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Your lines are pretty awesome! How did you make them so lively?


Aw, shucks. Thank you! I think a lot of it comes from just drawing a lot, but also the understanding of principles like Straights v.s. Curves and line flow. I highly recommend the Drawn to Life book series and Force.

I’ve also started doing this warm-up trick that I learned from my figure drawing professor last semester. Fill a page with circles, lines, squiggles, etc.


Doing these will loosen up your wrist and also practice hand motions for quick drawing. It’s really useful!

I also suggest doing lots of gestures, both from reference and from imagination. Pixelovely is great for that. These are some I did not too long ago quickly from imagination:

Just draw fast and loose and don’t think about it too much. Get those drawing principles ingrained into your head to the point where you do it without thinking about it. Practice, practice, practice!

You should also check out Rad’s how-to blog, because it’s chock full of great stuff on drawing principles.

To summarize:

  • Draw a lot
  • Know your anatomy
  • Learn the principles
  • Draw loose with your whole arm
  • Draw a lot!

I hope that answers your question, anon!

Okay, so it seems a lot of people are confused about the Dark Age. I want to say that “Dark Age” ≠ bad movies. That’s just not what it means. The Dark Age was one of the lowest points for the Studio. The Fox and the Hound saw 11 animators leave production to start Sullivan Bluth (The Secret of NIMH, etc.). You can read about that here.

Morale at the studio was low and the films made during this era suffered from it. If you want to read more on the Dark Age, just take a look at these posts. The production of Oliver & Company also marked when John Lasseter was fired and met Ed Catmull, who would later help him create Pixar.

So, yeah. Dark Age ≠ bad movies. These eras aren’t meant to debate which movies are better than others. It’s about the studio environment and the box office. Just wanted to clarify.

Walt Disney Animation Studios | 1937 - 2014

After seeing this post, I decided to make this. The “Experimental” era is usually referred to as Post-Renaissance. I imagine the Revival is going to continue through this decade. 2015 and beyond films listed are: (left to right) Zootopia, Giants, and Moana.

If you want to read more about each era and how they got their names, click here.

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L’Illusionniste / The Illusionist
Film d’animation / Animation feature film
Sylvain Chomet (2010)
Written by Sylvain Chomet and Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati originally wrote the script for The Illusionist. It was a love letter from a father to his first daughter, but never got produced. Sylvain Chomet, director of The Triplets of Belleville / Les Triplettes de Belleville, adapted the script and once again used his own original animated style.