Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas-Kali made pictures

Hey remember when Kali did a study of Mel Crawford and I critiqued her?

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/12/kali-copies-mel-crawford-and-i-give_08.html

Well, she thought about all the critical points and then went and tried another one, and because she took the advice seriously, Jesus rewarded her with the gift of progress!

Look what she made now.
What a killer eye she has. She didn't even trace this.
This is the value of studying the works of really good artists-and then methodically analyzing the differences between your copy and the original, then correcting your mistakes.

After copying actual pictures as exactly as she could, she took the next step of trying to figure out what Mel's thinking was behind his artistic decisions. She analyzed his general theories then gave this to me for Christmas!

And wait'll you see the ones she did for Marlo and Katie! I'll post them after they see them, so as not to spoil the surprise.

Merry Christmas all you cartoon lovers out there! I hope Jesus rewards you with critical acuteness and methodical planned progress!

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Joyeux Noel et une bonne et heureuse année!

Pedro Vargas said...

Wow that's super accurate! How awesome is that Yogi drawing! Kali's really good! I wish I received a drawing as cool as that one.

Anonymous said...

That's very cute and very cool--her hard work has sure paid off(it never hurts to put your heart in a project, too, as she has). That card for you is the best thing she's ever done! Great work miss Kali-fetching-O!

queefy said...

Pro.

Aggie said...

Merry Christmas!

Jorge Garrido said...

WOW!!! That copy is so accurate! Man I wish Kali could teach me her secrets!

But the second picture has John K Yogi!! The picture is great! It has plenty of:

-Appeal (obviously!)
-Clear Sillhouette
-Differing tints of the same colour on the same object (on the mistle for example)

I'm seriously amazed that's marker, it looks like watercolour or gauche or whatever Mel used!

Merry Christmas, happy new year!

Anonymous said...

That's very good progress! The girls are still kicking our balls!

-David O.

Jack Ruttan said...

Copying William Blake watercolours from the 18th century taught me a lot about that medium. One of the Ten Rules of Chinese painting says: "copy from the masters, but not their faults."

(sorry, don't have a source for that, but I remember it's from a book about Chinese painting published by Dover books, by Mai Mai Tze)

Jack Ruttan said...

Sorry, the book is "The Way of Chinese Painting," and the author is Mai Mai Sze.

It was a popular book in the 1950s and 60s, and I'm sure some of these animators picked it up to check out some techniques to put in those backgrounds and character styles!

Anonymous said...

John K as Yogi Bear, how awesome and what a great compliment! Best Christmas card ever? She is dedicated.
Happy Christmas and A Wondrous and Prosperous New Year!

Ryan G. said...

Looks great! Merry Xmas everyone!

poot said...

wow, that's damn inspiring. thanks for being a living testimonial to how practice actually pays off. what a leap in skill this shows! i'm wicked-impressed- by your chops and most of all by your work ethic! no wonder you're good, you EARN it. thanks for posting, john.

Anonymous said...

OH MY! Wow. I seriously thought that Kali's was the original first. WAY 2 GO! Evolution continues!

Tony C. said...

Merry Christmas John, thank you for the year-round gift of knowledge.

Anonymous said...

Kali didn't get it too exactly. In her rendering Dino's skull is skinnier, the curtains are pulled back a little further, and she forgot to add that single drop of water hanging from the showerhead. And, Pebbles looks alittle cross-eyed.
But, y'know what? I like Kali's picture a little better. It has more warmth somehow. Maybe it's because her's is a fresh drawing scanned in to a computer once while the original has be re-printed in bookform several times over the years.

Anyways, great work, Kali. Never stop drawing. "You'll have to pry this pencil from my cold, dead hands!!" as Chuck Heston might say.

Hammerson said...

This is really impressive! She captured all the details and nuances of Mel Crawford's original, and her Yogi Bear picture is so good that it looks almost animated. You can really get the sense of movement and dancing from these poses. I loved Kali's early drawings, and thought she has lot of raw talent, but this is a huge leap forward. It's always encouraging to see such progress from your students. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to both of you.

Brett W. Thompson said...

Those are lovely!! I particularly love the one she gave you, John :)

Aww, what a cool post :)

Anonymous said...

Kali's drawings are really, really nice.

As I was flipping back and forth through the Pebbles pictures what I did notice is that neat little drop of water hanging off of the shower nozzle.

It's the only water going straight down. The shape is in an opposite (general) direction to the splashes' shapes, pointing somewhat towards the action. The drip is going slow, not violently like the rest of the moving water in the picture. It's colored differently, like a blend of all of the rest of the water's colors and it adds those colors to that area of the picture too.
Is it just me or does that tiny detail add quite a bit to Mel's picture (composition).

I'm new to this though. I could just be losing my mind because I really couldn't say that I prefer Mel's a whole lot more than Kali's, her drawing is that nice. It's to the point where I can compare that small detail.

I do like that one detail a lot though.

I also like it because it's not dripping out of the lowest hole as a lot of people would be inclined to do.

Happy Holidays.

Anonymous said...

That absolutely Rocks! Kali is a wonderful talent to be sure! Thanks for bringing her to our attention and coaching her along the way! Awesome Christmas present!

/\/\ikeB said...

I have a question about your copying philosophy.
Some animators think that techniques like sighting or griding takes too long and "stiffens" ones work.

When copying like Kali did, what's your opinion about the use of sighting or griding or other copying aides?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
John!

Anonymous said...

Very Nice! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Holy $@#%! Kali's works are FANTASTIC! I hope she gets a whopping contract as an illustrator. I would definitely buy a work from her.

The "John K as Yogi" pic is adorable.

Alexei Martins said...

Awesome christmas drawing!!!!
Merry Christmas and happy new year!!!!! See you in 2007!!!

Anonymous said...

KATI IS HELL!!! GOOD!!!!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!! simply awesome!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Nice work, Kali! Really fun to look at!!!!!

Anonymous said...

nifty!

dieselcreek said...

Sweet

Beezle said...

Great stuff! Thanks for posting this.

limaCAT said...

Her mistletoe picture is absolutely fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Hey, John, speaking of crits...

I just put up some rough sketches I drew of Tom & Jerry on my blog. Any comments would be appreciated.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Thanks everyone for the kind words- it's really encouraging!!

IZA said...

WOW! thats so amazing how much of an improvement she made, and then making such a great pic for you john! I really just appreciate all that you post, all of it's so helpful, and Me and my friends are doing everything we can to work at getting better and learning more about the art everyday!

IZA said...

WOW! thats so amazing how much of an improvement she made, and then making such a great pic for you john! I really just appreciate all that you post, all of it's so helpful, and Me and my friends are doing everything we can to work at getting better and learning more about the art everyday!

rodineisilveira said...

Hiya, Johnny K.!

Seeing Kali drawing that mod-styled Yogi Bear dancing with a girl (with a 60s psychedelic touch), it seems that I'm listening the song Incense and peppermints (recorded by the group Strawberry Alarm Clock in 1967), to give a psychedelic atmosphere.
Happy New Year 4 U, dude!

Rodinei Campos da Silveira (from São Paulo, Brazil)

IN MEMORIAN OF WILLIAM HANNA & JOSEPH BARBERA

:-)

rodineisilveira said...

Johnny Yogi Bear K. dancing with Kali at a Christmas night party, at the sound of Incense and peppermints (recorded by Strawberry Alarm Clock in 1967)...