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My name is Andrea Cabral, I'm 19 years old and a sophomore at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. I love drawing, cartoons, and reading/making webcomics. This blog features my own sketches and finished work, whether it be fan art, my own creation, or a request. You can make your own request for anything you would like me to sketch in my ask box, or browse through the work I've already posted. And if you like what you see, feel free to subscribe! ;)
COMICS I READ:
Homestuck / Lackadaisy / Cucumber Quest / Hark! A Vagrant / Monster Pulse / Sakana / Axe Cop / Helvetica / Boxer Hockey / Bear Nuts / Romantically Apocalyptic / Paranatural / Best Friends Forever / This Is Not Fiction / Manly Guys Doing Manly Things / Monsterkind / Three Word Phrase / Gunnerkrigg Court / Nimona / Octopus Pie / Ava's Demon / Bad Machinery / String Theory / And a TON more I'll add some over time
If you know some good webcomics out there send me some recommendations in my ask box, I'm always looking for new stuff to read :)
Thank you very much!!! :D I wouldn’t say I have anything really motivating me besides being in art school, which is great because you’re surrounded by other artists and their work. I always find inspiration in my animation classes, for one because there are so many students who make fantastic work but also because we’re always screening films having to do with our current assignments that really motivate me to come up with ideas and work on projects. Animated films and shorts have always been a huge inspiration to me both when I’m drawing and when I’m animating. I was really inspired by the cartoons I used to watch as a kid on nickelodeon and cartoon network, and I think that was what got me into drawing in the first place. That, and my grandma’s paintings were both inspirations for me really early on, I’d say. Thanks again for the compliment, and thanks for the questions too ‘cause I didn’t think anyone would be interested in knowing that stuff about me, haha! ^^
Hello again! ^^ Here is a pretty extensive list of all or some of the liberal arts courses. Some of them aren’t available for certain semesters so you would have to check on DaVinci to be certain what classes are available. Personally I’ll try to go for whatever course sounds interesting, but that’s most of them anyhow so when I’m registering for classes I’ll just choose whatever one best fits into my schedule. You could cross register if you want but I don’t know a lot about that kind of thing since I’m not planning to do that any time soon.
What would you like to use it for? Most likely it’s a yes if you’re going to source me but I’m just wondering.
Hello Sarah! In the animation department at MassArt you essentially dabble in all different mediums, though sophomore year I know classes focus on traditional paper/pencil animations and Adobe Flash, and then you take separate classes in stop motion and CG in junior/senior year. You use simpler mediums in your sophomore year so you have a good fundamental understanding on how things move that you can apply to any form of animation later on. Learning how to animate in a fluid and realistic way will be the focus of many classes you take such as Animation I, II, III, IV, as well as Character Animation, Drawing for Animators, etc. etc.
Here are some animation courses offered at MassArt, and here are the required courses for majoring in animation (“Studio Electives” would be the courses you can choose like CG Fundamentals, Sound Design for Animators, and even illustration courses if you’d like). Once you go in as a freshman I believe you have until March to declare your major, and before then they have all kinds of events to help students get to know the different majors offered. You still have plenty of time to choose your major, and in your freshman year you’ll get many opportunities to visit the different departments and see what would really be the best option for you. ^^
That’s really helpful! I’ll just see what I like the best! I’ve been looking into animation for awhile now and I think that’s what I’m going to end up going into. Thanks so much! :)
No problem! :) The animation department is a lot of fun, I totally recommend it. It’s a lot of work, but you have fun doing it and it’s such a great moment when you finally finish a film that even the most stressful times can be worth it. Plus you’re basically surrounded by a bunch of friendly dorks who love cartoons, so you’ll make a lot of friends, haha!
Hello! MassArt actually has a lot of classes for digital art. There’s a digital illustration class that’s a requirement for illustrators but is available for all majors too. Two of my suitemates took that class last semester and both of them can now work in photoshop and illustrator. You also work in photoshop during the freshman foundation year in your visual language course, though that class focuses more on learning tools than making portfolio ready work. And there’s a digital painting class that I don’t know a lot about but sounds really interesting.
On top of that every MassArt student has access to linda.com which has tutorials for just about every digital program you can imagine, so even when you have to learn a program on your own they do help out. You do have to buy the programs yourself if you want them on your personal computer, but you do have access to the computer lab and drawing tablets when campus is open, and I think the bookstore offers a discount on the adobe suite, but I’m not sure? But yeah, in terms of learning the programs and making portfolio work I’d say MassArt is pretty A+ with digital stuff.