My name's James Woods and I'm from London. BFA1 CalArts kid and Visual Development Intern at Walt Disney Animation Studios, summer 2013. My childhood dreams were to build a Dalmatian themed amusement park or ride the Titanic.
I did this FanArt for my good good friend Emily Hughes, way back in April when she was finishing her first, beautifully published book ‘Wild’. I’m sorry I didn’t do it justice Em, but the book is awesome:)
p.s. I just drew a body for the previously legless bear
Anonymous asked: Hey James i was curious, What time of day do you feel is best to draw?
All day everyday! I wish…. No I don’t really think there is a best time:S. Maybe not first thing in the morning when you have baby hands. But some people will say differently. I usually start working properly from 12 onward and will work till the wee hours in the morning (but that’s because I get distracted easily). I don’t recommend this way of working though. My pimples and sloth eyes will testify to that.
So it’s been a long time since I’ve updated this thing, despite the fact that I’ve been trying to do it for months. I’ve gotta admit that I’ve been too nervous to update as my tastes are changing as I’m rediscovering the way I think about animation and design.
All that artsy fartsy thinking aside, a lot has happened over the past few months and I’m now half way through my first semester at CalArts. It’s great. I wish I had more personal work to show, but I’m both too bummed to post them and equally embarrassed. But it’s a good thing (kind of) because I’m changing my standards and adventuring into different aesthetics.
Here are some doodles and what nots from film idea stuff, test animation frames, life drawings etc. blah blah
(The Animation frames read right to left)
There was this summer experience too. The most life changing, incredible, challenging, painful, brilliant experience I’ve had and I’m so grateful for everyone’s generosity. Maybe one day I’ll be allowed to show some of the work I produced?:S
ritaart asked: hey james! I'm planning to apply to calarts next fall but, since Im european, it would be much easier and cheaper for me to apply to AUB. Since you've been on both schools, I feel like you're the best person to ask this - is calarts really worth the investment? I mean, do you feel like you're learning a lot over there? thanks :)
My experience for the most part at AUB was VERY self directed (but that’s because I’ve always known my goals) and luckily I had some very cool friends and housemates to draw alongside. The school provides you with all of the facilities you’d need to do what you want (light table, equipment, life drawing, blah blah) but like most places, you only get out of it what you put in. The teachers are there to be bugged, not to bug you.
On the otherside. Yes. CalArts is everything I thought it would be :D.It isn’t even like a school. CalArts is it’s own little awesome world in this creative bubble and you can feel it’s energy. We have weekly guest lectures from feature and TV studios and all of our classes are fronted by industry workers, who swing by in the evening after leaving their studio, to feed our imaginations and expand our outlooks. And so many of the students could run a class in their own right. There’s a ridiculous amount of talent in this program, and learning alongside your peers is worth the price alone.
But yes. It’s a financial MUTHA $$$$. Like… For real… Yep
Anonymous asked: Hello James I just wanted to say i love your art its so great and fluid! i especially love your Grub book it so unique. Your lines are so great how did you draw in the grub book it looks traditional inks but it it digital? Anyhooo loooks great Im a fan :>
Thanks a ton anon!
It’s all drawn on photoshop with some shape dynamics and a calligraphy brush. I work way too digitally these days and wish I had more control on actual paper with ink. I think I need to practice my line traditionally one of these days.
Been drawing a whole load of 60s space babes recently. I’m also in this annoying ass spiral of doom where I care so much about trying to not care about my drawings and getting some loose energy into those lines.
These are the four best people you’ll meet, and I’m pretty heartbroken to be leaving them today as each one of us finishes our journey here in the UK and travels back to their own respective continent (Yes…Continent D:). These guys have been my family, away from family as we’ve all lived in each others pockets under one roof for the past two years. I can’t really write down how great they are… Because they just are…. I don’t reckon I’ll meet any kids like these again and I feel pretty privileged to have grown alongside these oddballs.
Just handed in my last illustration project and these are some of the spreads! As you’ll see, I’m really no storyteller, but this is the corny little tale about a fella’s love life. This was a tough project for the simple fact that a cup of tea fell and murdered my laptop just before my deadline, setting back my initial ambitions to create a short animated project, and having to settle on a simpler, illustrated book format.