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Luis  Escobar and The Drawing Website.

Artist Luis Escobar chillin’ on the 20th Century FOX Studio Lot.


Luis is an old friend of mine from my art school days. He was born in El Salvador, and immigrated to the US back in the late seventies when El Salvador was caught up in it’s bloody civil war. We both got jobs in the animation business at about the same time in 1994. I went to Walt Disney Feature Animation and Luis got on the Simpsons where he still works today as a storyboard artist. Luis has experience working on a feature films as well having storyboarded on the epic Simpson’s Movie! (One of my favorite animated features of all time.) He lives in California with his wife, daughter and two sons who he loves very much. Luis is a devout  Roman Catholic with a penchant for board games and as you will soon hear an obsession with drawing.


Luis is a hard worker and consummate professional. As long as I can remember he was always working hard to improve his drawing skill and it has paid off. He is one of the most talented people I know. Along the way Luis has developed his own theories about drawing and has recently put them together in a new website specifically created  to help teach people how to draw. I’m talking about The Drawing Website . On today’s show I speak with Luis about drawing and how to teach it in the most effective way.  Enjoy!



If you’re embarrassed because you can’t draw a straight line or even a good stick figure. If you WANT to know how to draw but don’t know where to begin — you’ve come to the right place.

19 year industry professional animator and storyboard artist Luis Escobar will teach you what you need to know as if you’re where learning Kung Fu. Only you’ll be learning to draw.


You can also check out Luis’ blog for more Luis FU!

How do I become a better artist?

The next segment of the show is the story of a young artist in search of the answer to the  eternal question of every artist. How do I become a better artist? His journey takes him to the ends of the globe where he meets the Old Wiseman of Art Mountain.

You want to know what the Old man told the Kid? You have to listen to the show.


The Rule of thirds Drawing Demo.

In this 1st of 2 videos, I rough out my composition for a cartoon drawing based on The Old Wise Man of Art Mountain bit I produced for this episode of the podcast. I do it using Sketchbook Pro 2011 and a Cintiq Pen Display.  In this video I talk about the rule of thirds and how you can apply it to make your cartoons look cool!  I just block in everything in this video. In part 2 I ink and color the drawing.



Epic Facebook Fail

a week or two ago I posted a funny cartoon sketch on Facebook. It got alot of positive attention right away. People were liking it left and right. It felt good to know something I had created was bringing joy to so many people.  Yup I was feeling really good until “IT” happened. Some person (who shall remain nameless) who  had  requested to be my friend months ago suddenly went “full retard” on Facebook. I never spoke to, corresponded with, nor had  any contact whatsoever with this person other than her friend request. Fast Froward months later. An insane post pops up out of nowhere  on MY THREAD WHICH IS  ON  MY WALL demanding that I remove my cartoon from HER wall immediately. She was under the delusion that I was specifically targeting her with the cartoon. She wanted me to stop posting on her wall!

The poor thing doesn’t  understand how Facebook works. I wasn’t posting on her wall. The cartoon had nothing to do with her. Yet she demanded it’s removal and threatened me with her lawyer. I calmly explained that I wasn’t attacking her and what she was seeing was not her wall but the newsfeed the posts of everyone else. She was in total denial and fully delusional. There was NO getting through to her.

She threatened me with legal action, I threatened her with psychiatric action. My two sisters as well as a few other friends tried to explain things to her with links that explain how  Facebook works, but the lady would not listen. Her threats just got crazier and crazier as time passed. Part of me was entertained, but the rest of me was uncomfortable and starting to get mad.


Everyone was like “Just unfriend and block her ass Raul!”  I hesitated, thinking, “Let’s see how this plays out.” I should have listened to my friends because things got ugly soon after that when  she called me a “dickhead”. That’s when I took off my gloves and decided enough was enough.  It was time to pull out the big guns.  I drew and posted the silly drawing below.

The above  picture was very satisfying to create and post. Not everyone felt that way. Well everyone in the world except one person agreed with me.


I then posted a comic strip adaptation of the events as I saw them unfolding. It was  a blast drawing this out. Rarely do I make myself laugh with my own cartoons. This was an exception.  In this comic strip something evil is awoken every time someone utters it’s name or a word that almost sounds like its name.



If I may quote from one of the greatest movies ever made, Team America, I think I can best explain what  happened to me on Facebook.

See, there’s three kinds of people: dicks, pussies, and assholes. Pussies think everyone can get along, and dicks just want to fuck all the time without thinking it through. But then you got your assholes, folks. And all the assholes want is to shit all over everything! So, pussies may get mad at dicks once in a while because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes, folks. And if we didn’t fuck the assholes, you know what you’d get? You’d get your dick and your pussy all covered in shit!

Crude? Yes. Obscene? Big time. Undeniably profound? Abso-fucking-lutely.

So I freely admit that in this situation I had clearly become a dick. But this crazy woman was being a total asshole, so as a dick, I had to do what I had to do. If you kind of disagree with me that’s okay. Just makes you a pussy. If you strongly disagree with me and feel the crazy woman was right to invade my thread with her hateful bullshit, then you my friend are an asshole.

I stopped to gather my thoughts and write a final post to this asshole. An hour later I had a big ass tirade full of poetic rage and contempt. I never once used profanity and was pretty proud of myself for having put down my exact feelings in words. I read through my rant and found that it was  directed  not only to the crazy lady, but to every single mother fucking douche bag out there causing trouble and shitting the bed all over the internet. Trolls. All of those god damned trolls, whether they were being trolls on purpose just to agitate or whether they were oblivious to their trolling due to ignorance, stupidity, or some other mental defect.


In the end  I decided not to  post my rage rant and just unfriend and block the bitch.  I had wasted enough time and energy on a hopeless fool. So instead I decided to save and read my rant  on the show to you guys.  I may have went a little overboard in terms of the length of the tirade, but hey, I was PISSED! Which turned out to be great because I ended up with a very funny bit of  Man vs. Art for my listeners!


Enjoy the show!


Just for the hell of it here is a sketch I did of Boba Fatt. Not Boba Fett but Boba Fatt. Because he’s fat.



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