Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tom & Jerry construction exercise + more

Here's my attempt to do an exercise from John K. blog:

  • Getting Back To The Primal Needs Of A Cartoonist
  • Use Line Of Action To Maintain Guts Of Pose

    This Tom & Jerry comic cover by Harvey Eisenberg has been highlighted by John as an example that shows off all the fundamentals of a good cartoon drawing. I tried to construct and replicate it by following John's instructions.

    One of the earliest attempts:

    The last and most successful one so far. The proportions are not 100% close to the original, but I concentrated mostly on the correct construction around the line of action. That's the main goal of this exercise.

    Finally, the cleaned-up and inked version, just to see if drawing mantains the solidity after removing the construction lines. I can see a handful of mistakes and differences from the original (Tom's arm is too skinny, mice are not particularly well drawn, the drawing lacks some dynamics and action of the original, etc). Tom's head and expression looks OK to me, and that was the hardest and most complex part of this picture.

    More exercises, based on another recent John K. post:
  • Good Art to Copy From Comic Covers

    Again, the same method was used. Construction, comparison with the original and clean-up. I put plenty of effort to be as faithful to the original as I can.

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    George Liquor - digital inking

    After several days of practice, here are my first serious attempts of inking in Adobe Illustrator, based on the layout drawings posted at John's blog.

    It's OK, but could be better, and there's plenty of room for improvement. Here are John's inking tips with some amazing examples. That's the level I'm aspiring to, and need much more practice to reach it.

    More stuff to come, later...

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008

    George Liquor Cleanup Drawings #2

    Coming soon... the improved versions of the cleanup drawings from my previous post. In the meantime, here's a quick ink & color job with a layout pose from John's blog

    Monday, July 21, 2008

    George Liquor cleanup drawings

    First attempt to cleanup some of Jim Smith's drawings posted at John's blog.

    I will add more drawings tomorrow.

    Friday, June 20, 2008

    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    Saturday, June 14, 2008

    Sody Pop #2

    This drawing was based on a Sody Pop picture I found long time ago, probably on Spumco web site:

    Can you guess what was the inspiration for this drawing?

    And finally, a picture inspired by this post on John's blog

    Here are the construction sketches for these three pictures. They're a bit rough, and I just tried to get the construction and basic proportions of the characters close to the original, without going too much into the small details at this stage.

    And here's a bonus George Liquor drawing from 7 days ago: