ART-ICKLES

179 • CRAFTING ADORABLE CHARACTERS WITH FABIOLA COLAVECCHIO : A CDQ ART-ICKLE
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179 • CRAFTING ADORABLE CHARACTERS WITH FABIOLA COLAVECCHIO : A CDQ ART-ICKLE

In this one I take a look at an article entitled ‘Crafting Adorable Characters with Fabiola Colavecchio’, from issue 12 of the Character Design Quarterly magazine, by 3dtotal publishing.

Fabiola Colavecchio’s characters are full of so much fun, as is this article :)

Some of the topics include:

Big Eyes,
The Power of Props,
Mischievous Looking Fur Balls,
Baby Dragons,
Sketches Vs Finished Drawings,
The Feeling of Colours,
Subtle Details,
Finding Inspiration,
Diminishing Returns,
and How The Meaning of Life is About Finding Balance.

Thumbnail for this episode shows the Mischievous Fur Ball illustration entitled Caveman, by Fabiola Colavecchio.

Hope you have fun with this one.

174 • ANGRY CLOUD WITH EMMA CORMARIE : A CDQ ART-ICKLE
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174 • ANGRY CLOUD WITH EMMA CORMARIE : A CDQ ART-ICKLE

A look at a lickle ickle article entitled ‘Characterize This: Angry Cloud with Emma Cormarie’, from issue 15 of the Character Design Quarterly magazine, by 3dtotal publishing.

This was such a cool article to study from, leaving me super inspired to give it a go myself!

Some of the topics include:

Textures and Shapes,
Being Mindful of Your Keywords,
Drawing Exercises,
What Makes a Character Angry?,
Unity in your Design,
The Relationship between Background and Character,
Using Yourself as Reference,
and lilDENNiS sees his reflection for the first time.

Thumbnail for this episode shows the Angry Cloud illustration by Emma Cormarie.

Hope you love this one as much as I did.

171 • STORYTELLING AND ATMOSPHERE WITH RAQUEL VILLANUEVA : A CDQ ART-ICKLE
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171 • STORYTELLING AND ATMOSPHERE WITH RAQUEL VILLANUEVA : A CDQ ART-ICKLE

A look at an ickle article entitled ‘Storytelling and Atmosphere with Raquel Villanueva’, from issue 16 of the Character Design Quarterly magazine, by 3dtotal publishing.

This was a brilliant article to study, I came away from it with a greater appreciation of the power of Colour in telling a Story.

Some of the topics include:

How Everything has Story,
The Power of Exploration,
Ways to Keep it Simple,
Pushing Yourself without Taking Too Many Risks,
How the Initial Idea is Key,
The Connection between Artist, Character, and Viewer,
Exploring Designs, Colours, Inspiration,
Keeping the Feelings Flowing,
Being Mindful of the Story You Want To Tell,
Shape Language,
Using Reference,
and we look at Raquel Villanueva’s cute lil nose.

Thumbnail for this episode shows the articles finished illustration by Raquel Villanueva.

Hope you love this one.

170 • 15 TIPS FOR BETTER CHARACTER DESIGN WITH DAVID MELLING : AN IMAGINEFX ART-ICKLE
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170 • 15 TIPS FOR BETTER CHARACTER DESIGN WITH DAVID MELLING : AN IMAGINEFX ART-ICKLE

A look at an ickle article entitled ’15 Tips for Better Character Design with David Melling’, from issue 201 of the art magazine ImagineFX.

This was such a cool article to study from; not only is it full of cute characters, and beautiful images, but it’s bursting with character design wisdom bombs too!

Some of the topics include:

Character Connection and Relationships,
Gesture Drawing,
Character Sheets,
Character Design Body Language,
How Everything has Story,
A new Fun Drawing Exercise called Sequential Drawing,
Anthropomorphic Design,
Exaggeration,
Expressive Silhouettes,
Being Open Minded,
How Keywords are Key,
Mickey Mouse’s Ears,
Silent Narrative,
and we have some Kitty Kisses :)

The thumbnail for this episode shows the character Ruffles by David Melling.

Hope you enjoy this one.

155 • GESTURE AND POSE WITH IDA HEM PART 2 : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE
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155 • GESTURE AND POSE WITH IDA HEM PART 2 : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE

The second part of our look at the ickle article ‘Gesture and Pose with Ida Hem’, from the Art Book ‘Creating Stylized Characters by 3dtotal Publishing’.

Last week we looked at – What is Gesture?, Squashing and Stretching, and Building up from a Gesture; this week we look at the rest of this ickle Gesture and Pose with Ida Hem article, which covers Capturing Gestures, and Exploring Personality & Gesture.

Topics include:

Reference vs Imagination,
Questions to Ask Yourself as you’re Capturing Gestures,
Balance between Opposites,
Simplifying Lines,
Visual Flow and The Line of Action,
Comparing Good and Bad Character Poses,
Why does America use Z’s instead of S’s?
How Less is More,
How Knowing What to Exaggerate is Key,
Technical vs Feeling,
Shifting Characters Weight via Contrapposto (Counterpoise),
And lilDENNiS starts humping Kitty.

This was such a fantastic article to study from, hope you enjoyed it :)

154 • GESTURE AND POSE WITH IDA HEM PART 1 : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE
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154 • GESTURE AND POSE WITH IDA HEM PART 1 : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE

What is Gesture? Let’s find out, as we look at an Art-ickle called ‘Gesture and Pose with Ida Hem’, from the Art Book ‘Creating Stylized Characters by 3dtotal Publishing’.

This is part one of two, and focuses on: What is Gesture? Squash and Stretch, and Building up from a Gesture. Next week we’ll be looking at the rest of this ickle Gesture and Pose with Ida Hem article, which covers Capturing Gestures, and Exploring Personality & Gesture.

Topics include:

What Do You Think Gesture Is?,
The Line of Action,
How We Don’t Like Stiffys,
How Gesture helps to create powerful Silhouettes,
How Shapes Tell Stories,
Bert Dodson and Trigger Words,
Becoming the Character by Physically Posing,
How Squashing and Stretching is like Pinching and Pulling,
Comparing Good and Bad Poses,
The process of Building Up From a Gesture,
lil Art Tip of Visualising String being Attached to your Characters,
Exaggeration is key for Dynamic Poses,
Facing Your Art Fears,
Body Language,
Shifting Characters Weight via Contrapposto (Counterpoise),
What Are T-Poses?
And there’s a click review of the book ‘The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho’.

I learnt a lot studying from this article, hope you do too :)

150 • PAINTING WITH GOUACHE WITH PERNILLE ØRUM : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE
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150 • PAINTING WITH GOUACHE WITH PERNILLE ØRUM : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE

Mermaid time, as we take a look at another Art-ickle from the Art Book ‘The Art of Pernille Ørum’, this one’s called Painting with Gouache.

Last week we studied a Pernille Ørum art-ickle called Clean Character Design, which was a Digital Drawing Process, but this time we look at a Traditional Painting Process, so one of the main topics is comparing Traditional and Digital.

Other topics include:

Planning,
Working from Simple to Details,
Risk Taking,
The unforgivingness of Traditional Painting,
Scotch Magic Tape,
Recreating Digital Layers with Masking Tape,
How lil Details are Powerful,
Frisket Paper and Clipping Masks,
Questions for Pernille,
Why use Red Pencils for the Sketching Phase?,
and we celebrate episode 150 :)

Hope you have enjoy this one!

149 • CLEAN CHARACTER DESIGN WITH PERNILLE ØRUM : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE
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149 • CLEAN CHARACTER DESIGN WITH PERNILLE ØRUM : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE

lilDENNiS and Kitty help us go through an Art-ickle called Clean Character Design, from the Art Book ‘The Art of Pernille Ørum’.

Not only is the female character Pernille Ørum creates beautiful, but so is the art-ickle itself, and her drawing process.

Topics include:

Starting with Sketching instead of Writing,
Subtle tings are Powerful,
Having a Playful Process,
Taking Risks,
The Importance of the Base Colour,
Working from Simple to Detailed,
How Character’s Props tell Stories,
Having Fun while Drawing,
Planning your Drawing Process,
Colour Thumbnails,
Using Multiple Layers,
Making it Up while still Following the Rules,
and Kitty Dies :)

Hope you have love this one!

144 • 3 COOL FEMALE SHOJO FASHION LOOKS : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE
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144 • 3 COOL FEMALE SHOJO FASHION LOOKS : AN ART BOOK ART-ICKLE

Time to look at a fun and inspiring Art-Ickle, about 3 cool female Shojo Fashion Looks, from the art book Shojo Fashion Manga Art School by Irene Flores.

The 3 cool Shojo Fashion looks were 1. Susan the Queen of Drama, Odessa the Socialite, and Trey the Girl Next Door :)

lilDENNiS loved this one, which included topics like:

Connecting with Characters,
Balance between Story and Visuals,
How lil tings can have a BIG impact,
Character Sketches,
Alternative Character Designs,
Expressive Hands,
Colour Combinations,
Drawing Fabric Folds,
Showing Emotion in your Art,
and we have a new theme tune for the new year :)

Hope you have fun with this one!

141 • IMAGINEFX ARTICLE ‘THE A-Z OF SCI-FI ART’ PART TWO
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141 • IMAGINEFX ARTICLE ‘THE A-Z OF SCI-FI ART’ PART TWO

Part two of an Art-Ickle from issue 65 of the ImagineFX Magazine, entitled ‘The A-Z of Sci-Fi Art’, was the topic for this weeks episode.

This episode covers N to Z, and was so much fun. I wore me lil Mass Effect N7 Dress again, and it was fitting, tight fitting lol, because one of the Artist we look at is Brian Sum who worked on Mass Effect 2 :)

Some of the other topics include:

Mixing Nature and Technology,
Designing the DeLorean from Back to the Future,
lil Art Tricks,
How Hands are Expressive,
The Psychology of Art,
Mass Effect Mako,
Coolness and Functionality,
Subtle Cues of Human and Animal Emotions,
Being Mindful in your Art,
Designing Sci-Fi Weapons,
Keeping it Real,
Video Game Art,
Creating a Sense of Scale,
and Morti does some dancing :)

Hope you like this one.