Drawing in public

When I was young, at school around 12yrs, you could not draw in something or doodle at your notebook that in 5min someone would appear and ask “Who is it? Is it you? Is it me? Draw me?”, that was a certainty. As growing old it even turned to a intern joke inside my group of friends who draw, anytime someone would start drawing we would ask “Who is it? Is it you? Is it me? Draw me?”. I don’t remember why I was timid at the time, or if I just didn’t want to speak too much for lack of confidence in my drawing skills or at my faggish voice, I kinda started drawing more and more privately.

It continued like that till college, some friends of mine would know I draw, but not everyone, even though I’d draw during the whole class, I’d not let anyone see it so much.

This changed totally now, for my final degree work I had to stay in the parking lot, everywhere in the campus, sat drawing the trees. And somehow no one gives a shit. People look, but they get closer, it’s as if you’re holding a camera preparing to take a photo and everyone kinda contours you so they don  ‘t spoil the photo.

This shocked me. Why no one is bothering me? How I’m getting this much peace when I’m just holding a clipboard and a pencil? It feel like as I’m a nun, or someone mystical that you’re supposed to disturb. At most, in my eating breaks, someone would come to congratulate or ask what I’m doing, but always so respectful.

It feels somehow, as a biologist, when you’re doing a work, people see you mostly as a teacher, scientist or a hippie. They kinda get your work but it feels like they just think it’s very close from what their grandma who likes gardening does, which sometimes it’s very true. But when you’re drawing everyone kinda connects and see themselves at it, because more or less, everyone as kid loved drawing but somewhere in the way gave up and now feels impotent at it.

Last week, at my birthday, I went to the beach to spend the whole day and draw. And I happened the same thing. While I’m sleeping, tanning or whatever, everyone stops by to sell something to me, so many sellers. As soon as I get my sketchbook, no one stops by anymore, I’m left alone.  At most, one sellers ask to see my drawings and congratulate me. It feels like I’m accessible yet so respected, maybe like a 3yrs old just playing by himself at the sand. It feels very great!

the tree draftsman

These last days I’ve been practically full time at college, just being there from 8 to 20hrs, and it’s been a journey and amazing.

Where I want to go with this text: Staying seated looking at a tree for three or more hours and get pretty boring, or introspective, which neither are necessary good or bad, it’s sometimes like being at the bus’s windows, and it’s raining or not and you are just contemplating life, got it? OK.

At the start I was pretty bored and was calling to all my friends to chat while I draw, after that I started singing and talking to myself and to the trees, and to any pigeon or cat around. Right now i’m still talking to myself and singing, but i’m quieter and more connected to the trees.

It’s amazing because when you spend a nice time, looking and analyzing and really seeing the tree, or whatever, you really feel connected.  At the start and at the first tentative you might feel hesitant and you results might appear very hesitant, but after after a time doing and doing you start getting closer and closer and faster the faster.

Summing up, what i wanted to say is: The more you draw, the fastest/easier you’ll draw the next time.


Inbox organized! +blender

Guess who finally cleaned all the e-mails and now have a very neat and inbox? Me!
And guess who is learning a bit of Blender? Also me!

Ps.: I’m following the material form this course, and I still didn’t get to the part of animation, so I was just turned the camera little by little and print screened everything hahahah Later I imported all to flash.

Also on:

traditional vs digital painting

Some days ago I came across the this video, Inking Traditionally is faster than Digital? from H.C.Brown, I found it really amazing because it’s opened my eyes to that’s how I feel too. I don’t know if some more people out there feel somehow disconnected from their digital art, because for me I always saw so many artists doing digital work that I felt “easier” to do but still, I never had the motivation. It’s weird. I did a bunch of illustrations digitally but I don’t feel that are mine or “real” or have a “real touch”,  I don’t know how to explain. It’s as if they’re just something else at the computer, while the ones that I do manually has so much more feeling, power and appeal to me.

Things done at MS Paint are an exception, and to me feels like stands as their own. Don’t know if that’s because I used to play with MS Paint as a kid and kinda feel connected with it, or because it has it’s own appeal/aesthetic, so it just feel like using a different medium to me. As opposed to Photoshop, which kinda emulates traditional paint, and doesn’t matter how many brushes I download or buy, it never felt close to me.

So, for now, I had decided that I’m going to move out of digitally painting, at least to my personal works. Because this thing of everything is possible in the digital world really does takes your focus away, somehow there’s much more space for originality of just getting your stuff done when you have limitations.

It also makes me think about all this “learn how to color digitally” tutorials, It could all be as simple as “learn how to do it traditionally and them do what you can and mess around at the digital because you can get there”. I once searched so much all the tutorials when I was trying to learn digital painting, but I all felt like “rules”. If I should put the base color first and them multiply, if the highlights were supposed to be lighten or what, so many things! And what did I learned? Not much. I think there’s something so powerful about being able to do your stuff manually own your own, with whatever you have in hands, and than if ever you think it’s would be worth to do it digitally, you do it. Maybe because it saves you time at the sketches, maybe because you have all this colors, I don’t know.

I was thinking about after I know with what media I enjoy working more, than I can even do my own brushes using Ani R’s tutorial, it all would be much much simpler because you know what you’re going for.

By the way it’s really all about doing what you feel like and sketching without guilty or whatsoever, I was before very worried about carrying around my sketchbook doing live sketches to what I felt interesting, but it stills feels a bit out of place because I’m worried about someone reacting negatively or just not having the time to finish. And then I saw this at Lauren Tamaki’s tumblr, which it’s amazing and full of gorgeous drawings, and it all passed.

will becher

Just listened to Will Becher‘s interview at BasicBrainHeart podcast. It was great fun to listen to his story and know the whole process that went before he became an Aardman’s animator. It’s made me remember of all the plasticine dolls I did as a kid, and the videos during at school’s recess when I finally had a camera cellphone hahaha.

In addition he spoke the tips he received from about what people at Aardman was looking for in the show-reel:

Make a film that’s very simple
Make a film that has less than six minutes
Make a film that show your strengths, don’t try to do it all


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animation + code

I had already checked the collaborations of James Paterson with Amit Pitaru, such as Delight, a very cute and literally delightful animation, and Rhonda, a 3D drawing program that feels like sketching in a sketchbook. But finally today I watched Paterson talk at Eyeo 2013 (below), and it’s so interring to see how his projects and Amit’s, they make coding seems very attractive and just like another type of coloring tool.

Amit wrote a very nice paper about game design, E Is for Everyone: The Case for Inclusive Game Design, that if you’re a game designer or ever played any video game, you should read, because it’s real and it’s here. Since I read the old macOS article, I’ve been thinking how it should be mandatory that every application or design had like a grayscale version, also having the option to change controls and close captions are such primordial thing from the user experience that it seems so dumb now to realize how many games leave that option go.


Ruth Lingford

I came across Lingford’s work by reading  The Fundamentals of Animation, It amazing to imagine how she did the whole What She Wants at an Amiga 1500 computer, using a MS Paint like program and saving at floppy disks. It really inspires me to think of how when you’re limited it’s somehow easier or clearer to do the work, sometimes we get so lost at so many options as in choosing Photoshop’s brushes. Yet her work feels a bit woodcut, maybe due the cutting of the MS Paint-like program.  Here a found a interview of her.

Baggage (1992) 4min

What she wants (1994) 5min

Pleasures of the War (1998) 11min


ASMR vs Foley

Today watching a Chicken Run’s making of video  I came across Foley artist. I mean, i had already knew about sound effects but never heard of such specific name. Then I was having a read about at wikipedia and it’s very interring and sounds like something fun hahahaha. I was already thinking in incorporate ASMR’s sound aspects into animation that I came to do, but Foley seems like the same think. Thinking now ASMR artists are just the millennial sisters of Foley artists, which is amazing. I do hope ASMR videos  brings a new age of inspiration and interests the whole Foley art world.