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.

Monday, October 15, 2007

What's With Popeye's Head?

I tried copying a drawing of Popeye from a late-era Fleischer model sheet. (Thanks to Kevin Langley for having posted it, BTW!)

This particular sheet came in for a lambasting from Shamus Culhane. His point was that the artist drew everything symmetrical and dead-looking.

Yeah, that's true, but I always figured it was the job of the model sheet to provide a "mechanical drawing" view of the character and it was the animator's job to pose the figure and breathe life into it. Too often, the only poses and expression found in cartoons are those on the model sheets.

All that aside, I made Popeye's cranium too big. Maybe the next one will be better..?

Oh, and here are more Father-Daughter doodles with more Puppet Boy and a cute little cat my daughter dubbed "Spider!"


At Mon Oct 15, 05:03:00 PM 2007, Anonymous SCOTT said...


At Tue Oct 16, 08:34:00 AM 2007, Blogger Craig D said...

Actually, the similarities go beyond mere appearance!

At Tue Oct 16, 09:34:00 PM 2007, Blogger whimsicalnbrainpan said...

I don't think Popeye's head looks too big.

Puppet boy is kind of scary though.

At Wed Oct 17, 03:30:00 AM 2007, Blogger Marc Deckter said...

A cat named spider - awesome.


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