Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Jimmy Models over the years


If you wanna learn to draw Jimmy, do it the same way you studied George. Copy the first few poses exactly, proportions, construction etc. to get used to him. The drawings near the bottom are harder because the poses are more complicated, so don't start there.
This is my favorite face of Jimmy above. I've never been able to recapture his joyful look of discovery with a hint of evil.

Here's Jimmy after a diet of potato chips and sodas.
Now he starts getting complicated. Don't be distracted by all the wobbly details. They all flow along his central line of action and basic silhouette.

33 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

THAT HAS TO BE THE COOLEST PROGRESSION EVER. Seriously. He's like silly puddy, or something.

Nico said...

Everyone's favorite idiot!

Andy said...

Jimmy with that knife... I wouldn't want to be in the same room as him during that time. Scary stuff... ha.

Chris E. said...

I can definately see the progress in his development over the years. Geez! I wouldn't trust him with a knife.

Peggy said...

Man, I remember seeing some of these yeeears back in articles about Ren & Stimpy and your other ideas.

Are these chronological? I think they are; there's this point about five drawings in where everything starts looking a lot more dimensional...

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Hey John,

Who drew that one at the top? If it's you, I'd be surprised.

Love all of these, but my favorite ( maybe because it's so foreign ) is the first one.... what interesting theories and ideas!

If that top drawing IS yours, then it shows what you've been saying about the conservativeness settling in after an artist leaves their twenties. That Jimmy at the top I think has less to do with solid construction per se and more to do with artistic flair.

It looks like how I imagine Jimmy would've appeared in COAL BLACK.... I dunno.

Would that be a fair assessment or am I just wrong?

- trevor.

Vincent Waller said...

yes i believe the caption on the T-shirt with Jimmy with the knife said "Jimmy shouldn't have sharp things"

Chloe Cumming said...

Jimmy's so beautiful. He's made of his own stuff.

flashcartoons said...

jimmy and the bug, actually makes the bug look scrumchous :)

J. said...

JOHN!

Would you mind taking a peek at my
own crap while I get my Jimmy drawings ready? It has a lot of Kricfalusi influence.
THIS IS THE LINK

Colter said...

AHHH!! what the heck is on Jimmy's hand in that first picture? What IS that thing?

queefy said...

I love the club foot in the second one.

PCUnfunny said...

"I've never been able to recapture his joyful look of discovery with a hint of evil."

I think it's the Machete.

Frank said...

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PCUnfunny said...

John I made drawings of storyboard verisions of George Liquor. Just for the hell of it.

Here it is.

DonB said...

Was Jimmy intended to be a caricature of Howdy Doody? I see a lot of similarites.

Mitch L said...

I never drew Jimmy, sure gonna try. Looks like fun.

Im sure wanna apply in the future for layout. Allready practising on that but for now I hope I can ink for the show.

Shawn said...

My favorite!

Larry LaBallister said...

Very cool how he has evolved. The early drawings are more angular and tight, while the later stuff is much more fluid and loose. I like the fluid look best because it accentuates his "sillyness". (Like Kali said.."silly putty") I see some Tex in there, but also a lot of Don Martin. The style is very original IMHO. It's almost as if you used the "rubberhose" style as a benchmark, but said "How can I take this further...what would this style evolve into?"
Silly character + silly putty = perfect!

Faso said...

Hard to draw and hard to sculpt too! :)

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Alex said...

Jimmy has a kissable face.
Smack!

J. said...

Hi John.

here is my first Jimmy draw

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

John:

Will the inkers be required to ink traditionally with pens or in Flash?

- trevor.

Hammerson said...

Hi John! Here are my first three Jimmy drawings. I'll make more attempts tomorrow.

David said...

Hi John,

I tried some inking like you suggested. I inked before, but this is my first attempt of digital inking using Adobe Illustrator.

Jimmy Ink

Jim Rockford said...

That one at the top of the post looks kind of like a Hirschfeld version of Jimmy!

(I have to agree with you,the expression on his face in one with the knife is priceless!)

'Ol George is sure gonna kick his butt though when he has to take the neighbor kid to the hospital!

carlo guillot said...

Hi John.
I'm not sure if Jimmy is gonna be on the show, but I've gave him a shot. These are my drawings.
I've also made some Georges, but I don't know if you like them or not, please send me your comments and advices so I can make them better.

Nelson C. Woodstock said...

Just posting to say I'm still interested in working on the show, and I'll get some more stuff up on my blog soon with Jimmy in it. I just have to finish up a job I got last week, and when you're promised a bonus if you complete it within a week, it's tough not to devote all your extra time to it :).

I'm still getting used to the idea of storyboarding loosely again. Once you've been trained to draw clean and on-model it's hard to break away and just let drawings form from the tip of your pencil.

Anthony Rizzo said...

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Nelson C. Woodstock said...

Some Jimmy stuff here.

Nelson C. Woodstock said...

Great. Nearly three posts in a row in this topic.

Here are some more boards for your approval. It's short, and isn't based on any of the outlines or stories. I just drew it on the fly.

Spumco boards seem to be rough but I hope there's not a "too rough," because I've seen the old R&S boards and some of them are pretty tight.

paul said...

thanks for the Jimmy drawings, John.

Ask me please, what inspired you to create the character of Jimmy the Idiot boy? 'cause you're the Jerry Lewis of cartoons.

he is purely an idiot than Goofy and Dopey combined.