Sunday, March 15, 2009

Layout Practice

Here are some rough story sketches by me and Jim Smith. Chloe asked me for a layout tutorship, so here's a step one. 5 and 6 (George snatching the tomahawk) are 2 poses from the same scene/setup. That means they have to flip well. They can't change sizes and shape, and their feet need to be in the same spot.
From these story sketches, the idea is to do well constructed finished drawings of the characters in these poses - without toning them down.


It sounds easy, but it takes some practice. Remember, you have to already be able to draw the characters well, before you attempt doing a layout.

12 comments:

David Germain said...

Did you have Slab & Ernie switch positions in the second panel on purpose?

JohnK said...

No, it's not actually a storyboard yet. It's just story sketches with missing panels inbetween.

ArtF said...

ooo, i'm gonna try these.

Rick Roberts said...

I can tell the difference between you and Jim. Nice work.

SpaceCowboy said...

I dont know. They look kinda generic and flat. Not trying to be a jerk but I know your capleble of doing better.

Colter said...

SpaceCowboy this is called working loosely, it is then the job of the clean-up artists and inkers to use construction and make them look right.

It is possible to use construction and brainstorm like this but you take a way a lot in doing so. Hence the flatness.

Trevor Thompson said...

Doesn't sound easy at all... but it sounds fun!

I'm with Art, gonna try these tonight!

Thanks John!

- trevor.

Kelly Toon said...

here is my quick stab at the first panel:

Cowboys and Injuns

The proportions are off and it could be much more solid, but at least I tried, right?

JohnK said...

Hi Kelly

the point of layout is to be tighter and more solid than the storyboards, not rougher...

this is where you have to apply the construction and hierarchy that you practiced when copying comic covers and old cartoon drawings.

Applying what you learn through study is the whole point of studying. That's the tough part!

Geneva said...

Aw, man, I've already got so much stuff started that I need to finish for you! I'll be late to the game butI find this stuff really interesting (though possibly a bit more advanced than I'm ready for). It's a cool opportunity to practice! Thanks for posting these.

ArtF said...

Hiya John.

here's my first attempt, check it out

ArtF said...

Here's my 2nd attempt.