1. Anonymous said: So if we wanted to watch some French animation, what films would you suggest?






    the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.

    A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.

    Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.

    the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.

    The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.

    Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.

    Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.

    A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.

    The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.  

    Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.

    But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well. 

    Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.

    Reblogging over here. French animation tends to do better with diversity than Disney does, hahaha.

    I should add “Le Tableau” which is really beautiful, especially if you love art. This movie is highly poetic !


    "A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Three kinds of characters live in this painting: the Toupins, who are entirely painted, the Pafinis, who lack a few colors, and the Reufs, who are only sketches. Considering themselves superior, the Toupins take over power, chase the Pafinis from the château, and enslave the Reufs. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. Throughout the adventure, questions will follow one after the other: What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings? Will they one day know the Painter’s secret?"

    I would highly recommend Ernest & Celestine as the animation is beautiful, the characters are really moving and the story conveys a great message about love, friendship and oppression.

    Another thing : have you seen how these amazing movies lost to american big productions ?

    Don’t forget about Kirikou et la Sorcière.


    They didn’t forget! Kirikou and the Sorceress, up there.

    May I suggest Dragon Hunters for myself? This 2008 feature-length film is based on the 2004-2005 cartoon Chasseurs de dragons, by the same makers (available fully online, by the way). The music, by Klaus Badelt, is hypnotic. The world is beautiful and strange, the characters lovable… and the dragons, really good.






    Just saying.


  2. A few pages from my sketchbook back in February.  Markers and pen on toned paper. 

  3. artveg:





    A lot of people have messaged me about the 30 Day Challenge list. I hadn’t realized the link on my old post was down, so I’m reposting it now, as well as letting you all know for the next 8 weeks I’ll be posting every Monday with animated illustrations. Hopefully I can brighten up your otherwise dry work week Monday!

    UPDATE: Sorry I fixed the list. There was bunch of dummy text in there. It’s all good now

    This is a thing I will do

    This is a thing I should do.

    Yop, will be doing also.

    Looking for more art challenges? Try this on for size.

  4. h-a-r-p-o:

    Dan Fessler’s HD Index Painting Technique let’s you paint pixel art in Photoshop in a non-destructive manner, and lets you use pretty much every tool in a perfectly pixel-gradient fashion!

    The article gives you everything you need to try it out for yourself.It’s easy to set up and use, and the results are so fucking cool.

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  5. 1930s: a proud decade of uninhibited lipstick usage
    1940s: a vivid array of grays are available
    1950s: quietly judging you: the decade
    1960s: now you too can pretend to be hugh heffner while sitting at home alone
    1970s: exactly as awful as expected
    1980s: advertisers discover that not only white people exist




    Hey tumblr, have you ever thought to yourself, “dang it’d sure be cool to set a project in something other than the current times,” but when you go to look up references on google, all you get is a horrible historical pastiche of days gone by?

    Well boy howdy, do I have a reference for you!

    The Wishbook Web has scans of entire consumer catalogs from past decades, ranging from the early 30s to the late 80s. Each catalog has pages upon pages of reference of clothing, accessories, and shoes for all ages, as well as toys, gadgets, and all sorts of junk that you might buy for yourself or your loved ones. While the website exclusively has Christmas catalogs, the photos and illustrations show products that you could use year-round.


    I’d like to add on top of this that all of the issues of Life Magazine (1936-1972) are available via Google Books and they are just a wealth of photography, advertisement, culture, and history. There are just some really neat glimpses into history here, especially powerful when you browse through and you can see the issues leading up to wars, and then finally the first issue after a war begins—and you know what all is going to happen (I recommend the Dec. 22, 1941 issue, it’s such a strange mix of shocking reaction to news, propaganda, hope and advertisements that act like nothing’s going on).

    It’s not like looking at a history book and just reading a timeline, it’s the reactions of real people at that time, in print. It’s so neat!

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  6. petersbeagle:

    Covered in this last-minute Raven:

    -Santa Cruz gets a visit from Peter and The Last Unicorn on Sunday (tomorrow!)

    -We kick off the Canadian tour (and ask if we can stay at your house)

    And we have NEWS for the unbelievably patient fans who are waiting for copies of The Last…

    Yeah be careful with pre-orders on these items.  Some of those things they mention are pre-orders from at least 2006.  And there is no note of the Deluxe Last Unicorn books that were sold in 2009 and not delivered.  No refunds were ever offered for these items, so patient fans is something of a misnomer.

    Seriously, do not bother ordering through Conlan Press.  If you really want something, wait until it is available through Amazon.  At least then you don’t get charged if the item is never delivered

  7. endofdaysonmars:


    A study in panel borders:
    Inspired by this awesome post about making comics quickly, I took a look at some comics I own to get some sense of different kinds of panel design choices.

    I came away feeling like I’d learned a little less than I’d hoped, but here are some takeaways:

    * You can get away with smaller panels than you think
    * Extremely weird comic panels CAN work, but when it fails it looks painful and forced.
    * Simple is not bad.
    * There are actually a LOT of possible combinations.

    Specific notes:

    Scott McCloud uses a 4x3 sliceup of the page, and it’s four VERTICAL slices and three HORIZONTAL ones, which is weird because it makes the panels, on average, LESS square. This works with the particular comic really WELL though, because he draws himself in closeup, talking, a LOT.

    DAR and Narbonic both are webcomics mashed into book format, but both worked surprisingly well as page layout in the end.

    Blacksad is REALLY variable and the page layouts are hand-crafted on a per-page basis. No speed gains here, but perhaps a message that full custom has its place.

    The Resonator is fairly formal but never *too* rigid with panel choices. Lots of narrow or tall panels, which works as a way to alternate between big establishing shots and dense dialog. Very tall panels for single speaker, long ones for two-person dialog or to combine a lot of text and visuals. In general, Resonator is print-native and has TINY text…

    Ultimate X-Men is a fun read but the panel design is a disaster. Almost none of the choices of graphic design work at all. Occasionally an establishing shot hits home, but in general the layout is trying WAY too hard.

    Watchmen. Formalism raised to the ultimate. It’s precise, it’s a 3x3 grid, it’s piss-on-a-plate-with-no-spills precise and that’s fine, for two reasons: one, everything is about time, and two, it gets the panels the hell out of the way of the story.

    Augustus is an example of what Ultimate X-Men was trying to do, except it succeeds. Lots of variation, but on average very orderly. Kind of strikes me as the sort of thing you “have to be GOOD” to pull off well.


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  8. ktshy:



    The Cinematography of The Incredibles Part 1 & Part 2

    Shot Analysis


    this is required reading for every layout artist/storyboarder seriously

    Really great notes and analysis in Floobynooby’s post. Still working my way through it all but I highly recommend giving it a read.


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  9. schmautojoy:


    A great great Lady passed away….

    Source and more here : http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.ca/2013/12/in-memory-of-sheilah-beckett.html

    "At the time of her passing (100 years old), Sheilah was working on a new "Little Golden Book" for Random House - illustrating The Nutcracker - and working digitally, with a Wacom tablet in Photoshop"

    Such an inspiration, such an example ….

    Very sad news. Huge, huge inspiration to me and she is one of the reasons I draw. I feel spectacularly grateful I was able to buy a commission from her two years ago. I feel very lucky she shared her work with us all.

    In honor

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  10. oecologia:

    The Colorful Siamese Fighting Fish by visarute angkatavanich.


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