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.

    Sunday, June 15, 2008

    Monday, June 2, 2008

    Many faces of George Liquor

    Here are some original George Liquor expressions, based on my quick pencil sketches.




    I will add more George (and Jimmy) drawings to this post in the next few days.

    Wednesday, May 28, 2008

    How Sweet To Be An Idiot

    This is one of the greatest pictures ever of Jimmy the Idiot Boy. I guess it was drawn either by John K. or Jim Smith. It's staggeringly complex, and presents a tough challenge for anybody who's trying to replicate it. I made few attempts earlier today, just to understand the basic construction behind it. I made plenty of mistakes with various small details, so I decided to leave it for few days, and just use the original black & white drawing from John's blog for a coloring exercise:

    This is a quick drawing inspired by "The Turtle Food Collector", and I haven't used any comic panel as a reference. I like Jimmy's expression here, but dislike the whole drawing - I made too many mistakes: the construction of the face, and the whole left hand for example. The left eye also looks weird and incorrect, though it adds something peculiar to the whole expression. Jimmy looks like he's trying to hypnotize the bug. Maybe I'll return to this drawing later, and add the real backgrounds.

    Here are some of the recent attempts to do my own expressions of Jimmy the Idiot Boy, without using any of the reference drawings. I made dozens of such drawings and sketches of Jimmy or George Liquor, but I'm not too satisfied with them yet. I need to practice much more, to get a better grasp of both characters.