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.

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 :)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

It's him again!

Two adapted and colorized versions of the drawings from my first post. More new stuff to come, after the weekend (for the next few days I'm going to work as an assistant director at a movie shooting, and I'll continue with drawing practice next week).

George Liquor

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Angry George

Next two efforts, based on George Liquor's poses from "Man's Best Friend".

Pencil sketch:

Clean-up & ink (it was rather difficult, and some of the lines and forms look little bit lumpy to me, unlike the original):

The final version with added simple background and color:

Next pose, my first and third pencil sketch attempt (I'm not very satisfied with any of them):

The last one served as the basis for my cleaned-up and inked version. Again, I'm not thrilled with this. The inking is relatively stiff, and I missed some subtle curves and changes of the line thickness. The face seem to be OK, and the body needs some serious reworking (especially the bottom half). John's original can be seen here.

The final version in color:

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

More George expressions

Another day, another Liquor :)
Here's a very funny action pose, really enjoyable to draw. For some reason, George here reminds me of another John's character, He-Hog the Atomic Pig. You can see John's original drawing here .

My attempt no.1. I thought the face was well done. But, there are too many discrepancies from the original, and the direct comparison clearly shows them.

Few attempts later... this one's quite accurate, with exception of the eyebrows and too long hands and legs (a mistake I've done on several drawings from the previous posts):

My final inked version, and I tried to stay as close as possible to the original:

Is it worthy of the name Liquor?

And, here's a color version, just for fun...