April 15, 2014 22 notes Reblog Comments
pixiepaddock asked
Hi Brett, I'd like to know how you developed your art style. Did it gradually evolve to what it is today? Any favorite artists growing up, did their drawings inspire you in some way? I'm very curious. Hopefully, this question hasn't been asked already.



Style develops like a nickname.  You get one over time……If you have to give yourself one, you’re a dork.

It will come from trends during your formative years,  what stories you liked, what stories you didn’t like, movies, TV, people in your life, comics, colors you observed as a youngsters, whether you are introverted or extroverted,  your teachers, your bullies,  everything you imbibe as a person will eventually get used as art in some form.  That’s why it’s important to live life, it will reflect in your arts. 

As far as favorite artists, most of mine were directors and storytellers.  Not “artists” in that painter/drawing way.  But if I had to shoose an artist, I loved Bill Watterson.  Both as a storyteller and as an artist and human being.  He knew what was personal to him and what motivated him as an artist.  And that’s hard to maintain.  Integrity.  You only get one reputation in life, and I thought his was top notch.  So he’s probably the biggest for different reasons than the art itself.

But I took it all in.  I never looked at any one artist, just cool ideas I liked.  Which usually came in the story part and not necessarily in a particular drawing or style.

I very much on purpose quit drawing from other people’s art because I did not want to be influenced.  I even remember putting away art of books and comics in high school so I would struggle more.  It worked out but it’s not the path for everyone.  just mine. ;)

Hope that helps.



April 9, 2014 1,135 notes Reblog Comments


Thanks for all the great emails and questions about putting a portfolio together. I’ve been getting a lot of the same questions and decided it would be a better use of my time to write it all out. I’ve derived the content from from my own experience and internships before having a full-time job. As you’ll read, a portfolio is the most important thing you’ll do when applying to a job. I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible.

These are the first five pages in a series of posts about how to layout a portfolio, including content, images, size, material and everything in between. Part I is for the artist still deciding what to do for a discipline. I’ve catered the last three pages to a visual development portfolio for animation but the principles can be applied to any artistic presentation (illustration, design, even interior design).

These are my opinions and I realize there are many ideas out there which are also fantastic. What I have written are simple truths and tips I’ve learned along the way. This doesn’t represent a studio I work or will work for. I hope it is helpful and can provide some perspective into a competitive portfolio and help you land your next job!   

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