Tag Archives: cartoon

Developing a cute pink dinosaur

18 Feb

Based on a sketch of a cartoony dinosaur I put on my Deviant Art page yesterday and which in turn was based on someone else’s sketch made in 2007, I made a new digital sketch.

I’m trying to find out how to draw something consistently, because that is what I’m having problems with right now. When I try to “improve” my sketch, I’m getting too scientific about it, which spoils the whole appeal of what I drew originally as a fun sketch. What seems to work much better for me right now is to tweak the original rough sketch, rather than trying to redraw from scratch with each new drawing. I’m sure once I’ve drawn this guy enough times, I can draw him from scratch without tracing from an original.

Dinosaur original sketch1
1. I draw the sketch with pencil on paper, scanned it in and turned it into a pure black and white drawing. I basically put a piece of paper on top of the old sketch, copied some of the features and then drew a new sketch, with some improvements.

Dinosaur blue line version2
2. Before drawing in Sketchbook Pro on top of the scanned image, I cleaned the sketch somewhat and turned it into a blue line sketch. Actually, it is more like cyan line sketch. It is meant to be distinct from black, so when I draw over it, I can clearly see where I put my black outline.

Dinosaur final version3
3. The final version was drawn in Sketchbook Pro with a Wacom Intuos 3 tablet. I had to rotate the canvas, because for certain lines this worked much better. I’m still not satisfied with the roundness of the belly. It looks too “wobbly” to my eyes. I’m sure it’s a matter of practice.

Once I’ve more or less mastered drawing this pink dinosaur, I want to turn him into a cartoon character for a mini-comic based on the episode of He-Man, which I deconstructed a while ago.

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Pencilcast for January 19, 2011

19 Jan

I was trying to draw a cartoon version of a Siamese cat, based on a more realistic version, which isn’t really that easy, as it turned out. I needed more sketches than I show here below, as you can see in the video.

Sketches

Pencilcast 2011-01-19 - Siamese cat # 1
⬆ First attempt at drawing a Siamese cat in a pose from a reference photo.

Pencilcast 2011-01-19 - Siamese cat # 2
⬆ A somewhat more stylized version of a Siamese cat.

Pencilcast 2011-01-19 - Siamese cat # 3
⬆ Pushing the stylization even more, making it less realistic looking, but still recognizable as a Siamese cat.

Pencilcast 2011-01-19 - Siamese cat # 4
⬆ After doing the stylized version, I dialed it a bit back to realism. It is still a rough sketch, which needs a lot of development and drawing.

Hen-Fu Number 79

1 Feb

As an experiment I hooked up my Logitech webcam to my drawing board and recorded the video in iMovie HD. Both the viewing angle and image quality aren’t stellar, but I think you’ll get an idea of what I was doing.

Here’s the result.

Hen-Fu Number 79

Fun with overlay layer mode

21 Jan

I played a bit with the overlay mode here. After I filled the shape, I put a layer on top of it, with an overlay mode for that layer. Now I could paint with shadows (well, with any color, everything turns in a shade of the color underneath). As a painting program I used ArtRage 3 Studio Pro.

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Live drawing on Justin.TV on January 18, 2010

19 Jan

Just wanted to let you know that on my other blog, Pencilcast, there is a post about a live drawing I did on Justin.TV. Click on the image to go there.

Anatomy of the PURR drawing

17 Jan

I made a drawing/painting in ArtRage 3 Studio Pro in 7 layers (6 paint layers and 1 text layer). I’ve used the pen, fill, spray and crayon tools, plus I used the blur effect on layers 1 and 2. Layer 3 had an overlay layer mode. This wasn’t a particular method to it, just some experimentation and loads of fun.

PURR - layer 1
layer 1
PURR - layer 2
layer 2
PURR - layer 3
layer 3
PURR - layer 4
layer 4
PURR - layer 5
layer 5
PURR - layer 6
layer 6
PURR - layer 7 (text layer)
layer 7
PURR - complete
complete

Drawn live on Ustream

16 Jan

Here is a screenshot of the finished drawing in ArtRage. I haven’t yet figured out how to get rid of the aliasing, so I had to retouch the drawing in Pixelmator.

The workflow still isn’t optimal. I keep looking for improvements.

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