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.