July212014
12PM

oweeeeendennis:

I imagine all of my activity graphs as slightly annoyed cats. Tumblrcats, if you will.

July202014
contramonster:

Here and here!

AAH this is one of my favorite Tumblr artists and I didn’t know they’d started a webcomic it’s great go read it!

contramonster:

Here and here!

AAH this is one of my favorite Tumblr artists and I didn’t know they’d started a webcomic it’s great go read it!

7PM
thefrogman:

Cassandra Thomas [website | tumblr | webcomic]

Oh, wow, thanks for the feature! :)

thefrogman:

Cassandra Thomas [website | tumblr | webcomic]

Oh, wow, thanks for the feature! :)

12PM

maxkirin:

Hello there, dear writerly friends!

Over the last year I’ve gotten hundreds (if not thousands :0) of writers sending me their story-ideas and asking me if they’re ‘good.’ Now, instead of continuously copy-pasting the same response, or worse ignoring them, I decided to format my thoughts into a nice-and-simple test c;

Now, since I have a feeling some of you still have questions, let me post here my answers to the responses I’ve gotten from this test:

Is this seriously the test?

Yes. Just 3 questions. Not more. Not less.

You’re saying that if I find the story-idea ‘fun’ to write, then I’m good to go?

Yes.

Even though you know nothing about my story-idea?

Nope. I don’t care what your story is actually about. All I care about is that you have fun. Seriously. If you have fun writing it, the reader will be able to tell. It’s easier to be passionate about something you enjoy. On the flip-side, have you ever read anything that was written by someone who clearly was not having ANY fun? Ask your English teacher if they can tell when someone actually enjoyed writing an essay. You may be able to half-ass a cake and make something edible, but you can’t half-ass a book and expect people to like it.

Even though I think this story idea is similar to that of another book?

Jorge Luis Borges said that there are only 4 types of stories: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power, and the journey. The truth is that, really, the idea for the story does not matter. It’s not what you say, but how you it say that matters. And, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s easier to get your voice across when you’re actually enjoying the process of writing c;

How do I make my story-idea more ‘fun’?

Be honest with yourself. Write about what excites you. You don’t have to write about anything you don’t care about, or meet some sort of imaginary guidelines. Writing is art. Write about anything you want. Additionally, you may want to checkout my (Strange) Guide to Planning Your Novel, it’s built on this entire philosophy.

I hope this helps! I have gotten this question so many times, I thought it would be best to just put my answer out there for all of you  c;

If you want more writerly content, such as writer positivity and prompts, make sure to follow my blog: maxkirin.tumblr.com!

(via characterandwritinghelp)

11AM

Ahah I love when professional artists do Q&As because a lot of the questions come from really talented aspiring artists and it’s a good way to find cool art blogs

11AM

ashbykent said: I'm actually a rather new follower, but I've wished I followed you sooner! I love your art! How do you go about composing shots? Do you mostly work with a horizon line and perspective, characters drawn first then the BG or large silhouettes to shape the composition? I'm excited to see more of your art!!

kritterart:

Thanks so much! It kind of varies for me, to be honest. If the moment is intensely character driven, I might just focus on sketching the character(s) and nailing the emotion first. Sometimes that’s just most important. But obviously when you’re boarding you want to use your staging to effectively plus the drama/ comedy of whatever is going on- so it’s good to establish wider shots that do that early in the sequence or as it builds towards the emotional crescendo. And so yeah, generally speaking that starts with a horizon line, building up perspective, setting up the stage for the characters to “perform on.”

That said, with everything being 3D in animation, you have to be aware of the environments on a larger scale as well as the capabilities of 3D cameras. If you think of your shots too much like a stage versus an actual inhabitable world then you may not be using your environment to its full potential. I try to remind myself all the time that, in terms of storytelling, the environment is a character all its own…so it’s good to move the characters and the camera through it and see as much as you can. What’s helped me recently is producing overhead schematics of my set locations before getting into a scene- just so I’m aware of the space I have available to me. I also like to research my locations which can mean anything from digging through vis dev folders for artwork or googling my heart out to find ways to include interaction between the characters I’m boarding and the world they live in. 

As far as making sure compositions are appealing/ readable/ varied from others…something that helps me is to put them all into a thumbnail template and look at them together, on the same page. For me, scaling down to a thumbnail size helps me see which of my silhouettes read well from afar and which can use some clarity. Seeing the shots side by side helps me see where I may need some variation. For example, maybe I have too many medium shots, a weird cut, or could replace a flat shot with something more interesting and dynamic.

10AM

ASKAPALOOZA

kritterart:

So I’ve been getting a nutty amount of emails and asks lately about storyboarding/ art/ school lately and like a dummy I keep responding/ publishing them privately. 

If you have any questions you’d like to ask about me, my art, school, storyboarding, my cat, your cat, any cat at all, feel free to drop me an ask! I’ll be around to answer tonight and tomorrow!

PS: Remaining requests coming soon! I’ve got all the sketches, just throwin’ down the color. :)

(via kritterart)

July182014
Fanart Friday continues, as I spent all afternoon reading Kiwi Blitz.
Stubborn protagonist with a dark past and a cool jacket?
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees
yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

Fanart Friday continues, as I spent all afternoon reading Kiwi Blitz.

Stubborn protagonist with a dark past and a cool jacket?

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

2PM

cassiesart:

Sometimes I make really rough dialog notes on the sketched comic pages and plan to write it ‘for real’ after the page is colored… I keep forgetting I actually give away these sketch pages and someone is going to end up with a version of the page where Pilau is just yelling “WE HAVE TO GO FAST” 

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