Iron Man 3 animatic by Frederico d’Alessandro of Westlawn Films
This is actually better than the actual scene in the movie in my opinion. Also, hands down one of the most badass animatics I have seen lately.
Q:do you think a person can learn to be artistic? I wasn't nessecarily artistic as a child and I'm not an excellent artist even now as I've grown. But I love animation and it's my dream to be an animator but I don't know if its too late
I think you can do it if you’re passionate enough. A lot of people talk about “talent”, but I’ve seen multiple people late in life who start out with very little artistic skill, but end up able to make amazing art. My favorite example is Sam Carr. I think you should chase that dream if you really want it, anon.
Q:Hello! i was just wondering if you had any refs for sort of cartoony / realistic eyes? and head shapes if thats ok! thanks in advance xwx;;
Q:do you guys have any tips on how to keep your characters consistent looking? (whenever i animate, no matter how much effort is put into sketching, the character's anatomy starts to go wonky.)
Model sheets and maquettes are the way to go. This previous ask should answer your question.
Q:For drawing from life as opposed to life drawing, I get extremely frustrated that I can't draw further than an action line and 3 scribbles of someone who's walked past me. I feel like the magic of stopping time will come with years of practice but do you have any tips along the way? Twirlynoodle (I think that's where I heard this) has suggested looking and then closing your eyes to "photograph" the figure you're going to draw.
Yep, that’s what any good art school professor will tell you. Study the pose before putting the pen to paper too quickly. That way, when they move out of the pose you’re trying to draw, you’ll have that mental image of it to use. Another tip from Dave Pimentel is that after you’ve taken the “picture”, draw everything you can remember without looking up, until you need another mental photo. That’ll keep the gesture more fluid and natural.
And as always, practice can only make you better.
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