Friday, June 25, 2010

Real Men and a Girl

I thought I better warm up with some real men in case my Emo studies affect me somehow.
I love UFC and have sen all these guys fight many times, but it didn't help me today.
These are all super stiff and didn't capture their souls.
It's probably better to draw them in action or still frame them.

I wonder why you never see animated features with manly male heroes like these?Ugh. I gave up on the men and tried a girl. Warm ups didn't work today. Some days you are just stiff.

32 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

These are great but....

no Crocop? T_T

Chloe Cumming said...

That's not a bad Brock you know. x

JohnK said...

I'm sure you could do a much better one, Chloe. You're the champion artist of manly men.

JohnK said...

I'll get around to Crocop and everyone else for sure.

Pedro Vargas said...

These are awesome!! That last one made me laugh for a good 5 minutes!! You should do some Chuck Liddells. I'd like to see you do some Crocops too.

Taber said...

lol I really like the one your wrote "fail" on. Seems really well observed.

Guy Cx said...

Hey John, would you bother showing the construction of some of these caricatures? Sometimes I just don't know where the skull ends and the jaw begins, or where the eyes are placed in relation with the skull...
Thanks for the attention!

Nate said...

That Franklin is awesome! Great fighter, too. but I was rooting for Chuck. It was sad to see the iceman go out like that.

Luis María Benítez said...

Some fresh air from John K as usual. I think these are excellent works.

Thunderrobot said...

these are some of the best posts you have ever made!

Please don't stop posting the warm ups.

Approx how many hours a day do you draw John?

Erik said...

maybe you should not focus to much on the contours and stuff and
try to draw the big shape and then focus more on the lighting and shadows, it might just work and make the faces more lifely.

but good luck with your studies John, the ones you did today are funny in a way to!
i like how you draw very loosely

Elana Pritchard said...

Hey John, do you (or anyone else) want to see a comic I did?

comic about foul language

Not perfect by any means but rings true none the less...

Roberto Severino said...

John, I'd love to see you do James Cagney and Jimmy Stewart, two of my all-time favorite actors. Now those guys IMO were real men unlike those emo Twilight douchebags, and for women, you could try out Joan Crawford and Veronica Lake.

That Taylor Swift caricature is the best one out of this whole bunch surprisingly, considering that she really isn't a good musician at all. Funny how all these talentless people have such good looks. I don't watch UFC stuff, so I have no idea who those people are, but I like those too.

Zoran Taylor said...

"In this month's InTouch: Taylor hangs with the cast of Eraserhead!"

Seriously, that is supposed to be a YOUNG girl, man! What the hell?! Ah, it's a tiny pic, probably hard to see, right? Like I could do better....hah!

Geneva said...

The little girl in the last one had me laughin'!

Today at work I drew people off of book-covers. It'll be a while until my stiff drawings are out, but I'm havin' fun. Hopefully someday I'll get confident enough to post them!

RooniMan said...

Eww! Taylor Swift! She looks like a chipmunk Barbie (wonder what labratory she escaped from?)

The UFC ones are great too.

SparkyMK3 said...

Hey John, i have a great idea for how you could help people interpret the difference between a Broad/Bland Character against a Specific Character.

Compare Elmer Fudd to his precursor, Egghead. (p.s. i'm talking about the Egghead that appears in shorts like "Daffy Duck and Egghead" and "Hare-Um Scare-Um", NOT the later Tex Avery Egghead that popped up in stuff like "The Isle of Pingo-Pongo".)

Elmer Fudd, while his design is mostly generic (that is, except for being bald) is a very specific individual-he's a gullible idiot and total wimp, yet has this eager, determined urge to hunt wabbits-and then breaks down and calls himself a murderer for doing so.

Egghead is a pure stock character-aside from his titular distinctive feature, he's a completely one-dimensional character-he's just...a short tempered hunter who hunts stuff, and gets angry when he fails. He has no individual characteristics or personality quirks. He was basically just there to serve as a punching bag for Daffy and the Bugs Bunny prototype.

Think this could be an interesting topic to go into, John?

Oh, and here's another topic i want you to tackle-the "could have been good but wasted" team up of Porky and Gabby.

In theory, the team up SHOULD have worked-Gabby was basically Donald Duck in a goat suit-a grumpy fighter with a hair trigger temper being who could dish it but can't take it, with Porky serving as his foil. (in fact, this is pretty similar to the later Porky and "Chuck Jones Daffy" team ups) Yes, he was one-dimensional, but still a good possibility for the comic duo to work.

But the Porky and Gabby failed because they never gave any oppurtunity to take advantage of the potential for character chemistry, and what was used was usually one sided.

Reply back to tell me what you think of this, please.

Mary said...

John,

These last three instructional posts, with the inclusion of your warm-ups, have been very inspiring. It makes me want to practice! These posts are a delight to the eyes (even the "stiff" ones) and a pique to the mind. Love it, and thank you as always for continuing this blog.

manuel said...
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J Marc Schmidt said...

Hi John, this isn't related to this post, but I blogged recently on the topic of the depiction of human characters in comics, and it's inspired quite a bit by this blog and your own views on the matter. You might be interested in some of it. Go here to read it. Thanks!

Oliver_A said...

Hey John,

if you wanna draw a great man-face, try him:

Klaus Kinski 1

Klaus Kinski 2

Klaus Kinski 3

Klaus Kinski 4

Ollie said...

Hi John, great posts! I love all the stuff about caricatures.

Have you seen J.Scott Campbell's drawings of the cast from LOST? They're amazing.

Here's one he did of Terry Quinn who played Locke..

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4559446&id=80791377580

vhpayes said...

I agree with one of your commenters that we love to see your warm ups, as they are far better than everyone else's "masterpieces". I can't believe someone tried to give you advice on how to make your caricatures "lifely". You must laugh your ass off at some of these comments.

JohnK said...

He was right.

manuel said...
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vhpayes said...

Oh, Ok, My apologies then.

SoleilSmile said...

Animated features for the rom-com genre like Disney don't design men like these "real men", because they're ugly and scary. We girls get so little pretty boy eye candy, leave us our guilty pleasures. However, I would like a greater variety of personalities and hairstyles in animation. I loved James McCavoy's look in Penelope.

Use "these real men" for comedy and action-adventure where we don't care about the romantic appeal of the character.

Ki Innis - (aka) Kimathi Roy John Innis said...

Don't know why you wrote discouraging notes on your work like "stiff" .

I think you nailed all those caricatures big time!

Paul said...

Hey, John--finding out that you're an MMA fan elevated your already lofty status in my estimation. Among other things I'm a professional MMA fighter/commentator (I'm also a longtime pro wrestler and the pro wrestling episode of Ren and Stimpy is absolutely one of the greatest creations in the history of everything). Much appreciated for everything you've done in the past, and I agree that you're being too hard on yourself re: the sketches. Brock, Randy and Quinton looked quite good to me. All the best, Paul Lazenby (paullazenby.com)

AniMal said...

Who is the fighter above Franklin?

AniMal said...

What is the one above Franklin? Who is that?

AniMal said...

I meant...who is the guy underneath Franklin? Is that Chris Lytle?