Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Painting A Window

Back when I first started this blog I talked about the value of "randomness" - throwing yourself a curveball, doing things differently than you usually do. The Disney artist T. Hee said you should drive to work a different way every day so you would see something new and kick-start your brain.

Well, here's a completely random page to kick-start your brain. It's from the "Famous Artists Course" and it deals with a unique challenge for every artist: how do you "draw" something that is invisible?

It ends with very good advice: add character to everything you draw. Don't just draw a window, tell a story about the person that lives on the other side. This is what makes an illustration come to life and involve the viewer. It can make the difference between a story sketch that just does the job and one that has an added touch that makes the world of an animated film suddenly seem like a real place, which can have an amazing impact on how involved an audience is with your characters and your story.

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I was surprised how much of the Famous Artists Course was concerned with how to paint different textures. I never knew much about painting and it makes sense that painting different textures would be a major concern for a painter. Just like this bit about painting a window pane, I can see how realisticly portrayed textures in an illustration would make the picture seem more real and involve the viewer's emotions more in the story being told.


Alina Chau said...

That's a great posting!! Love the story!!

chickennuggets said...

Wow, how compelling! I'm gonna go add cracks to all my drawings now!

pbcbstudios said...

i just added a crack on my drawing of chickennuggets -

Jayenti Collins said...

great post mark!

Marmax said...

I remember reading in one of my animation books about Ken Anderson and his layouts for Sword in the Stone. The arrangements, trinkets, etc. in Madame Mim's house said so much about her personality.

Lee-Roy said...

A very good point to keep in mind. Thanks.