Tuesday, July 15, 2008

L.O. 3: Adding Construction From Storyboard To Layout Poses

Here are some layout poses from the thumbnail boards.

Here's the board.A layout artist have to be able to capture the essence of the attitudes, poses and expressions in storyboard but add:

but details can be a hindrance to the liveliness of the poses, so be careful!

What I'm really after are skilled artists that can do all this...WITHOUT TONING DOWN THE STORYBOARDS.
It's not an easy task. You have to be careful to not let the details get in the way of the line of action and overall clean silhouette.

The flesh and clothes wrinkles - if they stick out too much from the silhouette of the pose, will eat away at the pose and distract from the overall message.
Some artists have submitted samples of their layout interpretations of these same poses and had some of the problems I mentioned: adding too much sticky-outy flesh and clothes wrinkles that ate away from the pose.

Evening out the asymmetry is also a big problem. If any of you brave souls would be kind enough share your drawing tests in the post I could show everyone what I'm talking about. It would help you and others too, but I don't want to post them and embarrass anyone so let me know if I have your permission.

these 2 poses are the first 2 I did when planning out the scene. They are the stiffest and least lively. I warmed up after a while.

Note the wrinkles on his jacket form around his body shape and they ad up to an overall curve rather than each being a different size and different direction. That would make a confusing image.

These drawings are just the first step of layout posing, translating the basic poses from the storyboard without toning them down.
The next step is to add poses and breakdowns.

I'll show you that in the next post.


Anonymous said...

Those are amazing. Now that I know what to look for, and see all the principles you've been raving about in action, it makes the drawings even more exciting! Thanks Mr. K!

Duck Dodgers said...

Are you making a cartoon or you are just using these to illustrate how one would have to do it?
It would be cool to see those stories with George and the "dirty one" with sody and cats being released someday though.

ArtF said...

These are great, John!
am i one of the brave souls you mentioned? if so, you can use my drawings as examples. if you didn't mean me, then i'm embarrassed. talk to ya soon!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see the pose breakdown.

Anyways, I'm still trying just to get George's construction down. Gotta try harder, dammit!

Ardy said...

Maintaining Guts from Department to Department is a good reference post for this assignment, if anyone's interested.

Frank Macchia said...

hilarious stuff john

really love the take that George does.

Ryan G. said...

Looks great John!

Larry Levine said...

Beautiful layouts & boards!!!

John, Which graphite pencil did you use for the layouts? (along with the blue & red Col-Erase)

Nate said...


For some reason I find that pose of George reaching for the cigarettes to be really hilarious.

JohnK said...

Hi Larry

for under sketches (line of action ad constructon) I used blue colerase

for black pencils, I use softer nes for bigger areas and harder ones for smaller areas

I change my pencils all the time to seewhat kinds of new shapes I ca get out of them

I like Tombow bs and 2bs

design ebony for really black

cartoonretro said...

I love how your lines flow organically around the silouette.
A lot of young artists who are trying to learn construction compose the figure of a bunch of separate segments stuck together like a puppet- and it looks dead- but the way you tie everything together with flowing, organic lines really brings the drawing to life (for example mabel_sc1_2.jpg- the way George's arm flows into the hand and back around.)
If an artist was to try to do this without knowing construction it would look formless and blobby. Obviously at some point you internalize the construction so you don't have to draw it and can then draw with more life and design. If that makes any sense at all I would love to hear you elaborate on how you do it,

Larry Levine said...

John, Much thanks for the information!!!

The drawings are incredible.

James said...

This is gonna be a really lively animation. The just from those few poses, I can tell just how much more fluid this will be compared to the previous George Liquor series, never mind what you see on television today. I really can't wait to see the finished product!

JoJo said...

Hey John,

Here were mine:

George Liquor Storyboard to Layout Attempts

JoJo said...

You can post them too if you want to.

James N. said...

Just out of curiosity... is this going to be a fully hand-drawn project or will it be posed out on paper and animated in Flash like the Weird Al video?

PCUnfunny said...

The thing I love of about your cartoons John is that you make sure the viewer is paying attention to the body parts you want them to be looking at. Oh and This OT but I just WALL-E, it's the standard Pixar dreck.

Sven Hoek said...

God, I love watching genius at work.


Brandon Lyon said...

Hey John, I just recently started a blog and upped a few digital inks i've done of sketches I've found through out your blog. I'd love to get a crit/hear your thoughts! Thanks for the inspiration.