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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Still Workin' On It


Yep, that's something I haven't been doing: drawing slowly, carefully and thoughtfully. My earlier lesson drawings were done at sub-snail speed, per this example...

I drew so slowly, that I'd get comments encouraging me to "work looser!" (You can see that my self-portrait was a lot less cute & cartoon-y, as well!)

Then, as my nightly drawing started to evaporate, I started hacking out drawings while I was eating breakfast.

Then, I just ended up doing those Father-Daughter doodles, which absolutely prohibits slow, deliberate drawing.

Bottom line: I'll have to slow myself down and work on my "lessons" when I can concentrate on them. I'll save the fast-n-furious stuff for Father-Daughter jam session.

Monday, September 24, 2007

More Viva Willie

Well, I was able to squeeze in some more time to work with that VIVA WILLIE model sheet, so here 'tis...

Those IWERKS-produced cartoons have a look and movement all their own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Viva Willie!

In outlining the first-year courses for his ideal animation school, John Kricfalusi made the following statement:

We will learn classic cartoon construction in the same order that classic cartoonists learned it, starting with rubber hose construction and working our way towards sphere and pear construction.

To illustrate the "rubber hose" concept, he used a model sheet from the Ub Iwerks cartoon "Viva Willie."


That's what I need to do!

Get back to basics.

Look at these characters, they're friggin' circles, ovals and jelly bean shapes! So...

Let's see what I can do with this...

Monday, September 17, 2007

More Mr. Puppy Puppet?

Man, this is getting embarrassing!

I had such high hopes for this blog, but perhaps its time has passed?

Even my Father-Daughter doodles are suffering these days.

Here are a few "Mr. Puppy Puppet" drawings I did for the young 'un and I feel they represent some sort of low water mark in my cartooning travails. It's been about a year and a half since I started this blog and the past nine months or so have seen regression , rather than progress.

Oh, I had hoped that maybe if I just kept trying to doodle something, anything, I could at least create a "place holder" but, ye cats, it has come down to this!

I don't know. I just don't know...

Monday, September 10, 2007

"Puppy In My Pocket"

This week's Father-Daughter doodle is the result of Mariel's obsession with the "Puppy In My Pocket" brand of mini-puppy figures.
I threw in the Oswald The Lucky Rabbit holding a dead fish, just for fun. Let's face it, I'm a fun-loving guy!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Mister Puppy's Playhouse

This week, Mariel has been deeply into the concept of a puppet show called, "Mister Puppy's Playhouse." The show stars one Mister Puppy who was formerly a doll with a computerized device inside of it that made it writhe and sing a Christmas song. When the computerized whatziz fell out, I stuck my hand inside of the corpse and turned it into a puppet! (Note: I got the dog's ears wrong in this drawing!)

In addition to Mister Puppy, the li'l one is also on a Betty Boop and Pudgy kick. (Pudgy is Betty's puppy!) Hence some quick father-daughter doodles:

Finally, we have a bizzaro-looking Betty Boop watercolor attempt. It may well be a copyright infringement on the "Ugly Betty" TV show. Well, it's implied, any way...