Yulie Cho is a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Integrated Product Design, but loves animation. She’s taking a Computer Animation course and for one of her projects was assigned to interview professionals in the business. She contacted us.
I always giggle to myself when people call me a professional, which is silly because hell yes, we’re pros — but it’s just that I so vividly remember being in college with an assignment to interview a professional in the business. Like it was yesterday. But that was almost 7 years ago so get over it, Noelle. You’re a grown up.
Anyway, Yulie is the best. This week she sent us some doodles she did; she made a comic of an incident that happened one day, just for fun. I love it because her style is great and I think it’s wonderful to take a funny moment from life and draw it out. I have been wanting to do this more lately and Yulie has inspired me. Also, I TOTALLY RELATE to this story. If you went to Pratt, I bet you can too. Enjoy, kids!
No matter how clean we kept our dorm, there were at least 5 incidences where we were up on our desks screaming like cartoon elephants over a tiny mouse or cockroach scurrying across the floor. Good thing Yulie is tons more brave than I am, and she knows how to handle herself in this situation.
Thanks for sharing your work Yulie!
A few weeks ago, my husband Pat found this hilarious novelty account on Reddit, UsernameFanfic, who writes fan fiction based on your Reddit username. I begged UsernameFanfic to do one for our name, twinsareweird, with the promise that I’d create a little comic to accompany it. I LOVED the story and had so much fun coming up with the artwork for it. Here it is:
“Twins Are Weird.”
Joy, maybe we animate this for our next film?
UsernameFanfic has a blog under the alias Q. L. Strange called A Collection of Improbable Things. You need to check it out.
I used the sketches for my Sketchbook Project 2012 submission and just shipped that little guy off to go on tour. Every sketchbook is given a theme and my theme was called, “The Worst Story Ever Told.” This is NOT at all how I feel about this story, but it did make me giggle. It kind of goes along with the subject matter.
This is a true story, and actually not very Thanksgiving-y. But as I gobble gobble this Turkey Day + give thanks, I’m reminded how thankful I am that my sister is a super hero.
We were seven. Swinging on our swing set in our backyard, just shooting the shit.
I was sucking on one of those peppermint candies at the time. Not the best idea on a swing.
As the candy lodged itself nicely in the back of my throat, I flopped over… backwards.
It was then that I realized I was probably choking.
So I began to make my way to my house. Noey looked like she was catching on.
It did not look good for little Joy. I knew my grandparents were home, but they were all the way up on the 2nd floor. Basically the journey back to my house was the worst.
Noey knew this was it. I was not going to make it up the stairs. She screamed something like, “Not today!” and threw my lifeless body over the railing.
Out popped the candy. “I’m alive!”
Just wanted to thank you for saving my life, Noey!
Found this talented lady while I was aimlessly clicking through the different Sketchbook Projects submissions.
I love the detail in her pen and ink work. These characters are so unique, I can almost see them coming to life on each page. Sasha is from Russia, but has travelled all over the world, honing her craft as an illustrator.
Click here to flip through Sasha’s sketchbook OR you lucky New Yorkers can go see it in person at the Brooklyn Art Library – the exhibit’s only up for 3 more days!
The first exhibition on the Sketchbook Project Tour is in Williamsburg THIS WEEKEND.
The Brooklyn Art Library
103A N 3rd St
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The books will be available to view from Feb 19 – Feb 27 and then they are off to the Austin Museum of Art in TX during SXSW.
The tour will go across the country through the summer. Go here to see when the Sketchbook Project Tour will land in a city near you.
On my way to the post office to hand in my book for the Sketchbook Project. Sniff, sniff. I feel like I just had a baby and am now responsible for this little, messed-up version of me floating out there in the world. I wonder if she will hate me, blaming me for all of her problems. Maybe she will remember me fondly? Happy thoughts, little book. I did my best.
She did inspire a couple of short film ideas, which I can get to work on now that she’s out of my life.
Here are some of the 40 drawings I did. I left little hidden notes and pictures between the pages. I hope those who flip through it have fun.
I almost never prepare for things ahead of time. Another way of saying that is I always procrastinate. I hate it, I don’t find it thrilling and I wish I was more like my mother.
Well, we all have our stories.
I’m talking about a little experiment. I had decided to take on The Sketchbook Project. I signed up around Halloween and planned to complete one glorious drawing a day. I actually saw myself doing this everyday, it’s like this pipe dream I have. But the idea for this project is that the book will go on tour and settle in the Brooklyn Museum. So many people will see my book – therefore in my mind, it had to be perfect. And so I never drew in it … until a week ago.
With the deadline 5 days away, I planned carefully like any good tardy-tard. I figured with 80 pages or so to fill, I could draw on just one side of each page leaving only half the drawings to work on. And if I did 10 crappy sketches a day I’d make the deadline. EW. I loathe myself.
But here’s the twist. Magically, I didn’t screw up that bad. The deadline has been extended by 3 days. Music to my ears. There is still hope for my project! Here’s a glimpse at some selects from what I’ve come up with this week:
And, I’m sort of animating it. Maybe it will turn into a film?
The bad news is I’ve been having bad dreams every night for about a month now. The good news is I’ve got material for my book.
What have I learned from this? I’ll stop having such a backwards mentality. I know I have a many bad drawings to get out of my system before I can draw well and rather than using the book for good practice, I held it on a pedestal.
I might never let this happen again!
I’m very excited and sad to see my sketchbook go on tour next week for the Sketchbook Project. They grow up so fast. Now I’m addicted to being creative everyday for fun instead of just for work. I need my fix.
So even though I’m not a really a writer, I’ve signed myself up for the Fiction Project, another coast to coast tour by the Art House Co-op. It’s just like the Sketchbook Project but with writing and you tell stories and draw pictures based on a theme.
Since my memory has rapidly gotten worse since young Noey began drinking in college, I’ve chosen the theme, “I’m Sorry I Forgot You.”
Hey photographers! I may also join the AMLP Photomobile, where Art House sends you a disposable camera to take 27 frames on a single theme. You then send it in to go on yet another tour.
Want to do it? I’m nervous because I haven’t used a disposable camera since 2003. Oh the pressure of not being able to delete a bad photo.
Yay it’s my faaaaaaaaaavorite time of year! Noey and I have been making it a habit to animate film festival bumpers such as these oldies-but-goodies, and this year we’ve been asked to animate another one for the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival.
Here are some rough character designs!
Which one should we choose? All suggestions are welcome! We’re leaning towards the last one in the first row – obviously because of the giant disproportions. Cracks me up.