Hey there, so over the past few days you’ve all probably heard or seen a post regarding the establishment of a new tag. Just wanted to finally formally introduce this new tag, known as #pkmnart. A tag solely for usage by people posting their original art, not reposting content from Pixiv or Deviantart but, a place where people who enjoy drawing can have their own hub to showcase their work. What motive actually drove me to want a tag specifically for Pokemon art by original artist here? We already have a tag specifically for Pokemon graphics, that has been very successful and fun, so artist having their own within the fandom feels necessary.
Something I’ve taken notice to throughout my duration in the Pokemon fandom on this site is that a lot of people don’t seem to notice original art as often as they should. There are art blogs that repost art and often get a ton of attention but it doesn’t seem many take notice to the amazing pieces artist on here shelve out day by day. The tags they put their work in usually get drowned with other content and thus their work goes unappreciated for the recognition and love it deserves. Not to mention people who aren’t well known or have a sizable amount of followers don’t often get their content out there like they should.
Here’s an idea I’ve been mulling over for a while, artist can have their own tag for Pokemon work. Everyone can search the tag for some nice pieces and the pieces people who search the tag fancy can really get their spotlight like they should. It’s just not that either, some artist in the Pokemon fandom who do commissions could benefit a lot from the potentially added awareness they would get from this tag. Naturally, guidelines are a pretty necessary thing for occasions like this. It’s not too much though but the only things being asked is that:
- The content you post in the tag must be yours and only yours. That means no reposting of art from other art sites into this tag with or without sources. It must only be your own content. That’s the life of the tag, an area where artist on Tumblr in the Pokemon fandom may share their art. We aren’t seeing the same content getting reposted and reposted over and over from other sites in this tag regularly nor other miscellaneous things like GIFs and the like. That’ll make it ideal for every artist.
- Something minor also we ask is if you’re going to post anything risque, please due tag it as “nsfw.”
Stick to those two sole rules and you’ll be a-okay. We’ve never had anything like this as far as I know so there’s a first time for everything and we do genuinely look forward to how things go down. Everyone is welcome, no matter who you are we invite you use the tag for any artwork.(sculptures, drawings, pixel art, etc.) Take my words at face value because this could really be something amazing for our fandom on Tumblr. Let’s make something phenomenal out of it and we’ll be walking on air if this manages to become the top percentage of Pokemon tags. Let’s all encourage a stronger and healthy Pokemon art fandom on Tumblr.
Credits to pokemon-global-academy, zwampert, thegirlwhocriedfoxface, nerdinsandals and commanderpigg for lending support and critique for the idea. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to hit up my Ask.
Remember, #pkmnart! ;)
I like this idea! :0
U know how in winter it gets so cold and u think u will never be hot again and in summer it gets so hot u think u will never be cold again I think that is how it is with ur feelings like when u r sad u think u will never be happy and when u r happy u think u will never be sad. But u will be hot again and u will be cold again and u will be sad again but most of all u will be happy again
Start your week off right with this inspiring post: Zelda Devon Art shares what she’s learned so far.
I’ve received a lot of letters from artists asking to check out their artwork and their blog, and I’ve noticed that a lot of them openly write unhealthy amounts of negative comments about their artwork, it was super depressing, honestly. :(
Confidence plays a very very important role as an artist, it’s what helps us learn and grow without the constant feeling of doubt and jealousy! You are a unique individual who must go down your own unique path, and as scary as it sounds, you can’t rely on others to hold your hand all the way through. You are the only one who can get yourself to where you need to go, and beating up your artwork is not the way! Trust yourself and your abilities to make a change, and you can do anything!!
Love your art, love yourself!
Portrait painting commission and its process
just fucking draw. don’t compare yourself to other people, don’t stop because you drew a lot last tuesday and you haven’t visibly improved. it takes time, effort, and a lot of perseverance. besides, no matter how “bad” you think you are, there’s still gonna be someone who thinks the stuff you produce is the best goddamn thing they’ve ever seen in their entire life. the artist you were five years ago would have their mind fucking blown by the artist you are today. so just draw a fuckton, because every new thing you draw is one drawing better than you were before.
That’s great! That’s how I learned storyboarding too~ With your drawings, I have no doubt you will be able to break in very soon, once you have learned the basics of boarding and an opportunity arises.
Insights on how I first made it in… Gosh this could use a whole post on it’s own, but here goes..
In the shortest answer possible, I got in because there was an opening for a revisionist position on Transformers Prime, right after I finished Jay’s class…. One of the board artists saw my DA page that had my Korra sketches. The directors liked my drawings because they were loose, but sensitive and had decent draftsmanship and a lot of attitude. They saw that I knew the basics of storyboarding, that I could draw good acting. I was not an impressive board artist, because I was still green, but they thought I had “potential” and so I got hired as a revisionist in-house. If a director sees you have “potential”, that’s usually how you’ll get your break. This is how it usually happens. Of course how to get to the point where you are seen to have potential is a whole ‘nother matter.
Let’s just assume you already know that you need to know the basic of boarding: staging, composition, screen direction….. you’re taking Jay’s class so that’s obvious. But that alone won’t get you in the industry right? Here’s what else you need:
In animation…. being able to draw well is first. And of course that is a never-ending process, but there is a point where you are “competent”. I think what helped me is I drew a lot from everyday life, and tried to draw from memory as much as possible, and learned the basics of draftsmanship… And I observed as much as I could. Become of a master of observation and visualization. My fave instructors on drawing are Kimon Nicolaides, George Bridgman and Robert Beverly Hale. You also learn a lot from manga, animators, and old masters. As for the types of drawings you need to do in boards… lively and loose - but clear. If you’re trying to draw like today’s top Japanese animators and manga artists I’d say you’ve got some good direction, if that’s the style you are going for.
Next I focused on acting, expressions, and body language. Since in America, most T.V. boards are animated overseas, the more specific you can get the acting, the better. That may or may not mean doing a whole bunch of poses… But.. You want your character to be believable, and interesting. I pay attention to my own body language and others’ as well. Take everything in. Take nothing for granted. Get to understand yourself and others. And of course study films that have exceptional acting.. like “The Verdict” and “Silence of the Lambs”… If you can, get a book called “Acting without Agony” and read that. That book helped me a lot. Despite being a mediocre board artist, being able to create and draw sensitive acting in characters helped me get the jobs I did, because that’s the stuff that really sells a character to the audience. Comedy acting is different but same principals apply.
Display your skills in a portfolio or on you online gallery/tumblr… whatever, so other pros can see it. Often they are looking for people, who can draw… Get your drawings and sketches out there. And get a boarding portfolio up. I didn’t have a boarding portfolio online when I got my first job, but I had my DA page, and one of the board artists from Transformers Prime saw my drawings, and asked if I wanted to do revisions. I sent the studio some unfinished sample boards and that was enough to get me a job.
And last but not least… getting to know and introducing yourself to people in the industry. You’re going to CDA and you know Jay, so that’s a good start~ =] Luck and timing will determine the rest.
Those are the… how-to’s of how I personally got my foot in the industry… Will in make you a good board artist though? No… beyond that… you must invest the time to understanding good storytelling, and good directing. That’s how you become a good board artist.
All in all, if everyday you are aiming for excellence and serious about doing boards… You’ll do what is necessary and you should be fine. That’s how I see it…
I know this was a long and kinda redundant post… but I hope it helps you and anyone else who’s trying to make it. =] Good luck!
Sound advice! I’m sure I have a watcher or two who is looking to get into animation, and might gain something from this.
Also… hmm… I worked on Transformers, too.
lol BTW Will here is the talented mofo who got me the job on TF. I was too lazy to find his handle name to link, but thar you go. =P
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I think Hiccup and Astrid are the best animated couple ever.
I love how their relationship isn’t a major plot point for the films. Astrid isn’t there as a reward for the hero, she is also his best friend (next to Toothless of course). She didn’t stop being a warrior after she became a love interest (and Hiccup wouldn’t want her to, he loves her for it).
They talk about their problems. They fight their enemies together. And they trust each other.