Supanova Adelaide 2018 caricatures +sum up

I’ve been recovering after a full on weekend of drawing caricatures at Supanova con in Adelaide. I drew approximately 60 people, with at least 10+ people being repeat customers from past years!

This is the only con I’ve done all year, because I got a bit exhausted keeping up with the whole fanart merch making craze, and decided to mostly focus on honing my skills as a caricaturist.

Supanova runs the most efficient and well organised cons out of all the aussie ones I’ve tabled at, and I hope it continues in Adelaide well into the future! I got 5 chairs AND a great corner booth to draw my caricatures off of, so thanks to the great people volunteering and managing the event.

I learn so much from every single caricature I draw and am REALLY grateful to everyone brave enough to sit down and be drawn by me.  Even if sitting for a stranger seems weird, trust me it’s way scarier drawing a stranger in 10 minutes! (and to meet a high expectation for the drawing! )

I’m glad people get a kick out of watching me draw and getting a traditionally inked and coloured drawing. There is something really satisfying about starting my timer and trying my best to capture the people/person in front of me. The girl in the first pic has been getting a caricature from me for the last 4 Supanovas (since 2015), so I must be doing something right!

Don’t know which aussie cons I will apply for next year, or can be bothered travelling to, but we’ll see….until the next one!

‘end of august existential art dump’

Jokkinggg. It’s just THE END OF AUGUST. Crazy how time flies, but I’m having a fine time drawing cartoons every day for a living so it’s all good.  My only issue is there’s so little time to sketch, study and experiment with all the mediums and things I want to draw and make..sigh. Thought I’d dump all this miscellaneous old art here before I just never post it. I try to post most on twitter and intsagram but lately just don’t feel like sharing much….more fun to hide away on WordPress.

MY FILM IS FINISHED!!

I FINISHED MY FILM PROJECT.

90 shots.

80 something backgrounds.

Lots of blood, sweat and tears…..mostly over Animate crashing and problems trying to get After Effects to do the most simple of things.

It’s cheesy, full of old lazy drawings and animation that could be punchier…. but I learnt so much while making it. It’s pretty emotional for me to share it finally since I spent a lot of late nights working on this.

After some time working in the industry and improving my draftsmanship, plus seeing how Disconnected was well received on Youtube, I’ve gotten even more fired up about animation. Not even the concept of animation as a commercial thing, but the idea of actually having a go and making it myself. Even if my drawings are lumpy it’s really exhilarating to make my own stuff.  My only goals I set when starting this was to make a new film and get better at animating so I think I can say I did that.

I learnt about planning and approaching animation in a much more efficient and smarter way, picked up some new After Effects tricks to speed up stuff. Even if it doesn’t look like much, I chipped away at this for a looonng time, I started it mid 2017 to be precise, so I’m not so proud of most of the scenes lol. I really wanted to stick to my gut and try and create a believable animated world the best I could within the duration of this story. I could’ve spent a few more months polishing backgrounds and re-doing animation like an absolute lunatic but honestly, saying something is finished is a skill in itself. 

Also I guess I was haunted by teachers telling me you’ll have no time to make your own animations once you’re out working in the industry, so I wanted to prove people like that completely wrong. Don’t tell people they can’t make things just because you don’t. Some people make the time to make stuff because its’ what they love.

I initially story boarded this to Chrysalis Heart (Stereojackers vs Mark Loverush remix) by Delerium but once I decided I wanted to make it a real thing, I found a song that was instrumental and more suitable.  I got permission from an amazing musician Onoken to use this song. I found his work through all the online searching I do to find good Touhou fan music, So I guess you can say my Touhou obsession indirectly got me somewhere. I thought i’d have more to say since I worked on this forever, but my brain is mostly mush so I gotta just binge shows and draw fanart guilt free for a looooong time now.

Also PS. the lanky character is a Bilby. That’s my way of getting a bit of Australiana into an otherwise fantasy story.

Blue Orb