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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 Character // Days 2 & 3

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Plugging away slowly on this 😛 I think I finally figured out what I want her to look like, though it’s tough to draw her consistently :/ I still don’t have a name for her.

The pose references are from SenshiStock. I was originally going to draw the poses at random, but I figured that would make it difficult to draw her in character.

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Design a Character // Day 1

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A few months ago, I wrote down this idea for a comic:

Girl reluctantly gets job at a pet shop. She’s not a fan of animals (for one thing she’s allergic) but she needs the money and doesn’t have any other employment options at the moment. Work is boring, so she amuses herself by observing the regular customers that come into the shop and imagining what kind of lives they lead.

LOL. What was I even thinking? Anyway, I’m using this challenge to flesh out that main character. I still haven’t decided on her final appearance, but I know that I want her to have red hair and freckles. I’m also trying to work with a square-ish jawline because I’m trying to draw characters with more variation.

She doesn’t have a name yet. As for personality, she’s pragmatic and kind of cynical. Most of the time she has an “I’m-so-done-with-everyone-else’s-shenanigans” expression.

JaNanamation Sketchbook Challenge 02

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Here’s another Jananamation sketchbook challenge! We decided on a character design theme this time around so that we have a character to use for any future character-related challenges 🙂

Challenge Notes

  • You can start from scratch OR use a character you’ve already created. Maybe you started making an OC but haven’t quite finished developing their look or personality. Or maybe you have a character you haven’t used in a while–try redesigning them or updating their look!
  • “Friend” and “enemy” can be interpreted however you like. The idea is to show how your character reacts to something they like and something they hate.

Don’t forget to tag your art #JaNanamation!

General challenge guidelines and previous challenges can be found here

…… Uhhhh…

So…. I got Stina all pumped to draw, then it takes me forever to even upload anything. For real, my baaad! I uploaded this from my ipad so if its crooked or turned the wrong way, I forgot how to fix it hahah. These took me a long time to get online but i worked on them pretty much all month. I would touch it, erase, leave it for a day, rinse and repeat 😦

This is my theme park, CAdence. In my head, its Disneyland meets the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. It’s in CA and I wish it was real haha. I also played with the name MusiCAL 😀

I saw it layed out with musical themed areas (2nd pic)… Jukebox, vinyl, boombox and streaming. The kids section was straight through the park to the back… So even parents could see the cool stuff before they were stuck at the playground 😉

For the kids rides… I have a foam pit/jungle gym but it looks like the classroom xylophone and a drum, a swing set that looks like a piano on its side and a teeter totter thats a violin and the kids ride on the bow 🙂

I pretty much giggled all through thinking up food names… Tempo-ra, churrum sticks, capo-chinos and mezzo- rella sticks lol. The drawings are horrible but i had so much fun thinking them up!

The boombox coaster was so fun. I remember my niece watching me draw it and asking what a boombox was LOL. NOOOOOO that cant beeeeee 😀 I will probably keep adding to that piece… Its pretty cool to think up stuff

My “park at night” is just how i think it would look… The main street is lit up by oler style microphones. This was my worst page… Mentally hahaha. I wanted to do perspective and i cried and gave up lol. I need practice… Not cool dude haha

The last one is my water ride.   Think a slingshot ride up the “walls” of a gramophone speaker and then a sort of splash mountain type drop to the bottom. Weeeeeeeeeeeee 

Design A Theme Park // Day 7

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Did you know that a giraffe’s front legs are longer than its back legs? In order to bend down far enough to reach water to drink, a giraffe has to stand with its front legs far apart.

Perfect for a water slide at a theme park 😉

Well there you have it, 7 days of theme park related sketches! I’m done with this challenge, but anyone is welcome to try it themselves at any time! You can find the prompts here. I’ll be posting the next set of prompts sometime in the future, so keep an eye out for those 😉

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 😉

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