Saturday, November 5, 2011

Some New Stuff

I used my computer to add a bit to my drawings and make some graphic art kinda thing.

Here is the first with two of my un-named characters.

Colored Melvin Comic!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pose Composition

One important part of cartoon composition and something very important and vital to making a great cartoon is pose composition. Good pose composition is one pose causing another pose which is also often called acting and reacting because it is an action pose causing a reaction pose.

I have noticed lately that pose composition is one thing on which I needed to improve, so I havve done some studies and I am happy to say that I have improved greatly.

Here are to of my characters that I have posted here before...

I used these two characters to practice pose composition and that study is below.

In the picture above I have also incorperated squashing and stretching, combining it with pose composition.

This tool make characters come alive, to seem as if they are real and that they affect one another.
Here, in the picture above, you can clearly see that his wife is angry, and shaking her fist and leaning forward to convey dominance, and she is also in a very intimidating stance. In turn she is causing him to lean back eith a cautious, intimidated, and slightly frightened expression which also has an "apologetic" quality to it.

They are interacting just like real people would.

Next is another pose composition study I did using my same old man character. It is the original followed by one where the characters are colored.

 In this one, the beautiful, sexy woman comes out and gives a flirty, "sexy" pose which causes major surprise and lust in the old man, therefore his jaw drops in awe, his toung flies out of his mouth, his little bit of hair even flies up in surprise, and he is stuck pointing, ogling, and drooling over the woman.

A typical reaction of a man when he sees an extremely attractive woman.

In fact, this could be exactly what lead to the first picture with his wife... Maybe he saw him ogling this other, much younger, woman and she "wasn't too pleased" with it. Actually, if we put them together, they tell a bit of a story.

"How dare you stare at and ogle that other woman?! Don't try to say you didn't! It's bad enough that you do it, but then you lie about it! You pig! Is it necessary for you to ogle every young hussie you see to get your jollies?! You bloody men!"

In fact maybe we can even go back further using another example of a more subtle example of pose composition... Let's track back before he went and ogled that other woman... Let's say they are on vacation, they arrive in the hotel room and it has been a long trip, so they are squabbling and getting on each other's nerves and have a bit of an argument in the hotel, so they go off in different directions so they can both simmer down abit, but then his wife sees him "getting his jollies" ogling that other, much younger woman, and it sends her over the edge with rage.

(above) arguement in hotel shortly after they arrive. They each go own their own to try to simmer down a bit.
ogles (and courts) young, attractive woman (which his wife can see)
"How dare you stare at and ogle that other woman?! Don't try to say you didn't! It's bad enough that you do it, but then you lie about it! You pig! Is it necessary for you to ogle every young hussie you see to get your jollies?! You bloody men!"

Here you see how pose composition in which one character is reacting to another's pose can bring a cartoon to life and give it believable personality.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Clipboard Doodles

 I have a clipboard, equipped with a lot of paper for drawing anytime I want/drawing on the go. Actually, I used it when I did the Loony Tunes studies and practices that a posted previously.

I have been out and about lately but have had my clipboard with me a lot of the time and have been doodling away, so here are some of those doodles.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Goofy Type

I did some studies.practices, and experimented with a goofy/stupid type (requirements stated in Preston Blair's advanced animation book)

There you have it. What do you think?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cartooning Studies!

So I have done some Loony Tunes studies because I figured there is no better way to practice the craft than study/copy the best there is. I will post the original image I used, FOLLOWED by my drawing. Please let me know what you think.

Bugs Bunny Study

Wile E. Coyote Study

 I drew both of the images above on the same page.

Tweety and Sylvester Comic Study

Yosemite Sam

Monday, July 25, 2011

Ren and Stimpy Studies!!

I decided to do some more studies... In particularly, I wanted to work on making my drawings really cartoony and funny! So I copied some drawings from one of the cartooniest, funniest cartoons around, Ren and Stimpy! As you know, John K is one of my greatest inspirations, and influences.
Here are my results! What do you think?

This one is REALLY rough... and not the best... but it served it's purpose so I like it

 this is my favorite and I am really proud of it, and very pleased.

Overall I am very pleased with what I did! (=

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cartoon Studies #1: Hands & Memphis J Frog

Here are some studies I have done.
In the first, are drawings I did of hands to get the positions and whatnot. It worked out quite well

(below) I drew out/copied some positions from a model sheet of one of the funniest characters ever, Memphis J. Frog

The Sheet

My drawings

Thursday, June 30, 2011


Introduction/background info
I said in my last post I would post a character I made about about 3 weeks ago. Here it is! I came up with this aftter watching a Mort Walker interview in which he saying how he came up with his characters, such as Beetle Bailey.
Here is what I came up with...
His name is Melvin, and his personality is loosely based on part of mine. Mainly humorous, weird, and very sarcastic.
I was going to post a comic/story I sketched out involving him, but I don't have time at the moment so I will as soon as possible

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Update and Doodles

Just a quick update to let you know that I will be posting a character I recently made (about 3 weeks ago) soon. I came up with him when watching an interview of Mort Walker, cartoonist and creator of beetle Bailey (and others) in which he talked about how he came up with his characters, loosely basing certain personality traits on people he knew.
In the meantime, here are some doodles I did just experimenting with various things. enjoy.