Hi there! How are you doing!? I'm a huge fan of your work! All your comics are gorgeous and hilarious! and now I'm recently in love with your Harry Potter designs!!! (: Anyhow, I wanted to ask you, I'd love to pitch in to the whole Wizarding Wednesday but I dunno how am I supposed to submit a drawing and stuff so I thought it'd be a good idea to bother you with this question haha, Either way I wanted to let you know I love your artwork. Cheers from Mexico!
Easy peasy! All you have to do is make a drawing and post it on your own tumblr with the tag #wizarding wednesday. At the end of the day on Wednesday, the purveyors of the site reblog the stuff with that tag on it!
hola¡¡¡, i been watching your work thanks to a friend of mine,and i have seen all the good advices about wanting to become animator or how to manage your time, but i was wondering,i want to ask you something but it seems like an uncomfortable question ,Im an animator now but my best friends are artist and animators too, the thing is , have you ever felt jealous of another friends work?
ALL. THE. TIME.
Having talented friends is the boon and curse of every artist. Love your friends. Challenge them and win. Lose and grow. Grow together. Love each other.
Don’t succumb to jealousy. It is corrosive and hurtful. Engage in artful rivalry with your friends. It is productive and uplifting.
What do you do when you want to give up on art all together? I mean, I love art and drawing but I feel like I'll never be good enough to get what I really want in life: a job as an animator who puts a smile on peoples faces and to see my characters on the big screen...
I hear this. Whenever I have that feeling I take a break. I just got back from a break of several months where I didn’t post anything online. I had to take care of my family, and that was just more important than making drawings. If it’s a matter of getting down on yourself, just know that EVERY artist came from the same place you’re in. No one starts out amazing. Stick with it!! Get inspired by some of your favorite stuff, and then go make things! (And be forgiving of yourself; you’re growing!)
Hello Mr. Holden, my twin and I love your work it! It has so much heart and life that its truly inspiring. If you don't mind us asking, what would be a good way for artist like our selves to loosen up drawing wise? our primary sketches and drawings look great but when it comes to creating completed pieces we lose the vitality that we wanted. We stiffen up and our art lacks that "wow" element because of it. Either way thank you for your time!!
This is a major struggle of mine.
When I feel myself stiffening up, I try to get my wiggles out (pardon the vernacular; I am a parent of small children). Literally stand up and shake out your arms and legs. When you get back to the drawing table, try drawing in a new way.
1. Pinch your pen/pencil at the “eraser” tip. You’ll lose all fine control, forcing you to make broad movements.
2. Try drawing with your shoulder instead of your elbow, wrist, or fingers. Be aware of where your movements are originating. If you’re feeling really adventurous, draw by moving only your torso. (I’ve never tried this.)
3. Make some drawings with your non-dominant hand.
4. Pick out a totally foreign drawing implement (paint brush, cotton swab, puppy dog tail) and figure out how to use it.
You’ll make some interesting discoveries by changing up the way you draw. The exercises themselves won’t help you produce finished work necessarily, but they’ll help you get that looseness back!
I love your art style, it has a really loose, stripped down anime aesthetic. What artists would you say are your biggest influences?
ARGH. I’ve been avoiding this question for a super long time because I don’t have anything impressive to say. I have the most pedestrian taste in art. I would say the cartoonists that I love whose work has influenced mine would be (in no particular order):
The list gets a lot longer if I include all the people whose work I admire. I think there are a number of artists whose work inspires me, even though I will never draw anything like them.
just a quick question, I usually find myself day dreaming of the work i want to produce next,I know exactly how i want every scene to look and be drawn. Yet I always find myself lacking the confidence and motivation to even start it. Any advice on how to find that little ounce of motivation to start the project you know will be a labor of love?
I’m convinced that this is the ETERNAL question of all artists. The blank canvas is the most frightening part of any project.
The trick is to put down SOMETHING. Get started with a page of sketches, or notes, or semi-related notions. Having a concrete thing on the page means that it is no longer blank space you’re working with. That always gets me motivated to do more.
Hi , i was browsing through google nad came across your page. your works are crazy and beautiful. And i love your style. I created a tumblr account two minutes back just to ask this question . what do you need to be a good animator. I have been self learning art passionately.But i have done engineering in computer science and at present working as engineer which i hate a lot , but i donno what and how to start into art. i have seen many failing artist around make me scare. could you suggest som
Wow, I can’t believe you went to all this trouble just to ask me a question!
I answered this same question for another person HERE, but if you want a little more advice on actually getting into animation, I think the answer is to draw, draw, draw.
Some good books on drawing (for animation) include Drawn to Life by Walt Stanchfield and The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. They are a good place to start. The key is to keep a sketchbook and draw from life a lot. You’ll get better in time, but it takes a lot of time.
Hey there! I just found your blog and I am overwhelmed by your work! Awesome! i was wondering, what kind of paper do you use to make your watercolour sketches? They just look so amazing I feel I need to try and practice the techinique! *_*
Hmmm…lately I haven’t done much watercolor, but now that you bring it up I want to get back into it!
Mostly I like Arches cold press. If it’s in a sketchbook, Moleskine makes good watercolor paper and I actually also really like Handbook Journals.
I need advice on how to stop procrastinating. I'm trying to start an online comic but I keep telling myself " I'll do it tomorrow," so do you have anything????
Just do a little piece at a time! You don’t have to get all the story out at once. Work on it a little bit every day.
It may be helpful to take a specified amount of time each day to work on your project, even just a little bit. Maybe you set ONE HOUR aside. Each day use that hour to develop characters, write dialogue, design stuff, do color exploration, etc.
I’m actually in the middle of planning a web comic, too! Let’s both work super hard!!
your blog makes me so happy. I was having an emotional breakdown and I saw your "let's play pretend" post. And then I started wandering around your blog and everything here was so super cute and lovely and cheerful. I feel a lot better now and I just want to grab a pencil and draw something. Thank you for cheering me up (indirectly... but thank you) !!! :">
This is my very favorite thing to hear. It is, in the most literal sense, the very reason I am making cartoons.
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