Archive | June, 2009

Boys will be boys

26 Jun

This drawing was entirely done on the computer in GIMP. The photo was outlined on a separate layer, everything but what’s inside the outline deleted, the number of colors of the photo reduce to 16, and the transparency of the photo layer lowered by two third. Then the fun began.

boys will be boys

I first drew the grassy bits with light and dark green. This gives enough variation for a cartoony drawing like this one. The background was a gradient fill from light orange to pure white. The letters were typed in Impact Condensed, merge with a new layer, and the edges of the letters were filled with pink, the letters themselves a bluish green.

In fact, this little piece of artwork didn’t take long to create, but it was a lot of fun. I guess a good drawing doesn’t always have to take a lot of work. Sometimes it is enough to have a good idea.

That is all.

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Character design

25 Jun

I’m reading a chapter about character design in a book about cartoon drawing, and copied an example from it. The character is designed using big blocks to get the overall appearance right. Then the character is refined in the steps that follow the initial sketch. The big blocks are relatively easy to draw from different angles, so you can set up a character quickly, certainly with some practice.

character design (rough sketch)

In the sketch above the blue pencil sketch was the first sketch, the red pencil sketch refined it and the black pencil sketch was the final version, the version that will be used for further digital manipulation. By decomposing the scanned image into CMYK layers, erasing the CMY layers, and converting back to a color image, you’re left with a dark gray pencil sketch. I cleaned up this sketch with GIMP, and darkened the gray pencil color to pure black.

character design (cleaned up)

Mind you, all this is still very rough. I will need to practice a lot before I’m able to get my characters right. However, using several colors helps you to keep track of your versions, while they won’t show up in the version you are going to be using. Without it, you probably would need to redraw the entire character in a new sketch.

Anything that helps to improve or speed up your character design has to be a good thing.

That is all.

Terror rabbit

25 Jun

I was thinking how a cube could transform into a mechanical rabbit, like in the Transformers. However, that’s a bit much for a simple drawing, so I decided to draw just the animal form of the robot, and make it a terror rabbit instead.

Terror rabbit

The digital manipulation happened in GIMP, using several layers. The glow was done using a Gaussian blur filter.

That is all.

Mouse, part 9

25 Jun

I’m starting to get comfortable with my process, which is important if I want to get better. You don’t want to get bothered by the technical bits of your process, but rather concentrate on the creative parts.

Here is another sketch I ran through the process, from blue pencil sketch, inking with rollerball pen, scanning and digital manipulation in GIMP.

Mouse, part 9

And if you hadn’t noticed, I’m actually starting to like this drawing thing. Also, the character gets refined with every drawing I do. However, if you look closely, you might see the anatomy of the arms is kinda wrong.

That is all.

Man, dog, and lamppost

24 Jun

This was an attempt to apply what I have learned in the last couple of days. It is supposed to depict a man, a dog, and a lamppost.

Man, dog, and lamppost

That is all.

Mouse, part 8

24 Jun

Here is an attempt to draw some poses for the Mr. Mousestein character. Notice that the hand lettering was too loose, and should at least have been drawn on a straight line with a ruler. I tried to correct this in the cleaned up version, but there is still some irregularity in the lettering that needn’t be there.

Mouse, part 8 (rough sketch)Mouse, part 8 (cleaned up)

Also notice that while the face should be foreshortened in the right sketch, it doesn’t seem to be. I need to see my characters as three-dimensional objects.

That is all.

Life drawings of my cats

24 Jun

Yesterday late in the evening (rather after midnight) I made two quick sketches of my two cats in blue pencil and inked them with a rollerball pen. This afternoon I scanned those in and cleaned them up.

Cats, part 11 (rough sketch)cats, part 11 (cleaned up)

Cats, part 12 (rough sketch)cats, part 12 (cleaned up)

It shows what you can do with a certain kind of process. The inking and digital processing gives you two chances to correct any errors, but also to add extra touches to your original observation. In short, it gives you maximal creative control.

That is all.