Archive | April, 2010

Warm-up sketch for April 19, 2010

19 Apr

I did another daily recording of my warm-up sketch on my Ustream channel Draw, draw, draw!

This is my second attempt of drawing an Abyssinian cat called Denise van Outhuizen as a kitten. The is better than what I had yesterday, but still very different from the photo.

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Cute kitten, drawn live on April 19, 2010

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Warm-up sketch for April 18, 2010

18 Apr

It amazes me each time that if you keep trying to improve, even your not so good sketches start to become better. This kitten was my first breeding cat. She was also very close and trusting to humans. Not so much buddy-buddy with other cats, though, unless they were kittens (she always tried to grab suckling kittens from her daughter, while she had no litter of her own, and therefore no milk).

Cute kitten, drawn on April 18, 2010

Pencilcast 04/17/2010 2:00PM

17 Apr

In my weekly hour long show on Saturday (23:00 CEST) I decided to draw Marilyn Monroe. I had practiced how to sketch her earlier today, and did some of the tutorials in “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” by John Buscema, where he covered how to draw beautiful women. This is one worthy for a rematch next Saturday.

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This sketch is more or less the same pose as the reference photo, but completely constructed from basic shapes (no tracing was used). This is a huge improvement over what I did earlier today.

Marilyn Monroe, drawn live on April 17, 2010 (sketch 2)

After I did the formal 3/4 perspective view, I tried a front view, using a simpler drawing style. Not sure what I was doing, I got these results, which aren’t bad, just not as refined as what I did earlier.

rawn live on April 17, 2010 (sketch 3)

Quick sketches

17 Apr

Super quick sketch of that versatile comedic talent of Hollywood. I wished I could draw as well as he can act. Drawn with felt-tip marker pen in 2 minutes.

Danny Devito, drawn in 2 minutes on 2010/04/17

Super quick sketch of Jean-Claude Van Damme, the Muscles from Brussels. Note that I didn’t have time to check the position of his ears, and that the eyes are also a bit out of whack. 2 minutes with felt-tip marker pen.

Jean-Claude Van Damme, drawn in 2 minutes on 2010/04/17

Warm-up sketch for April 17, 2010

17 Apr

Totally off-model and only resembling MM’s ugly look-alike. Still, I explored what I should still work on.

Later today I will be trying to record another session on Ustream, on my channel Pencilcast.

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Marilyn Monroe, live drawn warm-up sketch on April 17, 2010

Quick sketches

16 Apr

Two Johns side by side, both comedians in their own way. Candy and Cleese. I hope you like them.

John Candy, quickie on April 16, 2010John Cleese, quickie on April 16, 2010

Each drawn in 4 minutes with felt-tip marker pen on A5 format paper.

Designing your own characters

16 Apr

I’ve been wrestling with character designs lately. I even started reading books I had bought some time ago to help me (I obviously have not yet read them through). However, before I mention those, let me stress that designing characters is hard work, whether or not you’re gifted with talent bestowed upon you by God himself.

To make matters worse, I know nothing of storytelling. I never had any use for it, and accepted that my friends didn’t listen to what I had to tell, because I told it so poorly. However, now I have cornered myself into becoming a storyteller, I have to put effort into, well, telling stories. You know, with a begin, middle and end.

You see, telling stories usually involves characters (more generally: agents, acting entities). Just having rocks that stay put in one place may interest rock geeks, but normal people (not being particularly interested in rocks) probably want something to happen in a story, some actor who does something stupid, tries to correct that stupidity (with the help of others), fail at first, but succeeds in the end, against all odds. That kind of thing, that unattainable (for me) mysterious phenomena that seems to grab people’s attention, is what I mean. That which grabs you by the throat, and forces you to keep following to some kind of conclusion, a finale.

Drat, if I already had a story, I could draw rough characters and hope the story would be interesting enough for readers to forgive the poorly drawn artwork. However, no such luck is on my side. I have neither a story, nor any characters. I am, you could say, running on empty.

Of course, I looked around, asking for advice. Someone told me to go back to my childhood, because all children pretend and do roll playing, don’t they? Yes and no. I did pretend, but I didn’t play role. No one had told me that I had to do that, so I guess I forgot. Even as a child I was a complete failure, it seems (Did I mention I was dropped on the floor a few times before I was 1 year old, and almost died in a fever?). I guess I shouldn’t expect any better as a grown-up. Figures that I often pick the line at the checkout that has the person who forgot their money or did someone else to hold up the line. Why can’t I just checkout in my shopping cart instead of doing some ritual at the exit of the supermarket?

But I digress. Lack of talent and having little success in life shouldn’t stop one, I think (heck, I’m still breathing, against all odds; isn’t that a miracle in itself?). So I’m going to hunker down and beat this storytelling thing into submission. Either it works, or I will die trying. No more excuses!

To return to what I mentioned earlier. The books I want to use and draw inspiration from are:

  1. “How to Create Crazy Cartoon Characters”, Vincent Woodcock, ISBN 0764135732 (see Amazon)
  2. “Creating Characters with Personality”, Tom Bancroft, ISBN 0823023494 (see Amazon)
  3. “Character Animation Crash Course!”, Eric Goldberg, ISBN 1879505975 (see Amazon)

My wrists already hurt mightily from all the drawing I did in the last few days and when I wake up, I feel just as tired as when I went to sleep. I suppose it’s only going to get worse until I have found what I was looking for.