The Man from E.G.G.

A place to put my time-wasting doodles, based upon the exercises outlined in the "How To Draw Animated Cartoons" book by Preston Blair.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Out Come The Drafting Tools

Yep, I pulled out the ol' rolling ruler last night in an attempt to gain some further insight into the construction of that doggy. There's a 20 degree tilt to the center line of the torso, by the way. I've made progress in that I'm missing the target by mere feet instead of city blocks. I still don't "grok" the whole concept yet, but I'm hoping that repetition will help burn this into my brain cells.

The weekend black-out approaches. I'll have fresh frustration to post Monday morning. Have a good one!


At Fri Jun 23, 03:05:00 AM 2006, Blogger bardhol said...

You're onto something here. I think repetition has to be the key. We've been doing these lessons almost daily for over 1 month and I don't know about you, but I don't feel like I'm that much better than when I started. It "feels" like much more repetition -- months, maybe-- is needed. My hand keeps rebelling, wants to draw like it did when I was 15, but through repetition of the correct shapes, patterns and strokes it should be possible to re-instruct it, right? That's the theory I'll stick to anyway, until someone tells me otherwise.

Cause tramps like us
(lord knows why but they do)
And baby we were born to grok

At Fri Jun 23, 12:22:00 PM 2006, Blogger Craig D said...

Good to hear from you, bardhol!

I know I still suck as a "cartoonist" but I feel that I have improved in the short span of 6 weeks or so. If I go back and look at my first posted lesson, I know I've improved. Maybe I can't draw those perfect ovals, but I know I can do it better today than I did then.

I have an old tape of Buddy Hackett on the Howard Stern show. And at one point Buddy asked Howard something like, "Have you noticed this? I'll be performing and I'll say to myself, 'I finally nailed it tonight! How did I ever dare get up on stage six months ago?'" And this is after decades of Buddy doing night clubs, TV, movies, radio, whatever.

Evn masters like John K, the Spumco Bigshots, hell, Grim Natwick keep (or kept) refining their skills.

The fact that I can draw slightly better cartoons for the amusement of my daughter is enough to keep me going right now.

That, and the kind comments of my fellow-blogmeisters!

Everyone, keep at it! To paraphrase John K, "If you think you're good enough, I know you aren't!"

At Mon Jun 26, 12:54:00 AM 2006, Blogger bardhol said...

craig, your stick-to-it-ive-ness-- nay, your dogg-ed persistence (no pun intended) continues to inspire me greatly. In fact, in the name of honesty I'm tempted to rename my blog "keeping up with craig d" :) Thanks for checking in so often and for fighting the good fight, brother !

At Mon Jun 26, 08:47:00 PM 2006, Blogger Craig D said...

Yeah, just try to keep up! You're only, like, a skillion lessons ahead of me. Of course, a little ego-juice is always appreciated!

Your latest batch of stuff is looking really neat-o, BTW.

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