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Work in Progress : 加油

What is up sassytaco it is your very own rainbow graysbygrace and I hope you are doing well. Today, I decided to create a blog post about my current short animation which is called 加油 (jiā yóu)!加油 is an expression for motivation or putting in some effort. Moreover, it is a film about a student’s life during quarantine and how she is managing to do her work. I came up with this while on quarantine and doing online classes as it impacted me negatively since I could not balance a lot of my courses. May I say, when I started this idea I first thought of doing a day in my life animated video but it changed as I started writing the script. Furthermore, I wanted to create a character sheet showing how my character would look like but I kept pushing back that task because I slowly lost motivation. One thing I have so far learned from another animator who is an individual animator is to make things as simple as possible so that creating animations can be more interesting as well as worth doing hence animation is the time consumed and needs patience. I don’t want to give away what this video is about but I do hope you enjoy watching the first part of the process video and I will see in the next blogpost.

Loomis Method

what is up sassytaco welcome back to another blog post and today I decided to give an update about a method I have been using to create some of my unique characters such as the below:

I have been using the Loomis method which is quite efficient to draw heads, eyebrows, hair, and eyes. It has also helped me learn how to draw the 3/4 profile because I STRUGGLED! and now I draw almost all my characters in 3/4 and forget to draw in front view *sad face* One important thing that I found other artist doing was using reference images while applying the Loomis method and learning where each feature are because this is the starter of learning the foundation. Another tip that has been given by other artist is to not look for your art style but rather understand the foundation. I am not really a person of art style because how I draw traditionally and digitally differs in various ideas.

However, I am still struggling a bit because some things do get out of proportion but that is normal because if you are starting out, mistakes are to occur. Honestly the best advice I can give a beginner artist is to be patience with yourself and learn what you need, to be become the artist you want to become because if you rush into using a specific medium than you might just crush. It is similar to when you go to university and gain a degree(First you learn the theory, than you continue with practical…I just see it like that). Some people will be able to catch up quickly others will uniquely catch up so, don’t stress yourself if you can’t draw like Leonardo de Vinci as I said in my previous post it takes a lot of years of practicing and making mistakes. Furthermore, You can’t compare yourself with somebody that has been doing art for 25 years. If you are interested, I know you are that is why you have reached to this point.. I have collected some tutorials that may help you in starting out to draw a human face.

All these resources, are sassy-taco verified:

Want to know what are you creating ? You can also comment what other blog post you want to read on here.

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Don’t try to get better at Art

We reacting to another video that I am absolutely excited to talk about! This is Borodante’s video on Don’t try to get better at Art and I can relate. What is up sassy tacos, it is your rainbow graysbygrace and Happy Monday. One way I could summarize the video is, I have had many people come to me saying I want to be a better artist but I suck at Art. Okay, but what do you suck at? composition, shape language, telling a story, autonomy, coloring, lighting…???? What? There are so many tutorials out there that teach you what you need to work on made by professional artists. I may also add that it is quite interesting seeing artists have different opinions and you may learn what works for you.

Furthermore, When I began to illustrate one aspect that I wanted to work on is proportion and understand the structure of a female and male face. So, I drew people after people but never considered that I am looking at a 3D object and that is why I always asked myself what is wrong? Why is this not coming to life? Well, proportion, light, and shadow …Autonomy! In present, I researched and practiced with consciousness day after day. Learning the basics before producing my artwork and yet there is still room for improvements.

I would like to know do you enjoying looking at art and who are your favorite artist?

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Today’s Artist

While watching YouTube videos I bumped into Ergo Josh’s Video on ”It’s harder to be an artist today’‘ and I felt I need to give my feedback as an artist. Before I start, I want you to take a moment to watch it and when your done you can read my story: I have been drawing for more than three years and only started to get serious in grade 11 because I wanted to learn how to draw portraits and understand proportions( Did it the wrong way but I still learned a lot). I drew illustrations using makeup and color pencils because during that period of time I could not buy paint or afford it however this taught to experiment and enjoy the process of making illustrations. Then, I learned about ”Tumblr outline” which drew me into Digital Painting( turning my sketch or somebody’s picture into a digital painting) and during this period I used adobe draw when suddenly my phone malfunctioned. After days of research and downloading I settled with Medibang paint pro on the laptop. From there I explored 2d Animation and found that I can turn my images into moving pictures. So, I decided to explore in Blender( 3D SOFTWARE) following Blender Guru’s tutorials which helped me understand when I modeling I should think of the object as a 3D basic Shape resulting in being able to create environments. When I got comfortable, I was like… wait-a -minute I can go back into creating Short films so… Here I am. IN ANIMATION!

Adding on, I tell my story because I feel the process is important to me than the final image because it is an experimental stage where I try to figure out how to solve a problem. For example in my current project, I am working on ”lighting” using a method called coloring in greyscale which helps me figure out values (how light or dark something is). While I am doing this, I am searching on youtube and seeing how other artists have dealt with this and they speak about how to use shapes as shadows… the direction of the brush… Large brush…and balance between soft and hard brush…concentrate on the edge and where to place the soft brush..use reference that may help you. This may sound easy as you watch it but if you don’t try I promise you, you will struggle( my case right now).

Furthermore, I feel Ergo Josh is right when he says we do want to reach that potential of somebody else even though this person has taken years of practice and this urge to be somebody else eliminates the reason why we create. Most of the top artists when they started out didn’t have the resources but we have the resources in today’s world but we don’t utilize it efficiently. There is another video where he explains that sometimes you need to really have a break from the internet and just start drawing without posting due to the fact you will find that fire. I feel having an attitude such as ”I want to be like another artist even though I have limited skills” has happened to me during my animation journey because I wanted to CREATE! CREATE! CREATE! not considering I got to learn the fundamentals and be patience. As a result, after watching his video it has inspired me to grow as an artist and create more content on my blog to share resources that I find in this Journey. There will be more post coming and you may also request if you want.

what are some tips you can give other fellow artist …comment down below ..lets chat!

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The last comics

The box

Alarm Clock

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Finishing my artworks

As an artist I want to be able to finish any artwork that I have started even though I may struggle or not have the techniques that are required to finish it. What is up sassytaco it is your very own rainbow graysbygrace and I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

What inspires your art?

For my current artwork I decided to represent the daily life of a student under too much pressure and stress by making a comic. This comic is part of a collection of comics that I have started last year but were planned to be short animations. Initially, there were suppose to be comics and this year I decided to stick to what I have planned. I hope you may enjoy them and I would like to know how are you doing today?

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Self Critique: 2D and 3D illustration

Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter

Oscar Wilde

I feel one of the most difficult parts of creating art is not having enough knowledge resulting in being stuck or demotivated to continue however I still go on because I remind myself what I want to achieve. What is up sassytaco it is your very own rainbow graysbygrace and happy Monday to you all. Today, I decided to come on here and self-critique for future improvements in illustrations. The illustration that I am critiquing is a 2d and 3d mixture illustration. Similar to this, I feel one thing that I am currently struggling with is having an idea and executing it. For example, though through the illustration I was able to capture a character who loves exploring and reading, I was not able to exaggerate it. Furthermore, I did take in mind of composition by directing the light from the window to the object held in the hands of the girl.


Currently, what is important that I have learned is writing down the characteristic of my character. Which I did: Geeky, explorer , balance, love to read, love animals, patient and shy as well as the object had to have ants. Than, I should draw various poses of her keeping in mind it isn’t about the physical appearance but the psychological appearance( Which I did not and still don’t because I feel it takes up a lot of time). Another tip that I have learned is to not draw the character once because you might not be able to capture the characteristic’s of the character( I only drew her once ..big problem). Furthermore, the autonomy especially with the hands ..I got to improve those hands. Therefore, if we concentrate on the bigger picture I feel the illustration could have been further exaggerated by showing that she loves nature. This can be done by drawing in plants and adding more features to the illustration because right now it looks clean as well as the character would have been given a messy hairstyle.

Yes, that is all from my side you may also point out some improvements as well. I will be doing more of these because self-critique grows me as an artist and allows for improvements to occur because I believe I am my own competition.

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Lets start a conversation

How are you doing? How are you mentally? What has been going in your life? Any recent changes that have occurred with you?

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