Beatboard project

Lately I got on a roll of of approaching illustrations in a film ratio and with the same spontaneity I create storyboards, so closer to what ‘beat boards’ mean to me.  This means focusing on clarity, foreground, mid and background, simple expression and mood everything else. I feel like if I can keep working towards cinematic images I’ll become a better story artist and animator. Both storyboarding and animation are absolutely inseparable to me. This is because animation isn’t just characters flopping around, but how they exist in a world.

Also surprise surprise, more fanart. Hetalia was a series that I was super into when I was about 15. It’s precious to me because the awesome fan works created in the heyday of the series was absolutely crucial to me as a young artist. I will also defend it as a series that helped me ace history in highschool. My fave boy Russia only made me a little bit obsessed with Russian history, culture and art. Just a littttleee bit~

I’m starting to put signatures on all of my art because recently certain obnoxious people still think it’s ok to steal art. Actually, it’s gotten worse. There is a culture of all online content being up-for-grabs, however it’s only turned into this because people like to mash up content for their own Youtube and social media content. Why work hard on your own animation when you can rip off someones? Yuck.

I feel like screaming and tearing at my hair (again) by remembering recent annoying encounters but I know its not the end of the world. At the end of the day, thieves and liars don’t land jobs. They don’t make their own art that matters. Even if they do fool people, some of us have a strong moral compass. So yeah. Vent done, over and out.

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!

supanova adelaide caricatures

Just a dump of some of my fave caricatures I did at Supanova Adelaide this year.I drew approximately 63 people over the weekend and it was a crazy good con, thanks to everyone that was brave enough to sit for me! Fanart obviously attracts people over to any con table but over the years caricaturing has really become my main reason for doing cons. Drawing portraits (especially doubles) in about 10-15 minutes is always tough but I’ve improved so much from the challenge of doing it.

I may live in Sydney at the moment, but I will definitely try to do more Adelaide cons since the crowds are so nice, plus I get to visit my family, so thanks again everyone! I do these all with a Kuretake pen and cool grey Copics…. and lots of ink refill breaks.