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, August 27, 2007

Felix... What A Concept!

As you can see, I still can't draw a character just standing there to save my life. As John K keeps saying, you need to master construction before you can do anything. Sigh... maybe in the next lifetime.

In the mean time, my daughter's latest artistic concept is to have FELIX THE CAT drawn flying an airplane over all the stores in Fayetteville, NC. I don't claim to understand "conceptual art" I only draw what I'm told to draw.

Here are but two of the many iterations I sketched for my stern taskmaster of a daughter.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Puppets, Puppies & Veggies

Well, the daughter has been into Puppies, Puppets and Veggie-Tales this past weekend, so that had been the theme to our "art projects."

At left, is a sketch of one of her "Puppy In My Pocket" figures.

Cute. Three dreaded words on the packaging: "Collect Them All!"

Above, we find a watercolor rendering of her "Vincent Van Goat" puppet, from the "Baby Einstein Collection." Oh, yeah, "Collect Them All!" Except they seem to have disappeared from the stores' shelves!

And Here's another "Baby Einstein" puppet: "Bard, The Dragon!" Also, a crappy "Larry The Cucumber" from Veggie-Tales.

Meh. I guess this counts as statutory "fresh content" for my blog. So sue me, already! (Oh, no! Does that count as a "flippant remark" I wonder?)
Other business: I've removed the link to the Animationshow forum from my sidebar. This is a very good animation forum that, unfortunately, from time to time, gets hi-jacked by a couple of very rude trolls. So, rather than be tempted to click the link when I'm at my blog, I've removed it. I'll probably re-instate it some day soon, though. In the mean time, I've substituted the animated-news forum. Let's see what this group of cartoon nerds is like!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Daughter-Father Doodles

Ye cats, but this blog has turned into an on-line, virtual refrigerator door! And to prove my point, I give you:

Yessss! My three and a half year old daughter has created her first cartoon character! Let's give it up for Balloon Guy! I didn't even see her do this, it just sort of appeared on a piece of paper at the kitchen table. Looks like Mariel has been pulling some all-night storyboarding sessions. Off the books and for no extra pay, natch!

Here are a few of her old man's doodles, done for the Li'l Princess' amusement:
Yeah, we just got the new Woody Woodpecker DVD set (thanks to and Mariel's is completely addicted to the "Spook-A-Nanny" TV episode. That, and "Andy Panda playing the piano!"

She's on a collision course with an advanced case of "cartoon poisoning!"

Monday, August 06, 2007

So It's Come To This, Eh?

I still have no time to do any Bliar studies. In fact, I've had to delete the "repeat" portion from the "lather, rinse, repeat" shampoo cycle. That's how strapped for time I am these days! Of course, when you have twelve hours of parenting to take care of, there's always time for some father-daughter doodles!

Mariel is going through a VEGGIE-TALES phase, so I tried to draw some for her. Bonus for Daddy - these characters don't have hands!

Old business: I did finally score that Popeye DVD box set! Actually, I only had to wait 24 hours, so it was no biggie. Mariel loves these Popeye cartoons, as well! I think she's learning to read by watching them, as she recognized the title card for "King Of The Mardi Gras" when it came on. Ah, just like Daddy... A proud Papa moment!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

What's Up, "Doc?"

Roland "Doc" Crandall, that is! In honor of not scoring that Popeye DVD box set last night, I pulled out my copy of Leslie Carbaga's "The Fleischer Story" and tried copying a pose from the first-ever Popeye model sheet.

It's a very strange "balloon" construction, as seen on the left. Using these ovals, I then worked at drawing a finished figure, on the right.

My little daughter's "My Little Pony" fixation continues! We did a brief water color session last night, so I did this weird pony for her. Looks like a development sketch from the new John Water's My Little Pony cartoon show!