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.