January 22, 2018

Action Can Be Good: Part 1

Action stories don’t get proper respect. In academic circles they’re sometimes treated as a step above pornography, and even among the groundlings, the assumption is that action should be crappy. Inevitably, I find myself in the situation where I’m the party pooper at the movies because I can’t just sit back and enjoy a “mindless […]

Taking on Boredom

If you’re anything like me, an ideal work day would spent drawing monsters, robots and sexy babes-and then getting paid. There may a select few that are able to do this day-in and day-out, but the rest of us at one point or another are going to have to draw stuff that just isn’t our cup of tea. […]

The Two Devils

Okay, stay with me here. I promise this contains some practical advice on being a better artist. Have you ever read The Neverending Story? You’ve probably seen the movie, which is a watered down version of the first half of the book, and you might have seen the sequel which is a pathetic pastiche of […]

How to Tell a Story

I’m going to make an admission: I have no idea what “plot” means. It confuses me. Some movies are supposedly tightly plotted, others are supposedly plot-less. Personally, I find “plot” to be totally useless when trying to figure out how to tell a story. Instead, I prefer to focus on what every story has in […]

6 tips to get better at drawing

I can’t say that I’m the best artist out there, but I can certainly draw better than when I started this sketch blog. I’ve read a lot of advice about getting better at drawing over the years. Some advice has been very helpful and some advice just hasn’t worked for me. I want to share just […]

How To Be More Creative

Over the last year or so, I’ve started to use Twitter to get know other artists and other folks interested in animation, comics, and film. I try to post interesting stuff on Twitter that other people will want to read, but every now and again, I will post things that seem totally unrelated to art. […]

The Root of Storytelling

Pablo Picasso: “I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.” The greatest challenge of anyone trying to tell a story visually is to try and figure how to tell the story. For a comic artist, it’s a question of what do I put in the frame, what is its relationship to […]

What is Motivation?

My Dad gets up at 6 AM every morning, and I know for a fact that my Dad hates getting up early in the morning. But he does it almost every day, like clockwork. So why does he do it? More importantly: how does he do it? Well, I’m gonna have to ask him that […]

Beware the Tortured Artist

I was reading some interesting thoughts on motivation the other day on Regarding Design. These two snippets were particularly interesting: For any who call themselves “creatives,” a need for inspiration would signal a very bad thing… What the real issue is “motivation.” The very word by definition means “to move.” I think this is a […]

The Jackie Chan Formula

Action directors take note: Jackie Chan knows how to make an awesome fight scene better than anyone else in the world. Better than Michael Bay, better than the Wachowski Brothers, and even better than Christopher Nolan. Yes, even with everything brilliant that Mr. Nolan did with Batman, his ability to direct a fight scene pales […]