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This journal is going to be Semi-Friends only.

If you read around, you'll find pretty typical entries, but I tend to lock the ones with more personal subjects or information. If you want to be added, comment here (or on another entry). I'm pretty open to new friends, just leave me a line or two telling me how you found me or why you'd like to be added.

Also, feel free to just lurk, read, and enjoy any art you might find! I'm making this semi-public so you can get an idea of whether you'd like to add me or not and share a bit of art. I'm always open to comments or a good critique!

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Celarania [userpic]

I thought that it might be nice for me to compile a list of my favorite resources for other people to use. This will be continually updated. It's broken up into sections, including a general information section. This is for little tidbits I may want to incorporate somewhere. I'll probably add a book section to the bottom later. I've tried to mark which links are definitely NSFW - Not Safe For Work with an explanation; however, please be aware that you are visiting the links at your own risk.

I'm always open to other suggestions, but this is also my personal list, so please don't be offended if I don't add the link.

Figure Drawing/General Drawing
George Bridgman's Books - Bridgman was Rockwell's teacher (among other notable students). Constructive anatomy is out of copyright and the others can be purchased cheaply.
Andrew Loomis Books - Fantastic figure drawing books written by illustrator Andrew Loomis. These are out of print, but are being save by artists who pass them around.
Japanese Loomis - From the original post: "Andrew Loomis was reincarnated as a Japanese man, and this is his website." It is in Japanese, but it's very visual.
Sheldon's Art Academy - Sheldon teaches in the Florentine style. There are videos you can pay for, but there are useful samples posted up for free on youtube. I also recommend his books.

Gesture Tools
Sketchoholic - Gesture tool where the time can be set. Also has videos I haven't seen yet. (NSFW - Nudity)
PixeLovely - Gesture drawing tool, holds photo for set amount of time, also offers longer sessions that cycles through poses. (NSFW - Nudity)

Drawing for Animation/Illustration
tracyjb's Expression Tutorial - Great tutorial for character expressions! Important to see the individual variations in standard emotions.
CG Masters Workshop - This is a pay site, but the workshops look fantastic. I really want to get them. Be aware that at least for 2011, you may only access them for a period of time you pay for.
Temple of the Seven Golden Camels - Fantastic resource by Disney storyboard artist Mark Kennedy. Has lots of information about staging and drawing for animation.

Animation Reference
Living Lines Library - FANTASTIC RESOURCE! Has countless images and pencil tests from all sorts of animated films! I cannot recommend this enough! Some links go to the movie's poster where you click on the title or subheading.
Harald Siepermann's Blog - Lots of Disney concept art I haven't seen elsewhere. The whole site has a lot of stuff from other studios too. Seems to favor stylized art a bit. Has images from The Snow Queen!

Disney Reference
Little mermaid reference thanks to shadzane
Figure Drawings: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 (All NSFW - Nudity)
Ariel Model Sheets - Likely not final, but very helpful! (NSFW - Nudity)
Video with Short Live Action Clips - This video has some brief clips from the live action reference the Disney animators used!
Character Sheets - Photobucket with a bunch of model sheets.
Animation Archive - Various Preproduction Work. The thumbnails are down, but many of the images are still up. Also has Preston Blair book!
Deja's View - Andreas Deja's blog (he animated a lot of the classic villains). Lots of pencils tests, old concept art, and unique insights to the nine old men in particular. Posts some other neat artists too!

Miscellaneous Info
10 Bizarre Job-Related Illnesses - Little odd diseases for specific professions. Great for adding a little bit of character here and there.

Celarania [userpic]

First of all I have a lot of drawings from Fall 2011 semester. I'm pretty happy with all these as they're on my professional site, but I may need to review and nab a few more. They're done more or less in order of posting. Instead of having a preview image up here, I'm just going to leave the last few at the bottom outside the cut as the rest are nudes and I don't want to get anyone in trouble at work. :)

Nude Figure Drawings - NSFWCollapse )

For the most part these are safer for work. They're still figures, but they're more volume studies.
Figure StudiesCollapse )

Drawing of my Hobo cat and a copy from Preston Blair

Drawings from life: bar, restaurant, opera, etc.

So I feel like I've gotten a lot better lately. My figures are getting a lot more solid, but of course I'm always open to critique. Please cluster it more on my recent work rather than the stuff from last year. :)

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/237685.html

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Celarania [userpic]

Hey, I just have a few things to post today. I've been doing a bunch of gesture drawings, which are pretty boring to look at. Also a few construction studies from Preston Blair, but again, not too interesting to look at.

However, here's one I did a week or two ago: Here - Artistic Nudity, NSFW

Then I drew up a little fox anthro for a commission example (to show I could draw anthros).

Her head, hand, and skirt are a little off, but overall it's decent! It's something I'd be willing to pay a few bucks for, so I feel like I might be comfortable offering commissions soon. :D She'd be about $3-5, $5-7 for a cleaner one.

What do you think? Could you conceive of buying one for that price range? (No obligation, of course!)

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/236700.html

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Celarania [userpic]

I'm not much of an SM fan anymore, but I know a bunch you are. For you guys: Merry Christmas in July.

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/236236.html

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And Sophie loves watching him!

He's a pretty betta boy that we got at a local pet store (they had a coupon for free betta fish!) and we also got him a plant and some fishie food. He seems to be doing well and is the most active fish ever. Except very late at night I didn't see him stop swimming around once.

He also changes color a bit. When he's pissed off he gets red on his fin. Usually he's a black-blue color. I'm thinking of naming him Bruce (after Bruce Wayne), but I'm open to other suggestions.

Here are some pictures of him (because that's the fun part).

How he typically looks in terms of color:

Here he is at the brightest red I've gotten on camera:

Here he is, partially red (but completely in focus!):

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/235802.html

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....But Sophie said it was time to pet the cat and go to bed.

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/235619.html

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Hello! I was wondering if anyone was willing to share some recipes, because I'm in the mood for trying something new.

I'm very open to new things. I don't like seafood, nuts, or spicy-hot things (spicy-tastes of spices are fine, so I like mild curry, but I don't like tabasco sauce; I like spice, but not heat). I'm okay with trying odd things; I've had and enjoyed ox, goat, eel, buffalo, ostrich, turtle soup (not sure how real it was, but it was so good), alligator, and frog (okay, I was only so-so on the gator and the frog was too fishy for my tastes and too boney to be worth it, but including them as odd food I've eaten).

I'm definitely willing to trade recipes too. I tend to have very Mid-Western recipes, lots of meat and milk and cheese.

Edit: Just FYI, anon comments should be screened if for some reason you want to share with me, but not the rest of the world.

Edit 2: Just to get things started I found a recipe for Butter Beer. I made this for the Super Bowl and it turned out pretty well! It's almost a butterscotch flavor. Don't worry about the candy thermometer; it'll just come to a low boil and keep it around a low boil. I also found no need for the extra froth personally, but it is so good too.

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/234859.html

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Celarania [userpic]

Okay, I've come over to the darkside and changed my account to plus for the icons... the glorious icons...

If this causes problems for anyone, please give me a head's up and I'll revert back to basic if need be. :)

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Celarania [userpic]

Does anyone really want to chat or RP or something? Or do you know someone who might want to RP or chat? I'm have AIM, I can do boards, etc. I'm just bored out of my little mind. That's the problem with being 700+ miles away from your friends. :/

Sorry if this is an odd request, I just thought I'd put my feelers out.

Edit: You're welcome to PM me or something like that if you'd rather not reply here.

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/233436.html

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Celarania [userpic]

Just a heads-up, I won't be around much in the next couple of weeks. My computer is in the shop for a few very weird problems. (Including the wrist rests clicking the mouse! o_O)

Anyway, I'll be around, just not as often.

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/232793.html

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Celarania [userpic]

I've been taking a few art requests on an art site for gift sketches. I've been having fun with them. I've been pushing them a little more, and I've been working from my head more. Again, in large part to help me realize what I don't know. It also gives me a chance to play with different character designs.

Character belongs to Rattle

This one I'm pretty happy with, the stylization is a little kooky, but in a fun and goofy way. I like this better on the page. I don't care for the tail, but I may have just handled it poorly. I was pleased that I was somewhat able to avoid twinning. I'm particularly pleased as long and lanky is hard for me.

Character belongs to Rara

This one I love the body on this one. The head is a little pasted on, but overall not horrible. I really like the fabric and the furry ruff on her outfit.

Critique is welcome of course. :)

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/231255.html

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Celarania [userpic]

I've been really bad and not drawing as much as I really should have, but I'm starting to get back into the habit. One thing I'm making an effort to do is do more "fun" art. Just doodles to start with, but it'll make me work more without a model, figure out poses, just push me and make me realize what I suck at need to work on the most, and hopefully get me started down the road to at least taking some commissions or working on original stuff for portfolios, maybe some stylized stuff.

However, as I've been working on this more, it's one of those things where I can tell what's wrong, but I don't know enough to fix it yet. Like I can see what's wrong and generally to change, but I'm not at the point where I can just do it straight away (I don't know about revisions yet, but I'm assuming I could fix a good deal).

What I'm noticing more and more is that the more I know, the more I think I suck, but at the same time, the more I realize flaws in my classmates and other artists stuff too. I don't mean that as a knock against anyone in the slightest, more just that I may actually be catching up a bit or becoming a little more objective of my own stuff. Well, whatever the reason, I think it's a good thing.

I think what I'll try to do is have something I want to work on each day. You know, like be super aware of my volumes one day, another day gesture, another stylizing things, etc. I just wish it were one of those things where you could actually 'master' one area before moving onto another. You know, like how you can have the basic tool belts for math or science down pat before trying something new.

I think that today I'll do some master copies from Glen Keane and really work on my gestures and story telling. I have the Rapunzel artbook, so I think I'll work from that. As an apology for this really rambly post, here's the self-portrait I was doodling. Normally I'm really appreciative of critique and all, but you probably shouldn't bother with this one. I know that everything is wrong! lol! I also just realized I never drew in the other arm the way I wanted to.

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/230981.html

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Celarania [userpic]

I've just been watching a couple of movies lately and though I might share my thoughts on them. If nothing else it's an excuse to post. :D

The main two movies I've watched over the past couple of days are probably both old enough that I don't have to worry about spoilers, but I'll still put them behind a cut.


The Muppets (2011)
I enjoyed this move a lot. I'm a muppets fan, but by no means a die-hard one. It was generally really upbeat, pleasant, and funny. The songs were really cute and fit in well with the classic muppet songs. Just a really fun film to see. A lot of it was tongue in cheek like the muppets always are, where the silliness is called out, but still part of what makes it so enjoyable. The interaction between Kermit and Piggy was certainly one of the highlights of the movie (as it almost always is). It also had a lot of really touching moments and a lot of fun cameos.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (also 2011, but less confusing title)
This movie just didn't do it for me. The effect were lovely, as expected, but the story reminded me of Avatar and not in a good way. Both seemed to take themselves very seriously, but were pretty silly plots and the silly aspects really stood out and were pretty ridiculous. It was a very silly movie.

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I'm working on a little bit of fanart for a secret santa thing, so hopefully it'll be up soon. I'm looking at gorgeous short for inspiration. I think the more animation savvy readers will know it already, but I think it'll be new for almost everyone else. I don't want to say any more as to not give it away. :)

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/230633.html

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Celarania [userpic]

Hmm... I was going to go with the default picture, but I'm kind of enjoying Chi here.

This is mainly for my new friends on dreamwidth, so my apologies for repeating myself.

I'm a former illustration/animation and biology student. I should have just finished up my classes this December (pending bureaucracy). I have a younger sister who's just about to go to college. I'm a junky for animation and science and I honestly can't get enough of either. I'm a big fan of Disney and would love to work there one day, but I know I have a long way to go too. I also love nerdy stuff! I'm from the Chicago area, but I've lived in a lot of different places too (each time zone in the continental US!) I'm going to be looking for a job as soon as the Christmas season wraps up a little bit. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! :)

I also have a bunch of art to show you guys! Be warned, this post is HUGE! It has a lot of gesture drawings, and I think everything is from life but the two portraits. The images are located under the cut, except for the two with artistic nudity, which will be in link form. :) Critiques are welcome (as always), but I'm not planning on going back to these either as they're mostly quick drawings.

Here's a little preview:

Drawings Behind the Cut!Collapse )

Hopefully I'll get it together soon and upload my animations from the year. :)

Oh! Also, I made a community: [community profile] feedback_studios. It's for getting feedback on your creative projects: art, writing, etc.

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/230233.html

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Celarania [userpic]

For the time being, I'm planning on crossing all entries on my livejournal, celarania, and my dreamwidth account [personal profile] ocelotish.

Apparently this change in the comment page (in addition to being unattractive and laggy), is an indication of things to come: http://manonon.livejournal.com/6816.html

If this annoys you enough to switch over to dreamwidth, you can relatively easily import all your old lj entries and comments: https://www.dreamwidth.org/tools/importer It might take a little while, but it works and it's a one-time thing.

Anyway! On to the real entry:

I had such a good time in San Jose and I really learned a lot too. I feel both fruther from an animation career than ever, and more capable of learning it than ever. I've come a long way in four months, and I feel like I can come a lot further too, and I have the foundation I need to start trying new things. It's always so much harder than it looks.

I'll hopefully post my animations from this semester, should anyone be interested.

Also, I made a huge art resource post on livejournal. If anyone can use it, you can find it here. It will be on dreamwidth too as soon as the importer is done. :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

This entry was originally posted at http://ocelotish.dreamwidth.org/672.html

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Celarania [userpic]

I'm sorry I haven't been around as much, I just moved for the sake of school, and I'm really excited! California is gorgeous! There are hummingbirds and flowers! I haven't seen hummingbirds since high school! I'm so happy about that! My room is wonderful too. It's just a little studio, with a bathroom and closet (there's a shared kitchen for the whole building). I just got internet today though, so that's why I've been MIA.

I do have some art I can post! Half of it is animals, half of it is figures. The figures are NSFW just because they are naked people. The animals are all from the animal alphabet (and also naked if you want to get technical). Any comments and criticism is always welcome.


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I was wondering, is this a good format for the art posts? The preview with the links afterwards?

Also, I've been working on character design for a fox in a project of mine. Would you be interested in seeing that?

Current Location: California!
Celarania [userpic]

So I haven't been around lj much lately. Things have been busy.

I've "graduated" but not really? I certainly went through all the crazy ceremonies! What happened is that I've completed my biology degree, but I've found that I'm about one semester of studio electives away from my BFA in illustration. However, Syracuse has said that I'm essentially not getting any financial aid from them if I go back for the next semester so I decided that it would be silly to stay there. Anyway, I spoke to some of my professors and they recommended I check out San Jose State University. So long story short, I went to San Jose and San Francisco for about a week and found an apartment there and I will be going there next semester to study animation! I'm thrilled! (I also got to go whale-watching which was really fun!)

I have a huge mountain of drawings I can show soon. I do have to scan them all in at some point...
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Yes! I was working on an animal alphabet with odd animals. What I ended up doing was doing three full body pencil drawings and a face shot for all twenty-six animals. I ended up doing six watercolors for the whole project. I'm not sure if I want to show all of them, as they're not all that good (at least at this point). Also, I had some problems with the professor essentially deciding that she hated me. (Long story, but yes, she had personal issues with me and really pulled some jerk moves.) However, my mom claimed the Okapi you see here for her mother's day gift, so that makes me feel a lot better.

The other thing I've been working on lately is my capstone project which will be an animated short. Unfortunately, the more I looked at the story, the less sense it made. Therefore I've been doing more research on shorts and character design. So I have some fun things I can show you that I found. I've fallen in love with the shorts done by a French studio: Gobelins. In particular I recommend La Royaume which is a full short, and a few promos they do for an annul film festival Monstera Deliciosa and Dodudindon (this one is not entirely safe for work).

I also was looking at a bunch of character design stuff and posted an entry on some of the more interesting stuff I found: here. In particular it made me think about how some live-action shows are really good about casting and dressing in a way that really has different silhouettes for their characters (House comes to mind as a good and well-known example). I won't go too deep in depth about it as I figure that the people who are interested can click on the link, and art_skill_trade is a really great community for the more artsy types that read my journal. It's a tutorial community, but they have people who are really serious about art so they find good tutorials.

However, for whatever reason, the personal life isn't as good as it might be. Things have been rough with my teenage sister (I may make a friends-only entry about that at some point in time). Also, I've been feeling light-headed lately can't imagine why, but I've felt light-headed at some point everyday for the last week. My mom wants me to go to the doctor for it, so I'll probably try to go see one soon. On a side note, anyone know the difference between vertigo, lightheadedness, and dizziness?

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Just a head's up, I'll be on much less frequently for a while. I sent my laptop off to get repaired, so now the only option is the family computer, and naturally I'll be on less. I'll still read most lj stuff, but especially with IM/speed of commenting and such there will be a dramatic decrease.

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I have a bunch of new art from this semester that I should upload soon. Luckily my classes seem like they'll generally slow down the second half of the semester so hopefully I'll have more time to get stuff up and posted. I also have a bunch of work from series so I'm debating giving a preview of it and then having a massive art post later. I also have a bunch of gesture drawings that I'm anxious to show off, but I'm kind of picking and choosing the best of them.

The one big thing is that I'll be applying for a bunch of internships in the next couple of weeks, so please keep me in your thoughts/prayers.


Now for the 'good' part of the post. As most of you know, I love movies and in particular I love being able to recommend lesser known animations (Secret of NIHM! See it at all costs!) My family recommended this film for me and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd pass it along.

Before I get to the fun stuff, there are potential issues with it so if any of this are going to be issues for you, it's your choice whether you see it or not. I don't think it will bother the less political of us, so if you're not concerned you can skip this whole paragraph. It is based on an Indian epic, but the movie was made by a white woman who draws parallels her own marriage and prominently features the main character singing Annette Hanshaw songs (also a white woman, acting as the 'singing voice' for an Indian character). The film also critiques the story as a bit misogynistic (and the original epic can be seen as misogynistic depending on how you read it). If any of these things are an out right deal-breaker, I don't think this movie is for you; if you watch it, it's your own choice.

When I list off all the flaws, it seems pretty damning, but each of these are made up by its merits. Sita Sings the Blues is an adaptation of the Ramayana that focuses on Sita's side of the story and her suffering. It has multiple animation styles including a hand-drawn section dealing with the creator's own marriage, shadow puppet narrators voiced by 3 different people from India (each who have their own perspective and their own bias based on their perspective and regional cultures) emphasizing that there isn't one right version of the story, animated traditional-looking paintings, and smooth, stylized sections where Sita sings. In places it critiques the story, as do the Indian narrators, and leaves out parts of the story, but it also doesn't claim to be a definitive version of the Ramayana. It's one person's adaption and it doesn't try to be anything more.

That being said, I liked it. It's very witty, and is generally fun to watch. I wouldn't be recommending it if I didn't like it. I recommend giving it chance; I don't think I've seen anything else quite like it.

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