Thursday, February 19, 2009

Does Practicing Construction Improve Your Ability Quickly?

January 20

This is the same person one month later, after doing many studies...

February 20

You be the judge!

Does practical study lead to immediate results?


Gerhard:

I found this interesting. This frame is from an early WB cartoon. about 1938. They were using construction then, but in a simpler way than they did by the 1940s. It's less organic, but still hierarchical.
I like Gerhard's step by step approach to studying the drawing.
The arm on the right should be going behind the back, which would be an easy fix.









24 comments:

Masked Stinker said...

Does Practicing Construction Improve Your Ability Quickly?

I vote yes!

Hopefully, I'll continue to progess with my construction practice.

Then I'll get my courage up and submit something for you to critique.

Elana Pritchard said...

Shucks. 'Twernt nothin'.

(I will say I owe a lot to John's lessons and everyone who critiqued me though!)

Cartoon Critique!

Trevor Thompson said...

Immediate? Well, no. Not for me, anyway.

But, I am seeing slight improvement on my own stuff, which is reason enough to keep trying. The hardest part for me is to not get discouraged. I don't post most of it, though, because I practice at work and although I can figure out what's wrong, I have difficulty doing it right the next time. Old habits die hard.

But Elana's blog and your advice have been a big help. Zoe and Vincent helped me a lot, too.

I'm lucky I stumbled upon this little community. :)

- trevor.

Jesse C said...

that pie looks delicious

Kelly Toon said...

Yeah Elana!!

You Go Girl!!!

Niki said...

Does practicing construction on the character sheets yield the same results or is it better to do the covers?

Sphyzex_9 said...

How important is it to learn and draw realistic anatomy?

NewArms said...

Gerhard, those are some damn nice clean lines. Very nice!

Elana, shucks indeed ;)

HemlockMan said...

Yes, the practice obviously works.

Niki said...

Ok, yeah I asked a dumb question. I tried Dennis the menace, I'll post him on sat-Sunday.

Caleb said...

I think practicing construction has also helped me get rid of some bad drawing habits. Thanks for reminding us, John.

Here is a Bugs construction I did, I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts.

Mark aguilar said...

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Hey John I studied one of the Woody Wood Pecker covers, could you check it out if you get a chance. I posted it on my blog. The link is above.

Christopher said...

Another Porky Pig study and a question: What's the best way to overlay a drawing? I can scale to make some parts match, but not the whole figure. Is it best to just size from the 2 from top-to-bottom using guides or to scale so that one element matches and to see where the rest is off?

Gerhard Cruywagen said...

Thanks John. I was having trouble seeing what was happening with that right arm (the image is quite low-res). But I loved the frame so much I just had to copy it. I'll be doing many more construction exercises.

An interesting thing I noticed when drawing Porky, was that the features on his face consisted of things being both in perspective (obeying the form - like the eyes) and things kind of floating disobediently on the surface (like the snout, which is only parcially obeying perspective). I think it creates an interesting visual juxtaposition, wich works visually. Perhaps it even makes him more appealing.. or is it just me.

Thanks for all your help!

mrjokey said...

Worked up this copy tonight of the porky pig cover. I'm starting to see a little improvement too!
http://everythinganimated.blogspot.com/
would love to hear what anyone thinks.

Rick Roberts said...

You know what I noticed recently ? The arms and legs aren't attached to the bean shape of a body. What I do now is I draw small circles above and below the body and attach the limbs to them. I hope that makes sense to anyone.

Elekid 64 said...

Great goose drawing, fellas. Can't do THAT in feature films, can ya?

John said...

Well it seems to work for me, and I've only done two so far!

http://itsacartoon.blogspot.com/2009/02/fox-crow-2.html

JohnK said...

Hi John,

your proportions are pretty accurate, but I don't see any construction there.

It looks like outlines of the characters with none of the details wrapped around any forms.

John said...

Thanks for lookin'! How about this one, I tried to construct it more:

http://itsacartoon.blogspot.com/2009/02/nice-hat-bub.html

Christopher said...

John, here's a Bugs Bunny study done today. I focused on getting the figure right before adding the garments.

JohnK said...

They're very good Christopher, but why are there so many of the same drawing?


Don't forget to finish off his chin as part of his whole muzzle shape.

Christopher said...

Thanks again, John. Here's the final version. It's at the top so you won't have to scroll down.

I wanted to chart the progression from the first rough to the final version because I got it so close I didn't want to be accused of tracing.

Christopher said...

Cover study of Baby Huey.