Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ethan Inks One

Ethan did a swell job on Ernie here. I added my little nitpick notes. What Ethan did best was make all the lines come together to make a living character. It all holds together. Sometimes inkers will think of each line in terns of itself and then you end up looking at a collection of lines instead of a living breathing cartoon character. Ethan FEELS the life of Ernie and that's the ultimate goal. He also felt Jim Smith's style and did a good job bringing out Jim's natural feel for solidity and 3 dimensional caricaturing.

5 comments:

greenhorngallery said...

I think that's a good critique. I don't know why, but the Smurfs are uglier/more wrinkled than when I was a child? Those WERE Classics in my view. My brother in law is very quiet. He had a brown square box with lid. In red and blue fat letters he wrote "Smurf's House." I thought if was Classic and it made me giggle. He's busy. Lots of toys don't have Classic multi use packaging? I use my grocery bags for garbage bags. They have purpose. A basic drawing rule I was taught is that "every line has purpose." It's obsessive. When I was 5 I had this great Story teller lady at the local library. Her voice. She did puppet shows. As an adult she lived across the street for a bit and I had to let her know. She was very appreciative. I would say she had a gift.

Ethan Harper said...

Oh my gosh! Thank you so much! I'm gonna keep doing more and work on the stuff you said; unfortunately I'm away from home (and my computer/tablet/ Toon Boom) until probably Monday, but as soon as I get back I'll do as many more as I can in-between work. Thanks again again again for all you're doing for and sharing with us, John! :)

Marc Pavone said...

I'm not an animator or cartoon artist by any stretch of the imagination but I enjoy reading your blog to see what goes into animation.
I've always wondered what those Kubrick learn to draw comic book courses would look like and I imagine they'd be an awful lot like your demos.
Really interesting to see what goes into making a cartoon. I've learned to see things I never paid attention to. I have a whole new appreciation for what you guys do. Thanks!

Ethan Harper said...

Mr. Pavone: It's KuBERT (rest in peace, Joe) and, interestingly, I attended his school some years ago; his (and the other teachers at his school/most legitimately strong/good artists) will definitely echo Johns ideas and sentiments...though I doubt any as fun (and plentiful outside of a 'formal' institution) as he :)

daysease said...

Perhaps this is a lame question, but I am in search of information regarding one "Ethan'08 " who illustrates pizza boxes. Would you have any idea where I could find more info where to look?