Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Preston Blair Lessons

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/05/animation-school-lesson-1-construction.html

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/05/animation-school-lesson-2-squash-and.html

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/05/animation-school-lesson-3-how-to-check.html


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/05/animation-lesson-4-2-legged-characters.html


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/05/animation-school-lesson-5-line-of.html

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/06/animation-school-lesson-hands.html


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/06/animation-school-lesson-6-construction.html

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/06/animation-school-7-when-generic-is.html


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/06/animation-school-8-proportions-affect.html


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2007/01/animation-school-lesson-9-_116873606139658339.html

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2007/01/animation-school-lesson-9a-tom-and.html


http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2007/03/animation-school-lesson-10-copy-old.html

39 comments:

Iron maiden said...

thanks john this is very useful for people (such as myself) to learn to draw solid drawings however this might not be too informative to me because I already owe the preston blair book

Ian Merch! said...

This is a great resource! Thank you so much. I always point people towards these lessons, so this is super convenient.

Jasreet Pratap said...

dear mr John k

THIS IS AWESOME

your sincerely
jasreet pratap

Joey Lee said...

oh man, this is great. Thanks for doing this.

Just posted some more studies on my blog.

here

Omar said...

thanks for putting your lessons up john! Im 16 and I've really neglected my drawing, I plan to jump in on them right away!

Robert said...

These are great! I'm going to get to these lessons soon enough. Are these lessons straight out of his book?

Nat said...

There is nothing I crave more right now than sitting and endlessly drawing....

Thanks for putting these links into one post John.

Seth Nicholas Johnson said...

Yes, to reiterate what everyone is saying and thinking: Thank you very much Mr K. You're easily my favorite animation resource.

J C Roberts said...

Perfect! I was starting to find the rest, but being grouped so conveniently here is even better.

I was going to try to track down the book, but I didn't realize it had been so altered. Is the non character specific version the only one that can be easily found these days? If so, even better they're all here.

teyem said...

I have been going over the Preston Blair Lessons in my free time they are great. My goal is to get invited to your cartoon college. Thanks for posting these up they help a lot.

My work so far.
CLICK ME!

Gary Wintle said...

Thanks for the easy links, John. I've been re-reading your posts going through your lessons.

David R said...

I have a question about the Blair lessons for everyone -

One part of the book mentions construction working from ovals, circles and the like (see the one with the rabbit.) At one point, though, he does construction working from a skeleton. Do you favor one or the other? It seems like most people here are using the line of action to oval methods and the skeleton is used to maybe indicate the position of limbs and that's it. What are people doing?

TamTam said...

!!! Thanks so much!

Jeremy Brooks said...

Thanks for compiling the lessons John. I've posted a few head studies from Preston's lessons here.

Tony C. said...

Thanks John! I've been wanting to go back over these exercises, so it's nice to have all the posts here in one package.

mr paal said...

Still trying...starting from the beginning.

preston blair

Cheers,
Paul.

Alvy Singer said...

Hey, Mr. Kricfalusi, what do you think about Superbeasto?

FunnyEddie said...

http://www.balloonhq.com/photos/db/largephoto.php?id=73150

Thank you for your awesome Blog John K!!!!
You have to check out this link for Ren And Stimpy made out of animal balloons...

PaulW said...

Thanks for putting these in one place John.

For anybody thinking about getting the current Preston Blair book, it has been altered from the version that John has on this site and the Animation Archive. But, it is still an excellent book, with lots of other stuff in there, like animating characters and lip syncing etc.

Plus mine only cost me £4.99 on Amazon!

Oh, and back to being a pest ;-) Here are a few more studies I did tonight:

More studies...

Thanks!

Paul

mr paal said...

Just watched yr commentary on 'the great piggy bank robbery' then watched 'kitty kornered'. Then burned my 'Draw the Looney Tunes Manual'.

I think freeze-framing those scenes just changed my life :)

Paul.

David Germain said...

Speaking of lessons, I drew a picture of Daffy today using one of the jpegs you put on your blog.

Here it is.

Feel free to check it out and give critiques at your leisure. Oh, but don't look at the Jesus picture. That has more mistakes than anyone can shake a stick at. :(

JaB said...

Thank for you this compilation of links to your lessons in one post! All of your lessons and posts are very insightful and helpful. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

Christine Gerardi said...

HERE ARE MY LATEST STUDIES

The Blue Orange said...

It drives me mad that the one book that animators seem to universally favour doesn't have a permanent shelf space at every local bookstore.

Maybe it's just stores where I live, but usually the only thing you seen in stores are 15 different 'How to draw Anime' books.

Anyways, I did a few drawings from the first lesson.

Dog and Bunnys

ThomasHjorthaab said...

Hey John!

How are you doing?:P

I've done some new construction stuff:
http://thomashjorthaab-sykkostuff.blogspot.com/

Cheers!
- Thomas, your pal:P

Zoran Taylor said...

I notice you're very dismissive of the PB book with the elephant on the cover. I have it and I use it, but I use your comments on the subject to ascertain the order in which to do the exercises. So as a beginner I stick to the heads turning in space and the skeletons and the pear and sphere characters with the lines of action clearly pointed out. I take your point about the general disorder of that book, but since I've absorbed your insight I SEE that disorder. I don't copy the drawings that don't help you find the line of action despite the fact that some of them appear very early in the book. Also for my money (literally - it's already spent) the drawings themselves are solid and give you the right ideas about construction. If I were still in the market I would buy the one you recommend, but I'm not employed at the moment and there's no way in hell my parents are paying for another version of the same book.

Is it SERIOUSLY that toxic?

sunny kharbanda said...

Wow. What timing, John! I just started on lesson 1 last week. I'm only halfway through it, but here's the link anyway:

Lesson 1, part 1

Nick Barber said...

Thanks a lot for this post John!

whoopnacker said...

Thank you John, these are great. I'll get started straight away.

da99et said...

Hey John!

Thanks again for these lessons. Just did a round of lesson 3 comparisons and couldn't resist the Donald Duck model sheets from the other day!

http://da99et.blogspot.com/

Kat Lamp said...

Dear John K.:

You rock my face off.

Sincerely,
Kat Lamp

Niki said...

If your still feeling helpful Do you remember any ink comics that showed these types of darling principals? My art teacher mentioned to the class earlier on that if you work in black and white, such as in ink washes, you can learn where to apply shades and then ease your way into color. I look through Becky's DA gallery and it seems to have worked astoundingly for her!

Joey Lee said...

I'm kind of obsessed with these exercises....

my latest

click

I just want to say how much of a god send this blog has been.

Trevor Thompson said...

Too bad Rod Scribner or McKimson never put out a book on animation. Or Jim Tyer for that matter.

John said...

This has taught me so much over the years - Preston Blair sure knows what he's doing!

I've got some drawings from the book.

Rita said...

Hi John.
I've been doing these exercises as a routine now, and I start to feel the characters more solid.
Could you please give me a critique on the last ones, just to know if I'm going in the right way?
Thanks so much, here is the link!

Andrew said...

Thanks for the lessons they are very helpful. I went out and got the book. I posted some of my studies at: astengocartoons.blogspot.com

Dan Metalmadcat said...

m_) I definitely have tried this but
m_) sadly, I stopped in lesson 5 just because of my crazy damn life non-time to do much...anyhow, I'll see when I can come back to it and share it with you.

The Butcher said...

You're the man John. I realize that I probably will never become a real great cartoonist, but I promise I will try to make the most use out of this general information and apply it where I can.