The Candy Jar
An email sent from director of character animation at CalArts, Dan Hansen


We ALWAYS look for samples of life drawings. Ideally 12 samples or
more. The reason we want life drawings is because the better one can
draw life drawings the better he or she can draw anything. On those
life drawings we want to see that the person consistently draws faces,
hands and feet. We’re not looking for tight renderings at all but when
someone ignores faces hands and feet the person’s probably a beginner
and we’re looking for people with drawing experience.

We also ALWAYS want a sketchbook or two that are full of
drawings…maybe 60% from observation and the rest can be from
imagination. Regarding the drawings from observation we prefer the
drawings in pen (you can get yourself a black super fine Pilot pen at
anyplace like Staples or in the stationary section of most any store.)
Each figure will take you 2 minutes or less. You can go to someplace
like Starbucks or sketch kids playing at the park, or a sports game.
Because the action is often fast these sketches will actually help you
to see and remember what you saw. Or you could do them while watching
a sports game on tv. Sitcoms are bad though because it’s just people
standing around and talking. Here again, don’t ignore faces, hands,
feet simply because they’re hard to do. It’s not like you have to burn
up much time sketching them but don’t ignore them. Animals are helpful

In the sketchbook, the drawings from your imagination can be anything.
Anime is really popular but we’re not very fond of sketches that focus
on it. The reason is that we don’t like the students to have blinders
on when it comes to animation. Anime is a fine style but there are a
zillion styles. I guarantee that Pen Ward (Adventure Time) and JG
Quintel (The Regular Show) or many others wouldn’t have succeeded if
they had been focused on only Anime or South Park. Here’s where you
can do character designs, or story ideas or whatever…even drawings
that don’t have anything to do with anything.

As I said before we like to see the sketchbook(s) full or nearly full
of drawings. Make your portfolio the strongest you can. You want to
put your best foot forward. A couple of years ago we saw roughly 270
portfolios and they were battling to be one of the roughly 40 new
students. Last year there 382 portfolios battling for the same number
of spots.

Small hiatus cause it’s finals time, so I’m up to my ears in research for essays.
I’ll try to post if I find something when I take small breaks, but basically, it’s going to be sporadic.


Wearing a suit that fits makes the world of difference.

Or watch an informative video on it. (source)

The Character Wardrobe Meme


Send a number to my ask box along with a character of your choice, and I’ll draw up the ensuing ensemble! (If the character chosen wouldn’t wear the option given… go ahead and sub in something else!)


  1. Underwear
  2. Casual clothes
  3. Work uniform
  4. Night clothes
  5. Swimwear
  6. Formal gala garb
  7. Lounging, lazy-time stuff
  8. A party outfit
  9. Date night threads
  10. Something outdoorsy
  11. Interview outfit
  12. Tourist/travel wear
  13. A costume!
  14. Their sick day scrubs
  15. Summer clothes
  16. Winter clothes
  17. Um, spring clothes?
  18. Why not - fall clothes!
  19. Workout wear
  20. Last minute throw-ons
  21. The most expensive thing they own
  22. A fig leaf

Feel free to add, subtract, or alter as you please to fit your character bunch!


This is NOT good. This movement is no good…he cannot run like this. Whoever drew this doesn’t understand it at all no matter how i tell it. How to move the muscles is the issue here. If this point were to be clearly understood, you’d see these angles of the thighs are so wrong. This reflects the creator’s personality well: Ready to get back (home) all the time…Whoever draws like this had better be dead, really. To think the amount of time a person spent making this, and the attitude towards life. That’s really what I hate the most!" - Hayao Miyazaki


I cannot imagine the shame I’d feel having one of the gods of animation literally shitting on my work while having to begrudgingly revise the entire scene in a well-known documentary. But I know the feeling dealing with revising scenes, even in storyboards. I wonder who’s work that was that he had to revise? Awesome to see Miyazaki-san in action though…. 

WOW THOSE BRUSHES ARE THE COOLEST!Ddo you have a dl link for them? ;w;


Started out at a sushi bar, painting the drinks in front of me.. Picked up the painting a month later to create this quick portrait of Annika.

30 minute painting.

Products used:…

Are you sure CGHub is shutting down? I know the site was hacked and someone made a re-direct to CGHug but this is all happening in the same span of time, sorry. I'm just in a bit of disbelief about all this.


Yes. Shakuro were the developers of CGHub. The CGHub Facebook is fake by the way so don’t look to that for any answers. 

They released more information here

CGHub was around for 6 years, it was a good run! 

You can still poke around through webarchive:


i got another ask about this again so i figured i’d finally make a tutorial on how to get colored line art in sai


mix of scratching and ink 

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