Thursday, May 01, 2008

Need Artists Soon. Can You Draw A Republican?



HOW TO CHECK YOUR COPIES:
http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/05/animation-school-lesson-3-how-to-check.html


It's been about 28 years since I first drew this guy.

Well I found a sponsor to produce 40 minutes of George Liquor cartoons. No dirty hippie ladies this time. Real men who think George will help promote a decent society of upstanding Americans.

DO YOU NEED A JOB DRAWING DECENT CARTOONS WITH POSITIVE VALUES?

I'm going to need an assortment of talent to help me. I'll do a few posts to tell you which jobs will be available and what skills I'm looking for. Today, it's storyboard and layout artists who can adapt to my style.

I won't have time to train people on the job. But I will help you learn to draw the characters on my blog.

I'll need folks like Hillary, who can sit down on day 1 and start to produce functional and entertaining cartoon scenes. If you've already worked on my cartoons, then you will have a big advantage. Anyone who can show me that they already can draw my main characters will make it much easier for me to make a show that will be successful.

The best way to learn to draw a character is to start with the head in neutral expressions, just to learn how he is built.


GEORGE IN NEUTRAL EXPRESSIONS

3/4 VIEW
Some of my characters are extra hard to draw. George especially, so I would start by just learning to construct his head in simple expressions-smiling, or just neutrality.
I'll do more posts, next George with specific expressions, then one for George's body and body poses.





I wouldn't try to draw wild poses or really specific expressions of George until you can already just draw the construction of his head. That's enough of a task by itself. Don't try to be Rod Scribner the first day.
Things to note: There is a lot of space behind George's facial features. Behind his eyes and mouth, you can see his jaw, his cranium and his neck. Many young cartoonists will cut off the cranium and neck or draw them too close to the face.

Remember that a face is at the front of the head, and there is a lot of space between your face and the back of your skull.

You also need to leave space above his eyes - between the top of the eyes and the bottom of his brush cut. That's where his eyebrows will go, and they will need some flesh space in order to move up and down to make expressions.

FRONT VIEW



PROFILE
On the profile you can see that the front of his skull is higher than the back of it. His head slopes backwards. It's very tricky to draw, but is important to his Republicanism.


If you draw this bugger, then post a link in the comments. Once I see a few folks who can draw his basic construction, I'll do a post of george with more specific expressions. Then Jimmy and Sody.

STORYBOARD STYLE VS. LAYOUT STYLE drawings

Storyboard artists don't need to draw the characters perfectly "on-model" or clean, but they do have to understand the core of the characters' look and personality.

Layout artists need to be tighter and make the continuity of poses "flippable" for the animators, but they don't need to be perfectly clean like the drawings above. Just a good pencil line that an inker can interpret.

Of course, my first choice will be professionals who have done storyboards and layouts, but who knows maybe someone out there is just a natural, who easily draws good poses and construction.

QUESTIONS?

Ask in the comments and I will try to answer.

123 comments:

Ardy said...

I can't wait for this show. Is Mike Pataki still going to do his voice?

Excitement '86 Graphics said...

This would be wild! I'll take a crack at this today....itd be a blast to work for the man!

Powli said...

Thank God.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

I will post my drawings soon. Thanks fo the opp. John!

- trevor.

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Do you want us to copy these drawings specifically, or try new expressions if we think we can ( and I think I can )?

Copying is easy, but I'd like to try an original expression or two if you'd like.

Thanks again, John!

- trevor.

the clownninja said...

you hiring on-site only? Or will you hire freelancers that can work remotely?

Roberto González said...

These are my first attempts:

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l287/inspectorholmez/george1.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l287/inspectorholmez/george2.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l287/inspectorholmez/george3.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l287/inspectorholmez/george4.jpg

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l287/inspectorholmez/george5.jpg

Wow, that was pretty tricky, I think I'm better with Ren and Stimpy. I have to draw him pretty big to get all the things in his face. I'm prettty busy at the moment, I hope I can continue with this.

I'm very happy you are getting a show with these characters. Is a complete series or short things like the Raketu advertisings?

Taco Wiz said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! GEORGE, JIMMY, SLAB, ERNIE, AND SODY POP ARE RETURNING! I hope you find some artists, John! I'm only twelve, and I suck at drawing, so I can't help.

Fuzzy Duck said...

I love that first drawing!

PCUnfunny said...

Awesome John ! Please keep us updated !

GOGOPEDRO said...

OOOOOOH AHHHHHH....

Yeah Let me sharpen my pencils this weekend and get cracking.

P

Kevin Langley said...

New George Liquor cartoons, yes! Glad to hear it. George is such a great character. My sad attempts are here

JohnK said...

Trevor:

"Do you want us to copy these drawings specifically, or try new expressions if we think we can ( and I think I can )?"

Copy the drawings exactly. Like the post says. Next post will be specific expressions. Walk before you run.

Clownninja:

"you hiring on-site only? Or will you hire freelancers that can work remotely?"

I will have a small salaried crew in L.A., but most of the work will be freelanced.

Roberto and anyone else: Please make your urls links that I can just click.

TacoWhiz: Spend the next few years doing the lessons and copying from old cartoons!

Kevin: Not bad for a start. Take 'em into photoshop and put my drawings on another layer to check them.

Make your construction stronger.

Thanks everyone!

Jesse Oliver said...

Hey John'

Congratulations on the new George Liquor series! :)

At last, A cartoon show that stars a true Red Blooded American!!!

I hope you'll finally get to produce the "Wilderness Adventure" story with R&S! ;)

I wish you the best of luck on the New George Liquor Program!

Jesse

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Ben Forbes said...

I'll give him a try later on tonight...

But I think I'd be better at drawing Sody more!

Sculpture's almost done too! :)

Roberto González said...

Ok...I don't really know if photobucket shows the pictures directly or it shows the menu. In case you didn't see them and in order to see if I can link them directly I'm posting them again, with a direct link.

Picture1
Picture2
Picture3
Picture4
Picture5

Hope it works this time.

I don't want to put them in my blog cause I am using it for my own stuff...maybe I'll start another blog for this stuff, I don't know, but let's see how it works linking to photobucket.

Car2oon said...

I'm still young and stupid, but I gave it a shot, why not.

First tries.
The horror.

Also, I sketched them before I knew we had to copy them exactly... I'll try copying later. It was fun sketching George though!

Doug said...

Hi John, figured I would throw down a quick effort. Good luck on this project, hope it goes well.

http://dougwilson83.blogspot.com/

david gemmill said...

what other characters are going to be in the series? george liquor seems like he's easier to draw than your other characters

PCUnfunny said...

I'm not looking for a job but here's my Liquor stuff.

You can comment on my blog if you like.

JohnK said...

All the regular characters will be in the show:

Jimmy, Sody and George are the hardest to draw.

Slab 'N' Ernie, Cigarettes the Cat, Bugs Pussy and many more...

it takes awhile to get the hang of just the basic construction of these characters, let alone get to the point of posing them and making them act

Atta Havlykke said...
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JoJo said...

Hey John,

Here are some studies from a few days ago.

http://jojobap.blogspot.com/

I'll be working on the drawings from this post now.

Roberto González said...

I think Jimmy is one of the easier ones (also Cigarettes the cat) but I might change my mind later. I thought George was hard but not THAT hard before I started copying him...

Anyway, I just started a whole new blog for this.

DG said...

Mientras hago mis dibujos
podés ver mi trabajo en
http://www.dgcaricaturas.blogspot.com
I'll be doing my drawings, meanwhile you can see some of my works in http://www.dgcaricaturas.blogspot.com

PCUnfunny said...

John, I decided to make two more Liquor faces.

I think these came out better.

Sphyzex_9 said...

How many episodes will there be, and what the length of them?

Gavin Freitas said...

Ok, I'm back. Here's a few of the poses John. He was tougher than I thought but I had fun doing it...

JohnK said...

Everyone go back and see the link I added to the top of the post.

It will help you check your own drawings before you post them to show me.

Jesse Oliver said...

Hey John'

Question: What network is the New George Liquor show gonna be on?

Jesse

PCUnfunny said...

I don't have photoshop but I will print out these drawings and use tracing paper.

grantarctica said...

Hi John,

I've been reading your blog for about two years. I'm an LA based professional music editor, and I was wondering if you needed any music editorial help. Perhaps helping out with the temp music for your show.

I know this isn't what this post is asking for, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.

Thanks,
Grant

PS I can be reached through my blog.

Larry LaBallister said...

Well, all I know is - I AM ELATED THAT JOHN IS MOVING FORWARD WITH GEORGE!!! I love Jimmy & Sody of course, but I haven't seen them animated yet, but of course, I have seen George...boy have I seen George! Talk about an idea whos time has come!
John, I'd love to move to Burbank and work for you, but I SUCK. Can't do the amazing things you need done. I'm stuck with this...for now, but I AM learning!

http://larrylaballister.googlepages.com/SeniorMoments.jpg/SeniorMoments-full;init:.jpg

Eventually I will leave all my "uptight" tendencies toward realism, and join the ranks of what I consider real art, a.k.a - CARTOONS!
Seriously guys...seriously.

JoJo said...

I've posted some more drawings and checked work.

http://jojobap.blogspot.com/

JohnK said...

Hey Jojo

put an actual link in the comment!

Jim, Son of Silver said...

Check'em out, John & everybody else ... My attempts at greatness ... & John, Pick Me, Pick Me!

Check Out Jim's Drawings of George Liquor!

Eric said...

Congrats John. This has been a long time coming.
Time to kick some liberal, atheistic, socialist, universal health care supportin' ass!

The Jerk said...

i did some quick scrawlings, better ones to follow...

href="http://genetestgeorge.blogspot.com/"

Joseff!!1 said...

thanks John, Don't have a scanner right now, nut i'll try to post them on my blog tomorrow.

JohnK said...

So far, most of the drawings I'm looking at tell me you should go back and study the drawing lessons on the blog.

And do what it says in the link at the top of the post! That way you can see right away what's right and what's off.


Another way to get your foot in the door is to try cleanup/inking.

By inking a professional's poses in the show, you can pick up good drawing by osmosis.

I'll post a link to Brian Romero's lessons in the next post about jobs.

The Jerk said...

sorry, I made it a link this time...

Jesse Oliver said...

Are you gonna be posting some of the future George Liquor story ideas here soon?

Jesse

Art F. said...

Hiya John! Here's my two cents:

George 01

George 02

Pedro Vargas said...

Hi, John. Are you looking for people in the LA area or anywhere around the world? What if us foreigners had the money to go to LA, would that be okay as well?

Will you also be looking for reels, portfolios, flatbooks, websites of any kind?

AWD! said...

Huh... alright alright, I'll bite...

Though I can't get to copying anything right NOW, here's something I drewed up a few weeks ago out of pure boredom:

http://www.starfieldcreations.com/upload/forum/liquorsketches.jpg

I await your bashings.
I'm actually curious about your characters actual structure now that you made an entire post on him.

Skun said...


http://animashun.blogspot.com/”>George_Liquor_Construction

ernie kim said...

all american

I'll do more and post when I get the chance; currently dealing with finals.

RonnieRaccoon said...

Hey there, John. I've always loved George Liquor, he's probably second only to Ren as my favorite character of yours, so I decided to take a whack at it.

Just check out my blog right here.

This is only a quick attempt, but I definitely want to do more. George is really difficult to get down, but a lot of fun to draw!! Can't wait to see new George Liquor cartoons!

Jason Miskimins said...
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Ryan G. said...

Hey John. Here's a few of my first cracks' at it.

click here

He sure looks easier to draw than he is.

Mike Hales said...

Hello. I just spotted this here blog a few hours ago, so I thought i would draw up some sketches for you here!

I'll keep at it.

Jason Miskimins said...
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Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

I'm gonna keep trying, but for now:

Drawing George Liquor

- trevor.

JoJo said...

Here you go:

http://jojobap.blogspot.com/2008/05/more-george.html

J.C. Morgan said...

Okay, I'll throw my hat into the ring. Here's my few attempts at George.

George Photo Album (4 of 'em)

A lil' rough looking. I think I'll go back and try to hammer 'em out all over again after I get some sleep.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Can I take a stab at drawing George?

Art F. said...

guess my links didn't work cause i'm an idiot. here they are again:

George Liquor

Abra said...

Man, I really wish that my drawing skills were more refined so that I could contribute to this project. I'm still struggling through the beginnings of John's animation lessons and garbage assignments for my school. Even still, I'll attempt to draw George...if it's not a complete disaster I'll post the results.

AWD! said...

URL to my damn Liquor drawings...
Rip away... Rip Away...

Johnny Mastronardi said...

This is just for fun. They're not copies, they're playing around with George's construction in different angles and poses. Rather rough: Click

I may try drawing him "on model" over the weekend.

Atta Havlykke said...

Here's my attempt at George. I know I've taken some Liberties not copying the drawings you posted. I may still do that later.
Anyway here's George

Nelson C. Woodstock said...

More of a board guy myself than a layout guy. I like to tell the story and watch the characters come to life later. :)

It's late, so here's a couple attempts. More will be added tomorrow!

SlashHalen said...

Hey John, congrats on the new show. Who's the sponsor anyway? Someone is actually trusting you to make a new cartoon show?..... Just kidding man. You've earned it.

Here are my first attempts at George.
http://thejack-slashhalen.blogspot.com/2008/05/george-liquor-drawings.html
There not perfect (or that good) but more practice should fix that.

Gavin Freitas said...

Hey John, I went back and fixed a few things. I like the brushes better in Painter than Photoshop. Anyways here it is

ZSL said...

I gave this my best shot.
I hope html links work in blog comments.
Here is one
And here is two
I think the second one came out alot better than the first one. Also sorry about them being bigger than an xbox.

JoJo said...

Some more:

http://jojobap.blogspot.com/2008/05/more-george-again.html

David Mackenzie said...

John, I can't draw but as always, if you need any technical/video help, give me a shout and I'll see what I can do!

Jason Miskimins said...
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mdouglas said...

I'm interested in trying my hand at some good ol' republican inking. I can't wait for the next post!

David said...

This would be a dreamjob!

Here are my attempts.

John S said...

Here are my drawrings:

http://girumah.blogspot.com/

Vincent Waller said...

Yaaaayyyy! So happy to hear that!

Roberto González said...

I have been playing truant from my actual work to do this...Now I think I won't be able to update in a week or so, but my attempts are still on that blog .

I have been comparing them in photoshop, I just didn't post all the comparisons.

carlo guillot said...

Hi John.
I'm the one that made the cartoon about a cat in a plane (hope you remember it).
Anyway, these are my George Liquor
tests:
carlocartun.blogspot.com.

thiago said...

Hi John,

Please check my GL pencil tests here:

George Liquor Pencils

I hope to keep up with you guys during this drawing marathon! Looking forward for the new posts.

Salute
T.

Nate said...

GAAA! I just caught this post.

Only time to do one drawing today.

George Liquor 1

More to come. Please don't close the polls yet!

Dave Redl said...

Congrats on the series. Hopefully you get to do it your way and especially that the series gets a chance to take hold. I'll be rootin' for 'ya!

Not looking for work, but George looked too fun NOT to draw! So here's 10 min. in flash:

http://familypants.com/toJohnK.jpg

(BTW, You might be the only blog talking about the late, great Don Martin!)

Lynsey said...

Here's my first two attempts, if you care to take a look

Click!

Bob said...

Hey John I did some George drawings this afternoon, I will do more tomorrow.

Here's my link

http://bobarob.blogspot.com/

Congrats on your show!

Rob

Ronski said...

here are some attempts:

http://georgeliquormustlive.blogspot.com/

_Ron Hewski

Neural Test Subject #645-3 said...

Say, John: Thanks for putting this on here. I needed two or three pointers on drawing ol' George.

But, John, I have a different problem when it comes to drawing: I'm having some trouble drawing people in profile and interacting with other characters. Mind helping me out?

JoJo said...

George 3/4 New:

http://jojobap.blogspot.com/2008/05/george-34-new.html

Sparky said...

Hi John, hi everyone!

Here's my attempt...

kevin wallace said...

Hello, I posted my sketches my blog www.quadrospectacle.blogspot.com

thanks, K

Kent B said...

Great news, John. The world needs more George!

Roberto González said...

Hey, John. I sometimes do some loose drawings of your characters, especially Sody. I might be adapting them to my style I guess, but I think some of them don't look half-bad. Would you mind if I post some of them while I continue with the on-model practices?

Deemo said...

Here are my George drawings so far John. Ill post some more drawings tommorow. Thanks tell me what you think.

Kali Fontecchio said...
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JohnK said...

why couldn't you? It's open to everyone.

bug said...

Here's what I got so far.

george1
george2
george3
george4

MichaelA said...

Hey John,

Great to hear a new John K project is in the works!

A few drawings of our favorite american!
Look forward to any comments you may have and further details on the job.

http://pickyourscabs.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the great blog.
Michael
http://pickyourscabs.blogspot.com

Beast said...
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sonneveld50 said...

Hi John,

My question is if you'll need the talent of a writer anytime soon.

I did some voices and brainstormed a little with Marc Deckter on one of his USC projects, but please don't consider this an endorsement from him.

Let me know and I'll send you a resume that will reflect better on me than these shameful, shameful videos:
http://youtube.com/profile?user=Sonneveld

Best,
Steve
sonneveld50 at hotmail.com

Gary said...

Here's my

Hope you like!

amir avni said...

Here's mine

MichaelA said...

Hey John,

Thanks for the comments on my blog. I am happy to work in any field (storyboards, layouts, inking) although my preferred position would be layout.

I will do some more heads tomorrow and I look forward to your next posts re: specific expressions and poses. If there is any further you would like to see me work up let us know.

Thanks again,
Michael
http://pickyourscabs.blogspot.com/

Nate said...

Hey John

>>can you draw backgrounds and >>vehicles?

Yes. There are some OLD backgrounds in this post:

Old Stuff

I would be more than happy to draw some more samples if you give me an idea of what you want. Do you want to see more George Liquor?

my email is ironchefsands@gmail.com

Thanks a lot for looking
Nate

phil T said...

My first 3 attempts...

George x 3

David said...

I took a shot, with mixed results!

http://nakedfella.com/blog/?p=56

David said...

I focused on one George, to really nail him this time.

Here it is: GEORGE

I hope that this one is good enough to get some feedback! I'll be drawing George all weekend!

Larry Levine said...

Rats, I on the opposite coast!

John, Best of luck with the new.

Andrew said...

Holy poo! I'll have to take a crack at this. I haven't taken any classes but i've got a natural talent and it'd be an honor to be taught by the man who made me draw in the first place. I don't have a scanner on hand or Photoshop but know people who do so my question is, how long will this offer be open?

amir avni said...

More

David said...

I also took a shot at some inking

Jason Miskimins said...

Another one George Liquor sketch

amir avni said...

pose with more construction

[Moth] said...

Hi there, John..

although it's almots impossible for me to get such good job... I had fun and tried to draw that crazy character. Here's the results:

http://mothart.blogspot.com/2008/05/george-liquors.html

Comments would be appreciated.

Thanks, John!

[Moth] said...

Sorry, i'm putting it again so you can just click and see:

My Try!

Jim Rockford said...

HOT DAMN!
AT LAST MORE GEORGE LIQOUR CARTOONS!!
Can you tell us more about the project,which network will it air on?
Will you be using any of the storys you've pitched here!
You've gotta do the bomb shelter one!
All I can say is its about time!
Hopefull Mike Pataki will still be giving George his hollerin' voice!
Someones got to tell those damn hippies to get a haircut!
Congratulations Mr.K!

benj said...

Here's my first attempts:

JoJo said...

George Head, Profile + Inking George Raketu

Jeffrey Allen said...

Liquor

Blake Packard said...

Sorry John, but I only like one republican.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f121/bootyheadman/Orly.jpg

Nate said...

More GL also Sheriff of Dodge City

Sparky said...

Hi John

Here's an inked version of my drawing of George.

Hope you like it!

jeremy said...

Hi John, I can't wait to see your new cartoons!

My life's dream is to work on a John K. cartoon.

I've been trying to do your George Liquor tests:
http://deltadada.blogspot.com/

Even if I didn't win the golden ticket, let me know how I'm doing... Thanks!

Memo said...

Hi John! I would like to work with story boards. I have a teacher physically identical to George Liquor, so this is really fun to draw!

This is my own attempt to a George Liquor pose.

Test2

Test1

Memo said...

And here are a couple of more poses:

This is my favorite pose.

George with tight pants

adumb said...
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adumb said...

Am I too late to get in on this?? Johnny??

http://abomb-theformlessvoid.blogspot.com/

adumb said...

WORKING link to some georges?

ofthq said...

Anyone have any sketches of the construction of George?