View Full Version : Newbie to the board. :)

01-26-2001, 08:19 PM
Hello all,
I've been a lurker around the site for a while and finally decided to bite the bullet and register. I am currently a student, Broad Area Art major. However, my passion is something I've recieved basically no training in.

Cartooning/animation style artwork is something I've done since I could hold a pencil. I just got back into it last year and have been self training (studying anatomy, learning to CG color, etc.)I prefer animals (I'm a furry, if anyone knows the term)and would like an opinion on general style etc. I've been fighting off Disneyesque hints as best I can, but I DO like their blend of realism and tooniness. So, any comments/tips are greatly appreciated.

A few samples: http://www.geocities.com/leona324/snowplay.jpg

Background is a little iffy, but I wanted to keep it rather simplistic. I like the snow. Linked because it is rather panoramic (long!)
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A more realistic take on anthropormorphic animals. Actually, I sold this piece recently.
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More realistic, colored pencil character piece
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A different colored pencil technique.

Sorry for the huge post. If you want to see other work, my gallery link is in my info. A lot of old, undeveloped work is in my archive along with more recent, more sucessful pieces.

Thanks for any help or comments.


Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Arthur Conan Doyle

[This message has been edited by Leona (edited January 26, 2001).]

01-26-2001, 09:15 PM
Welcome, Leona!

For someone with little training, you do good stuff. I especially like the first one (Scarves! I never think to do stuff like that.). What software are you using for you CG?

I don't have any personal tips to share but I can share an something that I observed. When I lived in the Los Angeles/Burbank area, I met some of the Hanna Barbera cartooninst who were also regulars at the comics shop. These guys would buy pretty much everything on the racks. When I asked them about it, they told me that aside from enjoying the comics, they were using them as references. They always liked to see what the other artists were doing. I have since followed their example, putting together a pretty decent reference file (mostly from magazines, but I still check out the comics). Hope this helps a little.

I'm not a furry artist, but I do practice animals now and then. Heres one created from an example out of one of those "How to..." books.


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01-26-2001, 09:42 PM
Hello! It's a very nice puppy. Cute expression.

I use Photoshop 5.0 for my CGing. Oh, and I _do_ have a Wacom tablet. So, that makes it much easier to get nice digital inks.

Thanks for the imput. I've been wanting to work on inking... using a brush, varying my line weights, etc. and comics are an excellent way to see the really masterful inking jobs. Unfortunately, I am poor. So, I just read tons of online comics and use those plus forums of other artists as inspiration and education.

thanks again!


Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Arthur Conan Doyle

01-26-2001, 09:50 PM

Would you please resize your top image to around 500 pixels or less in width and reupload it? It's scrolling off the screen and hard to see.


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01-27-2001, 01:44 AM
Hi! Welcome!

I am pretty new here myself, but I have found that it doesn't take long to become addicted.

I had to be nosey and check out your page. I like your work. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

01-27-2001, 07:31 PM
I like your bottom pic best, Leona. And I like your dog, too, digi.

What I like better than anything, though, is Charlie Podrebarac's <a href=http://www.comics.com/comics/fatcats/archive/fatcats-20010119.html>Fat Cats</a>. Check 'em out if you're not familiar. Great cats and dogs.

Not quite as funny, but with a very polished cartoon style, is Mark O'Hare's <a href=http://www.ucomics.com/citizendog/viewcd.cfm?uc_full_date=20010110&uc_comic=cd&uc_daction=X>Citizen Dog</a>.

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