Monday, November 09, 2009

L.O. 7: Asymmetrical but Structural and with Style - keeping it alive

How do you take a scribble like this and make it look solid, while retaining the expression and style?

Well first, analyze it emotionally.
Kaspar is proud in a satisfied sort of way. He has completed a dastardly mission of tearing socks and has gotten away with it. His expression is confident as he gingerly puts back a destroyed sock.

Then analyze physically how that expression and pose is visualized in the rough:

His body pose is somewhat squarish, with the body leaning slightly back to the right.

His arm is in a soft kind of almost S curve.
His eyes are asymmetrical but have to fit into his facial structure.
His smile is off to one side. It pulls his nose and upper muzzle with it.
It pushes the cheek up with it.

His arm on the left (and shoulder) is raised - the other arm is lowered and at ease. That hand points to the drawer of misdeeds.

Are there mistakes that can be corrected? - the nose should be pulled along with the muzzle instead of being in its normal middle position.

All the wiggly hairs have to be ignored while drawing the construction.

OK, now you're ready to draw the structure of all this:

Here's a great article about how unnatural symmetry is:


ThomasHjorthaab said...

Hey again John:)
Thanks for your words on the last layout drawing...
Here I took one of the sketches with a very straight line pose,so I could fight against the straight line invitations...
Let me know your thoughts


Cheers man

chrisallison said...

great link to the facial asymmetry stuff! that's crazy

JoJo said...

Hi John,

Here's some more of my Kaspars, including a revision:


Let me know what you think.

Anonymous said...

Hi John,

D'ya think you could have a look at these Kaspar exercises for me? Also some further Popeye toy sketches.



sunny kharbanda said...

Eat your vegetables, or symmetrical Paris Hilton will come get you.

Great translation of the Kaspar drawing, John. I really enjoy your doodles, but seeing the "solidified" version is even more awesome.

HemlockMan said...

There's actually a British actor whose symmetrical face somewhat resembles that second photo of Chancellor Reagan. I think his name was Michael Gough. He was in that cheesy KONGA movie, plus tons of other stuff. Unfortunately best known for playing Batman's loyal butler, Alfred from those awful Batman movies.

Interesting moves on changing the scribbly drawing into a substantial storyboard.

Frank B. said...

great article on asymmetry, I thought Marilyn still looked good though.

Shawn Dickinson said...

I'm lovin' these posts!

Bryce Johansen said...

So if asymmetrical is natural and symmetrical is unnatural then you could still use symmetry in unnatural situations if that correct john?

Annie-Mae said...

That face thing is interesting because I've seen lots of studies that say people find more symmetrical faces attractive. The programs they used made the symmetry more natural looking then these ones did, but some of those guys have naturally symmetrical faces...

Gabriele_Gabba said...

Great post, i'm seriously enjoying your lessons on converting storyboarding to layout.

At what point was layout abandoned in industry? Anyone know?

Gibbs Rainock said...

It's a good idea, but the execution of the idea doesn't work for me. I agree on things needing to look asymmetrical to look more natural, but some of the examples that are used are not exactly down the center of the face or not even close. Bill Clinton for example. Johnny Cash is looking to the side. Good point, bad execution.

S. M. Denman said...

man those symmetrical Reagan's sure look scary!

I tried again on your sketches:

once again, thank you for all these great tips and lessons!