Art inspiration and reference

My place for collecting inspiration and art reference.
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[DELETED SCENE] Hiccup vs. Eret

Oh wow, some of my old boards! 

From this clip (which also includes storyboards from Tom Owens, the head of story, and Tron Mai) 

(Source: drmwrks)


Rough boards for a cut scene I worked on for Monster’s University:)

(via sketchinfun)

Anonymous asked: I absolutely love your work!! I was wondering, do you animate on photoshop as well? I know its possible, but I also heard its very difficult. Im trying to find ways to create animations once I am done with school and no longer have access to all dem fancy tools~


Thanks so much! I do animate in photoshop. As a person who knows a billion PS keyboard shortcuts I actually feel like it’s a far easier option, but it all depends. Learning how to do new things in a program is almost always intimidating.

I use a free pluggin called AnimDessin, which gives you a lot of tools you can find in flash (onion skinning, copy frame, new frame.) It requires CS6 or CC. The creator Stephane Baril has tutorial videos on his vimeo which are helpful (and is in general a very cool person.) 

Here are some progress shots of how I do things:
imageWork space (full size)imageRough anim (I tend to do very basic roughs unless it’s something i’m not sure will work.)imageFinished!

If I’m working on a film, anything with sound, or anything longer than 10 seconds I also edit in premiere. I use some other programs for minor things and effects, but those are the main ones.

All said, everyone just has to find what’s right for them. I know animators who just like to go paper/light board/scanner, and some who just have one program they’re really into. I can’t vouch for programs I don’t know well, so all I can really say is give everything a chance, download free trials, and figure out what works for you.

I also know over 10 people who animate in photoshop and I don’t think any of them use the same technique to animate! Lots of ways to do things. My way is a little complicated at first, but very tidy and fast for me. 


From creator and show runner Rebecca Sugar:

A few of the boards I jumped in and did for Mirror Gem! My stuff is mixed in there toward the end, inside the incredible Lapis sequence boarded by Paul Villeco!

(Source: rebeccasugar)

samlikes2sketch asked: Hello My name is Sam Williams. Thank You very much for the post about shots and scene direction. I was curious if you know any good books that could further that understanding? I'm used to dealing with composition but i would like to know more about film direction.


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.