Monday, January 04, 2010

Hierarchy 2a Finishing Rocky and Bullwinkle's Details

Bullwinkle's HeadIf you've already gone this far, you are ready to add some details:
First, place a block on the front of the face where he eyes will be contained.
Then draw the individual eyes. The far eye is cut off by the muzzle overlapping it. (Excuse my crappy lines. It's hard for me to draw on the computer. Gimme my lined notepaper!)
Note that here is where style starts to kick in. The muzzle, instead of being strictly a mathematical oval, has a few angles to make it organic and interesting. The angles are not hard edged and flow around the form of the muzzle. This is careful style, not an anarchic rejection of form.



Here, Bullwinkle's individual antlers are chaotic. They don't follow any particular larger form. They just go where they want to at random.
Here they follow the hierarchy of the larger more dominant forms. The dominant forms make the rules and the sub-forms should follow them.

More to come...

*** I noticed some people are copying this drawing. I have a tip: Don't let the angles obliterate the construction underneath. People get too angle crazy! The angles should be soft and subtle.

18 comments:

SpenkCartoons said...

rocky & bullwinkle are truly awesome cartoon-characters.

Email me at: manofmissle@aol.com said...

sweet deal

Elana Pritchard said...

Can you post up some homework? I need a challenge...

Elana Pritchard said...

On second thought I could just try drawing Bullwinkle- ok nevermind- I type faster than I think

The Butcher said...

Man, I like drawings in the construction phase more than the finished product. I don't know why. The shapes just look more interesting to me when they're broken down like that.

Jack G. said...

Yow, there's more to this than the orginal post from way back when?

And more to come? Such details for what seems to be (at first glance) a simple character.

I'd love to see you break down a Benedict drawing. Like Fred or Barney.

Britt said...

Hi John! Thanks for all the wonderfull posts.
I hope you will look at some of my updated studies and critique. Thank you.


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Cristian AvendaƱo said...

Hey, John, something funny happened yesterday.

I'm mormon. As you probably know, there are a lot of mormon missioneers, and yesterday a new one came to my city.

He said he was from Boston. He didn't speak spanish very well, so I started talking to him in my rudimentary english.
At one point, we started talking about our favourite TV shows. I mentioned Ren & Stimpy. His eyes widened.

"Stimpy, you EEEEEEEEDIOT!" he said.

We both started laughing, and remembering our favourite episodes ("Don't push the red button!" "Oh man, remeber that one with the happy helmet?" "I'm George Liquor!" "Mr.Horse was awesome!" "Powdeeeeeeered Toast Man!").

It was really funny to see that two guys from different countries and cultures could bond over a funny cartoon. Humor is truly universal.

Trevor Thompson said...

Wait -- so, when is it okay to throw caution to the wind and be chaotic?

JohnK said...

Never

Trevor Thompson said...

I thought you'd say that, but here's food for thought: what about Mickey's ears?

They couldn't even settle the issue when they made him a CG character for Playstation. They were literally free-moving black circles that moved to wherever they looked good when he moved his head.

On second thought, the ears were 'constructed' for those hats, the Disneyland costumes and the toys, but still... the animated versions of Mickey never correctly constructed the ears. I wonder why.

RooniMan said...

Hierarchy goodness.

Niki said...

Hey, JohnK, speaking of construction, I wanted to know if you recommend always drawing the skeleton shown here under a drawing? because I'll do it under a study sometimes, but other times I'll just skip to the sausages and pears.

Noel said...

Aaaaahhhh i finally get Heierarchy, the muzzle mouth line did it. I do that, but that's just on instinct.

jeremy said...

This is a great post. It makes more sense to me every time I see it. It is totally clicking for me now how the abstract foreshortening of the little staging boxes for the eyes and nose give that flat, graphic interest while still wrapping around the cylindrical and spherical construction of the skull and muzzle.

jeremy said...

This is a great post. It makes more sense to me every time I see it. It is totally clicking for me now how the abstract foreshortening of the little staging boxes for the eyes and nose give that flat, graphic interest while still wrapping around the cylindrical and spherical construction of the skull and muzzle.

mr paal said...

Fantastic post! Thanks.

I tried an original drawing of Kaspar stealing the president's emergency anti-communist pants...wanna see? be great to know your thoughts if you have time?

my first kaspar drawing

Paul.

Guy Cx said...

This "eye block" technique is pure gold!! There's no such thing in Preston Blair's book, and still it helped me A LOT.

Thank you very much, John!