Here you’ll find an exploration on how to make a living, by being creative. This blog gives you a little bit of a window into the day in the life of a Simpsons artist, who’s doing his own art on the side. You’ll also get an insight into what goes on in an artist’s brain. As well, as how he tries to improve his skills and his way of life with his creativity.
He also draws things that will hopefully make you laugh, or at the very least, crack a smile.
I’m a Storyboard artist on The Simpsons TV show and The Simpsons Movie. I drew Simpsons comics, on the side, for Bongo Comics for 12 years as well. Author of The Art of Draw Fu: Beginners Level. I live in California with my wife, daughter and four sons who I love very much. I’m Roman Catholic and I was born in El Salvador.
Up until now, I’ve been reviewing books that where written quite a ways back. Mostly because books written around the 40s and 50s, when illustration was king, are some of the best academic drawing books to get.
However, things are changing. Especially since concept art, animation and other drawing disciplines have made more academic art a viable income source.
This means that academic draftsmanship knowledge has become important again. New books are being written about it in a more contemporary way.
In this video, I talk about one of two contemporary figure drawing books I highly recommend:
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BOOKS – Figure Drawing Books Worth Owning Part 1: Famous Artist School How to Draw the Human Figure
Figure drawing is a huge part of becoming a good draftsman. There are plenty of professionals who don’t learn to do this and it shows.
The artist who don’t are very limited by their drawing skills. The artist who figure draw well, tend to be better and far more versatile.
In case you’re interested in learning to figure draw and you don’t know which of the many books on the subject you should get, I thought I’d make a series of videos pointing out the best books to get on the subject.
Beginning with this one. If you want to purchase the book, there’s an affliliate link to the book below the video:
My job is storyboarding yet I’ve never really made a video talking about how to storyboard. There was a comment on left one of my Youtube videos that asked me to talk about it.
Without that comment, I probably wouldn’t have thought to do it.
During my down time on the Metro going home from work, I started creating some Sketchnotes concerning what I know about storyboarding. I’m thinking, once I’ve done a few of these, I’ll compile them into a pdf and give it away.
Anyway, here’s the first video I made on what I know about storyboarding:
When it comes to doing creative work, fear, doubt, and other negative thoughts are the number one reason it doesn’t even get started. It’s a struggle that all creative have in whatever medium we use to do our creative work.
You may say that the struggle is a war. A war to get off your butt, fight the fear and negativity and get things done.
If what I’ve said even slightly resonates with you, then you may want to watch this book review of Steven Pressfield’s book The War of Art. It’s worth watching, believe me:
VIDEOS/BOOKS – Perspective For Comic book Artists Book Review
So many artists run screaming in the other direction when someone mentions perspective. Other fall to the ground in a fetal position crying for their mommies, while still other break out in a cold sweat of fear.
If this sounds like you, I may have something that may help. I’ve talked about this book in other videos but I thought perhaps I should dedicate a single video to review this book: