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bobbleheaddan asked:

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?

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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.

Good luck!!

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ashishkrart asked:

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

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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.

Best of luck to you, and thanks for writing in!

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thevelocityofsierra asked:

What was your major in college?

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I began as a Japanese language and literature major, then 3/4 of the way through added an animation major. I loved both subjects, and couldn’t give one up over the other, so I majored in both.

You might say I majored in Japanese Animation… if you were so inclined.

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lassog asked:

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! *_*

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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.

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alleycats-doodles-deactivated20 asked:

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????

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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!!

What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!) What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.
In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.
Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.
As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)
Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!)

What a coincidence this question showed up in my ask box! I had just been discussing this with a few friends of mine the other day.

In his book Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon makes a pretty compelling case for being boring. Stay inside and get your work done! I totally recommend this book to everyone—it is full of wonderful ideas…that I have stolen.

Keep in mind that the above advice is my ideal—it’s what I’m striving for, not necessarily what I’m always achieving. But it is always there to remind me of what my goal is, how I really want to be spending my time.

As a matter of personal preference, I like to take “me time” when I am not infringing upon any of my other priority relationships. This usually means me time is when the rest of my family is asleep. I think that’s pretty common behavior for most artists. I try not to stay up late, but rather to get up early to do art projects. It’s super hard to do, but it feels great to start my day with a burst of creative energy (rather than end my day with that burst, and then not be able to fall asleep at 3 am because I’m so pumped about a comic I’m doing.)

Hope some of these thoughts help. Like Mr. Kleon states in his book, most of this advice is autobiographical. I’m learning too. Happy schedule-making to everyone!

(PS, you should know that answering tumblr questions is a planned part of my schedule, and I will eventually get to all of you. My ask box is pretty backed up at the moment, but I have your messages and you have my apologies!)

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caboicham asked:

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) !!! :">

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This is my very favorite thing to hear. It is, in the most literal sense, the very reason I am making cartoons.

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a note!

So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good! So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good! So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good! So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)
Till then, be good!

So to answer your question, s-huang: rude people. (There are none of those in LA.)

Seriously, I love Portland. Also seriously, I am getting to everyone’s questions—they will be answered. I’m using my morning warm-up time to answer questions, so expect more answers next week. :)

Till then, be good!

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hatehateemilykate asked:

I can't believe I have never seen your blog before, I love your artwork! It's absolutely silly and adorable!

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I’m so glad you found it! Silly and adorable are my favorite flavors of cartoon.

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friendlyneighborhoodgoth asked:

You make me wish that I never stopped drawing. Do you think it's too late for someone who hasn't seriously drawn anything in years?

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It’s never too late to start drawing again!

I have always sort of doodled on and off, but didn’t begin my art training in earnest until I was 26 and half way through a degree in Japanese language and literature.

Pick up a cheap sketchbook and some pens or pencils, and get to drawing!

Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending. Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending. Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending. Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending. Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending. Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending. Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending. Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.
I am a wimp when it comes to pretending.

Real life conversation with my soon-to-be 3-year-old daughter.

I am a wimp when it comes to pretending.

You didn’t really think I was above this terrible joke, did you? You didn’t really think I was above this terrible joke, did you?

You didn’t really think I was above this terrible joke, did you?

Re-uploading this answer for reblogability, as per a request!

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thedaeligeek asked:

I was so happy to find this blog, and your latest cartoon advice for an animator! I am also aspiring to be an animator after college, and I'm curious, what are some of the best programs/equipment you can recommend? I use PSE 7 (sucks, came with my tablet), Sai (ok I guess?) and Gimp for animating. Yay for free stuff!

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Free stuff is where it’s at! Use it as long as you can, until your professional demands require that you buy software.

Expensive tools don’t make great art. Learn all you can with computer paper and ballpoint pens, then work your way up!