Monday, November 26, 2007
I haven't posted anything here in quite some time, not that anyone's pining for my hack work, so I figured I'd post something, anything. These are the most recent doodles. I inked them with a brush pen and added some awful color in Photoshop. The bird's head lost a little something when I inked it. The eyes don't look as good as the pencil drawing. Nothing special here, just some lunch break crap.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
John was nice enough to critique my go at this Rod Scribner drawing. I tried to follow John's advice as best as my pencil will let me. I don't think the details on both of Bugs and Willoughby are as crammed together as my first attempt. I corrected the angle of Bugs' neck and also the tilt of the head. Willoughby's head could stand to be tilted just a little more. Not perfect by any means but there's some improvement.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I took a stab at John K's step by step lesson for constructing a Rod Scribner drawing. Though my drawing didn't come out very good I do think it really helped hammer home the concept of having the smaller forms wrap around the larger ones. I love Scribner's drawings but I don't copy them often as I find all those wrinkles kind of intimidating. I guess I should man up and get to studying his work. He's one of my favorite Warner's animators. I did do a couple of drawings from one of his scenes in "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery". They're way off compared to the originals so I'm going to go back and try them again.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
I busted out the ol' brush and ink last night to ink some of those Hank Ketcham studies I did and a couple of quick Owen Fitzgerald copies too. I then decided to try and ink someone else's work, which I've never done. So in order to fail right from the start I printed out a Jim Smith Chestacles drawing from his sketchbook and taped it to the back of a sheet of bristol and light boxed it. Why not screw up the best? Right? The original drawing was already tight to begin with so there wasn't much to do except try and keep the line thickness consistent with Jim's drawing. I still can't get a super clean line with a brush. I should probably splurge on a Kolinsky and see if that helps. I'm going to practice this some more and print out more of Jim's sketches along with other artists pencil drawings.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
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Thursday, September 13, 2007
I haven't been drawing all that much over the last couple of weeks and finally decided to sit down and try and shake the rust off. Nothing great here but I did try my hand at a couple of poses from old Esquire magazine pinups. I've never had much interest in drawing real people or objects but I think I'm starting to get the bug.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This is just a quickie comic strip I drew. I figure I'll liven this place up once in a while with this little pervo. Nothing great, just for fun. I might try my hand at a couple of quick Flash shorts with him too. Though I'm not terribly adept at using Flash. (For those who don't know, click to enlarge).
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
So after my last lame attempt at animating a run cycle David Gemmill was kind enough to offer me some tips. I sat down last night and tried to apply his advice. I think it's a definite improvement over the last two tries but the overlapping action is screwed up and kind of stiff. Feel free to tell me what else is wrong with it. I threw in some Daffy heads I drew while watching "Riff Raffy Daffy" for the thousandth time. I love that long-billed Daffy from Davis' shorts.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Taking a cue from John K's latest lesson, I decided to try and copy one of the coolest walk cycles I've ever seen. It's from the Oswald short "Hells Heels", just released on the Woody Woodpecker set. As you'll see I screwed it up when the cycle starts to repeat. The first and last drawings ended up too far apart so there's a noticeable jump when the walk cycle repeats, effectively killing any rhythm that was taking place. Maybe I shouldn't have tried something as difficult as this. One character is hard enough for me so two at one time is out of my league. I think I'll go and give those Bosko cycles a try. I added the click track to my version. The walk is on a 12 beat, meaning 12 frames per beat which in this case would be each step. Timing to a beat is something I've spent a lot time studying ever since reading about it in Bill Hanna and Shamus Culhane's books. Here's the original walk cycle followed by my crappy imitation.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Here's a cruddy little piece of animation. I'm going to keep adding to it, there's a reason he starts out in that awkward position. I just haven't drawn it yet. I've still got a couple more drawings to add to this bit also. I'm a little bit happy with the few frames of smear drawings. I've been freeze framing Bobo Cannon's animation in some of Chuck Jones' shorts, especially "Dover Boys" and it's starting to sink in. Yes, I know it looks like a poor man's excuse for Tex Avery's wolf. I think I study Louis Schmitt's model sheets too much. The drawing above is probably the best of the bunch. Too bad it only lasted two frames.
Monday, July 23, 2007
I'm still trying to get a handle on drawing cartoony women so I've been practicing from some of the artists on Shane Gline's Cartoon Retro. I'm studying from the drawings of Fantasio, Pepo and some more from Owen Fitzgerald. Some of the South American artists on his site are mindblowing. I spent time working on different parts of the body, now if only I can start to combine them all.