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A few months ago, I was interviewed by my good friend Chris Oatley for his Podcast.
Here is the first part of it.

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Starting tomorrow, the Wonderground Gallery in Disney Land will carry these three prints.
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..If you want to know the little story behind them... the fire  truck is because my son Colin loves firetrucks, Peter Pan is for Max because he's a bit of a dreamer( like his daddy) and I was hoping to do Jasmine for Lily because that's her favorite Princess, but that choice wasn't available.. the close second was Mulan( And Mulan with her dad of course!!)
Hi All! My first ever solo exhibit in Los Angeles! Please do stop by on the Center Stage Gallery. Thank you to Tina Price and the Center Stage Gallery for having me showcase my work. I will definitely be there on June 20th and excited to see this come together.

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Have you guys heard of Masters of Anatomy?
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"Masters of Anatomy is a one-of-a-kind anatomy book drawn by 100 animators, illustrators and comic book artists. It features work from world-class artists like Joe Madureira, Adam Hughes, Kim Jung Gi, Humberto Ramos, Francisco Herrera, Pascal Campion, Florian Satzinger, Warren Louw, Loish and many others. The result is a volume unlike anything that exists today. A must have for any aspiring artist; digital or traditional. OVER $530,000 on Kickstarter! Orders will open April 15th."

I JUST finished my submission for the book.
When you get a chance, you should check out the Facebook page! It's well worth it to see the incredible medley of artist Suny Man got to participate in this.
Great job Suny!
Just a little note...
When you see an artist you like and you are trying to figure his work out... the question that gets asked a lot is" How did you do it?"
What software did you use to make this effect?
What is your technique?
These are questions that won't get you anywhere. It's like asking for the fish.

A question you should probably ask is WHY did you do this?.. WHAT were you thinking?
When you ask this question, you are thinking about the principles of fishing, and not just about catching A fish.

If you wonder why, then you won't be stuck with the HOW.. you will most probably create your own "HOW", your own method of putting your WHY into existence..and this is what will really make you unique.

Once again.. this is just my take on things.
I get this question a lot. ( six times in the past two days)
How can I draw like you?
This is my point of you on this question.
Once again.. this is just MY opinion, and not everybody will agree with it.. but.. here it is


I'd probably not recommend you try to emulate my style or my way or working.
What I would recommend though is that you try to go outside and sketch, sketch people in the street, people walking, sitting, getting up, taking off their clothes or putting them back on, people hugging, people fighting, people in conversation in a group, people on the bus, swimming, dancing, eating, ( lot's of eating as it is pretty hard to convey exactly the feeling of eating), sleeping, people thinking... If you want to tell stories, most of  your images should have people thinking.. that's what is going to make your images come alive.
Use a tablet if you have one, a sharpie, a pastel, a rock dipped in ink..anything that can make a mark.
The tool is cool, but secondary.. first.. you need to train your eye and your brain to "see"..and by this, not just scan the world around you to pick up what is different... but really to look at what as always been around you and that you just never paid attention to, things like how does your girlfriend's hair REALLY fall, or does it fall at all... how is she dressing today? How do the layers of clothes work together, how are people dressed in the street TODAY...how does the light in the sky affect the way you see the buildings around you.. how does the cold of the air make you feel and how does it affect the way you perceive the people around you.. how do dogs walk, and how does a car stop at a red light... do kids really hold hands when they cross the street, how do YOU look when you read these lines?.. do you know how your chair really looks like? With your weight on it?
Things like that... try and look at these things, try to capture them on paper..quick sketches.a few seconds, up to 30 seconds..don't try to do beautiful sketches, it's doesn't matter. At this stage, you are trying to see the world and capture it. Don't try to draw what you know, just draw what you see.. it will help you let go of all the artistic influences you have and that stop you from growing as an artist.
Do this...for the rest of your life.

Once you've been doing this for a few weeks, few months, then start drawing images, creating stories that you have seen, stories that you have experienced.. like your first kiss or your first break up, the first time you saw the ocean, or the first time you ate a chocolate croissant.. things that only YOU have experienced.. try to create images that relate not just the action, but also the emotion.

Once you get to a point when you can do this,  you won't need to know how to draw like me, because by then you will have your own voice and that voice will keep evolving as long as you stay honest with yourself and keep looking , observing.
Don't be afraid to let your art wander into areas you are not familiar with, this is how you are going to learn.
At different stages in your life, you will be interested in different things and your art will change accordingly. Don't try to stiffle your vision by "sticking" to what has always worked for you... it might make you a "popular" artist, but it might not fullfill your creative need.

Last thing.
Start...NOW!
Moja Moja!
My good friend Fred's little Moja Moja make me smile.
He takes pictures and inserts digitally his little plush creature in the images to create stories.

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CTNX is next week!
I'll be there as well as tons of amazing artists.
My table is T18, Oogeley Boogeley!

If you are in the Burbank area, you should come by and check it out.
It's an amazing place to meet and talk with great artists, maybe talk to some recruiters if you want to get a job, discover new talents, and check out the talks they put on. Definitely one of my favorite shows of the year.
Here is the link.
www.ctnanimationexpo.com/
You know, I see quite a bit of portfolio on a regular basis, and even more so when I go to comic con and CTN.

This time around was the same thing, I saw quite a few portfolios. Some good ones and some that miss the mark.

There were a few in particular that caught my eye.. a few extremely good ones, and a few that just didn't work, and I wanted to try and share my opinions about portfolios in general.

This is just my point of view, based on MY experience and definitely not a definitely law, rule, or "must do". Just what I noticed in many student's and young professional's portfolios.

The first thing that strikes me is how similar portfolios can be from one student to another..I can almost always tell when one student is from Art Center, San Jose State, Otis, Sheridan or any other major school. It's a good thing and a bad thing. Mainly a bad thing though

Just a few personal thoughts on portfolios since I just came back from comic con and saw a ton over there.

Your portfolio should be a reflection of yourself , not just your skills. When you do a portfolio and go shopping it around, or just ask for some feedback, the person you are showing it to doesn't know anything about you. Doesn't know how long you took to draw this piece or this piece, and quite frankly, does not care. Do you know how long it takes to make a commercial? a movie? does it matter when you are in the movie theater and watching it? The same goes for the reviewer. The number one thing that matters( at least to me) is how enjoyable the experience of going through your work is.

It doesn't have to be funny, or cute creatures.. I very often appreciate portfolios that are fairly gory and bloody, or of other nature, as long as I can relate to it somehow.

The way I relate to a portfolio is through the quality of the images in them..and this is what I consider to be quality work.

1 If you are images tell a story, you are more than halfway there.
2 if your story is crystal clear, you are ninety nine percent of the way there.
3 if your stories are clear and personal, you just broke the house.

You'll notice that neither in 1 or 2 is there any mention of technique… and, oddly enough, there is still no mention of it in number 3 either.
You know why?
BECAUSE IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!

Let me make this clear.
When you are showing your portfolios to people, you are selling ideas and personalities.
Not how you handle Photoshop, or perspective.
Not how you mix your colors, or how many different variations on a tree you can create.
These are exercises you do in school to develop your skills that are used to create stories..which is what I look for.
I am not saying that technique is not important, but I see it as a skill that is very similar to writing.
When you are a kid, you learn how to draw letters, and eventually words and how to write..and you forget about it.
You use that skill to write essays, and novels, and letters to your mom, girlfriend or potential employer.
When you send a letter to a potential employer, you are not showing them how many different ways you can draw the letter A, or B, or Z.
You write ideas.. you try to show this person who you are and what is interesting about yourself.
The better you write, the better you will be able to convey these ideas..but if you have no ideas to convey, all the nice writing in the world won't amount to much.
In a similar fashion.. if your resume is fifteen pages long, most people won't want to read it, especially if you are just showing declinations on the letter M and N, and how well T and H can go together.

Back to Portfolios.
Images are beautiful letters, beautiful words and it's easy to get caught up in the "how it looks" bit..much more than with the alphabet( unless you look at how old Manuscripts were written), but they still function like words and paragraphs.
In some ways, if you use them correctly, they actually function better. If you are careful enough, you might be able to express emotions and feelings that you wouldn't necessarily be able to do with words. You can suggest images that don't exist, and you can make someone feel something… very much like a great writer can create worlds that do not exist.
You can , and you should do that as well in your portfolios.

I understand it is easier said then done, and a lot of you think they have nothing to say.
I disagree.
I think every single person has something to say in a unique way.
Maybe you don't have something DIFFERENT to say, but the way you are going to talk to your best friend ,your mom, a complete stranger about how you feel about ice cream will be different from person to person.
The way you and your neighbor see the sky and the clouds outside your window will be different and unique.

As an artist, you are an author, not just a mechanic.
As an author, you develop your technique to fit your vision.
This is what school and teachers are here for. They are not meant to transform you into an artist… you already are one. They are here to help you develop the tools you need to fully express who you are and what you see.
This is what most people in the industry are looking for.
People who can use the skills they have to share visions.
You need both.
You don't need to possess ALL the skills in the handbook.. that would be impossible because that handbook is being written as you go along.
There definitely fundamentals that have been around for centuries and that will always be around, but techniques change and evolve with you and with society.
The latest software you are going to be be so good at might not exist in three or four years.. but if you are using this software to express your ideas, chances are you will be able to do it somehow with a different piece of software, or a different type of tool altogether.

Last week, I saw two portfolios of note.
One from this young artist from Mexico who could barely speak English.
He did comic books, and was there with his other friend, who didn't speak English Either.
He showed me his work, and was very shy about it.
When I looked at it, my first reaction was.. ha.. this is not my style, this not the "look" I like.
When I read through the first story he had, the hair on my arms were raised. I loved the story.
It was simple, clear, and easy to relate to. it was a love story.. love gone wrong if you want.
Technically, there were some issues in the pacing, there were a few frames here and there that were not totally necessary and some that could have have been totally cut out… but the overall point of the story came across loud and clear and it worked.

His second story was a sci fi story…once again..not my cup of tea..it looked like a mix between Anime and something else that I didn't know and that is not necessarily my favorite type of art.
Here again. the whole story worked, and there were NO WORD BALLOONS. He hadn't had time to put them in.. but the story still worked.
There were again some things that were not necessarily working with layouts and pacing, and the look of it was something way more bloody than I cared for, but it worked.

My feedback to him was that his work was awesome. I saw some issues here and there, but in spite of these, his stories worked very well.
I didn't feel like I should tell him what to fix, because although some parts were clumsy, they were not broken. It was imperfect, but it worked.
The point I am trying to get across here is that even if it's not perfect, your stories, your images can work. And that's really all you can ask for.
Perfection doesn't exist.. we strive for it, but we know that no matter how close we get to this ideal we have, it will always move a little further back, always out of reach.

The other portfolio I saw that made an impression was for the wrong reason.
This young girl who had just graduated showed me her work and everything in the book was an exercise she had done in school.
Technically, it was all good. She actually drew and painted better than me( which happens VERY often) BUT… there was very little personality in the book.
When I see something like this, I usually pick apart the technique because that is the only thing that is presented to me. And that is what every recruiter will do..if you just show him how well you draw your O's and your T's, they will just look at that, and not at the bigger picture, they won't read the text and will just get very nit picky on those things.
That's what I did.
I also encouraged her to put all that aside and to use her own experiences in life to come up with stories that she could put in images…and make them as honest to what she felt as she possibly could.
This girl has so much skill, but it seems that along the way she forgot to use them for what they were meant to be used.

And that is what I see a LOT in portfolios.

So..
This my advice to you guys when you are prepping your portfolios, when you are in school,when you are relying on your teachers.
Remember WHY you want to be artists. Remember that you ( most likely) were draw to this because of the cartoons, comics, films you have seen as a kid that made you laugh, and cry, and wonder.
Remember that your teachers are there to help you but they won't transform you into artist. They can just help you find your way, and develop the tools you need to get there.
And remember that you are special and unique. That even if everybody else in the class, or around you can draw better, color better , animate better than you, it's about what YOU are going to do with your skills that matters, not how many skills you have.
And that's what you should be showing the world.

There.
That's my two cents.
Once again.. that is just MY point of view.
I am sure many many people will have different opinions, sometimes contrary ones, but this is what I think and this is what works for me.
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Hey everyone, I just wanted to share with you a really cool site called Storybird.com. I have a small selection of my illustrations there for the past few years. For you budding writers, or serious writers, you can actually create your own stories/books with my illustrations. I am really wowed that there have been over 560 books created with my work. Very cool concept! Enjoy!

Storybird - PascalCampion
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Comicon is sure to be an exciting time this year! I can't wait to meet new and old friends.  If you can come by to see me, I'll be at Booth G03, where I usually am every year.  If you miss me at my booth be sure to check me out at 2 signings I have during the Con.  

I'll be doing 2 signings at the VAN EATON GALLERY BOOTH.  This is gonna be so exciting since I'll be debuting my exclusive pieces that I talked about earlier in the week.  THURSDAY 4-5pm and SUNDAY 11:30 - 12:00pm.

I'll be doing another signing at CTN on FRIDAY from 3:00 -5:00pm.

Come by and see me.  I've been printing a good assortment of my images all week and I am also debuting my new book called LITTLE BIG THINGS, which is my largest collection of images I've put together to date.  Looking forward to meeting you all.

I'll be back in about a week or two
2 Freelance Illustrators/Animators looking for a studio mate.  Located walking distance Potrero Shopping Center , studio is a large, well-lit shared space, full of windows and is divided by 3.  This studio is an ideal situation for another working creative professional preferably, but not necessarily in the Illustration/Animation field.



$400/month includes rent, electricity, utilities, internet and a safe and secure building.  Available immediately for a 12-month lease.  Please contact Pascal_Campion@yahoo.com with subject: Office Space for inquiries.  Thank you!
Pascal Campion Featured Exhibition at the Espace Arludik from the Galerie Arludik in Paris . The Galerie Arludik features animation artists from all over the world.  The Espace Arludik Exhibition will be featuring signed copies of Pascal’s prints from March 5 – March 27, 2011 located at the prestigious multiplex MK2 Bibliotheque. The prints available are from Pascal Campion’s 2010 – 2011 Collection.

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My store has been updated, and for the whole month of December, we are doing FREE shipping (domestic only)!

So.. if you're itching to get a print, now is the time!

...Here's the link to the store:
pascalcampion.com/store/

Cheers
P.
The Creative Talent Network will be taking place in LA on Nov 19  to the 21st!
If you guys are in the area, you should go check it out.
It's a great place to meet TONS of professionals from the animation industry!

Here's a link
www.ctnanimationexpo.com/
Just a reminder that this weekend is the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco www.comic-con.org/ape/ (aka APE) and that I will be attending! Please come by the table I'm sharing with Nidhi Chanani, #214
See you there!
www.purrcasso.org/

For the past five years, The Berkeley East Humane Society has been putting on an art auction to benefit the animals.

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The fifth annual Purrcasso will take place Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th, 2010.
Please join us Saturday night for a silent auction and entertainment, including music and mingling with artists.
On Sunday, we will be offering lots of fabulous handmade crafts for
pets and pet lovers in addition to beautiful art featuring cats and
dogs.