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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ducks Gone Bad

Just a few quick thumbnails from the breakfast table.
Did these guys even have names, I wonder? And how did Famous Studios get away with having a duckling named "Huey" when Disney had Hewey, Dewey and Lewey? Imponderables...

Sunday, February 25, 2007

"I Killed Baby Huey!"

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later!
I started working on some more duck drawings from the model sheet and it just sort of, I dunno, devolved into this Manson-like fever-dream. Those unidentified Li'l ducklings always seemd to really hate Baby Huey. Then I had a few more minutes to doodle on Sunday, but I didn't have the model sheet in front of me, so this is what happened:

Thursday, February 22, 2007


I managed to squeeze in some more attempts at drawing that duckling figure:

As you can see, I'm rusty! This is good practice at doing that "Tweety" kind of head construction. Still haven't nailed it, but I'm closer than I've ever been. With any luck I can work on refining it over the weekend.

...I hope!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Half-Hearted Stab

I think it was Kevin Langley who posted a "Baby Huey" model sheet on his blog. I liked the designs so much I printed it out and took it home for further study. Of course I had all of three minutes for this, broken up into roughly 13-second intervals, while "watching" the Li'l one. I want to go back to this sheet when I have some more time to spend on it, though. Also included is an aborted ostrich sketch and a cute puppy-head that I ended up drawing for Mariel's amusement.

And here are a couple more doodles of "Daddy" for anyone's amusement. I see this kind of stuff and I realise I haven't integrated the solid cartooning principles as laid down in the Blair manual. C'est la vie!

Monday, February 19, 2007

P.U.P. Toons© Online

What is/are P.U.P. Toons© Online? A click of the link will take you over to Burt Stein's new blog and all will be explained!

Readers Digest version: This is a half-hour series being assembled to present old cartoons in an informative & entertaining manner. I'll be following the blog to find out more particulars and also to see how I can bring this series to the Fayetteville, NC area.

Side Note: I hope to have some more drawings to post this week.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day

Actually this isn't a drawing of Tweety, so much as it is a drawing of a Tweety doll! My daughter has become an animated plush doll junkie! This one has a chip that plays a truncated version of "Do You Love Me?" while a Tweety voice spouts cartoon catch-phrases. Well, it entertains her!

Some more father-daughter doodles. It started out as an attempt to draw one of the owls from the Preston Blair book but then turned into a doodle session. Those are two of my daughter's hand puppets and, yes, "the last can of WHO Hash!"

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Feel the Velvet, Baby!

Just for fun...

Monday, February 12, 2007


Well, I've just about given up on doing any more "assignments" from the Preston Blair book, gang! My schedule is right in the proverbial "terlet" and regularly-scheduled drawing sessions just aren't happening.

That's not to say I haven't been drawing! Here's a deluxe page full of full-color father-daughter doodles that I like to call, "Draw Pokey, Daddy!"

Then there's these distracted doodles I did while watching a pile of early Terrytoons:

I'll keep posting stuff, but until I am able to create a window of opportunity for regularly-scheduled, lesson-based drawing expect more stream-of-consciousness crap!

That's all for now, folks...

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Meet Tom Stathes

Ladies and gentlemen! Let's give it up for the newest resident of the cartoon blogosphere, Mr. Tom Stathes!

Tom is a High School senior from NYC who has a life-long passion for cartoons. Silent-era cartoons. Silent-era cartoons on film!

If you're "into" that sort of thing stop by his BLOG and say, "hi!"

He also peddles DVDs of silent-era cartoons.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Look What I Found

I was watching my daughter in our Church's nursery when I found this mixed in with the welter of children's books:

This book was illustrated by Mel Crawford, one of the "Golden Books" regulars.

I'm actually more of a THUNDERBIRDS fan, but this was too neat not to "borrow" for a quick scan. Just wanted to share, is all...