illosai asked: Holy crap! I hear you're going to be at CTN! Are you holding a booth? My school's animation department has finally gotten big enough to find going to expos relevant. I'd totally love to get the opportunity to meet you!! Maybe get an autograph? Thanks

Yeah I’m sharing half a table with Nate Swinehart! I’ll post more info about it later when I get more deets but I’d love to meet you. Anyone can come by - EVERYONE SHOULD COME BY! I’ll have a sketchbook to sell and some prints and business cards and maybe sketch commissions agh I don’t really know yet. It’s my first time tabling since I was like 16 and I’m sweating so hard haha

I’ve finally gotten around to start scanning some sketchbook shit for CTN in Nov (I’m sharing a table with my pal Nate Swineheart). I’ll be printing my first sketch collective! My sketching styles are so everywhere I worry that people will wonder if they’re all by the same person. 

I’m trying to generate a decent amount of content that I haven’t shared online so that the book can be a little special. I’ll sell the first batch at CTN exclusively but if I have any left overs I’ll put em up for sale online. 

I’m a little nervous. 

instagram jam

drawin girls

i also got a twitter again (sorry)

jouo asked: Hello! Do u know any animators/board artists workin in the industry that haven't attended calarts/went 2 not-as-prestigious/no art school at all? I wanna work in animation but Im afraid if I dont go 2 cal arts or similars Ill hardly get a job

Hi! Hello! I didn’t go to Calarts, I went to SVA! That being said I know PLENTY of people in the industry who haven’t gone to Calarts. Shit, I know plenty of people who never went to college at all or who majored in non-art fields (economics? premed??! political science?!?!). It’s not about where you went to school but how good your portfolio is.

Art college isn’t for everyone! I’m confident enough to say that i’d be in the same position whether or not I went, and many times I wish I hadn’t. As long as you’re passionate to improve and you’re disciplined you can learn all you need to know online. That being said, I’m not saying you should NEVER take art classes. But you don’t have to pay a uni 40k a year to take 3 essential classes that cost 2k. 

iamharis asked: When drawing stuff for Gravity Falls,is it easy to switch back to your regular style? Can drawing a different style affect the way you draw?

I draw the GF crew 8/9 hours a day 5, days a week  (sometimes 6-7 days depending on how behind I am on work hehe). Of COURSE drawing something that much is going to effect your personal work, but luckily you get to decide what you get affected by! Just because I draw Dipper and Mabel all day doesn’t mean that I’ve developed the tendency to give everything big cartoony bug eyes or tube arms (not that there’s anything wrong with that! I love their designs!). But from working here I’ve learned how to economize my line mileage, push my otherwise stiff posing (something I’ve always had trouble with and probably always will), and explore unique dialogue acting. I’ve always prided myself on being versatile, which is probably why I have trouble staying constant to one style. But I usually find no problem switching back and forth between drawing for GF and going home and studying artists like Katsuhiro Otomo or Naoki Urasawa. 

We were talking about wanting to be Marty and then he drew Marty so then I had to draw Marty and now that’s all I want to draw. 

Also I think I can pull it off p well. 

We were talking about wanting to be Marty and then he drew Marty so then I had to draw Marty and now that’s all I want to draw. 

Also I think I can pull it off p well. 

what i see when peeps be wearin cute dresses i can’t afford

what i see when peeps be wearin cute dresses i can’t afford

wowza. diggin through some folders and found these break dancing studies i did almost a year ago. 

wowza. diggin through some folders and found these break dancing studies i did almost a year ago. 

i draw some stupid shit sometimes

i draw some stupid shit sometimes

worldofmaumau asked: HI there, Dana. I wanna ask you something. I love drawing very much and I wished to be a cartoon animator working for companies like CN Studios or Disney. I also want to study in an art school. But, I have a problem. I'm still new to drawing and I'm confused on what topic did I have to learn first so I can draw better. Did I have to learn human anatomy first? Or I have to go straight in studying about cartooning? So, what are your suggestions, Dana? Thx :)

Forget about ‘studying cartooning’ and get a good traditional foundation in your drawing. So that means, observational drawing, figure drawing, learning about perspective, studying from CLASSIC masters, etc etc. GET OFF TUMBLR. GO TO A GOD DAMN MUSEUM. The stronger your foundations, the stronger your cartoon work! You’d be surprised at how heavily even the most stylized shows rely on classic techniques. And once you start understanding construction of the body, the easier it is to dissect character designs, making it even easier to switch back and forth between styles depending on what projects you work on. Good draftsmanship is always in demand! 

I highly recommend checking out the Famous Artists course from the 50s/60s. It focuses on American commercial illustration but the techniques it teaches about composition and color can easily be applied to animation. Even just reading the chapters has helped me improve in my work. Check it out!

But of course, don’t forget to have fun with your stuff. It’s okay to just spend an evening doodling nonsense in front of the TV, it’s therapeutic. Just stay disciplined and focused when you decide to do your studies. 

If you’re such a beginner that you don’t have an artist’s callus and it’s difficult to hold a pencil for more than an hour than just do this: DRAW EVERYDAY! Draw whatever the hell you want. The more the better : ) Once you start feeling more comfortable with pencil and paper the more focused you can become with your studies. 

Good luck! 

sorry for the repost, they told me to make it into a gif. 
My keys from the Wendy > Shapeshifter transformation from S1E2 of Gravity Falls! INTO THE BUNKER! 

sorry for the repost, they told me to make it into a gif. 

My keys from the Wendy > Shapeshifter transformation from S1E2 of Gravity Falls! INTO THE BUNKER! 

My print for Sabrina Cotugno’s kickstarter.

My print for Sabrina Cotugno’s kickstarter.

these two are friends

these two are friends

Gravity Falls Season 2 Ep 1 tonight - SHH DON’T TELL ANYONE. 
I’m kidding. Tell everyone.  

Gravity Falls Season 2 Ep 1 tonight - SHH DON’T TELL ANYONE. 

I’m kidding. Tell everyone.  

im really not good at these things. but whoever suggested jim halpert just became a good friend of mine.
also thanks guys <3

im really not good at these things. but whoever suggested jim halpert just became a good friend of mine.

also thanks guys <3