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Sur la plage. In Corsica now!

Lolsup traveling around the world in 80 days.


Sur la plage. In Corsica now!

Lolsup traveling around the world in 80 days.


worldofmaumau said: HI there, Dana. I wanna ask you something. I love drawing very much and I wished to be a cartoon animator working for companies like CN Studios or Disney. I also want to study in an art school. But, I have a problem. I'm still new to drawing and I'm confused on what topic did I have to learn first so I can draw better. Did I have to learn human anatomy first? Or I have to go straight in studying about cartooning? So, what are your suggestions, Dana? Thx :)


Forget about ‘studying cartooning’ and get a good traditional foundation in your drawing. So that means, observational drawing, figure drawing, learning about perspective, studying from CLASSIC masters, etc etc. GET OFF TUMBLR. GO TO A GOD DAMN MUSEUM. The stronger your foundations, the stronger your cartoon work! You’d be surprised at how heavily even the most stylized shows rely on classic techniques. And once you start understanding construction of the body, the easier it is to dissect character designs, making it even easier to switch back and forth between styles depending on what projects you work on. Good draftsmanship is always in demand! 

I highly recommend checking out the Famous Artists course from the 50s/60s. It focuses on American commercial illustration but the techniques it teaches about composition and color can easily be applied to animation. Even just reading the chapters has helped me improve in my work. Check it out!

But of course, don’t forget to have fun with your stuff. It’s okay to just spend an evening doodling nonsense in front of the TV, it’s therapeutic. Just stay disciplined and focused when you decide to do your studies. 

If you’re such a beginner that you don’t have an artist’s callus and it’s difficult to hold a pencil for more than an hour than just do this: DRAW EVERYDAY! Draw whatever the hell you want. The more the better : ) Once you start feeling more comfortable with pencil and paper the more focused you can become with your studies. 

Good luck!


when you feel jealous or bitter over an artist’s achievements, always remember: people only show what they want to show of their art

you would be surprised how hilariously bad some sketches of even experienced artists can look, and I don’t mean that in an insulting way. Also don’t think of the…



Anonymous said: What ever happened to that post where you were recommending books to start off? I remember you posting it for anatomy books and animation but I can't seem to find it.


Well, I’d recommend just DRAWING anything you love and are interested in and Study from life itself to start off. Drawing isn’t like something you learn inside-out step by step, it’s something you get better at the more you put it into practice. Study and the Basic Fundamentals are generally key to learning about and analysing when you’re looking into any area, but I really recommend you put in the research and find what it is you’re interested in.

I mostly recommend using life reference and practice different techniques to find whats right for you. I don’t have a source of “Guaranteed Books that’ll teach you how to draw”, You’ll just need to put in the mileage and effort.

I could recommend Vilppu and Loomis like everyone else and tell you to check out Life/Gesture drawing videos to get an idea of the techniques that come into method when drawing.

This could help and it has tonnes of reference and blogs you can check out.

Don’t expect it to be an easy ride, Keep your head up and keep doing what you love. You may feel compelled to compare yourself to others, but you should honestly work on your own strengths and iron out your own flaws. You’ll find yourself surpassing your own favourite artists in your own area. Even crazy amazing artists have areas they have trouble with, it’s all about understanding you have trouble in that area and working to fix it.

Mileage. Thats the Key word. You WILL now and then reach a plateau, you WILL get blocks, you WILL feel envy for your peers, but don’t let that stop you from wanting to grow.

For Animation, I do recommend checking out "The animators survival kit" and “Disney Illusion of Life”


Had to help my mum with some postal stuff and my schedule got out of wack. Too bad I lack the time management skills to make use of that time so I drew more of Kenny. I didn’t want to ink them this time.



I think people sometimes imagine that I’m happy or whatever but the truth is I’m miserable most days and the only thing that makes me happy any more is making music, hoping and praying that people will enjoy what I do for them and cute art of my character. That’s about it.

I put a lot of value…

Don’t believe in your happiness, believe in my happiness that believes in your happiness.



Anonymous said: Would you recommend inking with a brush or a pen?

Woah, my first ask. Pretty cool.

I’m not sure if I should be the one you should asking this as I’m just started to learn how to ink but going through the book I got I see artists using only a brush, some who use a pen and brush together, and some who only use a pen. Basically it only depends on how confortable you are with the tool.


My book on The Art of Comic Book Inking came in two days ago and I wanted to try out what I briefly read. The left was done with a Princeton #8 round brush and a Hunt 101 crow quill pen for the hair and the right was done with the same brush snd Micron #3 and #5 pens.
I think the right came out a lot better but both show me that I need to work on pen control as some parts came out thicker/ thinner in some areas. But a fun exercise.

Edit: I forgot to mention I drew Ken Ashcorp’s character Kenny. Mostly because I listened to In The Zone yesterday. It’s quite catchy.


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