Q: strong motion and stylization, also pedals -gelatofish

ah yes

August 20th 1
Q: noticeable: weeabo shit. but also nice painting fundamentals 8~) -herskodile

yeah that sounds about right

August 20th 4
Q: sorry if you were asked this before but do u have any tips on avoiding same facing? i like how diverse you draw everyone! i've noticed when i draw everyone looks the same save for the eyes. i'm not sure how to break this bad habit.. -Anonymous

Great question! I’m certainly learning myself and I still have a long way to go with design, but here are some tips based on what I know so far about designing diverse characters. Let me demonstrate with the colorful and varied cast of Yowapeda.


I like to start big by asking myself what overall shape a character’s face would have. Thinking in shapes makes it easier to add variety.  There’s a language about characters in shapes. Round shapes are coded for cuteness, angular and pointed shapes may code for intensity and brashness, etc.imageI also try to repeat the shape throughout the design. It creates good unity.


General realism proportions call for rigid rules of feature positions, but after a certain point, it’s fun to mess with them and really push a face more. Especially after you learn about proportions, try exaggerating them or positioning them with purpose on a face.


What I always keep in mind while designing or interpreting a face is the character behind that face. I try to make a face that most efficiently gets across the POINT of the character. It helps to associate characters with animals, objects, etc, since it will inform your design and make it more distinguishable.

I’m sorry I kinda just drew at you and didn’t explain much but I hope you understand somewhat?

Peace out. 

August 18th 273

Thank you cards for Ashley’s Gofundme. Rewards are drawn by incoming Calarts students. Please consider donating!

August 17th 22
Q: How can I improve my lines? -Anonymous

draw with pen and draw like someone’s just set your butt on fire.

August 11th 31

Makin’ my way downtown, drawin fast, faces pass and I’m Sanic.

im sanic

August 10th 223

if anyone has had trouble distinguishing imaizumi from arakita…..

August 8th 418



Incoming CalArts Character Animation BFA1 classmate Ashley Nicole Boyd was recently diagnosed with hearing loss. She worked very hard to be accepted into CalArts, and it would be a huge loss to our community if she were not able to attend because she could not hear her instructors.

Ashley says:

My hearing loss is genetic, and I was diagnosed this summer after getting unrelated surgery.

The hearing supplies I’m trying to pay for are Widex Dream 440’s, an M-Dex so I can use my phone, connect to computers & bluetooth devices, and a bluetooth microphone for professors to wear during class so I can hear them.

Without my hearing devices, I can’t attend CalArts as I won’t be able to hear professors or films, but I also won’t be able to return to work since my hearing loss makes me miss 40%+ of human speech.

****Some students from CalArts Character Animation’s incoming BFA1 class have offered to help Ashley by donating original art, ranging from thank-you card doodles to full commissions, as reward levels. Please check them out!****

Our goal is set to $7500 to account for the 5% GoFundMe fee and the 2.9% + $.30 per donation fee for WePay. Any excess funds not used for Ashley’s hearing supplies or site fees will be used for tuition.

Hey guys! An incoming classmate of ours is holding a GoFundMe. Help is much appreciated!

August 6th 1922 via

plz read lucky & scary by hannah if you like stylish gals dating and walking all over men this is very important.

August 2nd 22

no matter how much you call anime boys trash the true trash is yourself.

(For @hq_69min trash prompt)

August 1st 3238