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 15, 2006

Schematic Views

Yes, I'm still fighting the battle of the dog. I tried to tackle that dynamic, open-mouthed view and really had a rough time of it. I had an epiphany: Left to my own devices, I'll draw a character facing right. My life-long Popeye doodling is almost always a right-facing 3/4 view.
I've heard that in most cases, when someone is asked to draw a cat, they will draw it facing forward and when asked to draw a dog a profile view will be drawn. I guess I'll be working on the basics of rotating character views and drawing "odd" attitudes this weekend.

Wish me luck, folks!

5 Comments:

At Thu Jun 15, 04:24:00 PM 2006, Blogger bardhol said...

Your night dogs are better than your morning dogs. Maybe your morning cats will be better than your night cats? The dog all the way on the right there looks alive, but his right eye I think should wrap around more -- you shouldn't be able to see as much of it.
Here's an idea I just had: For practicing "odd": angles, you could get a toy(preferably of a cartoon character), make a construction-drawing of the toy, and then hide the toy and draw your construction from all kinds of angles. Finally you remove the toy from hiding and compare it with the drawings you just made. Seems to me it would really provide one with a sense of "why", and how shapes change in size and relation to each other from different views. I'm doin it.
PS- excellent Popeyes!

 
At Fri Jun 16, 05:53:00 AM 2006, Blogger Craig D said...

Hey, I'll try that toy idea! I'll use something other than a Popeye figure, like maybe my daughter's DORA THE EXPLORER bath toy.

Yeah, I'm having trouble with the eyes all of a sudden. It's like I've become really self-conscious about 'em. (Kinda like when a golfer gets the "yips" and he suddenly can't putt anymore.) Another thing to work on.

Thanks for the comments & suggestions. I'll post my results Monday morning.

 
At Sat Jun 17, 10:08:00 PM 2006, Blogger Lucius said...

Re: dog and cat heads--I think people turn a cat face on and a dog in profile because they present the strongest silohette that way; the upright ears for the cat and the distictive muzzle on the dog.

 
At Sun Jun 18, 01:45:00 PM 2006, Blogger Dan said...

Hey. I use 8.5 x 11 paper like you do. I like your drawings, and am especially impressed with your attention to detail. You might want to focus on drawing your lines at the correct angles; I try to do this by looking at the original subject most of the time and only looking down at my drawing to fix proportions and details. I noticed that you and a lot of other students seem to draw a lot smaller than I do, and I wonder if I should try drawing smaller too. I'm also wondering how long it takes other people to draw the drawings from the book. It usually takes me about a half hour because of my focus on accuracy, but I noticed a curious improvement in some drawings that I finish in less time because I am rushing. Anyway, don't worry about being behind in the lessons. Let me know if this advice was helpful to you, because it was certainly helpful to me when I heard the same advice.

 
At Mon Jun 19, 06:54:00 AM 2006, Blogger Craig D said...

lucius: I think you're on the money about folks using the best silhouette on that cat & dog thing. My challenge is to re-think and re-visualize beyond my built-in inclination to draw a schematic representation.

dan: You know, something I find myself doing is NOT looking at the book while I'm drawing. I have to force myself to do it. (Or, I'll look at a previously-drawn BAD example and end up copying IT!) I'll make a greater effort to do this, especially since I'm just now starting the next lesson and I'm really lost there.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, guys!

 

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