Saturday, February 02, 2013

Ernie Models To Print

 These have some general tips that can apply to all characters...see the labels for general construction of faces and how to use space and organic forms.




Some of these drawings may look anarchic but they still have to obey some general drawing principles in order to be effective.

One of the hardest concepts my artists have to learn is to make funny asymmetrical drawings - that still look like they are wrapped in flesh and stuffed with cartilage and teeth.

Many cartoonists have been conditioned to believe that construction consists of perfectly even, symmetrical circles and ovals - all arranged on a mathematical grid. So when they translate gutsy storyboard or animation drawings to layout or cleanups, they tend to even everything out and make the characters look like flat robots - or traced model sheets.

Hopefully these tips might help avoid that.

A REALLY IMPORTANT CONCEPT TO REMEMBER: 


CHEEKS, SMILE AND EYES 

ARE ALL CONNECTED FORMS!

Your mouth smiles because the cheek squeezes and pulls it up. When it moves up it also can effect the bottom of the eye shapes. Almost everyone seems to have trouble grasping this. There should be a whole course in this in animation schools I think.
 







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12 comments:

Carmine said...

Wow, those color drawings look great, and all the info is much appreciated. I cannot wait for 'Cans'!!!

I've been practicing inking in Toon Boom, and posted my latest ones. Any comments would be helpful, and thanks again:

Inking Practice

Jesse Oliver said...

This blog is the best Animation school EVER!!!

paul said...

Man, John, how your style evolved over the years, Thank you.



Paul329869@hotmail.com
Saturday, February 2, 2013

eric weber said...

Dear John my name is Eric and i a big fan of Ren and stimpy and you, i organized an expo in mexico with a lot of original art work used in the series mainly backgrounds, the expo will be open to the public from february 7th to march 17th in Baja , and it could be an honor to have some words from you or a small greeting message, as you are the creator, I do not know another way of contacting you, please if you are interested my e mail is salchicha2000@hotmail.com i can give you all the details.
best regards
Eric weber

eric weber said...

Dear John my name is Eric Weber and i organized a big expo in Baja California, Mexico, i am a big fan of Ren and Stimpy and you, the art work is all original from the series and I've bee collecting for two years,i bought it from an art gallery in the US that works with Nickelodeon, the expo will be open from February 7th till March 17, mainly i have backgrounds that i love, it would be an honor if you could send us a message written or with image to greet all your fans here when the expo is open ,you have huge amounts of fans of all ages, myself included all over the state of baja and in all Mexico, please let me know if you can, i do not have another way to contact you, my emails are salchicha2000@hotmail.com , mondolatex@gmail.com
best regards,
Eric weber

Paul B said...

I agree with Jesse.
Thanks for all John!

Dudo said...

Those crazy recent drawings (most notably the last pic) get me excited for some CRAZY animation in this new cartoon!

Ganesh Balimidi said...

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daniel said...

off the topic: what?!
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ralphbakshi/last-days-of-coney-island-0
ralph bakshi has a kickstarter to animate various 2d shortfilms
i believe this concerns us all.

John Rouse said...

You're killing me man...I'm laughing to tears, and I was in a foul mood. Ears are kitty tongues...
Fingers are wieners that have been slammed in a door...
Cheeks are boobs flapping in a hurricane...
Mouths are cattle genitalia...
Noses look like you could slip on them like a banana peel...
Slab's not wearing underwear...
Gawd bless the funny you bring.

nodnarB said...

Hi John, I live up in Bellingham, WA and I was thinking of working in Alaska this summer to raise funds to attend private lessons from you in LA. Before I made arrangements for that, I wanted to make sure you were still thinking about providing the lessons. Is that something that you would still be interested in?

HernĂ¡n G. Fuentealba said...

thanks for the advices, I try to remember most of them usually, sadly not oftehn the result agrees to your proposition of things as it should, but well, I htink they work almost universaly to a complet extent of kinds of art even if not completely cartoony or something...