Monday, August 31, 2009

Daniel's Progress

Daniel's latest studies show hierarchy: Lines of action, construction, silhouettes, details and linework are all following the same plan and reinforcing each other.

I've been checking out everyone's links to their practice studies and am quite encouraged, indeed.

Not just by the quality of some of the drawings - but by how fast the artists who apply themselves to them advance.
Just a couple years ago I met with some resistance to learning anything that required skill, but times seem to be changing. More and more folks like Daniel are starting to apply thinking to their drawing toolkit - and it's showing.

This is his stuff from just a short while ago:Less confident, less understanding of hierarchy.
He's a lot more confident now, because he's understanding how lines are not just lines for their own sake, but instead borders that enclose forms, and in the process, his lines have become much smoother, more confident and appealing - and the forms underneath are more solid - while at the same time flowing and organic. That's a tricky balance of seemingly contradictory principles.

He snuck a pointy part into the heel of this character's foot, but I can forgive one transgression.
It's actually quite a thrill for me to see so many people taking to this stuff and getting good at it so fast. Maybe there's hope for some cartoons to be well executed again and fun in the near future. I'm starting to imagine a good layout crew emerging.

24 comments:

Daniel said...

Woohoo! Thank John.

I'm going to try some of my own poses soon, as well as some more complicated characters. These guys, while still really hard to draw, are pretty basic. I'm eager to get that invite. :)

ThomasHjorthaab said...

It's so cool to see all the people who takes this thing seriously!:D
Nice stuff Daniel!

Cheers
- Thomas

drawingtherightway said...

Great job Daniel! I'm always impressed when I see other people's drawings and how they are getting better every time they do the practice!

The Blue Orange said...

I like how easy it is to read the lines of action in these pictures, yet they're subdued and let the character take the focus.

I don't have much, but here's a few of my constructions of some different body types.I'm gonna have to dig through your archives and find some characters to de-construct. I'm interested in how animator's tackle different body types, and what shapes they use to make the different builds of characters.

Old and Fit Character

Fat Character

thomas said...

Sounds like an internet version of termite terrace is in the works. What'll it be called?
Megabyte terrace? nah....

Brian said...

Some nice improvement there. Good job.

Nat said...

Nice work Daniel!

Inspiring to see such progress.

Here are a few new studies of mine. New studies

I have far to go but I'm working on character designs for my university project and I've noticed that all the practice I have done so far has made a huge impact on my drawing skills.

HemlockMan said...

They just need a good teacher.

Tom said...

hey john
I have a question about line of action. I'm always befuddled as to whether to do the line of action first, or the body-to-head proportion... or is it always a back-and-forth? is there a super secret trick?

also congrats to daniel

Niki said...

Indeed!! It's actually fun after doing it for a while, but not so much that it'll be all you do. I don't think I've thanked you yet for making me better than my classmate at school.

John said...

You got some skill there Daniel!

It's been great being a part of all this - let's keep it up, guys!(more of my stuff)

David R said...

Hi John,

I posted some more exercises today. I'm still trying to figure out which tools best show off the construction.

David\'s blog

Sam said...

There's a lot of improvement there, the latest drawings are really nice to look at

Nicolas Martinez said...

Daniel's got great potential!

And here are my latest Preston Blair "Meathead" studies for you to look at. I've tried using a regular black pencil, but I think I'll go back to red and blue.

assbackward said...

Grab! I like seeing these sketches. I admire how the lines just flow. A lot of times I get to scribbly with my lines. My fav is the 2 mice with the glass!

assbackward said...

I like the flowing lines here! it's food to see inspiring practices. I really dig the mice with the glass.

Kenny said...

Damn I hate having a job. Its taking away from my drawing time. I try and post some new stuff later this week

Leo Beaudry said...

Hello mr.K

Leo Beaudry said...

Hello mr.K I've just made some studies recently you can take a look at them here

http://5346387689645634535435487.blogspot.com/

J C Roberts said...

Here's applying what was learned from the samples of the Preston Blair dog to new head poses.

Dog Heads

whoopnacker said...

Hi Jon- I really want to start trying your lessons but there are so many. How do you suggest I go about staring?

Best,
Micah

Matt said...

This is my first time posting on your blog, how do mine look

SibbSabb said...

I've been away for some time, but I'd like to take a stab at doing exercises like these again. Good progress and good work, Daniel.

michael said...

I'd also like to get into these lessons. Where should I begin?

Oh, and excellent work, Daniel.


--mike