Sunday, June 01, 2008

more sides of George and the Science of Close Ups

A specific expression contains more than one emotion. This is an expression of wonder, discovery and eagerness.The above is an accent expression. It's close up and more detailed to tell you that his emotion has changed dramatically. The closer the framing is on a character, the more details you can add and more important: THE MORE CONTRAST YOU CAN DRAW IN THE BASIC DESIGN.

In close ups I always caricature my own character designs. Just the same way as I would caricature a living human by exaggerating the contrasts of someone's face.

***Be sure that the extra details flow around the larger forms. Hierarchy!

The smaller the character is in a scene, the less detailed and less contrasted the proportions can be.




George's Soft Side:

Many people (esp. hippie ladies) think that all Republicans are evil all the time. They yell and scream and live by archaic blind rules of societies long dead. This is only one side of a regular guy, though.
George doesn't yell and scream all the time. He has softer elements to his personality. George has much empathy for God's creatures, especially the ones that recognize their place in the grand order of things.
George doesn't hunt out of malice for animals. He just believes that it is man's place to destroy the environment and that God put us here and gave us the wits and hormones to do it.
In these images by the extremely complex Jim Smith, George is explaining this with great empathy to a poor lowly creature before he takes him out.

There is more than one emotion happening in these drawings too. He is not only showing his concern for the lesser creature's feelings, he is also asking for you to understand and approve of his murderous ways. He wants you to absolve him of any guilt and way down deep inside he knows that there is probably something wrong with killing for sport.

Some urges are so powerful and ingrained that they are impossible to resist even when you know they might cause harm. Like the urge to pull triggers, an urge that has been implanted in man by God. For George, it just feels so damn to tug a trigger that he has to find honest and decent justifications sanctioned by God, America and tradition.
So you see, hippie ladies, George is not always mad. And is not all bad just because he has manly urges.

George gets mad when something doesn't follow the rules; when he can't control a situation, but as long as you obey the natural order, he loves you. He'll still blow your brains out if there is a good enough justification, like any good Republican would, but he should still be loveable.

22 comments:

Brett W. Thompson said...

Wow I love those expressions!! :)

Booo Tooons Ltd. said...

Hey John:

Here's my attempts at inking.

I also have part of an original George storyboard posted too.

And later today, I'll attempt some George close-ups.

Thanks as always, John!

- trevor.

PS: "I've been a hunter all me life. I love animals, that's why I like to kill 'em."

J. said...

Hey John

What's the best way to get my hands on those Spumco comics? I purchased the first two issues on e-bay ages ago, but I can't find the rest.

Also, what do you suggest us contenders for the George Liquor job do in the mean time? Are you posting Sody pics soon for us to draw?

Ben Forbes said...

Hey John, I'm trying my best with all of the characters. I haven't been able to scan anything cause it died on me.

George has an interesting personality. It's so interesting and not so upfront at times.

I did post a Sody pose on my blog that was quickly done in Flash.

Click Here!

Chris S. said...

Hilarious. Hands down the most insightful commentary on sport hunting I have ever read.

Tommy said...

I love it. Here are some more George expressions.

Tool said...

You don't know much about the current state of this felon gangster government. A republican doesn't follow his own rules they're a contradiction. It's worse than a farce.

PCUnfunny said...

Tool: I think George falls in the line of the old fashion, albeit violent Republicans. Not the phony ones like John McCain or Dick Cheney. George is a 50's republican, one that actually cared about his country and wanted to blow the commies to bowels of hell.

Ross Irving said...

Oh hooray. This seems easy enough for anyone to understand. I love the last four or so emotions shown in this post.

When I saw these expressions on George at first, I just thought he was being sort of goofy. Now that you put it that way, with rationalization and his respect for lifeforms that understand their place, it almost touches me. It's so rare to find that kind of mix of emotion in a cartoon character anymore.

Shawn said...

Love those close ups! Reminds me of Basil Wolverton cartoons! I don't know if Wolverton was a Republican or not, but we was one Hell of a cartoonist. And so are you and Jim Smith. As long as THAT stays in the grand order of things, Shawn's googling eyes will stay happy!

Andy said...

Your cartoons are the best.

(Well, obviously, haha)

jhbmw007 said...

Can someone tell me how to get clean lines in Flash? I'm always impressed by how clean the lines are in John's cartoons. I know he probably works on a cintique which is better than my small wacom tablet, but for some reason flash gives me unexpected results when drawing curves... anyways someone email me jhbmw007@yahoo.com

queefy said...

These drawings gave me a chub

Hammerson said...

Wonderful acting and fascinating drawing principles. Especially the part about adding more contrast in the close ups and making essentially an exaggerated caricature of the character. That was also the principle behind those amazing painted close-ups in Ren & Stimpy.

George is really a complex and multi-dimensional character, quite a rarity these days.

And here are some recent updates on my practice blog. I hope you'll find something interesting...

These are some new attempts to do my own expressions of George:
George 1

Take a look at some of the angriest George Liquor pictures (based on drawings from "Man's Best Friend"):
George 2

And I tried to colorize one of the most complex Jimmy drawings ever:
Jimmy

Phantom Spitter said...

j., if you want other issues of Spumco Comic Book, eBay has issue 3 in its store right now.

skee said...

Hi John,

Just discovered your site, and am really glad I did, while researching the internet for information on cartooning schools. My son wants to apply...somewhere.

In your earlier posts you mentioned how you would like to start a school. Have you been successful in doing so? If yes, please send me information!!!!

If no, do you or your readers have any recommendations for schools? Or, would you mind giving advice for an aspiring cartooning student on what to look for in a school, etc.?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks,

Skee

Tommy said...

Here's some more George faces.

George is emotional.

HemlockMan said...

Assholes are always the most fun to read about.

Alex said...

A post about George! This seems like the perfect opportunity to show some drawings of Jimmy.

and some George as well.

Taber said...

Ah George, how I love him!

Thanks for the explanation of his character, John! I think people too often just lump each other into these narrow single minded categories and forget that we're all human, and have a lot of dimension to the way we act.

Hammerson said...

Hi John,
thanks for the comment and advice. I just finished some new George Liquor drawings, and tried to avoid the problems you mentioned. The construction is more solid now, and I hope there is some improvement over yesterday's attempts. Please take a look HERE

HernĂ¡n G. Fuentealba said...

george is like any men that exist today, and also before in any time of history , who blames any other one( or finds in any external cause an excuse )for his own iniquity,and it is very interesting the way you descrive this situation, when you say: "(...)deep inside he knows that there is probably something wrong with killing for sport.Some urges are so powerful and ingrained that they are impossible to resist even when you know they might cause harm. Like the urge to pull triggers,"(...) because this is a simple example of submitting to temptation . and the next quotation of how a man can find any excuse for they actions: "an urge that has been implanted in man by God , For George, it just feels so damn to tug a trigger that he has to find honest and decent justifications sanctioned by God, America and tradition." and an example of someone who has a completly distorted understanding of simple things , as its defined for this thing you writed :"He just believes that it is man's place to destroy the environment and that God put us here and gave us the wits and hormones to do it." because ,indeed, there are good people and bad people both with wits , hormones and God put us here with a will to choose what thing it is right or wrong ,to believe in him or not,and of course someone who submits to sin ,is servant of sin ,not servant of god. ,and for the ones who destroy the creation of God, this was told as omen : "and your wrath came, as did the time for the dead to be judged, and to give your bondservants the prophets, their reward, as well as to the saints, and those who fear your name, to the small and the great;and to destroy those who destroy the earth."