Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Take a Break: Draw Anime/Manga

Quite a few summers ago, my oldest son wanted to drop out of his art camp because they weren’t teaching him “anatomy,” which was his pronunciation of the Japanese art of animation “anime.” While my son watched various shows on television that sparked his interest, I became hooked on Japanese animation when I watched Hayao Miyazakis’s “Spirited Away,”

Manga, which are the Japanese comics, is often linked with anime, so links for both appear below.

Anime cubed

How to Draw Manga: Head Shape & Facial Features

Japanese Animation to Watch on-line
Spirited Away

Masanobu Hiaoka On the Table

For something completely different, watch Janet Echelman at TED. She found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing -- which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.

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