'Nother Attempt At Bugs
Well, here's that pose again. As I said before, I really like this silhouette. Maybe some day I can do it justice..?
A place to put my time-wasting doodles, based upon the exercises outlined in the "How To Draw Animated Cartoons" book by Preston Blair.
Another part of this Lesson, IIRC, is to practice drawing other characters and silhouettes of same. I grabbed my copy of the Joe Adamson "Bugs Bunny - Fifty Years And Only One Grey Hare" and went searching for model sheets.
I had been dreading the moment I could no longer put off drawing that pugilist Rabbit. Well, the inevitable has happened, so here it is:
Well, the stinkin' transmission has been fixed and I've just gotten word that the lost expedition which is my family is officially on the road back home! They should be getting in around 8:30 tonight.
Why? Why do I keep spinning my wheels drawing these damnable circles and ovals? Why do I obsess over foot placement and the tilt of a head? Why do I keep drawing and re-drawing the same thing over and over again? John Kricfalusi explains in THIS blog posting:
If you wanna be good at [drawing cartoons], you need to learn construction, which is the form of characters. If you draw that flat stuff you will never have any control over what you do and everything you do will be accidental. Modern flat is nothing but avoiding the problem of learning to draw. Understanding and practicing form will open whole new worlds to you and give you much wider choices in your art.
Well, look who's back! Hey, everyone it's Goosey-boy, boy, boy, boy, boy!
What can I say?
The daughter has a cold.
The Mother has a cold.
The "check engine" light came on in the van and it is at a repair shop.
Buffalo has had a freak snow storm (yes, in early October) wherein 2 feet of snow has fallen. Power lines are down (150,000 without electricity). Tree limbs have been snapping like toothpicks. There is a driving ban.
It is unlikely anyone has put a priority on getting to the repair shop (driving ban, don't you know.)
They lost power at noon on Friday (the 13th, or course!)
There's been a failure at the water treatment plant, so now they have to boil their water before they use it
Sound like the family might be extending their stay for a day or two.
So I went back and re-read the Lesson #4 syllabus. One item I missed was that I should measure out my characters in "heads" to get the proportions right. Well, you can see from my results, below, I didn't exactly nail it on my first try. Undaunted, I continued experimenting & drawing "roughs" of this pose.
Ah, yes. Remember the Twilight Zone episode, "Time Enough At Last"? Here's our pal, Henry Bemis reacting to the happy news that he is the sole survivor of a nuclear holocaust. You see, Henry was a mousy little guy, who worked in a bank. His only, simple joy was to read, yet his life was not his own. Then the bomb dropped and he was even more alone than ever.
I was once again staring at that Goose/Duck page in the Preston Blair book whilst choking down my burnt bagel this morning and I had a flash of... of... I dunno, something. I scribbled out the following page to try to formulate whatever it was:
I saw a quote from Robin Williams in this weekend's paper that I wish I had cut out. It went something like, "If you find yourself violating your standards faster than you can lower them, then you have a problem!" Ouch - ain't that the truth!