Wednesday, August 19, 2009

3 Days Worth Of Study By Davi

Here's my latest discovery. He has just what I'm looking for in a cartoonist: his own style, yet the ability to learn basic principles and apply them. He is also doing it fast. This is only 3 days practice.You can see him building up step by step these great Scribner poses of Hook.
Are they exact copies? Not quite. But they show that he understands the methods of good cartoon drawings and that's the important thing.

My only critiques are very small:

1) He has squashed the craniums slightly - causing the eyes and facial features to be a bit cramped. The character needs a bit more space around his eyes. This is a common problem with cartoonists and I find myself explaining it over and over again to the same artists.

2) The finish is a bit "itchy". I think maybe because of the rough corrugated paper Davi is using or maybe the pencil is too grainy.

3) The money stacks are a bit too vague and have different shapes than on the frame grabs.

Here Davi applies the exact same principles of 40s animation drawing to a more complicated and detailed drawing from Asterix. He doesn't get lost in the details of clothing and cross-hatching; he wraps those details around the pose and construction.

Great life and flow! While not losing the solidity of the forms.
Here, Davi got something that some artists are missing. He not only copied this composition by looking at the 2 dimensional shapes. He made the individual elements look solid. The trees-even without detail hold together as solid objects. He also constructed the smoke trail in perspective and didn't flatten it out the with 2 dimensional details of the dust puffs.

Here's his stuff from just 2 days earlier and you can see how much he has improved.
These forms are a little vague and wobbly - unsure of themselves - probably because he is not used to drawing such simple forms.

The finish is also vague - too many lines, faces not clear.

But his latest stuff at the top is a big advancement, just by his dedicated practice.

He will be joining the private school if he wants.

His advantage is that he can already draw well, now he is learning to draw simpler designs - but that still are good drawings, not just flatness.
These show that he is a thoughtful artist: he combines observation with knowledge of how things work.

He combines what his eye tells him with what his brain explains to him about why things look the way they do.


JohnK said...

From Davi:


me english is not good enough to explain what I felt when I read this post.

thank you Mr John K.

I would love to be part of college blog.

thank you again!!!!!!!!

Steve A said...

Hey John, this is great news. Your blog is already a great educational tool for cartoonists. I can only imagine what you will be posting on this new blog. How can I get the exercises/studies I've done from your blog to you?

Brett W. Thompson said...

That's wonderful!

Congrats, Davi!

Niki said...


Christine Gerardi said...

Here is my try at the last assignment.

Hope this works...

Kristen McCabe said...

Wow! Top Notch work, Davi.

John said...

Great work Davi, congrats!

John, what do you think of this, this, and this?

ComiCrazys said...

Another one.

Paul B said...

Great Davi!
those money stacks are very hard to draw!!

John, here's another construction that I made, it's from An Itchy Time
It's not an exact copy, but I think it's good...
what do you think?

Itchy Time Construction

Thanks for all!!
i hope i could join in the new blog

J C Roberts said...

I went to look at his stuff earlier today while at work. One of the immediate standouts. Made me feel like a punk in comparison.

I wanted to try my hand at the panel everyone's been doing. Then one thing led to another and I took it through inking and coloring as well. All since dinner.

Howie Post

Letícia Lavôr said...

Great work, Davi! Parabéns!

John, I've just posted some of my sutdies here.

Thank you for the opportunity!

Pilsner Panther said...

I'll never be able to draw anything more than my breath, but it's quite fascinating and entertaining just to "sit in" on the class and observe.

Just take the very cool Davi here. Who'd have expected anyone to have done character studies of Junior from Tex Avery's obscure but great "George and Junior" series? Remarkable!

On a related topic, I just heard that Jay Leno plans to use his new prime-time show as a training ground for young comedians. He seriously intends to become a major developer of new talent, which is exactly what Mr. K. is doing here.

Bless 'em both!

Dan Becker said...
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Joey Lee said...

Great work Davi, i love your portraits.

John, here's a link to some construction studies i've done recently.


Davi Calil said...

thank you everybody!!!

lets draw a lot :)

Anonymous said...

Here are my latest studies:



Katy said...

Hi John, please consider keeping your lessons available to all. Although I don't participate on this blog (I'm a modelmaker, now trying to go digital for the gaming industry, interests are modelling and animation (2D+3D)), I study and use your lessons and find them inspiring and invaluable. The principles you teach affect my work too, I know this blog is meant to save cell animation but it is also influencing the art in other industries. Fair enough if you need somewhere else to critique specific students, but please don't withhold the lectures!
Eternally grateful,


HemlockMan said...

Wow. He's really talented!!

ben r said...

Hey John,
I'm an animator at DreamWorks (loved your entry about the meeting with our execs- HILARIOUS!!- and quite true =0* ). Been following the blog for a couple months- I've already learned so much- Thank you for the shared wisdom. Anything to keep 2D alive!