Monday, June 25, 2007

$100,000 Dollar Drawing Lesson 1, part 2

At work yestarday (I have serious amounts of down time, why I love my job) I compared my previous attempts at lesson 1 to preston blair's by eye and noted the differences. I then redrew the lesson correcting for my previous mistakes. I think these are much better than the first time. I still need to go use photoshop, to check even more closely for mistakes.

$100,000 Dollar Animation Lesson 1, Part 1

With major production of my independent short, Cereal Addicts Anonymous, In less than a month (I hope). I have decided to brush up on my cartoon drawing skills. I went through these drawing lessons six months and drew a few drawings from the lessons when I had a chance. It improved my cartooning skill alot. This time I am going to draw every drawing in the book, go back and correct all my mistakes.

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Time for some serious art studies. These are copied from the book Cyclopedia Anatomicae. A great reference for artists or coffee table book for the morbid.
I told you I'd post something intelligent

Sunday, June 17, 2007

These cartoons are getting dumber by the day

Sometimes I am proud of my movements. There like my little stinky children and it breaks my heart to flush them. I know earlier I said I would post something intelligent, guess thats out the window.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Good for a cheap laugh

Ummm.... I don't really know what to say about this one. I did a little experimenting with using thick and thin lines. Something I clearly need to work on.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Just a dirty cartoon for you

Somebody must have done this before. If I ripped you off I apologize, it was accidental. The idea just popped into my head and I thought it was kinda funny. Maybe this will be the first in a series of cartoons of animals humping objects they look like. I will post something more intelligent later.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Cruelty to animals

Up 'til now I have not used this blog to harp on socail issues, but this one I could simply not ignore. All over the world people are dressing their pets in humiliating clothing. These poor animals do not deserve this. Why doesn't PETA step up and do something about it instead of printing those flyers telling me not to eat the meat I love so much.
I have drawn some cartoons to raise awareness of this issue and hopefully dispell the myth that this is "cute."When I was drawing this I thought of all kinds of captions for what the dog is thinking, such as "I hate you", "Just give me some chocolate now and get it over with", or "Even the cat is laughing at me. That smug bastard will het his." But I think the look on his face says it all.

Here are some more horrifying examples.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Just some sketches

I hadn't posted in a while. So, here are some sketches I did at work.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Col Erase penicls and funny bunny

I finaly to the advice of Tony White in hid great book Animation from pencil to pixels, and got myself some Col Erase pencils. Col Erase by Prismacolor are the only erasable colored pencils. They are great for rough animation becuase you can use one color for structure and another for detail, They scan better than regular pencils, and I feel more professional using pencils that you need to go to an art supply store to get. I like using red pencil for structuring and blue for detail. I haven't had a chance to try them out on the light table yet, but I think this will be the medium for Cereal Addicts pencil stage. Here is my test subjects, funny bunny that goofy looking rabbit, and an overwieght baseball players. You can see the first drawing of funny bunny in regular No2 pencil for comparison.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Aren't you the future cartoonist

Another first friday, loudly selling cartoons on the street. This is the fourth month I have been at it. I am starting to make a name for myself out there. I was interviewed by The other people selling art on the street recognize me. Later that night I was at a show, and a girl asked if I was the future cartoonist guy. This could be an excellent way to get free promotion. Right now I don't have anything to promote. Soon I hope to set up a website for my cartoons and animations. Drawing people on the street could bring traffic to the website, and I could sell ad space. I don't know just something to think about.

Ren and Stimpy

I recently bought Ren and Stimpy: Complete first and second season on DVD. It is pure cartoon genius, Here are some sketches. I could go on all day on reasons why Ren and Stimpy is genious that modern cartoons are missing. I will just focus on two quickly: Cartoony-ness and texture. The characters in Ren and Stimpy do not rigidly follow model sheets. The are constantly warping into exagerated cartoony expressions and poses. Watch Cartoon network these days. See how often the characters poses and expressions are pushed at all. Ren and Stimpy pushed they're poses and expressions as far as they could go, then pushed them further. Ren and Stimpy uses paintings to add texture. Modern Cartoons are all colored in completely flat digital shades. Sure, maybe there is the occasional gradient, but it is digitally smooth and textureless. Using real paint gives Ren and Stimpy a texture that digital technology cannot duplicate. To be fair Spongebob Square pants also has cartoony-ness and texture though they don't take it as far as Ren and Stimpy did.