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CV (2014-15)



Sat Aug 6, 2016, 10:50 AM


Blaster Boy - Expressions

I intend to animate this dood so studies like these are a prerequisite!


Blaster Boy by puddlefishie 
Space Bug by puddlefishie 

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Inner Demons Beware

Sat Jan 7, 2017, 9:14 AM

Inner Demons Beware

by puddlefishie     

As artists, we're actively tormented and preyed upon by our inner demons.
Our constant battles make us valiant warriors on the canvas, but there are still certain things which even the most hardened artistic veterans sometimes need, to ensure that they make it through to their next piece.

Perhaps this a pupper  - or something of equal loveliness.

Linksansbonnet by puddlefishie

You've surely felt it: most likely as benign frustration. Or perhaps through paralysing rumination - or even  clinical depression. Such is our craft that we can never truly master it - something telling about our strengths and weaknesses are both revealed to us by each stroke we make on the canvas. So that as we reach the top of one mountain, another comes into view. Tormented are we, who work tirelessly towards artistic betterment on a quest which has no end.
However, it's from our demons that we give our work substance and our creative voices something meaningful to say. In my work, for example, I sometimes feel paralysed by the same perfectionism that motivates me to create tight, clean line-work: if this was anything but the anxiety-ridden, obsessive and laborious chore I know it to be, then my work wouldn't be the same. Consider how your own process could be affected positively by otherwise negative experiences...

Fluffy duckie demon viciously attacks brave pupper.

Meaningful Gifts

Our artistic journeys are long and treacherous.
 Any nuggets of inspiration or motivation we can gain along the way are invaluable -
helping us to identify, own and defeat our demons.

Here are a few of mine:


#1. This Sock Bunny

Sock Bunny by puddlefishie

Made by Danie (Moonbeam13) which was gifted to me during my term as a Community Volunteer in 2014-15. Sock Bunny resides near my desk and used to keep me in check - making sure I trawled the site for awesome Daily Deviations to schedule before lights out. :giggle:

#3.   This (pretty cool) rock

The Devil's Toenail by puddlefishie

A lady who works at my housing complex occasionally finds me cool stones in the car park. She named this one "The Devil's Toenail" for some reason. Others she's given to me are lucky with holes in them. This lady is someone I've become close friends with in the past few years for her joyous quirks and infectious personality. Because of her, gravel becomes a goldmine. Or toenails. I am a dummy! 

#2.   This Book

The Picture Book by puddlefishie

The Picture Book by puddlefishie

My tutor handed me this book along with my exam results when I was finishing college - containing the warmest and most encouraging words.

Having had my first acquaintance with schizophrenia in the midst of my studies, college happened to be an especially difficult and turbulent time. But Lindsay took me under her wing with constant support and even visited me in hospital to ensure my success.

I usually keep certain books in my rucksack and this is among those that I like to keep with me. It's small but mighty - packed with gorgeous contemporary illustration. The book and its message is like a trusty shield and a reminder that I can overcome even the darkest times.


1. Did you receive any super duper gifts over the holidays?

2a. What are some of the most meaningful gifts you've ever received?

2b. What makes them so special?

Take this,
weary traveller...

Habitica by puddlefishie

koponya recently introduced me to a site called:  Habitica.

It's a self-improvement app in the form of a role-playing game.
It helps you to track and achieve your real-world goals by levelling up your avatar like in an RPG.

Maybe it'll be fun to use towards your resolutions? Seems cool to me so far.

(lol, so spammy - I'm not sponsored or anything)


Stay mighty and happy drawing!

Inner Demons Beware
A journalistic discussion about beating our inner demons - with the gifts we receive from others.

Cartoon Silhouettes

Thu Dec 22, 2016, 12:08 PM

Cartoon Silhouettes

by puddlefishie     
Let's talk about some important considerations to make when posing a character.

Cartoons from the 20th Century featured characters which performed on screen as though they were acting on stage to live audiences. This has a lot to do with film & animation being a completely new medium at the time - when the only point of reference for similar modes of storytelling were the Performing Arts.
As such, animation adopted many of the same techniques which actors used in order to convey important storytelling devices like character and narrative.  Although generally less relevant in cinema today in the same way, being actors through our characters is an incredibly useful tool and is a kind of posing 101.

"He's behind you!"

Disney's "Lonesome Ghosts" (1937)
Animation from this period typically had more semblance to theatre than it does today. This lends well to the comedic sensibilities of cartoons from this time which almost encouraged the audience's participation, similar to a pantomime.

Why are they important?

Silhouettes are important for communicating basic visual information about your character and their performance. They're used to maximise the overall readability of acting through clear poses and actions - for epic illustrative narratives and single character pin-ups alike. Sometimes, the story information isn't going to be as potent in some artworks compared to others, but silhouette is still a priority in order to offer viewers with clear visual statements about the character at a glance.

Know these?

As well as being used to identify things a character does, silhouettes are useful tools to identify who the character is what they're about. You can compliment a design by introducing shapes and forms to explain more nuanced details - so that the shapes of the design reinforce the actions a character will be performing.

For instance, Road Runner's long legs and big feet are evidently useful for escaping hungry coyotes. Fred Flintstone, on the other hand, may not be as equipped in that department. The shape language in his design supports this idea with a silhouette that looks heavy, less agile, and grounded like a square or rectangle. While the same is true for SpongeBob - who is conversely very agile - his square is made up of small curves supported by tiny legs which help maintain the playful, buoyant appeal in his design.


by Griz and Norm

100 Tuesday Tips by puddlefishie

Before I close with a few suggestions of my own - I want to share my love for this awesome book by Griz and Norm. You can find more work like the thumbs above on their blog as well as for details about the book.

Tuesday Tips is a an invaluable resource which will fast track your knowledge and prime your chops for the essentials of drawing, cartooning, and more. This is all the stuff you'll need to learn anyway - whenever you learn it - and so much of those principles are here for you to just gobble straight up.  I genuinely recommend this handy dandy goldmine of knowledge if you are fortunate enough to grab yourself a copy.
I also think you'll enjoy these by :iconshermcohen:
Tutorial 8 Push your Poses by shermcohen  SpongeBob Tute2 Line of Action by shermcohen  SpongeBob Tute 01 Silhouette by shermcohen

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Quick Tips

Blaster Boy by puddlefishie

Here are a few things to take away which I personally keep in mind when it comes to silhouette. I will use my own work "Blaster Boy" as a sort of case study as these tips come from my own process (but which also are very widely used).

#1.    Negative Space

You can retain the gesture and story of any action with the help of negative space for strong silhouettes. Negative Space is a small but mighty tool in your arsenal. It's particularly useful for making sure your characters are readable and not a blobby mass at first glance.

#3.    Design the Silhouette

Design the Silhouette by puddlefishie

Take into account the unique designs of your characters when thinking about posing them - and how they might be affected by movement, the environment and other forces.

Maintain a strong silhouette in spite of (or perhaps by way of) accessories, loose clothing, protrusions, and other features.

#2.   Don't Overlap Forms

Avoid Overlaps by puddlefishie

Maximise readability by overlapping forms as little as possible - especially around the limbs and hands as these areas are often the most telling when it comes to drawing information from our characters and poses.

#4.    Overlap Values

Values can segregate your silhouettes into sub entities to give you more freedom when posing your characters without getting too caught up with overlapping forms.

Here, I've used a lighter value for the blaster gun compared to the kid, who has a darker value. Both elements between them are readable and easily distinguishable.

#5.   Find more than one pose

Sketch lots and never be satisfied with your first idea. It's good practice to explore a range of options before settling on something you like. It doesn't have to be pretty at this stage - but thorough!

But don't rely on discovery. It's an easy step to overlook when we're excited to get to it - but think before you draw.
Take it easy. Work smart, not just hard.

DAC logo by puddlefishie
Put your knowledge into practice by participating in Design-A-Character's Shape Challenge!

New shapes are updated regularly for your character design inspiration.

July 2016 Shapes by LuigiL July 2016 Shapes by LuigiL

Happy Drawing!

Cartoon Silhouettes
An discussion about drawing characters and their silhouettes.
Space Bug

Bugs are the usual hooligans to be apprehended by Space Pest Control.



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Chris Palamara
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United Kingdom
Ahoy! I'm Chris - otherwise known as 'puddlefisher' - or 'puddlefishie' Ahoy revamp by darkmoon3636
Favorite visual artist
Sean Galloway, Grace Liu, Rad Sechrist, Jeffrey Cruz, Lesean Thomas, Chris Sanders,
Yoh Yoshinari, Dylan Ekren, Dane Romley, Rogie Custodio, the wizards at Ankama, and a bajillion more!

Favorite bands / musical artists
Cœur de Pirate, Chet Faker, Flume, Lorde, Sevdaliza

Favorite games
Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, Pokemon Red, Rayman

Favorite gaming platform
Gameboy, Playstation

Other Interests
Puppers, sea things, too-big hoodies


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