Monday, March 09, 2009

Slab N Ernie Models - made from the layouts

Rather than pre-design elaborate model sheets full of anal and arbitrary rules, I like to have general models I make for the top artists and then let them develop the characters further by having them act in context of the story in the layouts. Then I take the layouts and make models out of those for the rest of the artists. I've included some inks by Mitch L and David Omar to give you an idea of what the finish will look like.

Ernie is missing his eyebrows in the top ink below, so watch for details when you draw and don't leave any out.

Here's 2 versions of the same drawing. The second ink caught more of the contrasts in shapes, angles against curves.

These are layouts, some by me, some by Jim. They are all a little too rough and need one more stage of tightening up the lines for the inkers so the inkers don't have to guess which lines to ink.
Guys my and Jim's age tend to draw a little rougher than you young whippersnappers and we need good clean up artists who can retain the solidity and guts of our roughs, and know where to put the final lines without evening everything out.
Too rough below...
This is pretty much clear enough for an inker below.
This too.

This below would be a stage too rough for an inker. "Which thumb do I ink when there two on top of each other?" You don't wanna leave questions like that for the next guy down the line.
Here's one that's way too rough...but it's a good start.

Nice and solid but too rough for a final layout...

Doing those comic book exercises is a great way to warm up for this job. Learning to construct from already well constructed finisehd drawings is step one for becoming a good layout artist.

Step 2 is to then be able to apply what you learned, by taking a rough storyboard drawing like this and be able to turn it into a well constructed finished layout like this:This maintains the guts and attitudes of the SB panel, but adds construction and model details.

I'll put more layouts and inks up later, but here's just a start.

Did anyone else ink any Slab N Ernies? Send me a link and I'll add 'em...


SibbSabb said...

This is a great post showing what layouts can be considered final, and when layouts need more cleanup. It provides a better 'big picture' view for me to show not only the process, but the level of drawing quality.

My problem is I'm trying to rush and practice each step before I'm ready, especially with inking.


Great looking drawings. Solid, but with plenty of flexibility and fun. I like seeing the inks. They look good but sketches always seem to look better to me, more lively. George Liquor is hilarious.

CrazyHarmke said...

Hi John,

I did this one, but you already got the one Mitch did.
Further I did Sodies...


jert said...

It still amazes me how much free information and useful teachings are on this blog. This blog is like a public service for cartoon nerds!!!

Mitch L said...

Wow nice. Inking posts! Nice chance to practise it again. More, more.

Argh how could I skipped that eyebrow..

Are you gonna post new layouts to practise?

zoe said...

Dear John,

I'm still not quite sure I understand what layouts are. How are they different from the key frames of animation?

William Wren said...

loving this

Alex I.R., Esq. said...

So, was this cartoon ever finished? If so, where do we see more layout frames for this, besides what's already here? Do we practice based on only what we see here?
Layout was always this abstract concept to me before I read this blog. I would like to be in the layout business, so working off of practice scenes like these (and MORE) would help much.

A.M.Bush said...

looks like fun, I'll do one later after work

Jizz Wad said...

Pose 1, Sc-8 setup 4.
'I might have to put you through reform school!'

I love this image, is George stood on his chair seat?

Trevor Thompson said...

I have a question about the construction in the layouts, and I'll use the very first layout drawing as the basis.

I've noticed that sometimes the construction doesn't always directly mirror the final line, as is the case with the top of George's head and his right cheek.

When this happens, is it because you discover, when you're working on your final line ( the black ) that the drawing would be more appealing to look at if these subtle changes are implemented, or is it simply that you discover that the construction itself is wrong? What makes you determine at that final stage that the initial construction could be altered?

Does that question make sense?

- trevor.

Craig said...

I attempted a layout you posted a while back.

With the layout:

Inks by themselves:

I tried to remember what you had said about line weights and to also maintain the form and construction of the characters.

Alberto said...

I've put one inking,

I think the lines are a bit thin.

Wormen said...

Hey John, Nice layouts there:)...
I was wondering if you'd take a look on a show i'm developing, just by myself...
I know it's tough getting your things out there, but for me personally, it would be awesome if you would take a look at it, and leave a comment or two:)
It's not on my blog, since it's an idea I'm pretty happy about, so if it could be sent to you in a more private kinda way, it would be nice:)

- Thomas

Alberto said...

Thanks John!
It's fixed now.

TWill said...

Hey John,

Just tried to draw some inks from this post and then another post.

If you want to take a look, here they are.