Monday, May 22, 2006

Crazy Crap

Hi! I'm still not done with my Preston Blair drawings, but in the meantime I bring you these...

This is what this looks like when I'm thinking too much...

Thursday, May 18, 2006

John K.'s Animation Lessons: Lesson 1

Hi I'm back and brought stuff to show ya! I've been meaning to show these off for quite some time, especially now that John has posted lesson 4 on his blog.

John Kricfalusi's animation lessons that he gives from the original Preston Blair book, which has some original MGM characters, is such a great oppurtinity for me to take advantage of as a a cartoonist and as an artist. With this type of practice, I can improve my skills in drawing animated cartoons.

First off, I've paid close attention to what this book says and copied all of lesson 1's head constructions with some slight differences that I've added.

Okay here in this fisrt one I've noticed I can never get something symmetrical. For some reason I have the tendency to make my drawings lean a bit more to the right. You can somewhat see this in the egg-shaped guy next to the bear head.

You'll notice that these four heads on top lean slighlty to the right, especially that last one. To improve myself with this, I added a line in the middle to one of the heads to make sure the symmetry of the head works out fine.
Here I'm getting a little bit better, especially with symmetry. I also knew that I had to catch the personality and character of these heads, which I think was the most important thing I needed to copy. I tried being careful with all the forms and shapes within these heads to try to make them look exactly like how they are in the book. I tried drawing these cute heads as fast as I could to see how well I could capture them in a faster-pace. The dog heads were kinda tricky so I might need to compare those with the originals in Photoshop.
Here I think is where I improved alot. This wolf was the most fun for me to draw. He has such an interesting and cartoony look to him. I love that! Droopy's head was somewhat hard to do as well as the goat's head and the fox's head.

I've learned sooo much from doing this lesson. It was real fun and informative for me. Such great lessons! I never took the chance to take advantage from this book until now and It's great!

Well that's all I have for now. I'll probably work on all lesson's this weekend (HOPEFULLY!) and keep posting as much stuff as I can.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Rabbit Construction! + More!

Here's some more construction studies!

Oh, man there's way too many cartoon rabbits out there. I guess they're the easiest to draw? I dunno. Anyways, here's a construction study of one of my characters. I was looking at John K.'s blog about the Preston Blair Animation book with construction and started wondering if I did or didn't do too much character construction on my characters. Usually what I do is I make a circle/cranium or an oval or whatever for a head and then make the line of action. Then I add different shapes for the body, arms, hands, etc. And then I'll add the details. I love to start this way because it gives me a sense of balance instead of just starting with the line of action first like in the Preston Blair book. Normally I don't go all too in depth with construction and I just fast-pace it with the construction, but I started looking at the Preston Blair book more and started adding more into this character by creating nice and clean shapes and adding the skeletal structure and making the pose a bit more interesting and believable. I also made sure the face expression and everything else fits all perfectly into this one character. So here ya go! This is what came out of it. It came out pretty neat and I do like how the pose came out and I sorta do feel what the character is expressing. I hope some of you out there know what I'm talking about hehe.

*One more thing I HAVE to mention here!! I completely folowed the step-by-step process in the original PB book. Which means I did not start with the head and then the line of action. I first went with the book and did the line of action first and then all the other important stuff afterwards. I want you guys to compare this drawing with other drawings here in this blog. I look up to this book too much not to follow its instructions. I'm still learning and am experimenting different techniques. Please tell me what you think!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hi and Hello!!

Hey, hey! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been super busy with school work and all. But I'm back and have stuff to show ya!

I'll be making this picture all nice and prettied-up. So wait up for some more of my insanity!