Monday, November 20, 2006


I was born a scribbling penciler. I'm truly most comfortable there. I'm scared of clean-up, frightened of ink and petrified of color. That being said, I now need to learn all three. The next few posts will be experimenting with experiments, mostly in photoshop. I bought a small wacom tablet and am franticly trying to learn its wizardry. I will gladly accept your critiques and tutorials, mostly the latter.


Blogger Mark said...

Great blog and wonderful work.

Look forward to more.

I added you to my links, hope you don't mind.

5:35 a.m.  
Blogger Jeroen Jaspaert said...

Keep doing the pencil scribbling instead of wacom stuff, please. They look great!

6:02 a.m.  
Blogger flipstudios said...

thanks for the feedback guys.
jeroen jaspaert, i here ya man. i wish i could just do pencils but that's not always what the client wants. somehow i need to find a way to keep the looseness of my sketches without killing the pose. i will keep sketchin though. cheers

7:09 a.m.  
Blogger S.T. Lewis said...

I love your animal drawings! Everything you draw is great, but animals are the coolest. And a marmot?! Can't go wrong there! Well, I could... but you can't. If I had any special Photoshop knowledge, I'd share it, but alas... I'm just guessing my way through stuff too.

8:50 a.m.  
Blogger Todd Oman said...

The world needs more scribbling penciler. Your linework contains a massive amount of appeal, you don't need anything more than to leave it as it is or drop some color over it with a marker.

11:14 a.m.  
Blogger enzo avolio said...

People who say clean-up is easy are likely doing it wrong!
Clean up takes time to look natural. Certain styles call for it.

...but that's why my "clean-up" is ruff.

Keep what you're doing and experiment with the Wacom, don't
loose the life you've got kickin' now.

1:45 p.m.  
Blogger Carlos Ruano said...

Just a few lines and a well choosen colors, and we have a nice character. Sometimes the simply is the best. Well done

3:13 p.m.  
Anonymous David N said...

"i wish i could just do pencils but that's not always what the client wants. somehow i need to find a way to keep the looseness of my sketches without killing the pose."

I'm totally in the same boat, Andrew.
If I had my way I'd just continue to work with pencil on paper, but things being what they are it seems like us scribblers need to learn how to work "paperless" to stay viable.

For a more "natural" sketching feel when using the Wacom try Sketchbook Pro (and use the "felt tip" nibs for the Wacom stylus) or if you want to animate and still retain some feeling of pencil on paper use a program called TVPaint (aka "Mirage"). I have some examples up on my blog of drawings done with Mirage/TVPaint . Look in the archived posts ---


Sketchbook Pro:

You can get trial versions to try before you buy . Also a less expensive program that is similar to Sketchbook Pro is ArtRage 2. It has a free version that will let you get a feel for it to help you decide if you like it.

6:53 p.m.  
Anonymous David N said...

Nice drawing of the marmot, by the way.

Love the other stuff on your blog , too.

6:56 p.m.  
Blogger Roland Mechael said...

great start dude, don't be afraid of loosening up... ;)

8:00 p.m.  
Blogger Àlex López said...

With your pencil skills it will not be a problem to fight against wacom's wizardry XDDD

I've just added you to my links.

1:32 a.m.  
Blogger Kyle Marshall said...

love the minimal lines, this is realy nice

3:19 a.m.  
Blogger AstroGuaje said...

NIce marmot, great style

4:16 a.m.  
Blogger Goobeetsablog said...

nice image.

8:05 a.m.  
Blogger crylic said...

good stuff man, i've just started dabbling in color myself, tis hard stuff indeed. I reeally like this latest piece , great shape and superb lines.

6:12 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice design. Fluid and simple lines, great shape, AMAZING character. Excellent work!!
The wolverine design is stunning!!

1:31 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear ya, brother.

clean up scares me to no end: Never been very good at it.

This is an appealling cleanup, at least. Marmets are certanly an underused mammal and a nice choice.

12:52 p.m.  
Blogger Ken Chandler said...

Love what your doing Andrew! Your pencil work is amazing, but don't corner yourself. Experiment with all sorts of mediums, and software. I've only recently started coloring everything in Photoshop, and love the "Command" + "Z" option.

Just have fun with it. Play around with different styles, approaches. There's no better way to get frustrated in your work than to force it too hard. Relax and enjoy what you do. You're work is already so strong.

9:06 p.m.  
Blogger marcobucci said...

Nice pose and facial expression. I like how he's more or less standing straight, but still has lots of action!

7:27 a.m.  
Blogger Chris said...

AW, he looks great Andrew. I'm sure you'll have no problem with color. Thanks for the comment! Ha, a dancing job. I'm sure he dances in his little office but I've never been lucky enough to catch him in the act. Arh... Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

10:35 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing work, man. I made another really long post two minutes ago, but just to show how stupid with computers I am, the post got erased, please don't ask how.
I love the way animators art looks. I have a similar problem, I don't like to clean up at all, so I like to ink my works, just over the sketches.

10:43 a.m.  
Blogger UrbanBarbarian said...

Love your blog, the story boards, the illustrations and sketches! Very inspiring!!!

12:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice lines in here, keep da flow!

3:59 p.m.  
Blogger Scott Tolleson said...

This little guy is super cute!

9:11 a.m.  
Blogger flipstudios said...

Hey guys,

Thanks for all your comments and encouragement.
david n: your advice and links were totally helpful. It's so awesome having such a talented group of artists to learn from. Cheers and have a great weekend.


4:53 p.m.  
Blogger LauraBraga said...

Hi Andrew!!
I love your cartoonist style!!!

great drawing!!!


12:21 p.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

what a cute little character!

1:46 p.m.  
Blogger aksel said...

wonderful blog and very cute sketch ! i like this and i will come back ! see you!
sorry for my bad english !!!

2:41 a.m.  
Blogger Mark Geyer said...

Great blog, your work is truly inspirational.

6:42 p.m.  
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