Monday, November 19, 2012

Drawing Hands 103 - Nailed It!

Hey everyone.  I received a comment from one of my last drawing hands posts over at Animator Island:
"Catplanet wrote:
I always get screwed up on fingernails because the make my hands look like claws and I don't know what I'm doing wrong."
Here's a lesson I did over at Drawniversity covering how to put the nails on fingers.
For the full 7 pg. lesson click over to Animator Island's Nov 19 1012 Post

Friday, October 26, 2012

Drawing Hands 102

Hey Guys.  I got a lot of good feedback about HAND DRAWING 101.  So, I'm going to keep it going.  
There's a new Hand Drawing Lesson up:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja MONSTER DRILL

Hey Randy Fans!  
Tomorrow on THURSDAY OCTOBER 18 two 11min. episodes of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja that air at 7pm on DISNEY XD to make one 1/2 hour show! (well, 22 min w/ commercials)  The first episode is MONSTER DRILL: Directed by Yours Truly (that's me) and storyboarded by Alex Almaguer and Dan O'Conner. In this episode, Randy and Howard have a falling out during the schools "Monster Drill" (like a fire drill) The second episode ATTACK OF THE KILLER POTATOES is Directed by Mike Milo. Ninja has to fight the mutated science projects. 

Animatic Editor (Monster Drill) Nico Colaleo

Art Direction by Otto Tang.

Supervising Director Shaun Cashman

Written by (Monster Drill) David Shayne

Ben Schwartz (Randy)
Andrew Caldwell (Howard)
Tim Curry (The Sorcerer)
John Di Maggio (McFist)
Megan Mullally (Mrs. Driscol)
John Oliver (Coach Green)
Jim Rash (Principal Slimovitz)
Kevin Micheal Richardson (Viceroy)
Cassie Scerbo (Heidi)
Dave Wittenberg (Bash)

Storyboard Revisions by Tom Mazzocco, Bronwen Barry & Kevin Thresher

We're all located at Titmouse Inc 

Final Animation by Boulder Media

You can also get the show on iTunes for anytime viewin'. 

Here are some of my production drawings from MONSTER DRILL



Here's a couple posters by Randy Background Designer Jack Cusumano for the episodes

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Drawniversity - Drawing Hands 2

I've added 4 more pages to the Drawing Hands Sample Lesson over at Drawniversity.  It was in response to a comment left on the article I did over at Animator Island.  Here's the comment, and below is one of the new pages.

Draw up!

Don't forget to watch more new episodes of Randy Cunningham:9th Grade Ninja on Disney XD and iTunes

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Randy Cunningham:9th Grade Ninja - Halloween Episodes

Hey Randy Fans!  
On MONDAY OCTOBER 15 the HALLOWEEN episodes of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja air at 7pm on DISNEY XD.  There are two 11 min episodes to make one Hallow-riff-ic 1/2 hour show! (well, 22 min w/ commercials)  The first episode is DAWN OF THE DRISCOLL: (Directed by Mike Milo / Storyboarded by Scott Bern and Fred Cline) Randy accidentally brings the mad scientist back to life. The second episode NIGHT OF THE LIVING MCFIZZLES is Directed by Yours Truly (that's me) and storyboarded by Alex Almaguer and Dan O'Conner. In this episode, Randy and Howard wonder why everyone in town is turning into zombies. Hopefully these episodes will stand the test of time and be a recurring and remembered Halloween treat.  Look out Grinch! (okay, that was blasphemy)

Animatic Editor Nico Colaleo

Art Direction by Otto Tang.

Supervising Director Shaun Cashman

Written by David Shayne

Storyboard Revisions by Tom Mazzocco, Bronwen Barry & Kevin Thresher

We're all located at Titmouse Inc 

Final Animation by Boulder Media

You can also get the show on iTunes for anytime viewin'. 

Here are some of my production drawings from NIGHT OF THE LIVING MCFIZZLES

Here's a couple posters by Randy Background Designer Jack Cusumano for the episodes

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How To Draw Howard Weinerman

A little something I put together at the beginning of production to figure out how to get the character down quickly and consistently.

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja TV Schedule

Monday, October 1, 2012


Hi everyone!  I want to let you all know about something I'm very excited about, - DRAWNIVERSITY! Personalized drawing instruction geared toward your talent and skill set.  

Send in your drawing and recieve drawn and written notes specific to that drawing and you.

  • FILMMAKERS: Want to storyboard your film, but have a hard time getting your ideas down on paper?  Drawniversity can help you get the basics without getting bogged down in specifics that can clog up your creative flow.  See how you can get the essentials of what you need to tell a story in the frame.
  • BEGINNERS: Learn the basics and grow from there.  Find out what things you are naturally good at and nurture them while broadening your knowledge.
  • ACCOMPLISHED ARTISTS: If you are an experienced artist, trouble spots can creep in and can get the best of us. Do you have a drawing you're working on that just needs some help in a few spots?


Here's an example of what you'll find here:

Artist and fellow Blogger J.K. Riki knew I was starting Drawniversity soon.  He emailed me recently:
"... I'm having a heck of a time with capturing these hands I'm trying to draw from a photo. I imagine you're as busy as always, but if you happen to have two minutes to tell me how you might approach it, I'd be really grateful. I've tried to capture them a dozen times but they just don't look right on paper for me. They keep flattening out and looking more like an alien camel than a hand. :P
Any thoughts would be appreciated! If you can't fit it into your schedule, no worries, I'll keep at it. Thanks."
Well, it took me longer than two minutes, but I wanted to put out a tutorial on hands for a while, There are a lot of great Hand How To's online that I have seen, but if you aren't familiar with drawing hands, there is a lot going on and it can get cluttered up.  This is a technique I "came across" a long time ago and it always guides me when I get a little lost or keeps me on track if I start with it from the get go.


My Friend Matt Brailey, an animatic Editor here on Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja, was trying to do some storyboards for a short film he is doing.  He asked if I could help him with his drawing because he has never had any sort of training.  He ended up doing a much better drawing than I anticipated.  I kept things very simple and recognized how much his brain would be able to deal with.  That is what I find is going to be special about Drawniversity.  It's not "draw like me / do what I do."  It's "Okay, where are you at, and what do you need to know and understand to put what is in your head down on paper?"

Here's a couple of samples of what I did for Matt:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Drawing Mcfist

Here's some tips I made during production on how to draw McFist.

You can also get the show on iTunes for anytime viewin'. 

Here's a poster by Jack Cusumano for the episode I directed entitled House of 1,000 Boogers.


Poster by Jack Cusumano                                                       Poster by Nico Colaleo

Monday, September 24, 2012

Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja: House Of 1,000 Boogers. That's right, Boogers.

My episode of Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja, entitled House Of 1,000 Boogers (yes, you read that right) is airing tonight on the tube - In this episode Randy and Howard crash a party and discover it is a plot to unmask the Ninja.  Anyhow, 7pm Mon Sept 24 and a replay at 4pm on Sept 25 on Disney XD.  

You can also get the show on iTunes for anytime viewin'. 
And at the moment, the Episode is streaming HERE in the videos section 
(on the left, under the Randy Logo)
This Episode was Storyboarded by Alex Almaguer, Dan O'Conner

is my animatic editor.  I work with Nico directly the most.  We edit together the drawings and time them out, add temp music and sound FX to make a rough episode.

Art Direction by Otto Tang.

Supervising Director Shaun Cashman

Written by Hugh Webber 

Here's some production drawings of mine from the show.