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January 26, 2010 3:43 PM   Subscribe

How to draw, by Rad Sechrist, storyboard artist at Dreamworks animation
posted by Artw (23 comments total) 84 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:45 PM on January 26, 2010 [11 favorites]


This is really cool! As an avid drawing hobbyist I totally love this!
Also, I'm relatively drunk! Which makes me double love this!
also, i'm in spain for the semester. So don't give me that. It's nearly one here. Not your damn between 6:45 & 3:45

posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 3:48 PM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I don't know if Disney noses or eyes even work in 3D. They are more graphic symbols you memorize. Awesome.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:54 PM on January 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


Great post and definitely worthy of the blue. Favorited and will send this link around at work.
posted by azpenguin at 3:54 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


that noses post is great, filthy light thief!
posted by Solon and Thanks at 3:56 PM on January 26, 2010


Good tips for artists there, as long as it doesn't encourage anyone to draw in that Disney way. Character design today, especially 3D, needs an overhaul.
posted by Liquidwolf at 4:01 PM on January 26, 2010


What I really like is that he's fairly new to character design, so he uses other people's designs and shows how he would storyboard from them. It's less daunting than learning from an animation badass who could whip up random characters on the spot.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:02 PM on January 26, 2010


Wow, scrolling through the site and it just keeps going. An amazing amount of material and the guy is a rock solid artist, so his examples are perfect. Very nice find Art, thanks.
posted by doctor_negative at 4:03 PM on January 26, 2010


Awesome, thank you!
posted by june made him a gemini at 4:04 PM on January 26, 2010


Absolutely awesome, particularly for someone like myself, who spent hours of his youth sitting in front of the TV and drawing Darkwing Duck.
posted by Greg Nog at 4:07 PM on January 26, 2010


@Solon and Thanks - that was the exact same image I thought of when I saw the description of this item.

For others who may not have seen it yet, John Kricfalusi runs a great blog on animation and character design as well.
posted by Doug Stewart at 4:28 PM on January 26, 2010


Yeay! something else I can give drawing students! Yay!
posted by The Whelk at 5:00 PM on January 26, 2010


Is he drawing with a stylus and a tablet?
posted by device55 at 6:22 PM on January 26, 2010


It's a cintiq.
posted by Artw at 6:24 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wow, this is really cool. I'd like to see this kind of detailed explanation for how other professionals tackle their tasks.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 6:53 PM on January 26, 2010


Good tips for artists there, as long as it doesn't encourage anyone to draw in that Disney way. Character design today, especially 3D, needs an overhaul.

Back when I worked in a cartoon studio, we went through a period where we hired-on a handful of some quite brilliant animation artists (several of whom later worked for, and are currently working for, Pixar) Most of them came out of CalArts. And, while there were certain idiosyncrasies about their individual styles, they all drew in that CalArts "house style" which has come to dominate studio animation today.

The really interesting thing was that they, themselves, were not able to step back and see the strong, underlying genetics in their drawings. They saw only the little personal touches that differentiated them.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:24 PM on January 26, 2010


so nobody has mentioned yet that this guy's name is RAD?! I mean, RAD! RAD SECHRIST!

along with his talent, I want his fucking NAME!
posted by shmegegge at 7:45 PM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is really interesting. I'd never thought that there were techniques to keep the spectator focused on the action.
posted by litleozy at 3:34 AM on January 27, 2010


Good post.

However, a bit more specificity might be in order. How to draw... cartoons. How to draw for... animated storyboards, that kind of thing. That's alot of different ways to draw.

they all drew in that CalArts "house style" which has come to dominate studio animation today.

Exactamundo
posted by Hickeystudio at 4:36 AM on January 27, 2010


so nobody has mentioned yet that this guy's name is RAD?! I mean, RAD! RAD SECHRIST!

along with his talent, I want his fucking NAME!


"Rad Secrets?" "Rads'e--christ!"

For name value, I want to be Jad Abumrad. Plus, bonus: so dreamy.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 5:31 AM on January 27, 2010


well, if we're picking favorite names of ALL TIME, then may I present to you:

Seetharaman Narayanan.

I've stared at his name often enough that it's become this kind of awesome mantra for me. Plus, it just sounds awesome and flows really well.
posted by shmegegge at 7:55 AM on January 27, 2010


However, a bit more specificity might be in order. How to draw... cartoons. How to draw for... animated storyboards, that kind of thing. That's alot of different ways to draw.

I was rather thinking the "storyboard artist at Dreamworks animation" bit might tip you off.
posted by Artw at 9:35 AM on January 27, 2010


Yay for this! I've been a big fan of Rad's art since the old Boltcity forums and the early issues of 'Flight' The man has skills and deserves attention. His latest piece in Flight 6 was easily the best.

This is blog I most look forward to. He's explaining concepts I've struggled with for years in a way that my doughy brain can understand. That he thinks his art isn't very good blows me away.
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 3:52 PM on January 27, 2010


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