Q: I really like your art! Where do you get inspiration from or who inspires you? -Anonymous

Thanks! I did an Influence Map quite a while ago but my current main inspirations shift around a ton (I’m inspired by a ton of art but it would take a day and a half to say it all). Here’s a giant list of current inspos under the cut (may have overlap with the influence map).

Generally, I’m influenced by really cool and smart styles, really well rendered stuff, storytelling, character acting and interaction, as well as the passion and drive of artists themselves towards their goals >v<. Not all my influences are visual based either.

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July 9th 20

1) For someone going into animation like me, it’s like visual note taking about human behavior. Things you notice about people but forget unless you put it down in some form. Eventually you gain muscle memory about how stuff looks and moves and interacts and it’s super helpful getting understanding from the raw source.

2) Uhhh like taking stuff from art books and kinda just copying the strokes? An early example. It’s easier to copy stuff that’s more realistic instead of trying to copy more stylized abstract stuff. For the second part of your ask, you learn the muscles and movement by studying them in books, you look for them in real life and you adjust your understanding of how they look to your own taste.

3) Thanks! Do you mean making a base skeleton? I sometimes do a really rough outline so I don’t draw my figure off the page but often I just draw directly on the page. Depends on my intent. If you’re still figuring out what works for you, experiment with many different styles! You can also alternate between drawing methods. 

July 8th 13

Thank you for the birthday wishes!

July 8th 2
Q: Hello! I was wondering, how do you use gouache? I am sort of a noob at that medium... -Anonymous

Sorry, I’m new to the medium too. I don’t really know how to use it either tbh.

Here are some tutorials/processes by people who know the medium better than me




June 30th 35


Anon 1:

Good question! My knowledge of anatomy comes from all sorts of places. Originally it came from copying from other artists and looking at online tutorials. I found it most productive later when copying from master artists who had learned how to correctly express anatomy.  It’s helpful to get information about anatomy before testing it out yourself in life drawing. I’m not exactly sure what the second part of your message is asking about, but I think life drawing and studying from books should work together. Over time, you can find things yourself in live models that others haven’t, which you can use yourself to make a personal style.

Anon 2:

You don’t have to do classic figure drawing to get good at drawing people. An alternative is to go somewhere where there’s a lot of people. Go to the zoo if you want to see a lot of excited kids (and animals), the coffee shop, the gym, every location has its own set of unique people and actions. The poses will be fleeting so you can try discreetly taking pictures (don’t share them) and draw from those if you want to go beyond quicker poses. You can also ask family members to lay down or do something stationary for a period of time while you draw them. If you want to see anatomy better in nude models, try getting a few books with figure drawing examples and copying from those.

June 28th 5


DAY 2 - Someone you like, Celebrity

Janelle Monae is my queen and role model!! Her music is socially aware, not to mention catchy. The image she crafts for herself is really smart and inspiring. I admire her confidence, determination, and passion. 

Animation referenced off her music video for Tightrope

June 26th 303 via

Babysitting au aka excuse to draw the characters as they really are (giant babies)

June 26th 1240
Q: do you have any tips for setting up/offering art commissions? -Anonymous

TBH I’m the last person you should ask for this because I rarely get commissions when I offer them BUT I’d say rule of thumb: don’t underprice your art, even if you think you don’t draw very well. The audience you attract with your prices tend to value your art at those prices.

It’s hard to judge the value of a piece of art, but if you want to start out try asking yourself how much you want to be paid per hour for drawing something, and price accordingly to how long it takes to finish something, so you have a minimum starting point. As you get more experience doing commissions you should probably raise/adjust accordingly.

Also, try having some kind of focus when selling your art. Offering way too many options clutters up the post, and doesn’t give people a good idea of your strengths as an artist. Sell a style, something that makes you stand out.

Other tips: make the post easy to read, look at other people’s commission posts for reference. Good luck!

June 23rd 5

Colored Sketch Commissions, 10$ ea (add character + 10$). Digital only.

  • At most waist up
  • Simple/no background
  • Some NSFW allowed (please negotiate)
  • Payment through Paypal, USD

Email toriknew@gmail.com if you are interested. Payment must be received before I begin the commission.

Boosts are appreciated! Thank you!

June 23rd 141

It’s here, it’s now, the Calarts ‘18 blog is up! The prospective Character Animation students will be doing cool prompts as a group and possibly more stuff. You should stay tuned for updates!

June 20th 80