Thursday, January 8, 2009

I suck at construction


JohnK says:

So far none of your drawings show that you use construction to draw with.

I'm not going to argue this point that John made yesterday. I know that I draw circles and lines before attempting details, but that doesn't mean I'm doing construction right. As John says, there's only one way to tell if it's right or not. But what am I doing wrong?

I looked at some older copies I did and the one recurring issue is that when I put the transparency over the original drawing ( I'm using PhotoStudio, not Photoshop ) one part will be more or less correct, and then everything else is off, but mathematically by about the same amount and in a different direction.


I figure this means that I'm not getting the distances from one form to another right. And if there's one mistake made, there are several because they all bloom out of the original.

So I decided I would start a drawing and not finish it until I KNOW the forms are in the right place. As you can see below, I've started breaking down the Porky comic cover, and once again, one character has roughly the right forms, but the others are off.

Counting the space with my pencil only seems to work when I'm making the drawing physically the same size, but the ones copied from the DVD player or these sized down comic pages....

The above drawing is ridiculously huge in file size compared to the comic cover. Scaling it down, this is how it compares:

I'm going to dedicate a few hours every night this week to getting this right, and then I'll move on to adding the larger forms. As you can clearly see, I need work and comments.

Maybe I'll join that Cartoon Critique blog.

UPDATES AS OF 01/09/09:

So, I took the drawing above and studied the transparency and made my changes in red. This is what I came up with:

And here's how it looks when resized over the original comic.

I had to resize this differently because the first scan of the drawing ( and first crack at it, pictured above ) had the paper favoring the top of the bed, the second the latter. I'm worried I may not have actually gotten the shapes right, but I'm going to start fresh rather than improve the same drawing. Hopefully, I've learned something. Be back tomorrow with more drawings!

Check back!

UPDATES AS OF 01/12/09:

New changes in blue.

Here's how it looks over the comic:

And now I'm going to do the remaining levels of construction. Hopefully, my theory that if I get the first level right then others will follow will soon be proved, right or wrong.

Please come back.

UPDATES AS OF 01/15/09:

Final changes in blue.

Black outline.

And the final check:

What do you think?

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I Found Nemo!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

AKA... Crap!

Though it may have previously been thought impossible to degrade the Hanna-Barbera show "Help!.... It's The Hair Bear Bunch", my direct ancestors the British managed to do it.

This is from a show in the late 90's on Cartoon Network UK called 'AKA Cult Toons', and it was a desperate ploy to give editors something fun to do.

The saddest part about this is you'll see a few good cartoons ( "Draftee Daffy", "Little Hiawatha" and "Cow and Chicken" ) play second fiddle to a bunch of rubbish. Though, the blaxploitation clips are cool.

I'll give you a dollar if you can get through both of these videos and not feel like you've been violated in some way.

Oh, and Happy New Year. We're back.