Thursday, October 31, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Magic of Cartoonists

Iconography Part 9 - Visual Vocabulary of Graphic Novels, Comic Books and Comic Strips

Art Tricks

Whiteope - open space left between lines to separate foreground elements from the background.

Boozex - Three Xs marked on a bottle to suggest booze. No need for brand names!

Digitrons - The dotted lines that show which way a comic strip character is pointing or eye direction (looking)

Lapsebeams - show time has passed

Dotted line - Indicate trail to follow or path taken.

More to come. Stay connected

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Iconography Part 8 - Visual Vocabulary of Graphic Novels, Comic Books and Comic Strips

Tactile Sensation

Clouds obscure figures with sparks and lighting bolts flying out - indicates a brutal and vicious fight.

Burst lines (a short series) - indicate surprise, yelling, weird sound, clapping, applause.

Smoke - indicate explosion

Sensory Sensation

Waftarom - the pair of elongated wavy lines indicating odor or aroma, usually emanating vertically from the source and then traveling horizontally, as if on a breeze.

Hunger - substitution of body parts or whole people for food substances

Doozex - Sawing of a log -  Snoring

to be continued...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Turn on the Night Lights

Iconography Part 7 - Visual Vocabulary of Graphic Novels, Comic Books and Comic Strips


Dites - Diagonal, straight lines drawn across flat, clear and reflective surfaces, such as windows and mirrors.
Hites - Drawn on something indicating reflectivity (puddle, glass, mirror).
Vites - Vertical straight lines indicating reflectivity.
Lucaflect - A shiny spot on a surface of entity, depicted as a four-paned window shape.

Solrads - Radiating lines drawn from something luminous like a lightbulb, sun or candle.


Exotherm - Wavy, rising lines used to represent process or reaction that releases energy from the entity, usually in the form of heat or steam.

to be continued....
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Comic Book Story in Progress

Drawing, Coloring and Lettering

Here's one page of rough pencils from a project that's long over due for being completed. I'll share the progress as I go along. This and redoing my web site have diverted my time away from my blog, so I figured I share it with you.

art copyright 2013 H. Simpson

Tomorrow, back to the Visual Vocabulary

Monday, October 14, 2013

Twerking, Stagerring and Agitating the Visual Vocabulary of Comics

Iconography Part 6 - Visual Vocabulary of Graphic Novels, Comic Books and Comic Strips

Physical action or state

Staggeration - The dotted lines tracing the path of an inebriated character.

Blurgits  - Curved lines preceding or trailing after a character's moving limbs.

Briffits - Clouds of dust that hang in the spot of a swiftly departing entity.
Hites - Horizontal straight lines trailing after entity moving with speed.
Hites and puffs of smoke indicate great speed.

Sphericasia - Curved action line indicating great swing like a roundhouse punch.

That-a-tron - Lesser sphericasia indicating the repeated motion of pointing, usually a pair of curved lines parallel to the end of the pointing digit or object.
Agitrons - Wiggly lines around a shaking object or character. Lesser sphericasia indicating the repeated motion of a head shake, usually a pair of curved lines parallel to the head. (you often see these when a character is stunned by what they see) Double lines (one or more sets) - indicate vibration, movement, trembles or shaking
Swalloops - complete sphericasia. (classic example is the arc of Thor's swinging hammer)

Neoflect - Entity is brand spanking new.


Musical notes - singing
teardrops - crying
Bubbles coming from someone’s nose or mouth – inebriation

to be continued... 
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Do You Want to Get Into Animation Industry?

Attend This Animation Portfolio Review

This is not a review to get a job. These are professionals who are taking their time to give you feedback on your portfolio.

If you want to get your portfolio in shape then attend

Show 'em What You Got! - Portfolio Critique and Brunch

Take charge of your own future by putting yourself in the room with some of the best professional talent in this industry to dig deeper and get a critique on your art.

Showem What You Got is held on the second sunday of every month. This month it is held on October 13th at the Center Stage Gallery (Presented by CTN) in Burbank CA.

First come first served is FREE.
Connect with the pros, get feedback and enjoy brunch @CSG.

Center Stage Gallery @CSG
847 North Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
818 259 1598


Thursday, October 3, 2013

ArtRage 4 Tool Box Tutorial

I still haven't totally unpacked form moving and work is piling up. So until I can get back to the Visual Vocabulary here are some ArtRage Tutorials. #ArtRage is very inexpensive and easy to use.

Remember ... Just Create!