and Other Delightfully Devious Characters of Japanese Comics (Christopher Hart's Manga for the Beginner) [ link ]
  • Magical Characters: Christopher Hart's Draw Manga Now! [ link ]
  • Kids Draw Big Book of Everything Manga [ link ]
  • Manga for the Beginner Chibis (Christopher Hart's Manga for the Beginner) link ]
  • Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist  [ link ]
  • Supercute Animals and Pets: Christopher Hart's Draw Manga Now! [ link ]
  • Basic Drawing Made Amazingly Easy (Made Amazingly Easy Series) [ link ]
  • Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy (Made Amazingly Easy Series)  [ link ]
  • Young Artists Draw Animals (Christopher Hart's Young Artists Draw)  [ link ]
  • Manga Mania Chibi and Furry Characters: How to Draw the Adorable Mini-Characters and Cool Cat-Girls of Manga [ link ]
  • Anatomy 101: Christopher Hart's Draw Manga Now! [ link ]
  • Young Artists Draw Manga (Christopher Hart's Young Artists Draw)  [ link ]

Demon Work



This is one of my favourite animations created by Alex Emery.

Is Blender good for 2D animation

I am currently using Cartoon Animator 4 and / or MOHO Pro 13 when creating my 2d animations. The Grease Pencil in Blender will allow me to create 2d animations in a 3d space, which sounds and looks great. The main questions I have for myself with this are, what is the time cost of learning and using this feature and are the end results going to be worth it? I suppose there is only one way to find out and that requires me to just dive in and start learning.

Animation Practise: Squash and Stretch.

Back to basics with the first Principle of Animation, Squash and Stretch, created in MOHO Pro 13.

For Those Who Can't Learn Blender



No one said it would be easy! Perseverance is key. You can do it.

Blender 2.83 LTS - Features Showcase



With the release of 2.83, I may just have to take another look at Blender for animation.

CrazyTalk Animator 3 Tutorial - G3 Head Creation for Any Character

Travis Davids' Most Used Programs For Creating 3D Art

I have to admit I haven't even heard of some of these programs and personally only scratched the surface of some of the others, but I felt this video may be of use for when I get more into 3D. At the moment I am mainly concentrating on 2D, but the urge to go plus one to 3D is itching away at me.

Storyboarder 2.0 Update - Wonder Unit

Use this wonderful free Storyboarder software from Wonder Unit to create your storyboard. A storyboard is a way of testing out your story ideas in a visual way before approaching the more complex  task of the actual animation. Not particularly necessary for a short animation of just a single scene or a few seconds, but ultimately time saving for longer works. Test ideas in a storyboard and change them easily if they don't work. Brilliant for planning your narrative. Storyboarder is completely free and an essential tool in any animator's arsenal of software. Storyboarder from Wonder Unit.

Best Free Animation Software in 2020

If you want to have a go at animating without the cost of purchasing animation software, check out this cool video created by TJFree showing you the software you can use to get started in animation.




Cartoon Animator 4, Tutorial - Hand Pose Key Editor - 2D Finger Animation

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - PSD Pipeline, Realistic Facial F...

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - PSD Pipeline, Multi-Angle Head S...

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - PSD Pipeline, Adding Unlimited S...

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Animation Tutorial - Face Key Editor Enhanc...

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - Intro to Smooth Expression Mode

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - PSD Pipeline, Creating and Editi...

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - Full 360 Degree Head Creation Pa...

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - Full 360 Degree Head Creation Pa...

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - Adding Multiple Facial Components

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - Multi-angle Sprites for 360 Heads

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - Basics of 360 Head Creation

Cartoon Animator 4, Tutorial - Hand Pose Key Editor - Intro to Hand Bones

Cartoon Animator 4, 360 Head Tutorial - Basics of Head Composition

Playground Roundabout

Entry into the Animestudiotutor.com monthly competition for January 2020, with a "Playground" theme. Created in MOHO 13 Pro.

Showdown at the 11 Second Grocerry

My entry into the 11Secondclub.com monthly competition for January 2020. Created in Cartoon Animator 4.

How to open Child Windows on same monitor as Parent Window

Having 3 monitors and an XP-Pen Artist tablet (effectively a 4th monitor), I've had this annoying problem of working on one monitor, and child windows of a parent application opening on a different monitor to the parent. This has been really annoying, especially when using the pen on the tablet. Finally, I searched for a solution to this problem and found this workaround.

The first time a child window opens on the wrong monitor, use the key combination of [Windows Key]-[Shift]-[Right Arrow] repeatedly until the child window is on the correct monitor. Next time the parent application opens this child, it opens on the correct monitor.

I am hoping this is not the only solution as it does feel a bit of a workaround, so I would be interested to hear in the comments if anyone has a better solution.