Well, today is the kids’ first official day of summer vacation, and I’m managing to update the site. Hopefully that bodes well for the summer. Before I get to the actual post, I’d like to wish all my fellow dad’s out there a Happy Belated Father’s Day. Were it not for my own dad, I probably wouldn’t be pursuing my crazy art dreams. When he was younger, he dreamed of being a cartoonist or animator, likely working for Disney (to this day he’s a huge Disney fan, you should see my parents’ house. There’s your standard figurines and art, but there’s also a giant Mickey statue (that my youngest broke the nose off of…), cups, plates, even silverware, blankets…). Being logical and practical and thinking about job security, he decided to study architecture and went on to become a talented and successful architect and businessman. Both my parents have always supported my dreams, they never tried to dissuade me. I’ve always wondered how life would have been different for my dad had he been able to pursue a career as a cartoonist. I’m passionate about my art on my own, but I’ve always felt a little extra motivated so that my dad could experience it vicariously through me. So thanks for everything dad (and mom)!
Alright, for today’s post I thought I’d give a glimpse at my current digital art process, which is massively influence by former Disney animator and all around amazing artist Aaron Blaise. If you don’t know who he is, you’ve probably (like me) at least seen his work in Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Brother Bear and countless other movies from his 20+ years at Disney. Do yourself a favor and check out his art and videos at his website: creatureartteacher.com. He’s truly amazing and a phenomenal teacher. He sells animation courses, but he has plenty of free tutorials on his site and his YouTube channel.
Anysquids, let’s break down that Squidtastic t-shirt design I posted a short while ago (the watermark was only added for posting here):
And there you have it! I’m still refining my process and learning new tricks and skills, but this is how this Squidtastic Multi-Purpose Novelty Squid came together. I hope you enjoyed it!
Parents often wonder about the choices they make in life…especially when they involve the happiness and well-being of their children. I’ve always marvelled at your ability to express your thoughts in writing. I appreciate the “thanks” you offer to me and mom above. It is so rewarding for me to see you now able to spend more time growing as an artist, pursuing your passion(s), being a caring husband and father, and loving son. Carry on!!
I have some pretty big dreams and crazy ambitions, and I don’t doubt that I can achieve them with the support I have around me. My biggest challenge is time…
I want this shirt so bad. Give it. 😉 Awesome job, d00d!
Heh, me too. Gotta get my act together…