Rambunctious country coyote girl who loves playing hard rock anthems on her banjolele and eating trash!

While coloring others’ films, I realized my animation style has been really rough, so I thought I’d try animating a little cleaner! I definitely need more practice, but this lil’ Coraline was a fun way to start my day.

While coloring others’ films, I realized my animation style has been really rough, so I thought I’d try animating a little cleaner!

I definitely need more practice, but this lil’ Coraline was a fun way to start my day.

A roughish version of one of the 5 shots I’ve done so far today. >8’I Also the last thing I’ll post from this little project tip it’s done.

A roughish version of one of the 5 shots I’ve done so far today. >8’I Also the last thing I’ll post from this little project tip it’s done.

This shot is really relaxing to watch, so I thought I’d gif it for the interwebs.

This shot is really relaxing to watch, so I thought I’d gif it for the interwebs.

I did all of these layouts (plus about 10 more) this afternoon for a film I’m attempting to make in two weeks before the open show deadline. It’s not my best layout work, but hey, for one day of work I’m happy.

I finished Breaking Bad and made a gif to compensate for the fact that I am breaking badly on the inside.

I finished Breaking Bad and made a gif to compensate for the fact that I am breaking badly on the inside.

Little illustration of some gathering rats. :)

Little illustration of some gathering rats. :)

I was wondering, when you're designing a character, what is your thought process like? Are there certain things you keep in mind, or elements that you're trying to hit when drawing? All your characters have a vibrancy and life to them - what do you think helps achieve that? Your work is so gorgeous and I just want to be able to pick at your brain for a bit haha.
Anonymous

I usually am keeping two big things in mind when designing a character: 1.) the character’s personality and 2.) big shapes that support that. 

Some great examples of character-based drawings are these Sherman sketches by Shane Prigmore! You can see it isn’t necessarily just about posing the character like… looking excited, if they’re excitable, but also to be able to think of things they’d actually do. Like put a burning match in their mouth:


But shapes that support a character’s personality are really important too! I personally think The Incredibles is one of the most well-designed movies in term of strong shapes, here’s a couple great examples of Edna designs:

The one at the top is about as basic as you can get, but it shows a real streamline of the shape language in her final design. They all support what sort of character she is, too: Large room for pushed expressions, but simple modern shapes, and very short. So goooood! Mr. Incredible is a great design, too, since he has the shapes of a super buff hella strong man (big shoulders, kinda an upside-down triangle overall) but also the shapes of a dude in the middle of a midlife crisis (slouching posture, and a protruding gut). As you can see, shapes in character design are just as important as really letting the character’s personality shine through!

Hope that helps!

Feeling sentimental this morning, I’ve been missing my mom a lot lately. Wish she were still around to see all the wonderful things happening in my life right now.Drew her as she was in college rather than after she had me, I like how she looked and held herself in those old photos.

Feeling sentimental this morning, I’ve been missing my mom a lot lately. Wish she were still around to see all the wonderful things happening in my life right now.

Drew her as she was in college rather than after she had me, I like how she looked and held herself in those old photos.

Do you have any advice on posting an animated gif on tumblr?
Anonymous

Hahaha…. it’s always a pain… Usually I just fiddle with sizing my image down until it actually posts. If that fails, I usually have more luck with text posts than photo posts with gifs.

nicole-stafford said: 

ALSO ALSO! tumblr hates cmyk apparently, so try rgb settings from photoshop or putting adjustment layers to get rid of heavy amounts of cyan or magenta if its not uploading. and 500 px should do it! :)

(Thanks Nicole!)

I told myself I would take a rest from drawing today. And here I am. Animating cats.

I told myself I would take a rest from drawing today. And here I am. Animating cats.

My character design portfolio for this year! I may keep tweaking it over the weekend, but this is close enough to final to post here. Left out a couple pages to comply with the tumblr limit.
Time to apply for (even more) internships!