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:

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sody Pop #1

John's original drawing:

Construction (left) and comparison with the original (right):

Cleaned-up pencil sketch based on the construction above:

Inked version:

My final version, in color:

Not a 100% success. The legs are too thick in comparison to original, and few other details are off the mark.

Let's try another one...

John's original drawing:

Construction (left) and comparison with the original (right):

Cleaned-up pencil sketch based on the construction above:

Inked version:

My final version, in color:

I made some bad mistakes on this one too. The right leg has a very complex shape in the original, and in my drawing it looks awkward and wonky. Also, some fine details on Sody's sneakers aren't as precise as they should be.

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.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Drawing the Idiot - part 3

Click here to see John's original drawing that served as the model for this exercise.

This is my pencil sketch with construction, and comparison with the original:

The cleaned-up pencil sketch from above. Still not perfect and not identical to the original (though in some places it got pretty close):

The inked version, with few improvements over the previous drawing:

The final version, with added color. Hmm, I wonder what is Jimmy really doing in this picture :)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Jimmy - part 2

Pencil sketch:

My cleaned-up and inked version:

Color version (using the Spumco Comic Book as the reference), with couple of small corrections in line-art:

John's original can be seen here

The next one has been really difficult, but also quite enjoyable to draw.
John's original:

Pencil sketch with construction:


My final inked version:

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Heeere's Jimmy!

I will continue with George Liquor drawing practice, but for now here are few attempts to draw his nephew Jimmy the Idiot Boy. First, here's a clean-up and inking exercise I made yesterday:

This is the original pencil drawing by John K. It was posted several years ago, at Shane Glines' forum (I think). It's a very fluid and wonderfully constructed drawing (the wrist and finger actions are quite extraordinary).

Here's my attempt to clean-up, ink and color this drawing. It's not perfect, and I noticed plenty of things to improve next time:

Next, here are my versions of two Jimmy poses posted yesterday at John K. blog

My pencil sketches:

My final drawings, cleaned-up and inked:

Come back tomorrow for more Jimmy! I'll try to do some complex poses :)