Category Archives: Sketches

Some in class demos and other miscellany.

#moana studies /composition experiments for a very untimely bit of #fanart #crossover suggested by my wife, with a composition I’ve settled on at the end. #sketchbook #day4 A post shared by John Hill (@john.t.hill) on Jan 4, 2018 at 9:44pm … Continue reading

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A bunch of random art.

You’ll have an easier time following me on tumblr or instagram, but here’s a big ole’ art dump just to stay current.

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I don’t post here all that often anymore.

Aside from steering people towards my demo reel, so here is a big backlog of loose artwork I’ve been doing outside of teaching and paid animation. Random fan art, a CN collab entry, mucking about both traditionally and digitally, some … Continue reading

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Doodles on the sign in sheet….

Week two of teaching this quarter. I did some doodles on the sign in sheet for Animation History as the students watched the cartoons I was lecturing about. Senpai! In my reef? I haven’t doodled in a long time.

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Week 9 and 10 Sketches

Gotta get back into swing. Finish strong in these last five weeks.

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Gesture Studies: Week 5 to Week 8.

Sketching has slowed as more straight storyboarding has increased. However, here are the assigned sketches for Week 5: Action analysis My father in law hands a box to my nephew (we’re moving) A drunken Minn Wild fan (also, coincidentally, a … Continue reading

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The divine magnet at work.

This past week my Preproduction assignment and my sketching for Advanced Storyboarding coincided. So here are some gestures taken from a hippo video I took @ the San Diego Zoo, some years back, and then a couple from my hippo … Continue reading

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Gesture Drawings week 3.

Another trip to Opry Mills.

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Gesture Drawings week 2.

I did these at the Preds vs Ducks game. Definitely my favorite of the first three weeks work.

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cont. Gesture Drawings week 1

And these are the ones I did at Centennial Park and Opry Mills.

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Gesture drawings from Week 1.

Five pages of “from life” gesture drawing is a welcome requirement in our Advanced Storyboarding course. My drawing skills had really started to atrophy. And even with a course like Character Design I found it really difficult to start drawing … Continue reading

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Summer Semester, final update.

With just a few days left before the Winter Semester begins, I’m going to just throw out these remaining drawings that constituted my final in character design. I got a B on the final assignment. I was greatly disappointed to … Continue reading

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Grad School: Fan Art addition.

This week’s assignment was to pick three artist or style genres (out of like, nine possible) and to design some characters emulating their style. A lot of students created a different character for each style, whereas I picked a character … Continue reading

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Grad School Week 10: Character Design, Non-stereotypical hero.

B+ here as well, but there were no drawover notes. The major criticism is that this version of Fred Farroway (the retired super hero turned detective from the Graphic Novel my wife and I think we’re writing) is that he … Continue reading

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Grad School Week 8: Layout, Develop a Concept, Jungle

We were given 8 or so simple prompts to inspire us for a small 5FLD concept sketch. That’s a pretty small layout drawing, which was good, because concepts should be small. We did thumbs and then larger thumbs and then … Continue reading

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Hippo.

  This is probably (barring any unforeseen calamity) one of the two primary characters in my thesis project. She’ll have wings, and she’s actually quite tiny, smaller than a real pygmy hippo, for that project, but I just wanted to … Continue reading

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Character Design: Week 6 and Week 7.

Week 6 we drew portraits. Well, head studies I guess, but when you only draw one or two heads and you shade them and focus on likenesses it’s a portrait to me. I was really down on this assignment. Didn’t … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween 2012.

Here are some layout thumbnails, practicing different design principles. I self imposed a Halloween / Universal Monsters theme on mine, because otherwise I was a little too bored to come up with anything I wanted to draw. Here you’ll see … Continue reading

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Character Design, Week 5.

As much as I appreciate life drawing, and it’s importance, I expected to get into “character design” a bit earlier in my graduate school level character design course. Week 4’s assignment felt like we were on that track, and week … Continue reading

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Character Design Week 4.

Meh. I don’t know. I felt good about this assignment, because I enjoy the idea of this kind of assignment.We were required to stay very close to the original shapes, which is interesting, but I really wanted to go more … Continue reading

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A visit from an old friend.

Internet. I’m taking a 20th Century Philosophy and Art course, and an Acting course, so I’m not drawing in grad school now. Do you want to see videos of a fat guy acting poorly? What, youtube? Okay, then you don’t need … Continue reading

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Grad School Break Time Waster: Avengers Edition

There were two sketches for this idea, but I’m only uploading the final one. You’ll see in the painting WIP that I elongated the Hulk’s torso a bit. I’ll upload the color version once I’m done monkey-ing with a rough background.

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Work Doodles 5_22_12

Trying to jump-start the creative juices so I can do something during the month of break between grad school. Having a hard time doing it though. Have a naked chick, with a skull on her face.

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More work sketches.

taken by my cell phone.                   When my Hulk is out, he goes commando, cause I don’t believe in purple shorts.

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Sometimes you’ve got to force

yourself to sketch for fun. To sketch at work. Whatever. I’m always so burnt out by my grad school work that I don’t sketch for myself at all anymore. So, I forced myself to break all my normal rules today. … Continue reading

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Storyboarding Exercise….

I know, this blog has become a real window to the soul huh? This is an exercise I am definitely going to steal for my students. I’ve thought about a similar one before, if not for the simple exercise of … Continue reading

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Sometimes, I update…

and sometimes you read it. So I’m in Storyboarding and Traditional Animation II this quarter in Grad School. It’s a little weird, because unbeknownst to everyone else involved, I am teaching a storyboarding course simultaneously. So far I am a little … Continue reading

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In class sketch….

Today was a busy day, and it had its ups and downs. While teaching tonight I built a quick profile view library in Toon Boom Animate Pro so I could demo it for the students next week. When I was … Continue reading

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Naked people @ weird angles.

3 figures in different perspectives (reclinig 2pt, sitting 3pt, walking 2pt vertical). We were allowed to use photographs for anatomy reference, but not allowed to draw from actual poses. I used more reference on the 2pt reclining then the others, … Continue reading

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Low-Brow Fall of Man, A quick sketch.

Geeze, try to update your blog from your phone, and it goes all stupid. Here’s a final quick sketch I did tonight while the students worked. I did a couple small thumbnail versions before working on this big one. I … Continue reading

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Kotaku’d.

I had a hard time figuring out how to read this article, but apparently this is a really awesome video game site that all the young internet peeps love. Or something. They say nice things about the video game I … Continue reading

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Another quick pin up.

Still feeling out the copics.

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Marker doodle during class.

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A little extra credit experiment…

Based on a common Paris Hilton photograph. Use Google Image search if you’re that interested. This one was about understanding how to make your model look the way you want them to look, even if they don’t. So I made … Continue reading

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Two figure composition: Telling a story…

Originally I was going to have a friend pose for at least one of the characters in this, but the plan fell through. I had some thumbnails with a woman, but I pretty much had this idea from the start … Continue reading

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I drew the hell out of some feets and hands.

Feet, feety feety feety feet! (Also hands and shoes)

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Things are going smoothly with classes so far.

… but I start teaching again tomorrow. We’ll see how well I juggle this schedule. Here are some drawings I did in my sketchbook during Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro yesterday, and then some ear and head studies for … Continue reading

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Weak Post…

           

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Happy Fourth every one…

Spent the morning watching Tex Avery cartoons (and other MGM work) in bed with my wife and son. For my History of Cartoons class, though we do that kind of thing sometimes anyway. Spent last night on some drawings for … Continue reading

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Grad School Update #1

Buh! I had hoped to be updating on a much regular basis, but things have been remarkably busy during the first week and a half of the three week break from teaching. Grad school is in full swing, and because it’s … Continue reading

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Crayons.

Still my favorite medium. Grad school update coming soon.

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