(Artwork by John Nevarez. All rights reserved.)
John Nevarez is an extraordinary talent in the animation industry. He currently works as a storyboard and visual development artist for Disney television animation. His work is energetic and appealing, and I know more than a few people who list him among their favorite modern animation artists. To drool over his artwork, visit his blog. You can also read an interview with John at the Character Design Blog.
In 2006 Nevarez produced an instructional DVD in conjunction with the Entertainment Art Academy. “John Nevarez Design” is a live recording of a presentation given by Nevarez, with the camera pointed down at his drawing desk so that we can watch him sketch as we listen to him talk. The lengthy DVD touches on a variety of topics including character design techniques, putting appeal in your drawings, staging your characters, and some info about backgrounds. There is a lot of great, inspirational content on this DVD. Highly recommended.