Saturday, May 03, 2008

George with specific expressions

Here are some subtle George expressions. The first 3 show George in a calm self assured in his own righteousness (also called rectitude) sort of way.
The pose above adds a bit of cocksuredness.
George calm and sure of himself.
Here's George with some sympathy towards God's creatures, as long as he knows they accept their place in the cruel arbitrary order of things.

George is a multi-shaded personality. He is not always a raving, psychopath as the hippie ladies thought of him.

In order to storyboard or layout scenes with George, it's important to be able to feel his many sides. This whole page shows some similar attitudes with subtle differences of states of being.

Note that these all use the same construction as his simpler expressions. The cheeks work the same way as cheeks do in old cartoons, Preston Blair and such...the same physical mechanics applied to a specific design.

43 comments:

Sam said...

Will this at all be a Spumco cartoon?

Roberto González said...

It seems I'm a tiny bit better with those. They still need improvements, though.

Captain Napalm said...

Spumco doesn't exist anymore, Sam - John's a full-time freelancer now. but he still works with many of the same artists, so in a sense, yes it will be. Probably.

Weirdo said...

One of the drawings looks like he derives perverse pleasure out of tormenting God's creations.

PCUnfunny said...

ARGH ! GL is so hard to draw ! Aw well, back to the old electronic brain...

MichaelA said...

Hey John!

Done a few more for you. Look forward to your comments as always!

http://pickyourscabs.blogspot.com/


Speak soon,
Michael
http://pickyourscabs.blogspot.com/

Raff said...

My hat in the ring.

HERE

John Hale said...

Hi John,

Check these out...Hope I make the grade...put me in coach...or just comment...or not. rock on!

- John Hale

http://thornleaknut.blogspot.com/

MichaelA said...

Hey John,

Done the specific expressions now too. Uploaded at link below:

http://pickyourscabs.blogspot.com/


Look forward to your comments and the next round!

Michael
http://pickyourscabs.blogspot.com/

Mitch L said...

Cool! Great lesson. I am gonna start as soon as possible.

Roberto González said...

Hey,these came out kind of decent (I believe).

[Moth] said...

Hi, John.

Thanks for the comment!

I don't know if I should post these on this post or in the previous one... anyway...

More George!

phil T said...

Hi John, thanks for the comments on my previous post. To answer your questions, yes, I am a professional. I started at Copernicus right when you were finishing Classico. I only got to clean up one of the little devil keys and the bouncing egg shot. I've worked on pretty much everything they've done since, including the Raketu ads. I also did a whole lot of stopmotion before that.

Here are 3 more George...
#4,5 & 6

David said...

I worked at one of these today!
Hopefully I am progressing...

Here it is

R.A. MacNeil said...

Here are mine

-Ryan

mdouglas said...
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D Gill said...

John K, I had a blast trying out G.L. here's my blog link
I like Freleng, is that okay as an applicant?
Thanks for not settling with the mean! Thanks for the inspiration!
D.Gill

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Don't get ahead of me, y'all. Some of us ain't as talented as the rest, and therefore still drawin'.

Me? Still drawin'....

- trevor.

PS: John, does George still run a Liquor store, or has that plot point been retired? Or is it just George who retired?

Hammerson said...

Hi John, here are my first attempts, mostly the simple expressions from the previous post. Also I included a demonstration of cleaned-up and inked drawings. Take a look:

Hammerson's practice blog

I will include more stuff in the following few days. Also please check out my regular blog with portfolio:

HammersonLand

Adam Gunn said...

Hello John,

I'd love to do some ink work on this show! I cleaned a drawing you posted for a t-shirt and put it up on my blog.

peepingtommygunn

Josh "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Heisie said...

Here's my next attempt at George:

George
or
George

Any comments and criticisms appreciated.

Josh Heisie

David Germain said...

Hey, you're recruiting people for the George Liquer show. I'd love to make my attempts to get in on that (drawing George sounds like fun) but I have an animation job starting next week. Plus, my mom wants me to make a colouring book featuring family members for a family reunion she's planned for this summer. The only relative I've managed to "capture" so far is my Uncle Bernard.

So, yeah, I'll be quite busy in the next little while. Best of luck on your new project, John. Break a pencil.

baldin said...

Hi John, I gave it a try at George today: http://sabadomorto.blogspot.com/2008/05/george-liquor.html

Hope you like it...

Crumpled Up John! said...

Here is my first pass at the general George expressions.

Enjoy

John

RonnieRaccoon said...

I've posted my second try at it on my blog here.

Guilherme said...

Hi!

I've made some here.

Nelson C. Woodstock said...

I've updated my old post with newer attempts at the bottom.

Thanks for drawing me today in Pasadena!

Alex said...

First time post.

Thought I'd have a go.

See.

I draw George's body too big.

I'll have to fix that.

mdouglas said...

Hi John,
I inked this George over the weekend. I'll look for some pencils on your blog and try those, too. Here

gono said...

Hi John,

I am a freelance illustrator (mostly working for educational content) and I am moving to do all my work paperless and it needs practice to adapt my workflow. And since I love the same kinds of lines that you use, I found your character George to be a good inking test while not being as distracting as my drawing were — I was more concentrating on how I wanted them to look and was feeling I was going no where, like if it was impossible to have lines with the look I wished. But I finally managed to have an interesting result at a size that would print well with your George. Also, I wanted to share my result with you. I did a basic coloration just for test purpose, but I'll probably try to add some shading and highlights one day or the other.

Best regards,

Gono

benj said...

Hi John,

Here's my
first study of George with specific expressions. Any thoughts, comments or tips would be appreciated. I'll add some more Georges tonight.

Thank you,
Benjamin

carlo guillot said...

Hi John
I made the expressions layouts. I guess I'm improving, but you have the final word.
You can see them here.
http://carlocartun.blogspot.com

Roberto said...

This project sounds like a really fun one indeed, John. Too bad I can't work on it (I'm too young to work, and for me, college is years away.).

Spoody said...

Hey John,

I'm a long-time reader, but first-time poster. Here're my George sketches. Just got the basics so far.

http://bp1.blogger.com/_GwxlQeHn6wg/SB_mk_d5AWI/AAAAAAAAACM/UUB7wSKK2HM/s1600-h/Comp1+copy.jpg

http://bp2.blogger.com/_GwxlQeHn6wg/SB_mlPd5AXI/AAAAAAAAACU/1VwgsgGK5Q8/s1600-h/Comp2+copy.jpg


http://burntmoth.blogspot.com/

Jimbo said...

Hey John,
On a completely different topic, I am an Australian animator currently writing a masters paper on character design. Using Ed Benedict and yourself as case studies.
I was wondering if you could help me out some info. Especially, what particular elements you think constitute great character design.
Also, if you had any other information on Ed other than what's on your blog that would be greatly appreciated.

JohnK said...

sure Jimbo,

email me your questions at

cartoonmister@aol.com

the clownninja said...

george

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

QUESTION JOHN:

How come the pupils in George's eyes always change?

Sometimes they're just black dots, sometimes there's a blue surrounding, sometimes the dots themselves are blue....

Which version is the most modern or does it matter?

- trevor.

benj said...

More Georges.

Lynsey said...

Hi John, I did a few more

Art F. said...

Round 2 of Mr. Liquor.

More Liquor!

CaveMatt said...

I'm getting to this kinda late, but here's my first shot.

http://lousyscribbler.blogspot.com/2008/05/george-liqour.html

Art F. said...

Little better.

Even more Liquor