Atanas Laskov

Zak's Dragonfly
Wings of Steel tells the tale of Zak and his flying machine with 51 manga illustrations. Zak is a talented engineer in service of the Mage Altos, but he suffers the oppression of the Inquisitors of Altos. The Mage himself views engineering as a dangerous craft, inhibiting the development of advanced technology.

You can buy the graphic novel on Amazon worldwide and Gumroad.

Drawing And Painting For Animation

May 6, 2018 11:01 BST

Some nice artists who make courses and books focusing on animation:

* Sheldon Borenstein is making some neat figure drawing and painting courses. Sheldon’s painterly style is realist/impressionistic, and it could apply well to environment painting for animation.

* Aaron Blaise, formerly at Disney, directed Brother Bear and animated for Lion King, Pocahontas and Aladdin (he designed the tiger Rajah). He’s making courses on animal anatomy (horse, bear, large cats), as well as a course on human anatomy. His character design and character animation courses are awesome.

* Gottfried Bammes was professor of anatomy at Dresden School of Art. He is my drawing hero, the best structural anatomist with Die Gestalt des Menschen (Human Anatomy) and Grosse Tieranatomie (Animal Anatomy). There are some older drawing manuals by Bammes, but they are not as good as the large anatomies.

* George Bridgman is applicable to animation and games, because he breaks up the complex body forms into simple volumes. Bridgman is often compared to Hogarth and Loomis. The first chapter of Die Gestalt des Menschen makes a scalding critique of Hogarth and Loomis because they are drawing “heroic figures of muscles, and not real men.” However, Bammes doesn’t say anything bad about Bridgman. I take it that Bammes approves of Bridgman.

* Stan Prokopenko focuses narrowly on human anatomy. He’s the best at it, who still draws breath.

* James Gurney, author of Imaginative Realism and Dinotopia, makes Gumroad tutorials. A thing about Gurney is that he is obsessed with gadgets. His plein-air setup has all the perks and features, and magnets, the only thing lacking is a steam engine. Compare that to Glenn Villpu who paints using a set of 6 colours in a mint box.

* Ty Carter produces colour key and cinematographic environment painting tutorials.

* Marc Brunet is creating art-school video tutorials for concept art and 3D as part of Cubebursh.

* Comic book artist David Finch has produced two tutorials on dynamic figure drawing and perspective. He advises using simple volumes, studying the masters, and using panties shape for the pelvis.

* A.Eftekhari has created a concept art curriculum. There are many famous concept artists who are doing tutorials this way.

Experimenting With Conté And Watercolour

May 1, 2018 17:24 BST


March 25, 2018 14:14 BST

There was a samurai in Japan who never cut his hair. He never shaved his beard, never washed his body, never married, never had children. He never lost a duel, and just the smell of him could kill a weak enemy.

Animation States

December 26, 2017 11:51 GMT

Ice Witch

November 12, 2017 21:45 GMT

Ice witch, plus a couple unrelated winter scenes.
Ice witch illustration


November 9, 2017 07:05 GMT

Random pedestrians, a stray werewolf.


October 21, 2017 21:01 BST

Showcasing a minor obsession with drapery and wrinkles.

Cathedral’s Spire

September 4, 2017 19:04 BST

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