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Monday, July 28, 2008

Vacation Drawings

Back from vacation! My wife and I took a much deserved week and a half off to go to the inlaws cabin in the Andirondack Mountains for a few days, then we shot up to Stowe, Vermont for a week. We've gone to these places before and always had fun. Course, this time it rained almost the entire week we were in Vermont....go figure.

Despite the rain we managed to get out and do quite a bit of stuff. I had thought I'd be able to get in a lot more drawing then I did, but at least I had fun so I'm not really complaining.

The first page is what I drew in the car traveling to Vermont. I decided that I would use simple shapes to recreate things I saw along the route. Fun little exercise also easy to do when in a car that's bouncing about.

Second and third pages are, again, from Action Cartooning.

The fourth page consists of some quick sketches I made from one of the magazines in the hotel room. I only had 30 minutes or so so I rushed through them.

Last page are more in car drawings, this time I was using Jack Hamm's Cartooning the Head and Figure for inspiration. If you've never read a Jack Hamm book, I highly recommend it. Good stuff.

Anyhow, hopefully I'll get back into a regular schedule now:)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fan Art and Pencil Holding

One of the things that I've wanted to do for a while was to get into the habit of drawing some of my favorite cartoon characters. Not so much to copy them as learning different ways to draw things and to give me more exposure to different styles. I've started doing that this week; I pick two comics that I read on a daily basis and draw a character from that day. It's a fun little experiment.

Another thing I've been trying is holding my pencil differently. I normally hold it in a regular writing grip, but I've found that I tend to keep my hand in one place as I move. By switching to other grips, I'm having to move a bit more and I think I can do things I couldn't before (some curves, making things look nicer, etc). It's a work in progress....

Bonus points if you can name the comics :b (except for the one that has the name under it...and the two obvious drawings...I mean, c'mon, everyone knows that one ;) )

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fun with Tablets

This has been yet another busy week for me....man I'm so looking forward to vacation next week (1.5 weeks in the Adirondacks and Vermont, woo!). I've done a little bit here and there, so I hope to post a few things before I leave.

I did play around a bit with my drawing tablet, just experimenting for the most part. I drew a quick sketch in pencil, then tried to draw the same thing on the tablet. Then later I took the original picture, scanned it, and put it up on ArtRage as a tracing so I could see how it'd look. The original picture was a quickie, so I knew that would be of iffy quality, and the tablet stuff is not very good, but I chalk that up to getting used to using the tablet and pencil (the control is a bit hard).

Regardless of control issues, it was pretty fun to try it out. I love the ability to 'clean up' a drawing by using layers (no matter how hard I try to clean it up when I draw with pencil some of the blue construction lines are still there). As I get better at it, I think final pictures will look MUCH nicer.

Anyhow, here's the experimental doodles.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Ghastly Gaunts

Well, this has been a busy week. Work stuff, buying a new car, company over, and the holiday....I just barely got some time to draw. Yay.

This time I decieded to try my hand at the Gaunt face in Action Cartooning. I've never been good at these guys and judging from the end results, I haven't gotten much better (a little better, but there's still issues there). Oh well, practice, practice practice.