3,003 down, 96,997 to go

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Foreboding Foreshortening

Yup, hit the section of Action Cartooning that talks about Foreshortening and Overlapping. It makes sense when you think about it actually, but doing it can be a little tricky. For anyone trying it: I recommend sticking with basic shapes to start with. It's a lot easier when you only have to worry about cylinders and rectangles and such and you don't have to worry about trying all sorts of fancy curves or what not.

I did two overlapping drawings too, that'll take a bit of getting used to (the whole figure out where muscles go and bend and what not).

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Starting Pose Practice

You'd think with the wife being gone all week I'd get a lot of drawing done, but nooo, I find so many other things I have to get taken care of. Go fig:)

I finally got to the part in Action Cartooning where they do poses. It starts out simple, just showing the difference between standing normal, and ACTION STANDING! (You know, like a superhero does. They never can just stand around and look normal). The pictures were examples, but I decided to use them as practice to work on the full form before I got into real poses, as sometimes I get the proportions wrong.

Believe it or not, I'm actually happy with the second set of pictures. I know that the guy doing the punching has some weird legs (I forgot to erase one line, so it looks like both legs are on the same side of the body), but, the guy started out with a waaaayy too long torso. I was able to detect it and correct it before I started doing the pencil stuff. So, yeah, I missed the leg, but the big, obvious error I caught:)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Practice practice practice

Being memorial day weekend, I was busy with with lots of other things, like taking advantage of a good weekend to do yardwork, go to a neighbors cabin for a grill out, and so forth. As such, I finally got about 30 minutes to draw tonight. Just scribbled out four quick drawings from the Action Cartooning book.

Once again it's not much, but hey, at least I'm drawing :)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Putting my foot down

I know practice makes perfect...but darn it can get repetitive and boring:)
I know the legs are a bit skinny, but I was focusing more on getting the angles and stuff right.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Give the man a hand

Okay, so hands were the next two pages of Action Cartooning. I didn't spend a lot of time on them, heck, didn't spend a lot of time drawing at all today (it was a nice day, stuff to do outside....all that fun stuff).

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Practice practice practice

That's a title I'll probably end up using a lot. Some practices from yesterday (using posemaniacs again) and some arm practice from today (using Action Cartooning).

Monday, May 19, 2008


I have a feeling I'll be drawing a lot of these.....

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Weekend Scribbles

I had an extended weekend as the wife and I went headed up north for a little R&R. Mackinac Island is pretty sweet if you've never been there; no cars, only bikes and horses. And fudge...lots and lots of sweet, delicious, fudge. I spent a good portion of the afternoon one day doing nothing but mountain biking throughout the interior of the island and didn't see a single other soul.

I didn't get a lot of time to scribble, but I sat down one night for an hour or so and did some practice drawings from Action Cartooning by Ben Caldwell. Once again, not much, but at least it's more bad drawings.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

More Bad Drawings

The inlaws are visiting this week, so I haven't had a lot of chances to sit down and do some drawing. Tonight I got a chance to scribble for about half an hour, so I present, more bad drawings, courtesy of Posemaniacs (except #3...that was the pose the lil wooden guy was in on my desk).

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Required First Post

Every Blog has a "First Post!" moment and here is mine. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

The purpose of this blog is not to astound you, or give you bits of wisdom, or make a scene. I don't like lots of attention, so I won't be making a scene, I have no wise sayings except those that I stole from others, so that wouldn't be fair, and the only astounding thing that's going to happen here is if this blog is read by more then two or three other folks.

No, the purpose of this blog is merely to track my progress of learning how to draw better. As you can see from the title box of this blog, Chuck Jones, famous cartoonist and animator, once said a teacher told him "All of you have 100,000 bad drawings in you. The sooner you get rid of them, the better it will be for everyone." Several other folks out there brought have started blogs that refer to this quote, notably T. J. Collins at 100,000 Bad Drawings.

I have been drawing off and on for a year or so now along with some friends in an attempt to improve our art skills. After seeing these other blogs, I decided to start one as well and lovingly ripped off the title from the quote, thereby proving that I have no originality whatsoever. While the bad drawing count that I put forth is probably
not accurate (I have lots of drawings laying around that I've never counted), I'm going to start at 0 for the time being. It'll be a personal challenge to get up to 100,000 drawings.

The drawings will be bad....but then again, isn't that the point?

And to start things out, the first two 'officially' counted drawings for 100KMBD. I had 30 minutes last night to draw (inlaws are visiting), so I went to PoseManiacs website and tried some quick sketches of tw
o of their poses. Awesome website if you've never been there....

Oh, and as always, constructive criticism of these are welcome.
How else am I supposed to get better?