Anonymous asked: Hi Melanie I am a junior and i was wanting to apply to calarts, i want to work in animation industry as a concept or story artist and wish to attend the character animation school. I am very worried though because i have never animated anything before and i was wondering if this is learned in the classes or are you meant to already know how to? Sorry for my bad english.:))

Don’t worry!! I think a lot of people that go to CalArts haven’t animated before getting there — and they don’t expect you to know how anyway. They will teach you how to animate your first year :) good luck!

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Melanie Atwater: Story Portfolio 2014

here it is! my portfolio from today :)

a little girl trying to be punk rock  ,,/ (>.<) ,,/

okay here is a big ol masterpost of all the asks :)

1. Take a picture of your workspace.

sometimes i work at school and sometimes at home so here are both :)



so i decide where to work depending on whether i’d rather feel like a crazy person or a relaxed person

3. Show a thing you last drew, no matter how small or a “doodle” it is.


okay then, sneak peek of my film character/business card. 

5. Who/what inspires you?

oh man, so many people. lots of people i found via the internet (like makani and tealin), a lot of other calarts alums (adrian molinaeric favela, austin madison, leo matsuda), and RL art friends (ben holmkari casady, taylor price, tammy changjacob streilein, colin howard). omg there are so many more haha like everyone at calarts???

6. Draw a same pic with your dominant and non-dominant hand.


i tried to draw my roomie t price :( i would be in big trouble if i lost my right hand hahaha.

7. Do you have any OCs?

nooope, not unless you count film characters, in which case….yes but i never want to draw them again hahaha.

8. Do you listen to music when you draw? Favorites?

yes! right now i’ve been listening to the princess mononoke soundtrack incessantly. it kind of changes from time to time, but usually: marina and the diamonds, carole king, vampire weekend, phoenix, bon iver, broken bells, the shins, bryan scary and the shredding tears…or soundtracks haha.

12. Any weird artist behaviour you admit doing?

well i sit kind of like a gargoyle in my desk chair and i hunch over really bad when i draw or use my computer :( also i lean in super close to the computer screen or cintiq when i use them. as in my nose is inches from the screen haha

thanks for actually asking me these!! it was fun :)

i wanted to do something for the ghibli jam this year (and to take a break from films and portfolios), so i decided to draw kiki since it was the first studio ghibli movie i watched (over and over and over) as a kid. it holds a very special place in my heart :)

this time i drew jacob

i really DID want some girl scout cookies :(

a valentine’s day card for my sweetie~*~ back to the future themed, of course.

joan of arc is definitely in my top 5 favorite historical ladies. thanks, sketch dailies, for giving me an excuse to draw her.

i wanted to try the sketch dailies from today because i think bonnie and clyde are cool!

also some sketchbook drawings i did last week of bo, maija, and my TA in maija’s class :)