Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Human Studies!

So this is less John K lessons and more human studies.. but there's a little cartoonage in here.

So you probably recognize the ugly guy.. that's me. Also, my buddy, Rob, got me some Rocko's Modern Life episodes so I've had some new inspiration. These drawing are all pretty raw. Heffer's head is set too low on his body. Rocko's giant eyes are kinda wobbly and my one eye is lazy or something..

My self portrait was a culmination of these human skull studies. I'm really trying to step up my drawing skill in all facets. I have a couple more pages that look a lot like this, but it's all the same and kind of boring. This is what my practice looks like. I came to find that the best way to construct a human skull is by first drawing a circle representing the cranium. This covers the top of the skull to just below the nose. Next I draw lines wrapping around the circle to visualize the third dimension of depth. There's a North to South line (straight through the face and back of the head) and a East to West line (straight through both ears). These lines cross at the top and bottom of the cranium. From the East to West line, I extend a jawbone line that completes the head. The neck attaches to the base of the cranium and underneath the jawbone. Hey, I learned something! Blog accomplished!

Well, I wouldn't go that far...


Seriously... I drew his wiener and everything!

Ok, you asked for it...

So he's carrying a big heavy box.. and I'm not talking his junk... The giant weighted box he has in hand is for offsetting his balance and exposes different muscles that wouldn't normally be visible. As I was drawing this I was cursing myself for how awful it was, but once it was done I thought it didn't look half bad. That means it's only half good. I really need to learn to draw bigger and sharpen my pencils so I can fit in all the little details instead ranting and raving. I need to take a note of advice from an article I read that talks about how drawing should remain fun; that's the reason anyone does it in the first place. It helps.

As always... Feel free to comment!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

How about an update, asshole!?

Well, if I keep forgeting how to log in to this thing I'll never be able to update, eh? But, since you asked so nicely, here's an update:

So this a a little more of lesson 1 and a little bit of lesson 2...

At some point, I realized that I could draw pictures bigger. This way fitting in the details isn't as hard! I must be a genius!

This is a drawing that was inspired by a doodle I did that looked like my friend Rob. Here's Rob in all of his computer programing glory. Chained to a desk with a broken ping pong paddle. (He likes ping pong... and paddling heh heh {not really}[The paddling part I mean]) It turned out pretty good except for now that I see it on the computer I can see that the table is lop-sided... sigh... FAILURE!

Here's some of the lesson 2 stuff. Squash and Stretch. So as you might have guessed, a face stretches when the mouth is open or the jaw is down and squashes when the jaw is up and clenched or smiling.. so these are the sketches I did from the Preston Blair Book.
I give myself an A... for Asshole!

A few more lesson 2 things with another pose of Rob being very very angry. I was trying to understand line of action.. which I still just don't quite get..

More practicing line of action with Rob.. the bottom one kinda sucks.. the top two are alright..

Last one of angry Rob. Damn, Rob, who peed in your Cheerios?

This is probably the one drawing where I kinda got the line of action working a bit.

So that's it for now... The rest of the drawings were junk. No need to scan them. I know I always say this, but I'm going to try to update more. Hopefully once a week. I'm really gonna make an effort to carve out some time for this... Or maybe I'm just telling myself that.

Time will tell!