Category: Drawing

Animation class

Material for 2D animation DESAN 262.


Drawing well is essential for 2D animation. The ability to control the tip of the pencil and make meaningful marks to describe an object is called draftsmanship. The ability to design the drawing in a way that suggests a three-dimensional form is called solid drawing. For animation, the artist needs to be able to “draw through”. This means that he should be able to draw the basic landmarks not only on the front side where they would naturally be visible, but also on the back side.


It is very helpful to be able to build the drawing from the ground up using basic shapes that can easily be controlled and positioned in whatever way is required. Basic shapes can be critical in helping to figure out oblique angles and extreme foreshortening.


Creating depth in your drawing.

Creating depth in your drawing.

Rough drawing a three-dimensional looking cylinder using just two ovals and two lines. basic shape excercise_page 5

Notice how bugs is constructed using basic shapes, drawing through, and construction lines.

Notice how bugs is constructed using basic shapes, drawing through, and construction lines.

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Warm-up and practice exercise.

Warm-up and practice exercise.

The figure made up of basic shapes.

The figure made up of basic shapes.


Faces have always fascinated me. They have always challenged me as well. It is amazing how a minute change can make such a difference in expression, or the capture of a likeness. I have also realized that the face has such a powerful capacity to emote that it can still do so, even when a great deal of it is obscured, by shadow for example.

I like to draw from life, from photo ref, and from my imagination. The first image I share here is using a photo for reference, but not copying it directly, the next three are from life, the last four are from imagination.

Practice makes perfect. I need to keep practicing.


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Storyboard panels of late.

I’ve been working on more storyboarding.  I’m now using a cintiq which allows me to draw right on the screen.  I find it easier to shade and build up a rich sketch without spending much more time.  These are an assortment, not necessarily connected to one another.



Asian family group.


Conference room.


Passing in by the elevator.


morning choices.


Morning routine.


Phone talk.

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Motivational note in chinese.


Office gossip.


School entrance.


Rainy street.

Princess Line Drawings

line drawing by K Sean Sullivan

Line art of princess brushing hair.




Art by Utah storyboard artist, K. Sean Sullivan.

Line art of princess by window.


Line art by Utah artist K. Sean Sullivan.

Line art of princess on a grand stairway.


Art by former Disney artist, K. Sean Sullivan.

Line drawing of a princess dancing.


Art by K. Sean Sullivan

A young princess.


Line drawing, whether pen and ink, pencil, or computer software is a challenging art form and can be very beautiful.  I learned the finer points while working as a “clean-up” artist at animation studios.

Production drawing by former Disney artist, K. Sean Sullivan.

Clean-up animation drawing.

Drawing Animals with Expression

Children's book concept. Coloring book page.


Coloring book page.


Film production logo.


Film concept.


Bird preening.


Little dragon.


Sketches for film storyboards.




Inked penguins.


Royal cat.


Zoo group.


Leaping tiger.


Royal pony.









More Drawings of Motion

Sketch of running maid by K Sean Sullivan

Woman running.


Swimming hole sketch.

Jumping into the swimming hole.


Line art for coloring book.

Motion through sequencing.


Sketches by Sullivan.

Quick studies.

Drawing Motion

Drawing things to appear as if they are in motion is a fun challenge.

Catching the fly ball.

Catching the fly ball.

We all recognize what a person looks like when they are moving.  A person with arms and legs stretched out in a running posture quickly gives the impression of movement.


Movement poses.

Off-balance poses indicate movement.

When the subject does not appear stabilized, balanced, or grounded, movement is suggested.

Running dog.

Tigger and WInnie the Pooh.

Drawings can also suggest that movement has just happened, or that it is just about to occur.

Drawing Faces

I’ve always enjoyed drawing faces.  Every one is identical init’s components, but totally unique at the same time.

Sketch of Rambo.

A page from my sketchbook that got eaten by my dog.


Pencil Drawing of a man in 1940's

A pencil portrait done in about 1984.


Pencil portrait.

The man's wife.


Pencil drawing of General Claire Chennault.

General Chennault of Flying Tigers fame.


Pencil portrait of a boy and his dog.

Pencil portrait of a boy and his dog.

Three kids.

Kids can be a challenge to draw well.


One third of the three Stooges.

One third of the Three Stooges.


Sketch of three children.

A preliminary sketch of three children.

Often, especially when drawing children, I work from photographs.  As often as I can, I work from life, such as this drawing of Patrick.

Pencil portrait of Patrick Devonas.

This is Patrick Devonas, who taught me a great deal about art.


Of course, there’s nothing more fun than a good caricature.

Caricature of Kobe.

You can tell who it is, right?


Caricature Pawn Star.

The guy from Pawn Stars.


And then, just fun cartoon type drawings.

Drawing by K. Sean Sullivan

No one in particular.

Draw for Fun

I wind up spending so much of my time drawing for clients that sometimes an awful amount of time can pass that I don’t draw just for the fun of it.  I sat down this evening to do just that.  My wife was reading a book by Robert Farrell Smith and shared a line with me.  That was all I needed to work with.

“Horace passed away unexpectedly while playing with dynamite”.

sketch of horace and his dynamite

Horace passed away unexpectedly while playing with dynamite.

Some New Stuff

I am taking a break from preparing my taxes. Then I’m heading off to a location shoot for a film on which I recently did storyboard work.


Production Design sketch. 12 DOgs of Christmas II.

A sketch for production design. 12 Dogs of Christmas II.


Drawing, Storyboard, by Utah animation artist K Sean Sullivan.

Story sketch for the film.


Storyboard panel.

Storyboard panel


Storyboard panel, by Utah illustrator K Sean Sullivan

Story sketch. One of Doug Sues' grizzlies.