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04 September 2005 @ 11:15 pm
Lauren's Potti FAQ  
Okay..this is weird, I never thought I'd need a FAQ of my own, but since I've been getting alot of questions and emails and comments lately I thought I would answer them all here and then mark this entry in my user Info for folks to find.. ;)

1. I like your stuff! Could you tell me where to find more of it?
Sure thing! At the moment I'm uploading all my most recent work to my LJ and to my DevArt Account I also have a website dedicated to my Potti Geekery:

2. Are you a Professional Creative-type person of some sort?
Why yes I am! I am a professional animator/character designer/storyboard artist. I've worked on shows for the Cartoon Network (Home Movies, Show & Tell), BET (Hey Monie), and NBC (Time Warp Trio). It is a whole lotta fun indeed!

3. Did you go to school for art?
Yep! Graduated 2002 from the Rhode Island School of Design with a major in Film/Animation/Video and a minor in Illustration. It was awesome..I miss college..

4. Can I use one of your drawings for an icon/layout?
Sure! I have no problem with people making icons or layouts with my work under the condition that I get proper credit (my name and a link to my LJ or website) and a copy of, or a link to, the finished product once it's done (because I'm a curious boo!) ;)

5. Can I ink/color one of your drawings?
Yes! Since I very rarely have the time to color my own work these days, I *love* to see what other people do with them! However, like the previous question, I ask for proper credit (my name and a link to my LJ or website) and a copy of, or a link to, the finished product once it's done!

6. Can I write a fanfic based on one of your drawings?
EEE! OF COURSE! If I hardly ever get to color my stuff, I definatley NEVER get a chance to write about it! I only ask that if you want to use the picture, give me credit with a link back to my site, and please please send me a link to the story once it's done! :D

7. Can you draw..(insert pairing/character/scene here)?
I don't take official requests at this time, seeing as the small amount of time that I DO get to draw for myself I like to do so for own enjoyment (and sanity). But that doesn't mean I'm not open to suggestions, I'm always interested in hearing what folks want to see... :)

8. Do you take commisions?
COMMISSIONS ARE CLOSED!. Sorry guys! I will make an announcement when I open them again You can check my prices here.

9. Do you have a tutorial on how to draw people/animals/biscuits? Or can you make one?
I'm so flattered that people have asked me this! Alas at the moment I do not have one, and I don't have the time to make one. I have found this tutorial by Tealin, another HP artist that I think is wonderful (and I'm pimpimg her site without permission, I hope she doesn't mind!). It's a great breakdown of the basics, and I construct my drawings in a very similar fashion.

10. Do you have any tips on how to draw?
I have a few off the top of my head I suppose...
* Draw from Life as often as possible, as mush as possible. Use your drawings to examine how the form is put together, how it's constructed and how it functions. Once you can understand the structure of a form from the inside out, it is a very simple step to exaggerate and toon-ize it ;)
* Draw alot, bring a sketch book with you where ever you go, and fill it. Don't bother with erasers, just make it work or start over. Don't get discouraged, just do it..if you keep drawing you will improve, it's simple as that.
* Nothing is precious. Don't worry about "ruining a piece", because you can always just draw another one anyway. You will draw thousands and thousands of drawings over your lifetime, and each one is just a stepping stone to the next. It's a learning process, not a test.
* Stay loose. Work over the whole figure. If you tighten up and nitpick one area at a time things won't hang together as a whole and you're more likely to loose your sense of proportion.
* Everything is made up of simple forms and shapes.
* And lastly DRAW DRAW DRAW! And have fun doing it ;)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
scottmatthew on September 5th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
**Sending away Part One of his Lucian work...**
Donnadsbs on September 5th, 2005 04:34 am (UTC)
You worked on Home Movies? Sorry to fangirl, but I LOVED that show. And thanks for the faq.
animatress on the edge: happy winklberghol on September 5th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
OO! YAY! I'm always so glad to hear folks liked it! It was such a fun show, alas I only came on at the end, I worked on the 4th season, but I still miss it!
Johnny Cashnatseh on September 5th, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
Awesome, I just commented about using your stuff, and then BOOM, an entire FAQ.

Anyway, this is what I've done. natseh You have been credited in my info. (I'm a fan of pink, and so everything must be pink in my world.)

Thank you so much for the wonderful artwork! I love all of it.
animatress on the edge: happy winklberghol on September 5th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
Aw thank you!! I love the layout! They look good in pink ;) *is so flattered*
wickedschmuck on September 5th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
*is jealous*

*raises hand*

I would be interested in ordering a commission from you in the future!
wanderlusta on September 5th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC)
Lauren, you sound all professional and mentor-like! fabulous work as always! i'm super jealous! (must run off and read the new hp book!)
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animatress on the edge: happy winklberghol on September 5th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
EE! YAY! I'm so glad to hear people liked it! It was such a fun show to work on! :D
Death Eater # 716evilkittymeow on September 6th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
i stumbled upon your site. and your pics are awesome!!!! and i super love home movies!!! any chance of new eps?
Stephieca: Never Fear my lovestephieca on October 24th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
I have your website bookmarked and have noticed that you haven't updated your picture od Potti Love in a while!
So my questions is: Will you be doing that anytime soon?
Just Call Me Mari: einsteinannamel on October 28th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
I didn't exactly made a layout with your art, I just used it as a header... but I thought it would be best if you knew. Anyway, it's my LJ and you're credited in my info, ok?

And I love your drawings... (I know, such a fangirl moment... I just couldn't help myself!!!)
snapeprince on December 10th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC)

Lamentations of a Starry-Eyed Twit

Best S/S Fic ever. :)
Ariangi: sad girlariangi on December 16th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC)
I'll try to make this quick to save you precious time. I'm a longtime fan, offered to make Christmas Presents this year for friends. One asked for me to colour in some of your works and make icons out of them. I wouldn't feel right without showing them to you for approval first. So here they are:

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Of course I'll give credit and link, as rules are stated. I would anyway. The official post and story to go with will be in my LJ sometime before Christmas Eve, if this is approved. Happy Holidays!
animatress on the edge: R/Hr = teh cutelberghol on December 16th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
AW! Those are wonderful!! Thank you so much!!! :DDD If you don't mind, can you let me know when you post them in your LJ? I love to let folks know when awesome icons have been made! :DDD
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Ranter against the Mundanebambbles on January 4th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Hi. I just wanted to let you know that I colored some of your work and made icons. I know how you love to see them :) I'm a huge lurker, but a big fan of your work. Here is the link to where I posted them. Hope you like them!
animatress on the edgelberghol on January 16th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Aw thankyou those are WONDERFUL! :D
(Anonymous) on January 15th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hi, I have a question for you. I was wondering if you used pecil or pen for most of your drawings?
animatress on the edge: happy winklberghol on January 16th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
Re: Question
LOL! No problem! I do most of my sketching with cheap Bic mechanical pencils..mostly because I got a ton of them for free awhile back...and I hate taking the time to sharpen regular pencils when I'm ion the heat of things LOL! ;)
(Anonymous) on January 24th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
i just saw your work on da (deviantart) and i wanna say that i LOOOVVEE your harry potter pictures you draw them SOOO....well, they look uh... even better than the actors/actresses themselves. especially hermy!!
pleese believe me though im only 9, cuz its true!
contact me at essieqiu@aol.com
Richard Raymentkolat_ray on March 16th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
I must say first of all that you are a great artist and made my day when I stumbled across a few pieces and backtracked them to your site.
Thank you for producing such great art.
What else could i say on that!
Please continue to do so for as long as possible.
I'm currently playing in a fan made HP Rpg so I hopefully will get cash together to commission you for a piece. God willing! ;P