Went to my first LA drink and draw. It was really fun and I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, so that made it even better.

Here’s all the people that sat at my table. Including a self portrait at the top, samvvize and Mandee were there too. : D

Anonymous asked: You know, you got a daily deviation on DeviantArt??

Whoa! I had no idea, thanks for the heads up. I haven’t checked in on my DA in a year I think. 

cantspellawesomewithoutme asked: Wow, you are a phenomenal artist! Someday, with a lot of practice I hope to be on your level

Oh man! Thank you so much for this wonderful message!

I’m sure anyone artistically inclined can get really good with enough practice. Personally, I’ve put in a shit ton of hours, and have gotten in the habit of drawing from life anytime i have a little bit of down time. If you do that, and other practice exercises consistently, you’ll notice a marked improvement in your work. It’s all about practicing smart.

Went to see azizisbored on Saturday for my birthday. Was doodling people in the crowd while waiting for the show to start. But then an announcement came on and said cartooning wasn’t allowed and I had to quickly put everything away. They were onto me.

Tumble Leaf, the show I’ve been storyboarding on, has been accepted to participate at the Annecy International Film Festival!

I can’t wait for it’s release so you guys can check it out.

Lunch time portrait. Decided to do @janellemonae because her music got me through some stressful weeks of storyboarding work. 

This took like 15 minutes. Brushpen on Bristol and I colored it with some random crayola color pencils I found laying around.

Lunch time portrait. Decided to do @janellemonae because her music got me through some stressful weeks of storyboarding work.

This took like 15 minutes. Brushpen on Bristol and I colored it with some random crayola color pencils I found laying around.

People I saw on the LA subway. These are all really short 1-2 minute doodles.

Drew these as a farewell to my boss, who was leaving the storyboard department to move onto other projects. It’s the story people, the director, and the editors as star wars peeps.

I decided to go ahead and put up some of my most liked images up in a shop.  At first I wasn’t sure about including the Up drawing, but after discussing it would several other artists, I decided to give it a shot. 

Anonymous asked: I know you're probably asked a lot of questions regarding basic drawing skills. I want to do a flip book and am having trouble setting the "ball" I'm working on in the right spots (background,foreground,front) and getting the shapes just right (flat, round, squished.. ). Any tips? Thank you, Kristal.

I was taking a bit to think about this answer. I’m not an animator, so I can’t give you too much advice in relation to that, but I might have some advice for placing your object.

I was talking it over with my friend and we agreed that if you made use a shadow it could really help place your ball on the background. It’ll help establish where the ground plane is in relation to your ball. Especially when the ball is in the air, use the shape and size of the shadow to show how far away it is from the floor. (Smaller shadow for further away, bigger for closer. And the distance between the shadow and the object will also help establish how far away the ball is in the air.)

As for squash and stretch of the ball, theres tons of tutorials and examples online.  Here’s one that seems pretty straight forward.

http://megsmcg.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/ball-bouncing.jpg

Hope that helps!