Friday, December 19, 2008

Lesson 14 by Patrick

Harder than I was expecting! Especially everything from the lip down. And again, I think my first one was the best, so I just posted that one.
I usually do my first one by just quickly eyeballing, finger measurements and drafting, and they come out nicer overall than the later more meticulously measured ones. Interesting. I could've inked it more carefully though.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lesson 13 by Patrick

This one was a lot of fun. I seemed to have the most trouble with the far corner of the mouth, and the nearest ear.

I may have done better on my first try.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Lesson 12 by Patrick

The hardest part for me was the hair

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Competition time!

Sorry to post this since it doesn't fit into cartoon fundamentals but it is cartoonie and you do get to be creative. Feel free to delete, but I thought you may be interested in a competition I'm having 1st prize is 'get your character design made into a toy!'
more details at my toy blog

Thanks for listening everyone.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Sorry 'bout the lack of updates. After Thanksgiving we'll get back on course. A special thank you to all our regulars for keeping this little blog alive. I'll comment on all the posts soon.

Thanks again,

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lesson 11 by Nicolas

It's been a while since my last post, but I finally got around to do Lesson 11. It was the toughest one for me, and it took me a couple tries to get the details exactly right. 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Lesson 11 by Patrick

this one was really fun, and not as complicated as I thought! I messed up with the width of the eyes on this one (the second try)...

...but I got the eyes right on the 1st try.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lesson 11

Here's my mediocre attempt at Lessons 11. I see a lot of what I did wrong right away. Like the hair and the hat(the hat's horrible), and some other stuff is still off a bit like 'stache and mouth.
The hat sucks so bad... so terribly bad.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lesson 10 by Nicolas

As of now, I've complete the first 10 lessons of "Cartoon Fundamentals." Trying to get the angle on the face right was a little hard. Critiques and tips are welcome.

Most recent lessons:

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lesson 9 by Nicolas

Here's my shot at Lesson 9. I tried putting in a little more construction for this, especially in the face. Critiques and tips are welcome.
Here's also Lesson 8.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lesson 8 by Nicolas

Drawing large seems to have its benefits. I've experimented once more with drawing a tad larger to take in the subtleties a little more, and not just capture the basic shape. This particular one took me practically no time at all to do. Critiques and tips are welcome.

lesson 10 by Patrick

I was really excited to do this one. It made for a great final egghead lesson. The angle of the eyes gave me the most trouble.

the nose needs to be bigger in the inking

Lesson 6 by Caleb

my final drawing


This is what my construction egg looked like before I drew the features. This time I used red for my construction lines and blue for features. These blank eggs are a good reference to have to draw other faces onto later.

This creature appeared the day after a Halloween party featuring a werewolf, Preston's eggman, and Snarf from Thundercats.

If you link to or follow my blog, I'll do the same to yours.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Hi everyone,

This will be the last lesson post for a couple of weeks. There has been a slight drop in member posting (including myself). I know the Fall brings many things; school, work, etc. Hopefully this break will give people a chance to catch up and some to start posting. For our regular posters, keep posting and practicing. Everyone should continue the comments and tips. Things are going to get tougher to draw and we need everyone along for the ride, no stragglers.

Your friend,

Lesson 7 by Nicolas (plus a Bugs Bunny drawing)

Lesson 6 was a little difficult, since it looks like a circle, but with lots of subtle nuances.  Critiques are welcome.

Plus I've attempted a Bugs Bunny pose from "Falling Hare," which you can critique on over at my blog

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Lesson 6 by Nicolas

Here's what I have for Lesson 6.

(Update: More Drawings)
My Third Attempt

A side-by-side comparison. My first one.

(My latest ones 11/1/08)

All tips and critiques are welcome.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lesson 9 by Patrick

The angle adds some trickiness to this lesson. I took me a few tries to get a handle on it. I had the most trouble with the egg shape itself and the eyebrow.

It seems like the nose should protrude, but I guess Preston knows best!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Lesson 8 by Patrick

Seems like the hardest is over with the egg lessons. This one was pretty fun & easy

in the ink I think I made the nearer eyebrow too big, and the cheek-lines too thin. And the top of the head is too flat.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lesson 7 by Patrick

This one was harder than it looked too, but lots of fun. His upper lip curves down rather than up in this lesson. I made the pupils and the nose too big, and his lower lip is all over the place. I tried correcting it all in the inking.

This was the 4th attempt, here are 2 & 3

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Friday, October 10, 2008


Hi everyone,

I gotta say that I love this blog. Its great to know that other artists are going through all the same things I'm going through with these lessons. I'm learning so much about my strengths and weaknesses. It's really giving me encouragement to keep on learning and drawing.

I wanted to talk about James' blog "The Unofficial Bible of Cartooning."

I think it's a great idea to have a sounding board where we can debate or spark new theories. My goal with this blog was to try to recreate the studio experience online. There is so much that artists learn from being around each other and just talking shop. I've been reading a swell book by Will Eisner titled SHOP TALK. In it he talks to many great artists of yesteryear. They talk about how important the studio environment was to their growth as artists. They became great because they payed attention to each others techniques and talked about their craft.

I think of this blog as the hard work and James' as the happy hour after work. A place where you can just shoot the shit about cartoons and what makes them tick. So everyone take advantage of these blogs and all the other blogs out there. The internet has just become the largest cartoonist studio. We don't know how long any of this will last, so make the most of it.

Your friend,

LESSON 6 by WICKS (David Omar)

I'm happier with this lesson. The angle (tilt) is subtle. It's also a front view which is much easier to measure. Sometimes I have trouble following my instincts. In the intial red pencils I made the top of the head longer. In the blue I brought it down, which was wrong. This tells me that my eyes still aren't seeing the proper negative space between the shapes.

I'm happier with my inks. I'm trying to mimic Preston's brush as close as possible. The reproduction of the book kinda makes it look like he doesn't close his ink lines. He's a pro at connecting 2 brush strokes seamlessly . Definitely need to practice some more.

Critiques and tips welcomed and appreciated.

-David Omar

LESSON 5 by WICKS (David Omar)

I'm falling a bit behind, but I'm still with you all. Still having trouble with angles. My brain keeps telling me to not push the angles, only to see that I should have gone a bit further. It's alright, I'm still having a hard time getting the head shape to look solid on the inks. I think it will get better if I just practice.

Critiques and tips welcomed and appreciated.

-David Omar

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lesson 6 Patrick

This one was pretty fun. I seemed to grasp it pretty quickly, this is my 3rd attempt. I could still work on the perspective a bit.

Long time no post!

Hi Gang!

I have been battling the demons at Verizon Online, and only this Friday will I have internet at my house.

This weekend I will be drawing and posting the lessons I've managed to keep up with. You all have made me very intimidated by all the good work you've been doing.


Why no posts?

I hope you all are gentle with me, and in the mean time, Spodgeed!

- trevor.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lesson 5 by Nicolas (concluded)

A continuation of my Lesson 5 attempts, I finally got as accurate as possible. Through all my previous lessons (not to be confused with attempts), I drew all the eggheads tiny just to save space on the paper. I then decided to draw larger, to see what happens. I'm quite proud of it, because you can physically capture the tiny subtleties in the egghead, and prepare you for any future larger scale drawings. 

My Original


All my previous attempts.

Critiques/tips welcome.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Lesson 5 by Nicolas (so far)

Hi folks. These are what I've whipped up for lesson 5. I know they're not perfect, but I'm gonna do more soon. Critiques welcome.