I guess I'll write a short explanation of what is going here in the near future.
FIRST: I'm an illustrator and I teach a couple of classes at Cal State Long Beach. One of them is character design which I'm really excited about teaching. My experience has been 99% print, but we'll using books written for animators because they are awesome and have tons of great information in them for any skill level. Besides, it all crosses over, good drawing is good drawing regardless of your discipline.
The first book is called "Cartoon Animation" by Preston Blair, best book ever. If you don't like it you're blind or have some serious visual impairment and shouldn't proceed.
The second book is " Creating Characters With Personality" by Tom Bancroft, also a very good book and filled with good stuff (in spite of the bad cover), although a lot of it is overlap with Preston Blair.
The third book is "Draw the Looney Tunes: The Warner Bros. Character Design Manual". I like this book but I don't think there is anything in it above and beyond the stuff covered in the other two. Besides that, its expensive. All the subject matter is obviously geared to drawing bugs bunny and the like but its got all the basics in there if you're feeling spry and want the book, knock yourself out.
There are a million sketchbooks by a million great artists out there as well but they are too many to mention here. If you're one of my students and you have a cool book BRING IT IN!
SO the plan for this blog is to post the assignments that are given to my class. I probably won't post lecture notes because that would require organization and planning, both of which make my skin crawl. But I will make sure that the assignments are as clear as possible, and I will hopefully be able to post any reference you may need to understand the assignment more fully (hopefully not getting in trouble with copyright laws but we'll see).
Then I will invite as many people as I can that are working professionals to do the assignments. They will hopefully email me their work, and I'll post it for all the world to see. Then we can all be amazed or unimpressed and hopefully learn from everyones triumphs and/or failures. I encourage everyone to draw in their own style and have fun, if its not fun why bother?
And so I'll shortly be putting up the first assignment...thanks and DRAW!!
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