Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

It's the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the US and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best! Here's something I just completed as a greeting on behalf of my school. Thank you for being such an awesome and excellent community. I'm grateful for your attention and for the many years you've been following my blog. May you always have joy in your life and lots of good food in your belly! 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 NHRA Awards - Hollywood

Hey there folks hope this finds you well. I was invited to help out a little with the set up at the National Hot Rod Association Awards in Hollywood this past Monday Nov 13. Had a fun time hanging out at the Dolby Theater Complex which is where they have the Academy Awards ceremony. There's a banquet hall on the top floor above the theater where the Oscars are held. This is where the NHRA had their shindig. I got a couple of photos to share so here ya go...




Thursday, November 09, 2017

I painted this

Well I got out my trusty ol' acrylic paints that are older than everyone in the classroom except for me. And they're still wet! This is a reverse process of what I said I would do in the last post. I did it in one night as a demo and kept going until it was done.









Saturday, November 04, 2017

I'm going to paint this...

... in acrylics. This is the pencil sketch on a small piece of illustration board. Soon it will be covered by pigment and lost to the creative process so that something colorful can emerge from it. Good thing there's scanning technology! I'm inspired to paint.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Toot yer horn

I'm always happy to come here and show what I'm doing. You guys have been a great audience for a long time. Having fun listening to music and then I wind up with something.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ArtShark Halloween 2017

Here we are at another October 31 and Halloween! To celebrate I had a great time creating a promotion piece for my school featuring our mascot ArtShark. Here's the final version in color which I completed in the afternoon. Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween and that you eat lots of candy and assorted goodies.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lady Vampires

Here's a follow up to the vampire queens from before. Put the three together and we've got an interesting trio.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Vampire vamps

It's the Halloween season and that means having fun with vampires! This evening I enjoyed spending time sketching with my students. The theme we settled upon was vampire queens so I gave it a go and came up with these two compositions. Anytime I have a chance to draw or create something new I do my best to take advantage of that window of opportunity.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Red Sonya in red

Conan the Barbarian had a partner in Red Sonya. She was a fearless female fighter in the barbarian style. I drew this during the past week in session with my students. Thought I'd use red pencil to accentuate Sonya's redness. I don't know why I drew her in this way but it is what it is and that's what it is. In any case it's always fun to create and draw and I value the time when I have a chance to do it. This is a work in progress and I may finish it up with black line.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Conan the Barbarian - another version

I was drawing with my students this evening and had a hankering for doing a picture of Conan the Barbarian. So I did. There are certain subjects that I like to explore on occasion and Conan is one of them. He was one of my favorite comic book characters in my growing up years. This is blue pencil and ball point pen which I've been using a lot lately. 

Monday, October 02, 2017

The Animation Academy on Patreon



Hello to all and I hope this finds you doing great! The community on my blog is a special one as I've enjoyed very much featuring my art here and interacting with a terrific group of individuals. I want to let you know about something I launched a few days ago. It's a perfect system for us. Something special that I have high hopes for. I launched a Patreon page for my school in Burbank California. 

I haven't gotten into broad [promotion with it yet but so far we have 5 members lined up and I'm looking to see if I can interest any of you fanstastic and lovely folks here to consider either entering the program or supporting it in a small way.

The idea is to build an educational community on Patreon that uses the monthly based crowdfunding site as an alternation or an optional resource for artists out there who are looking to improve upon their work. Especially character designers and artists who'd like to develop and improve their skills as they apply to animation and related fields.

This is something new on Patreon and new for me. I've been conducting classes online for going on 2 years now and I've gotten very experience at it. I'm looking to migrate to Patreon and develop something that will give everyone an opportunity at affordable education at varying levels. And if you're not an artist a resource that will inspire you to create and also to support The Animation Academy in Burbank which has done great things for many people. I've had the school for 20 years this January and I'm excited about taking it in a new direction. I think Patreon is the perfect way to go.

Looking to expand our core group for new and amazing things with exciting prospects and potential.  

Consider signing up by clicking on the graphics above or the text links to the Academy's Patreon site. And if you know of others who'd benefit from something like this please pass the word along. I sincerely thank you! 

Keep Creating !!

Charles Zembillas
Director and Founder
The Animation Academy
Burbank California
USA


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Three Little Piggies

Another assignment from my students. Boy they're tough! Last time it was the Big Bad Wolf. This time it's the Three Little Pigs. From class this evening...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lady Liberty

I had an idea and spent the evening drawing it out with my students in class. A new concept for Lady Liberty which is an iconic symbol in the US. I thought I'd make her look like an angelic African American lady draped in the flag. A former slave whose chains morphed into flowers which she used to bless the land with forgiveness and love. A different take on a classic American theme. Maybe in this time of turmoil in our country and the world this can help with a positive message as modest as it is.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Big Bad Wolf too - line

Got out a ball point black line pen and put a finishing touch on BBW2. See previous post for the blue line rough.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Big Bad Wolf too

Something fun. Here's another version of the BBW in a different direction. The blue pencil demo from class this week. Will add black line.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

ArtShark sez have a "Happy Autumn!"

It's the first day of Fall in the northern hemisphere and I thought I'd celebrate by posting a picture of my school's mascot enjoying the time of year. This is something I did a couple years ago and never got around to using it so I dug up ArtShark and placed him in an autumn setting. Used the image to say hello to the Academy's followers on Facebook. Why not post it here for the wonderful people that visit my blog. Hope you have a very pleasant season.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Big Bad Wolf

Yippee! Finally got a chance to draw a character! I've been caught up in many distractions and issues and what have you. I'm happy to say that at least for now I'm able to do something creative. Last couple of evenings at my school my students gave me an assignment. I was directed to design my version of the Big Bad Wolf from the Three Little Pigs story. These sketches are my first pass on the character. Normally in a professional situation I'd come up with lots of different variations. In class I used the opportunity to provide a demonstration for my fantastic students. Blue pencil and ball point pen. Hope everyone is doing well and as always thanks for checking in.


Monday, September 04, 2017

The Burbank Fire - September 1 - 3 2017

Hello there friends and followers and all you great people! It's been a while since I posted. Not because my blog has been out of mind but for the same reasons I've stated before only even more so. Very busy with my school and just trying to deal with all the incoming stuff every day. At times it's relentless. Doing my best to balance it all out. Unfortunately it comes at the expense of my personal creativity. But I have been doing some things and will follow up in the near future with what I've been up to. 

This was the Labor Day weekend in the US which is our last holiday of the summer season. This past week we've had a heat wave in Burbank that culminated in a massive fire in the foothills. It started in a canyon beyond the ridge on Friday Sept 1. At around 4 pm I saw it as and breached the ridge and headed towards the town. Went to the roof of the building where my school is at and took some pictures.  Here's what it looked like at that time...


Here's a tighter picture. It was an aggressive raging inferno that would soon be threatening homes...


Around midnight I went to the rooftop again to see how bad it was. The fire became very widespread. Way beyond what you're seeing here. This was the area that was directly threatening Burbank. At this point is was bearing down on the hillside homes. 


Sorry about the poor image quality of the picture below. My phone camera wasn't made for zooming in on wildfires at night. At this point the fire line was approaching houses. I thought there was no chance of saving them. The spots of lights you see at the bottom right and along the lower parts of the picture are neighborhoods. 


Check out this amazing and dramatic photo. I don't know who took it. A friend sent it to me that night. They got it from someone else. This is downtown Burbank California in the area of Cartoon Network.


As it turned out the firefighters did an outstanding job. Helicopters dumping water and flame retardant all weekend saved just about all the homes and property and there was no loss of life. A big thanks also to Providence for keeping the winds low and for the rain that fell in our area on Sunday Sept 3 which helped to kill the blaze. In all my years living in this area I can't remember a time when we got rain in early September. But we did! Miracles never cease. Burbank is a very special place and God protects this wonderful city. At least that's how I feel about. Anyway here's what the smoldering fires looked like late Sunday afternoon Sept 3 around 48 hours after they started.

    
I shot some video too which I'll add to this post later on. Even when disaster strikes remember that life is good and precious and it's beautiful. Count our blessings every day. Peace love and happiness to you!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Fox Character - Sketch - tone - color

Here's something from a couple of online sessions starting in character design and moving to vizdev. 
A simple and academic method for developing one's digital color skills and techniques. Drew this concept in Photoshop on a Cintiq and placed a light source on the image to create a shadow layer and enhance the dimensional illusion. 


Next I established the tonal relationships of the composition using tint layers...


Followed that up with a series of color tints and built up my highlights using a semi-opaque brush setting. The color I used is highlighted.


For those who enjoy viewing things horizontally...


We learned something and had a good time.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Afros - Doing the bump

Continuing with my theme as of late I was working with an online student last week helping her with an assignment in Character Design 2. In this segment of the class we work on getting a couple of characters interacting together within a single composition. To assist my student I created a series of sketches whereby the characters I was exploring moved together in a dance from the early days of disco in the 1970's. It was called the bump and it was very popular for a while.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Afros

Having fun creating demos through online sessions. Here's something I did this week while working with a student in Greece. I'm exploring afro hairstyles as my personal theme for the visual development class. This brother would be into the black national movement of the late 1960's / early 70's. Painted in Photoshop very spontaneously.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Catching up again

Howdy there lovely people and thanks for checking in. Man it's been going strong at my school as we're at full capacity both in class and online. Time has been demanding the past few weeks but I've accomplished a lot and things are stabilizing nicely. I'm getting a few moments where I can whip up a demo usually online. So here's a few that I've created lately as part of the lesson. 

Thank you kindly for checking in and following my blog in light of my absence.  You're marvelous and special. Good luck to everything you do. Have fun with your art and all things creative!.




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Buddha Lady

This is a class demo in progress. I plan on finishing it in black line soon. We were discussing Buddhism and I got the idea of a female Buddha type character so I came up with this image while drawing with students.