Thursday, August 03, 2006

Pretty Girls Are Hard To Draw, Pose and Animate







Boy, is it hard to draw girls. But girls are so cool in cartoons that I just have to do it.


Not only is it hard to draw them in a still pose, it's even harder to draw "functional" drawings of them - that is, consecutive drawings that move from pose to pose and have to do a continous action within a set story. Whattaya think, Chad??I always loved the few classic cartoons that animated pretty girls. My 2 favorites are Red Hot Riding Hood and Coal Black.
I love the design and animation of Coal Black, particularly the Scribner scenes. Preston Blair's animation of Red Hot is not only, pretty, functional and smoothly animated-it's also animation of dancing! Holy crap. Talk about a pile of nuts to crack all at the same time!

This is an area of animated cartooning that is not explored enough. Maybe because it's so hard to do (David Germain excepted!)

If I had my way, I'd make lots of cartoons with pretty girls in them.

A funny thing, the best pretty girl artists these days seem to be girls! Katie, Lynne, Brianne and others all leave me in the dust.

But I'll keep trying whenever I get the chance.

Here's another virile guy who's helping me try to preserve our manly abilities to draw cheesecake.
Chad Coyle:

http://www.chadcoyle.homestead.com/Sketchbook.html

Thanks to Weird Al for letting me and Katie do some! The world owes you!
http://www.weirdal.com/

92 comments:

max ward said...

Pretty girs are hard to draw. But John, you made the prettiest girl in any cartoon ever, Sody Pop. I want to see more of her and Jimmy.

Patrick said...

Pretty?...you bet!
I just uploaded a couple pretty cartoon girls on my page...take a peak if you're NOT shy!!

The Butcher said...

Ahhhhh, girls! Man, do I draw them shitty! I'm working on that though.

Craig D said...

Gotta love that "So White" crib in the pizza ad! Thanx for the eye-candy.

Taco Jack said...

John, you should check out Robert Ullman's Atom Bomb Bikini.

He draws some pretty girls.

Shawn said...

Harvey Kurtzman's Little Annie Fanny gets me hot and bothered!

Eebs said...

I'm glad Weird Al has given you this opportunity... I can't WAIT to see what you've put together.

Freckled Derelict said...

Sody Pop is my favorite of the spumco girls so far. You gave her such personality in that pizza cartoon and she a jimmy just seem to fit well together.
Can't wait to see more of her when you do that straight to DVD Godamn George Liquor neighborhood series.
Check out the latest noir influenced pic's on my page if you get a chance.

Ryan G. said...

John, these girls are great. Sexy too. Youve always drawn the best girls.

none of your business said...

Hey guys,

Off topic, but just wanted to say anywho:

Right now, I'm working on a project called "Pet Store Mafia". Once I get a blog, I'll be able to show off. But be warned: It's really dark and gory, and it's for adults only!

(Spoiler- the main characters are a rabbit and a parrot.)

Roberto González said...

I will love to see a cartoon called Jimmy's Big Date or something like that...there was a storyboard of it somewhere in the internet.

I love cartoons with sexy girls and I especially like that kind of cartoons about a date or something like that.

I believe Sody Pop had a too short part in the Goddamn George Liqor Flash cartoon and that girl in Firedogs 2 Part 2 also had a too short part.

Ryan G. said...

>>John, you should check out Robert Ullman's Atom Bomb Bikini.<<

Dude, these chicks have nothing on Spumco chicks. They are all stiff looking and lame. Spumco chicks are sexy and have tons of personality.

JohnK said...

I liked Ullman's girls and his inks too.

More graphic, but good.

Cody said...

Hi John, just wondering if you at all do comissioned drawings? I've got something that'd I'd like drawn, and I think you're the guy to do it. Would that be possible? If so, please email me at cody_howes@hotmail.com
Cheers mate


Cody B

junior said...

This Chad coyle guy looks influenced by Katie Rice. But can anyone blame him?

Diana and Kelly said...

Stimpy had some nice [and animated] boobies in Stimpy's Pregnant.

Ollie said...

Yeah John, you draw great girls!

You should check out my favorite comic book artist J. Scott Campbell's art. He drew a book called Danger Girl. He's the best, i think you'd like him.

I also think Bruce Timm draws great girls too.

-Ollie

JohnK said...

>>This Chad coyle guy looks influenced by Katie Rice. But can anyone blame him?<<

Hi Junior,

I'm influenced by her too. She's a good influence. Keeps you on your creative toes to see her make up new styles every week.

paul etcheverry said...

I'm ready for the first animated screwball comedy, one in which the central character is not only a devastatingly pretty girl, but a very cool character . . . winning enough to build a story around.

There is precedent for this in animation history: Gregory LaCava, who made MY MAN GODFREY (starring the best: Carole Lombard), started his career producing cartoons, tons of them.

Screwball comedy + way way out cartoon sight gags: a winning combination.

Brett W. Thompson said...

Yay pretty girls!!!

Any tips on how to draw them, John? :)

David Germain said...

Thanks for elaborating on this point more. But I could still use some more elaboration. Is it actually physicaly difficlt or is there moreso a feeling of walking on eggshells (If I exaggerate things too much she looks ugly but if I don't exaggerate enough she looks stiff and boring)?

Also, why is the previous post locked? I didn't see things turn nasty in the commnts section.

JohnK said...

>>That's cause I deleted them. They got extremely ugly.

I may start moderating the comments. I don't want to, but when they start getting hateful and sexual I might not have a choice.

Marianne said...

Honestly, I'm wondering why it's hard to draw pretty girls. :) Care to shed some light?

Brett W. Thompson said...

Seems like any site that gets a certain number of hits will have abusers...

So take it as a sign that tons of people are coming here, John :)

JohnK said...

To David and Marianne:

To draw anything at all with construction today is hard.

The simplest possible characters using 40s principles are Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and Tom and Jerry.

Tom and Jerry are each constructed out of a circle sitting on a pear, with 4 tubes coming out of them.

Have you seen any of the modern incarnations of Tom and Jerry? Not since the original 40s and 50s Hanna Barbera cartoons have they ever looked good. And those are the easiest 40s style characters to draw.

So if it's hard to draw a ball on a pear, imagine how hard it is to draw human anatomy-which is much more complex.

A cartoon girl doesn't have to be exactly realistic, but to be sexy, she has to have enough complex forms on her to get you excited.

And these complex and subtle forms have to be in just the right place. If you are off by a small fraction, the girl becomes ugly.

So doing 1 drawing of a sexy girl is extremely hard (how many people do you know who can do it?).

Now imagine moving her around in space and making her talk. It's infinitely harder than drawing and animating Elmer Fudd-which is already hard enough.

If it was easy to draw pretty girls, every male artist would be doing it.

They don't. It's a specialty and very few artists in history have been able to do it, and even fewer cartoonists.

Make sense?

caporana115 said...

will you be showing stuff like this at the three stooges festival?


wait when is the three stooges festival open?

The Butcher said...

Males can be malformed and ugly and get away with it. You can hide your drawing mistakes behind that fact.

Some action style comics have really sexy girls.

Moderation is good. said...

<<"I may start moderating the comments. I don't want to, but when they start getting hateful and sexual I might not have a choice.">>

Actually John.. I think that is a good idea, that should have been done a while ago.

It seems like there is an increasing number of ignorant people who are such huge losers that they have nothing better to do, but ruin this blog for everyone else with badly reasoned, ridiculously stupid and hateful comments, becuase they want to make a name for themselves by spamming hateful idiocy here.

It seems just becuase of your straightforward and honest opinions about cartoons today, that some offended people who can't accept that someone else who knows what they are talking about seem to want to provoke and get a rise out of you.

Just recently, a certain inexplicibly popular website has written a puzzingly uninformed, self-pitying, angsty, self-centered, hostile article about this blog, tempting even more abusive, rejects to come to it.

So, now, for whatever reason, there are people whining and writing sladerous, self-pitious garbage about your informed views from people who don't even work as cartoonists and have 0 percent of your infomed input.

So now there's a website run by a loser that's trying to post slander and purile, 3rd-grader written garbage about you and even Katie Rice, in a bad attempt to promote themselves off of your name.

So, allowing comments has left this board open to invasions by spamming little children and grade school-drop out webmasters trying to get some fame at your expence.

Sad to say, John but I think comment moderation is a good idea. There are too many people that listen to idiots and take their uninformed opinions over the word of a cartoonist that actually talks about cartoons on their own blog.

As bizarre as it may sound there are people that actually would rather promote the idea of coming to this blog and completly destroying the discussion here, in favor of common internet idiocy, becuase it amuses them for about 2 minutes.

I think if comments were moderated, the discussion value and the actual enjoyment of this blog would go way way up, so we can tune out the idiots and let the people that are actually intrested in discussing these posts rationally, discuss them.

Anonymous said...

Nice job, "moderation is good", but there's enough dicks in his wig already.

Donald S. said...

Pretty girls are hard to draw. But sexy cats (Solid Serinade, Hanna and Barbera) and sexy male rabbits in drag, now that's a challenge. How about a sexy turtle laying eggs on the beach.

Anyway, great girls John! You make it look easy, though you say its hard ;)

Anonymous said...

<<"I may start moderating the comments. I don't want to, but when they start getting hateful and sexual I might not have a choice.">>

The Internet IS hateful and sexual. Those are two of it's most defining features, save the digital ocean of Spam and Scam-ads. I ain't a blogger, but if I was one, I wouldn't touch anyone's comments. Sometimes they get so rediculous it's actually funny.

Its your blog though, so your rules. Nice drawings, by the way.

Jorge Garrido said...

Best post ever! I also like the hot chick in that Mr. Hook cartoon Clampett did? What was the name of that cartune, John?

Anonymous said...

I think that most of the sexy girls drawn today are drawn in very close to the same style. Are there any examples anyone can give of sexy girls in a completely unique style that is still cartoony?

p.s. for those who are getting their feathers in a ruffle over the other website running an article that mentions John K.: it is clearly a comedy website and if you can't take a joke you have no business in cartoons.

Jw said...

In regards to the above comment: YEAH! You are exactly right.

Learn your lesson from the "Your Band Sucks" column on said site, and realize that the great part about SA is when they make fun of something you really love.

You are all allowed to like multiple things, you know.

Kevin Langley said...

Best post ever! I also like the hot chick in that Mr. Hook cartoon Clampett did? What was the name of that cartune, John?

That's Tokyo Woes, great cartoon.

I could see why you would want to moderate some comments, some are just pointless. It's one thing for someone to disagree with you and argue their point, it's another thing when anonymous douchebags just leave one line insults.

Mcnuggetinator said...

"The simplest possible characters using 40s principles are Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and Tom and Jerry."

What about Mickey Mouse? His construction seems pretty simple, if not, simpler than the other characters you listed.

Jonathan W. said...

I've been drawing for about thirty years and I still can't get girls right. Although that probably says more about me than about the difficulty of drawing girls, maybe.

Katie is brilliant. Absolutely. How she manages to draw such flawless depictions of women, animate them, and keep them on-model (except for when she intentionally breaks that) is beyond me. Her mastery of overlapping and secondary action is amazing. I *loved* the Weird Al video! Between your Cigarettes the Cat and her women, it's a pretty fine piece, to be sure. I'd love to be able to look at that thing frame by frame.

Mr DNA said...

And just remember, should you meet John K. in public, you can make him shit blood by saying the word "Animaniacs."

A lot of that somethingawful post was pretty out of line (yes, even for a humor site), but this is pretty damn funny. I think Animaniacs make my girlfriend shit blood, too.

Mr DNA said...

Just so my first post here isn't just quoting a site bashing the owner of this here blog, I would also like to add that I've been a huge fan since the original Ren & Stimpy series, and I have the utmost respect for you, Mr. K. Keep doing what you're doing, and shake some goddamn money out of those execs so you can do even more!

k9_kaos said...

I love those cartoons where funny-looking male characters go bonkers over sexy female characters! Like in Dizzy Dishes when the waiter/chef character meets Betty Boop.

Say John, what do you think of the way that women are drawn in Johnny Bravo? I think they're gorgeous!

I don't really care said...

Cheesecake is fluffy and delicious, and Sody is one of my favorite flavors.

If I remember, Tex said that Blair didn't even need any reference. He just drew 'em. I really like his dancing hippo from Fantasia, which is basically a fat broad. It's perfect- the weight, the heft, the grace. Outclasses many Disney performances.

If you wanna get this close to David Lynch, it costs 10 bucks a month, and you still probably can't get this close. Probably keeps the noise down, but I'd tolerate noise for 10 bucks a month.

Cody said...

So John, I assume that's a no?

Jennie said...

Your girls are my favorite part of your drawings and cartoons. you and Dan DeCarlo have influenced me so much in concepts of beauty and cuteness. I love the combination of cute and sexy, the fantastic curves and the wonderful motion in your cartoons. Just beautiful :)

KFan said...

I love your sexy girls, I can't wait for the mystery thingy. You might like Collen Coover's stuff. It's a lot simpler, but it gets the job done.

Anonymous said...

>>>"Katie is brilliant. How she manages to draw such flawless depictions of women, animate them, and keep them on-model (except for when she intentionally breaks that) is beyond me. Her mastery of overlapping and secondary action is amazing."

She designed the girls and drew layour poses but IIRC she isn't the [flash] animator of them--that compliment would go to the animator.

Anonymous said...

>> Are there any examples anyone can give of sexy girls in a completely unique style that is still cartoony?

Sure, tons. Don Shank's are sexy and cartoony without looking like everything else.

Daniel said...

"A cartoon girl doesn't have to be exactly realistic, but to be sexy, she has to have enough complex forms on her to get you excited.

And these complex and subtle forms have to be in just the right place. If you are off by a small fraction, the girl becomes ugly."

I agree with that. There isn't a universal "Sexy Girl" body type. Instead there is a golden ratio of curves to angles that the human mind equates to sexy.

Finding out this formula of forms is an art in itself. Too many curves and she looks loose and flabby, too many angles and she looks bony and skinny. When you find that perfect medium you're in.

A lot of it comes down to personal taste as well. Frank Cho draws some sexy women, but they are a completely different body type than anything you or Katie draw. When I draw girls they tend to be more flowing and curvy than yours, which look more round and bouncy.

FerdinandKreozot said...

AAAwesome.
And sexy.
Cheers to you, because because of you, I am where i am today.

Kind regards,

Milenko

Nate Birch said...

Ah, glad you hear a mention of Avery's sex Red cartoons...some of my favourites (if not my outright favourites) ever!

Oh, and yes...girls can be painfully difficult to draw.

Naked Beach Frenzy is definitely the greatest modern girly cartoon. I dig designs on Kim Possible too, even if the animation is often stiff.

fast eddie said...

Last night I watched "Visit to Anthony" and the mom was one of the few really generic characters I've seen in a spumco cartoon. Surprising...how could you resist drawing a hot mom? Or maybe this is what John is talking about. On the other hand, whoever drew the bully's father had their shit together. Just that shot of him looking out the car window with that cool rock'n'roll playin...makes me laugh just thinkin about it.

Anonymous said...

Sleeping Beauty was extremely pretty. Not full of life mind you, but a looker nonetheless.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Niiiice drawings John! I've bought books in the past just because they contained a few pictures I liked, now here's a cartload of terrific drawings for free!

Adam B said...

Hi John, did Katie Rice design Ralph Bakshi's blonde girlfriend in Firedogs 2?

Brian Romero said...

I've always enjoyed the cartoon women drawn by Spumco. I think Katie's women are filled with tons of character and personality. When's the Weird Al video being released? I really want to see it!

Anonymous, Michael Barrier is just jealous because his boring commentary could knock an insomniac unconscious. Seriously, I've never been able to sit through an entire Looney Tune short with his commentary track. He manages to make some very exciting cartoons seem extremely dull.

rodney said...

Comment moderation is a touchy subject, and if abused can easily ruin a board or a good heated discussion. If it's not used too liberally, and is just done to take out the one line insults, that's one thing. If you use it to take out every disagreement that anyone has (which some people do), that's something else. Personally, I wouldn't have the time for either, and I'd imagine that you're just as busy as I am, or moreso.

Girls are hard to draw! Actually, I find anything remotely realistic hard to draw.

rodney said...

Forgot to add, the best thing about a Barrier commentary is the interview clips that he uses, especially the ones from the late 60's-early 70's. You learn an awful lot from those because the memories of the interviewee was usually pretty fresh at the time.

David Germain said...

This is an area of animated cartooning that is not explored enough. Maybe because it's so hard to do (David Germain excepted!)

I think I know why I didn't have a relatively tough time with my witch character. I didn't really try to make her sexy. She was an anti-social, ferrel, spazoid freak who lived alone in a house dep in the woods for who knows how long. In fact, she hated people so much that she goes crazy because a part of her body has the potential to create MORE people. Who would she try to be sexy for? And why?
So, with that hurdle subsided, I had more freedom to distort her with the animation as much as I wanted. I didn't worry about keeping her "feminine" or "soft" in any way.

I suppose if I had wanted her as sexy as John makes his girls, I'd have had more difficulties.

Aimee's Sketch Blog said...

I looovve drawing girls. But I love seing your girl illustrations even more. Thats right, even more than Katie's (though I'm a big fan of her's, too).

JSL said...

Patrick!

(If no one else sez this, I'm gonna)

Great Work!
-Some Schmoe

JohnK said...

>>Hi John, did Katie Rice design Ralph Bakshi's blonde girlfriend in Firedogs 2?<<

No, that was Robert Ryan Cory, another modern artist of sexy girls. He was inspired by Sokol.

JohnK said...

>>Last night I watched "Visit to Anthony" and the mom was one of the few really generic characters I've seen in a spumco cartoon.<<

Yep, she was.

There are lots of generic characters in Spumco cartoons. We don't always have the time to design every character in TV.

Jorge Garrido said...

>What about Mickey Mouse? His construction seems pretty simple, if not, simpler than the other characters you listed.

That's more of the 20s/30s style Ub Iwerks character. Elmer, Tom, and the Dwarves are the 40s style (40s style characters in the 30s)

>John, not to get off topic here, But what is Michael Barriers problem? In his last post about DVD commentaries, he is taking some rather venomous swipes at you.... http://www.michaelbarrier.com/
What's up with that

Hahaha, that was one of the funniest things I've read in awhile! John and Mike have have a friendly rivalry for awhile, each taking swipes at each other, but I think they're still friends. Mike thanked John in his book, Hollywood Cartoons. John is friends with Mike's pal Milt and Mike is friends with John's pal Eddie, anyway.

#1 was a jab at Eddie. I've nevr heard John lauhg maniacally in a commentary.

#2 was John

#3 was a jab at John and Jerry Beck.

#4 was John and Eddie.

>Anonymous, Michael Barrier is just jealous because his boring commentary could knock an insomniac unconscious. Seriously, I've never been able to sit through an entire Looney Tune short with his commentary track. He manages to make some very exciting cartoons seem extremely dull.

It's his voice, but he's extremely knowledgable and his interview clips are first rate! Even if he goes off on tangents sometimes...

Josh said...

Other than Sody Pop, which is the hottest cartoon chick of all time, I really dig on the work of Shane Glines. (www.shaneglines.net)

He is a master of the curves. Also someone I like a lot who is more of a fashion illustrator is Eduard Erlikh (www.erlikh.com) - he is a master of the feminine shape and a rock solid watercolorist.

Anonymous said...

Katie Rice is a genius. After watching her work on Naked Beach Frenzy, she's the master of drawing pretty girls.

Or should that be the mistress?

Anyway, I'd like to see more pretty girl cartoons in the future, John. Like maybe a few Sody Pop cartoons on the George Liquor Show.

- Eric A.

Anonymous said...

Someone mentioned this, but yeah Bruce Timm DOES do really good animated sexy girls. A stand out moment is the song and dance number Harley Quinn does in "Harlequinnade"


-Jordan

JSL said...

Yeah, I'll play Devil's Advocate:

What about Harley-Quinn? I thought the "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dance she did for the Joker while wearing nothing but vanilla pudding was incredibly hot.

Then she lets him taste it and says, "Happy Birthday Puddin'. Wanna taste my pie?"

Pretty risqué for 4:30pm network television. It's not Naked Beach Frenzy", but it's worth discussion...

-JSL

Lulu said...

Being a girl artist, I have noticed that I can only draw girls. I have tried to draw guys before and they turn out kinda girly.

Nando said...

Pretyyyyyy Woooooman!

It´s only rock and roll, but I like it!!!

Good Show!!!
Nando

Anonymous said...

Some fantastic girl artists(artists who draw girls, that is):
Bruce Timm
Glen Murakami
Shane Glines
Ragnar
Jaime Hernandez
Don Shank
Chris Sanders
Dan Haskett
Ronnie del Carmen
Rudolphe Guenoden
Gabriele Pennacchioli
Glen Keane
Mucci Fassett
...many of these guys have work on the web via blogs; have fun & look them up.

Roberto González said...

Random thoughts:

I love Sody Pop's "back" angle in those drawings. I definitely want to see more of her. She's a sexy, but she's also kind of enthusiastic which is entertaining to watch too.

I don't get Michael Barrier's opinions at all. Seriously, every time I think I have a pattern of what the guy does like or not...he surprises me with a new review.

I also love Shane Gliness' (spelling?) work. About Harley Quinn, I think she's quite sexy when well drawn. Ok, maybe the animation in Batman Animated Series is quite limited, but it got a little better after some time. I think they are better artists than it seems, I quite like the Tv show visuals the way it was, thouhg I understand it's a little stiff for John K's standards. However, take a look at Batman's Mad Love graphic novel. I think the characters look more cartoony and "alife" than in the actual cartoons, and especially Harlie Quinn looks extremely sexy in some of the drawings.

Ollie said...

Another Good one is Dean Yeagle.

http://www.cagedbeagle.com/

-Ollie

Anonymous said...

yah, Michael Barrier is a pompous ass.

Bob said...

Hey John!

Did you design/animate the sexy girl in the Rolling Stone's "Harlem Shuffle?" And for that matter, did you design/ animate the cats too? I'm not sure what the split was between you and Bakshi on that. Thanks

-Bob

JohnK said...

>>Did you design/animate the sexy girl in the Rolling Stone's "Harlem Shuffle?"<<

Yes I did. Lynne Naylor animated the kiss. Bob Jaques animated the cats.

Gary (Gabby Paine) animated the main cat getting excited.

Jim Smith drew some backgrounds and layouts.

Roberto González said...

Heh, I just read Mike Barrier's post about Looney Tunes Golden Collection commentaries. He did make me laugh this time. I expect John'd find it funny too...

However, I still think John's commentaries are much more entertaining. Well, I had only listened the one in Piggy Bank Robbery but it was really entertaining. Incidentally, can you believe they are selling Golden collection 3 WITHOUT ANY OF THE EXTRAS here in Spain? It's especially annoying when they did include the extras in the previous sets...

Anonymous said...

Hey, John, that cartoon chick you draw is pretty hot! Why don't you draw some pics of her without either of the creepy wierdos?

cableclair said...

mann your girls are awesome. They are incredibly hard to draw for me, especially how the neck goes on the body. I always manage to make it look unnatural somehow, gotta work my anatomy skills. Tried to draw one of my friends Iris tonight.
Much luv for your and katies girls. They are done so well!

she kicks ass. Tall freckled amazon.

Jorge Garrido said...

>However, take a look at Batman's Mad Love graphic novel. I think the characters look more cartoony and "alife" than in the actual cartoons, and especially Harlie Quinn looks extremely sexy in some of the drawings.

That's cause it's influenced by Kurtzman

Mart said...

Red Hot Riding Hood was rotoscoped in the dance number - surely. (?) Disney's pretty girls such as Snow White look like they were too.

Jorge Garrido said...

>Red Hot Riding Hood was rotoscoped in the dance number - surely. (?) Disney's pretty girls such as Snow White look like they were too.

Nope. In fact there wasn't even any live action reference.

Jonathan W. said...

"Being a girl artist, I have noticed that I can only draw girls. I have tried to draw guys before and they turn out kinda girly."

I have the exact same problem, only the other way around. All my girls look like guys with boobs. Getting the face right is my biggest difficulty.

Mart said...

I don't mean the final result looking rotoscoped like the "Waking Life" style - but the way that Snow White, and also, for example the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella moved. And to a lesser extent Red Hot Riding Hood. To me it seems clear that they worked from filmed models acting out the movements.

Mart said...

Pencil sketches of Snow White on this page:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~hwalther/snowwhite.htm
looks like they were working from a model to me. And then when you look at the dwarfs and see the comic exagerrations of their forms and faces it bears out John K's point about it being easy to draw males as you can make them ugly - but not so for pretty girls. Her shape has to look far closer to natural in order for her character to work.

Anonymous said...

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David Germain said...

but the way that Snow White, and also, for example the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella moved. And to a lesser extent Red Hot Riding Hood.

To a MUCH lesser extent, Mart. Preston Blir used no aids whatsoever to create Red Riding Hood's movement. It was all from his head, man. And for me, there's no better way to do it than that.

David Germain said...

Who's this Preston Blir guy???? I meant to say "Preston Blair".

Robert Ullman said...

Wow! A little late to the game here, but to get the thumbs-up from John K. is great praise indeed. Sody-Pop is one of my fave cartoon girls ever, and I kick myself to this day for not ordering the pencil-topper when I had the chance back in 1994.

I totally dig all the artists mentioned, BTW...Timm, Glines, Xaime, Yeagle...such great stuff!

Ryan G., are you the dude who was busting my balls at Chicago Con all last weekend?

David said...

strange I always found pretty girls easy to draw...well once I finished learning from masters like Andrew Loomis, Stephen Rogers Peck (Head and Hands) and taking guides from all my modern hero's of illustration that is . ;)

keep up the good work!

daniel said...

This is a comment geared toward max ward, he states that pretty girls are hard to draw, pose, and animate. Well I'm here to say that if you are looking to learn how to draw a hot girl or a sexy looking bad girl you can just go to http://www.dragoart.com. They have tons of tutorials that might be useful to you. I Just thought I'd get that out there.

VEIN said...

Now this dude can draw some hot looking girls.

I have not seen any animation work done by him, but his sketches are very well done.

http://www.autodestruct.com/sketchbook.htm

crank2voltagepc said...

hey john, im thinking about making my own cartoon and i was wondering if i would be able to use the spumco girls in my cartoon and do i have to pay just to draw my own and use them? please write back. thank you.

fandumb said...

I'm getting better at drawing male figures, but previously I could only really draw female figures.