Happy October!!!!  Let the spookiness begins!!!!!  

Tuesday Tips — Composition 101, Rule of 1/3

This is an easy one to remember.  Divide your canvas in third, both horizontal and vertical.  And put your focal point where the line intersect.  

Sometimes I don’t always have it right away at my initial sketch, then no worries, just move around your canvas a bit and adjust it.  

This example is from KFP Legend of the Masters when I worked with Max Boas and Nate Wragg.



Happy National Coffee day!!!!!  Make yourself a nice cup of coffee and start your Monday!


The internet has so much to offer in terms of movie analysis and film direction. I find books about film direction extremely hard to digest. I don’t feel engaged. But short (or long) analysis of movies on Youtube, Vimeo, etc. are super fun to watch and easy to listen to while working on some other stuff. I’m not talking here about analysis that deal with them/plot/motif/etc. i’m talking about videos that decipher the “craft” of shooting a film. My favorite these days are Tony Zhou’s videos on Vimeo (they might be on YouTube as well). 


Start with this Spielberg’s Oners:

Then try Edgar Wright - How To do Comedy:

You’ll be hooked. I’ll think about more about Youtube channels and references and post them soon.


A session from last year. Done with Sharpie, held like a Conte stick. There’s a period of time where I would exclusively use Sharpies when life drawing. I thought it was the best way to transfer the technique and knowledge to my everyday work (storyboarding), using a simple black line to define everything. I’ve since gone back to Conte stick, but I think I will attempt Sharpie life drawing once in a while, because there’s a directness that comes from it that’s really hard to achieve with other medium.

Also, I love drawing models of all shapes. I wish there was more variety in body shapes available from models.  I should look more into it.


I was going through some piles of newsprint pads lately and found a bunch of sketches. Some are from sessions at the studio, and some are from Bob Kato’s Drawing Club. Like this pirate right here. I feel like I got the likeness, but the line work and shading feels a bit too abstract and undefined. More old sketches to come.

First of all, thank you for your kind words. As for capturing the “essence” of a person, it’s a lifelong pursuit. Beside the drawing part of capturing someone, I always try to think about who or what they remind me of: a character in a film, a friend, etc. It really helps to build from something or someone you know. It can even be a larger “idea” I try to keep in mind when drawing. For example, if someone exudes an air of “disdain”, I will try to push that idea or reinforce it in every facet of the drawing/sketch. If I can’t find any idea behind the model, I try to focus on a very specific physical attribute and play with it (wild hair, long legs, angular shapes, etc.). I hope this helps.


Some more life drawing from last year. A strong, bold model that reminded me of some sort of viking lady. Also, a bonus goblin sketch done in between poses.

Some costumed life drawing from last year. Surprisingly, I still like them. Sharpie on newsprint paper.


Life Drawing 09/18/14

Always interesting to deal with “wild” hair. I usually try to push it in a shape that accentuate the feel of the pose.