Saturday, December 12, 2009

Toy Drawing 9: Puffy Yogi- a drawing challenge

I like these funny off-model toys. I wonder how many folks could draw this and retain not just the proportions and construction, but the feel - the surface and physics of the thing.
Cartoonists and paticularly animators have a tendency to make everything out of the same material. Their lines describe either "cartoon-skin" like 40s cartoons, or "itchy lumpiness" like 70s cartoons, or a handful of other line qualities.
It might be fun to caricature the feel of this yogi ballon and see if you can capture it. The swollenness, the tight wrinkles at the seams, the squeezyness etc. I think I will give it a shot later, myself.
As an example, here is my caricature of puppets:

BTW:
Lsaac and I are experimening with putting my cartoon lessons on a separate blog:

http://johnkcurriculum.blogspot.com/

There are still some bugs in the order of the lessons, but go check it out.

and don't forget to peek in at the new storyboard blog:

http://jkcartoonstories.blogspot.com/

31 comments:

Paul B said...

calling Rod Scribner, calling Rod Scribner to do this!

Jack G. said...

I'll be checking out those lession. It would seem that there is material on the curriculum blog that weren't posted here?

If I lived in your area, I would check out your lectures. Unfortunately I'm too far away.

Alishea said...

Good Morning!

http://alishea.blogspot.com/2009/12/morning-challenge.html

I think the puffy yogi makers were confused about where to stick his eyebrows. haha

ThomasHjorthaab said...

John! That new blog with lessons is unbelievable! Thankyou SO much man!
It's so generous dude!

I is so easy to look around on that blog... I will use that alot from now on, and hopefully I'll catch your attention, and be a part of your work some day!:)

Cheers man!

BTW Do you know how I can come in contact with David Feiss?

Alberto said...

AHH! Thanks a million for your JohnKCurriculum! All your lessons and analysis are candy for me (nutritious candy), but going through all the tags on the side of of the page goes to show how enormous this blog is and it can be very daunting. It's great that this new blog boils it down to the lessons.

I'm going to donate sometime in Jan. This blog is really really helpful to me.

Matthew McDaniel said...

thanx so much for putting all of your lessons together on a separate site. i reference them constantly & this makes it all the more convenient :)

Zack said...

Caricature of puppets?!
Why don't you use the real thing?

Zack
http://www.furrypuppet.com

Nick A said...

I also agree the new curriculum blog is great to get around. Wil you be adding the 1930's animating to beat lessons to it also?

Dorseytunes said...

Here's my attempt. Thanks John for the challenge.

http://drawjoe.blogspot.com/2009/12/john-k.html

Paul B said...

here's my first attempt

PUFFY YOGI 1

The Butcher said...

The wrinkles are more like indentations than like wrinkles on clothing. I don't know, but it's hard to explain in words. Plus, to make this thing look like a balloon, you'd have to make it really, really shiny.

The Butcher said...

To Paul B! Wow, that's pretty good. Looks balloony to me.

RooniMan said...

I'll take any challenge.

Guy Cx said...

George Liquor in balloon-style looks quite funny! "Balloon-style cartoons", hmm, not a bad idea...

This "JohnKCurriculum" is looking pretty good! I've started your lessons a short time ago, and this surely helps a lot. (Man, how I wish I lived in your area, these private lessons would be perfect... I mean, I don't know where you live, but I'm pretty sure it's quite far from my home here in Brazil...)

Something you might find funny (or might get mad at me), in my blog:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_uA648BtU6UM/SySnO6hEaKI/AAAAAAAAACE/X0xRijNz3A0/s1600-h/Demo.bmp

Sketchtacular said...

Yogi

Also here’s a recent study I did of Bugs.

Eidenbrock said...

On the subject of toys, what ever happened to the Tenacious D and Sody Pop toys? Will we ever see them?

matthiusmonkey said...

thankyou muchly for the ciriculm !

Raff said...

That johnkcurriculum - it's...it's beautiful..*sniff*...

Don't forget the Art Lozzi BG painting lessons - the very words of our sages!

SandraRivas said...

Thanks for the link to the curriculum! This will help me a lot in my studies!

mr paal said...

Curriculum blog is fantastic - thanks! & sheesh, i'd fly out to the states to take yr lessons if you do set it up!

mr paal said...

On a similar note, i spent ages staring at this still life by Zurbaran yesterday, just look at how he captures weight & material! Amazing!

zurbaran still life

S. M. Denman said...

That new lessons blog is amazinggg! Thank you SO much! We're all forever in debt to your generosity :)

I tried drawing the balloon, it was a lot harder then I thought it was going to be. Yogi 1

John said...

Well, I gave it my best shot!

mr paal said...

Hey, i posted another Kaspar & tried a (quick) yogi...some parts of it are ok :)

hi hi puffy ami yogi

Paul.

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Crystal(RB) said...

The JohnKCurriculum Blog looks fantastic!!!
Thank you!

Conceit Arturo said...

Hello John! big big fan of your lessons for quite a while but never practiced. Finally I grew a pair and tried an excercise. Finally I get to show my crappy doodles =O

PS: I'm excited about your splitting and organizing the blogs....a whole new era of JohnKness is on our way...OMIGOSH!

PS :PS :PS: ACK. Blogger's coment function is dumb, had to delete and repost...John, I reccomend Disqus (you manage the assholes more easily too)

notnoah said...

I just found this blog today at home sick. There is so much awesome information I am going to have to spend a few weeks doodling and reading to catch up.

Here is my quick doodle of Puffy Yogi

S. M. Denman said...

I tried again:
Puffy Yogi
Whoever thought balloons would be this tough? haha

jont said...

Can see why you chose this, looks so easy doesn't it?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2772/4192652834_f1f825b74c_o.jpg

rod said...

I tried all the YOGI BALLOONS; any feedback would be much appreciated

Also did that Eisenberg
RED RABBIT COVER from a ‘silhouette’ post a while back.
Thanks for all the great lessons!