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    JaNanamation is a shared art blog between cousins Janielyn and Christina! While both have varying tastes in art, they share a keen interest in the world of animation.
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Design A Theme Park // Day 6

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Some things that might light up my theme park at night 🙂 I didn’t draw the whole park because a) I still haven’t planned out the park as a whole; b) I’m lazy 😛 ; and c) it didn’t seem practical to draw a night scene with just a ballpoint pen (not that it’s impossible but…see “b”).

One more day to go!

Design A Theme Park // Day 5

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Forget the theme park, let’s just open a giraffe-themed restaurant! In which everything is giraffe-shaped (and probably impossible to make LOL).

The waffle cone ice cream looked more like a giraffe in my head ”OTL

Design A Theme Park // Days 2, 3, & 4

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Hah! I bet you all thought I was slacking off! NOPE, I’ve actually been drawing these on time! (Bear with me, sometimes you have to celebrate the little victories because life is hard XD) This is more of a layout plan than a map of the park. I still don’t quite have a grasp on what the park looks like, so I just marked where things should go.

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Part of the reason I stuck with giraffes for my theme park is because it would be easy to design the rollercoaster XD

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This one was fun to design! I can’t draw anything in perspective though XD

Am I supposed to be naming these rides?

On a technical note, I switched to a different pen to draw; I like the ink flow of the one I used for Day 1, but I was in constant fear that I am going to smudge everything (I’m a lefty). So from now on I’m using a more standard ballpoint pen 😀

Design A Theme Park // Day 1

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So it turns out I’m not that great at coming up with theme park ideas XD I started out by doodling things I like. I’m not sure which (if any) of these I’m going to stick with for the rest of the challenge…the giraffe theme park logo is the most fun to work with because I like seeing how many letters I can turn into giraffes 😀 Plus, a giraffe-themed rollercoaster would be great XD

Art and books are pretty generic, but think of the gift shops!!! They’d just be art/book/stationery stores!! Wait never mind, they’d all be way overpriced

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After a while I found an amusement park name generator and tried making logos for some of the names that came up. Nothing very original, but a good exercise 🙂

Might work on these more tomorrow before moving on to the next prompt.

JaNanamation Sketchbook Challenge 01

Introducing JaNanamation’s first Sketchbook Challenge!

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In an attempt to fill up the blank pages of our many, many sketchbooks, Jan and I have come up with a long list of drawing prompts and ideas! We’ve decided to work on them a little bit at a time, so we’ve arranged them in thematic groups and plan to complete them over short periods of time (so it’s not too overwhelming). We invite you to draw with us!

Guidelines

  • These challenges are meant to be sketchbook fillers, so don’t feel pressured to create polished drawings for each prompt! Concept art, idea scribbles, and messy redraws are encouraged!
  • Prompts don’t have to be completed over consecutive days. While you are certainly welcome to challenge yourself by completing a drawing every day, we realize that other obligations may prevent us from drawing when we want to. Take a rest day if you need to or an extra day or two to brainstorm if a particular prompt has you stumped!
  • You can spend more than one day on a prompt. Sometimes a prompt will inspire you so much that you want to spend more time on it; if so, great! Keep on drawing and move on to the next one when you’re ready! Or maybe a prompt requires more time than you’re able to give that day; go ahead and keep working on it until you’re done!
  • Use at least one whole page (one side) for each prompt. The idea is to fill up our empty sketchbooks (so we can justify buying new ones lol). If you choose to work digitally, do your best to fill the entire canvas!
  • We’d LOVE to see your drawings, so please post your drawings online if you’re comfortable with that! Use the tag #JaNanamation so we can find it!

Jan and I will be starting this theme set on September 1, but feel free to start whenever! The next set of prompts will be posted sometime in the future 😉

BCW: Drawing Prompts — Tam Team Updates

Taking a short break from screencap redraws! My art’s been feeling a bit stale lately so let’s play a game to help get my creative juices flowing! Pick a number and a character (or characters) from Tam Team Adventures and I’ll draw it! Any character that has ever been featured on the site is fair game, […]

via BCW: Drawing Prompts — Tam Team Updates

Pick a number, any number 😀 I need to get back to drawing things other than comics~~

Livestream!

Livestreaming as I work on some Tam Team art! Come check it out:

http://www.twitch.tv/giraffepaper

This is sort of new for me, so bear with me as I work out the technical stuff 🙂

Livestream over! I think I’ve figured out how it works, so next time I’ll plan ahead and give more advanced notice 🙂

Art Trades, Requests and Doodles

(Actually, there’s only one of each.)

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First, my half of an art trade with Strawberry! This is her OC Rosko, who–well, actually I don’t know anything about this character 😛 He strikes me as a bit of a trickster though– pulling pranks and bounding away while shouting something like, “Catch me if you can, losers!” You know, just like what real cats do.

I’m trying to get back to a more painterly style. It’s just more comfortable and feels more intuitive to me, which makes the process a bit faster.

Oh! And make sure you check out Strawberry’s half of the trade! She drew a really cool picture of P4 from Tam Team Adventures!

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Next is a drawing of Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening that I did for my brother. I’m not particularly pleased with how it turned out, so I may give it another go sometime in the future :/

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And finally, a doodle of Drs. Neil Watts and Eva Rosalene from the game To the Moon! If you like story-rich games, I definitely recommend this one 🙂 To the Moon is about two doctors who are hired to help a man fulfill his dying wish to go to the moon. It’s an artificial process, in which the doctors must alter the man’s memories in order to make him believe that he lived to accomplish his life goal.

The story is well told and at times very thought-provoking and emotional. And funny. I think I’d have cried through it if I wasn’t laughing so hard at the doctors’ sarcastic and ill-timed jokes.

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That’s all for now, I think. I’m trying to push myself to draw more so I can post more often 😉

Yearly Redraw

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2015 was kind of a lousy art year for me, but I managed to revisit another old piece of art, which has become something of an annual tradition of mine.

So here is David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective. I’ve just recently watched a number of episodes from the series Poirot (actually I blew through 50+ episodes in a little more than a month haha) and I am really impressed with Suchet’s portrayal of my favorite literary detective 🙂 Interestingly, I drew the first picture before ever actually watching the series.

The second painting is significantly more accurate, mainly because I used a grid system to map out the landmarks of the image instead of relying solely on my own estimation. I think the shading is a bit more effective in giving a sense of space and dimension, and I like that the edges are much more clearly defined. In the first painting, I sort of blurred the edges with a fancy texture brush; at the time I thought it added a bit of flair to the image, but I realize now that it was just a way to distract from my deficient skills 😉 Just a bit of the smoke and mirrors, n’est-ce pas?

I’m starting 2016 the same way I start every year–with the intent to draw more. I think maybe this time I should focus on getting better at one thing instead of trying to get better at everything all at the same time. If you would like to suggest something for me to improve in, I’m all ears 🙂

Inktober Reflections + Onward to November!

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Well, here we are at the end of this year’s Inktober and I somehow managed to create 30 comic pages (31 if you count the cover) to post every day of the month! It was fun and hectic; there were days when I’d draw 3 or 4 pages and others when I was very tempted to give up. The last week and a half was the worst…almost every page during that time was started after 9 PM and had to be finished before midnight. Now that the month is over maybe I can get to bed earlier XD

It’s been a while since I’ve really done anything with traditional media, and I’m not too experienced with using ink, so I learned a few things over the course of the month:

Paper is important! I didn’t go out and buy paper specifically for wet media, simply because I have so much unused drawing/sketching paper (I’m not supposed to buy any more sketchbooks until I finish what I have…but sometimes I do anyway haha). For this comic I used pages out of the Maruman New Soho Sketchbook I bought years ago; the front cover claims that the paper is suitable for water color, so I figured that it would work with an ink wash (it’s just watered down ink, right?). It didn’t. The pages curled with the smallest application of water. So! Next time I need to either get paper that can better handle water, or use some other method for shading (like lighter toned ink pens?).

Planning helps a lot. I decided to take on this comic project sometime in the middle of September. Around then, I started drawing thumbnails of comic pages; I did about 15 of them by the start of October. At that point I started right into drawing the actual comic pages so that I could start posting. Drawing those first pages were a breeze; I found myself drawing several pages ahead of schedule, which afforded me a bit of breathing room (keep in mind I still had real life responsibilities to deal with). However, when I finished drawing the pages that I had done thumbnails for, progress slowed significantly. Before drawing each page I had to stop and think about what was going to happen next, how I should compose the page, what the characters should say, etc…and that gets tedious. Eventually my buffer ran out and I was scrambling every night to get a page finished.

Simple is good. In the past, I’ve always thought that the panels of a comic page needed to be arranged in an “interesting” way and that no two pages should have the same panel arrangement. This sort of thinking slowed my process a lot. For the sake of speed I decided to simplify the way I drew the panels, using very basic arrangements. I came to realize that simple just works so much better overall. The purpose of a comic is to tell a story, so panels should be as easy as possible to follow along; over complicating the page just makes it confusing. Actually, I went back and looked at some of the webcomics I read and found that they use simple panel arrangements as well, which shows how much more effective it is to convey the story.

Drawing traditionally is faster. I know that there are people that can digitally draw and paint crazy fast, but for me, using traditional media is logistically faster. I think it’s because when I draw digitally, I’m confined to the small space of my tablet, and for large images that makes me especially slow. I have to zoom in and draw part of a line, then move the canvas to draw the next part of the line, and so on. With traditional media, I’m only limited to the size of the drawing itself. I can use my whole arm to draw longer lines, so I was able to finish certain parts of the drawing more quickly.

There are more things I took away from this experience, including things I didn’t particularly like, such as not being able to undo mistakes, accidentally smudging my pencil sketch (I’m a lefty), and almost ripping the paper while erasing my pencil sketch. But all-in-all, I enjoyed myself and would gladly do it again in the future!

You can read the comic from the beginning here. I know it ends kind of abruptly, but I really didn’t want to drag it out past the end of the month. Right now it reads like a prologue to a much longer story, the rest of which I might eventually draw.

Until then, The Adventures of Princess Talia is being put on the back burner because November is another marathon month: NaNoWriMo! Except instead of writing a novel, I’ll be writing a text adventure! It’ll be interactive, so I’ll share it once it reaches a point where it’s playable. GET EXCITED!

Oh, and Tam Team Adventures will resume on November 13. I’m taking a week off to reacquaint myself with digital art LOL XD

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