Sunday, September 28, 2008
Ouch, this one was tough. I kept underestimating the angle. I kept downplaying it. I blame it on my exposure to the current lifeless cartoon on TV, heh.
Many tries later I got pretty close. Well, the angle part. Still struggling with inking the oval. Just look at the lower back of the head, yuck!
I noticed that Preston's oval was 2 half circle brush strokes that connected. That explains the thick and thin of it. Anyone else see this, or am I imagining it?
Critiques and tips welcomed.
Hey fellas, sorry I didn't post sooner, I had a little trouble with my scanner, but its working fine now. I'll try and finish up my lesson 5 one and post it as soon as possible.
Ohh, and I couldn't help but caricature the egg guy myself. This just makes me laugh.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I want to make a quick announcement that after 14 years of waiting, the beloved Rocko's modern life is now officially out on DVD! I hope you grew up on it, but if not don't worry because you'll probably appreciate it a lot more now, since it is about being a young adult. Extremely clever, hilariously irreverent and beautifully animated. It was overshadowed by Ren & Stimpy, but it is just as good in most respects. Nick sure knew what it was doing back then.
This is actually my 5th try for this lesson. Don't be fooled; it's not as accurate is it might look, I'm very unhappy with how the face looks in general. I'm gonna try more this weekend
Friday, September 26, 2008
First of all, I have to thank whoever suggested drawing within a window box (I think it was Gabriele but not sure). It made drawing my initial oval much easier, which ultimately lead to a better end result. This attempt at Lesson 5 is by no means perfect, but it is still much better than any of my previous first attempts. I also have to thank everyone who suggested we draw "big". I'm used to drawing relatively close to the size of the image I'm copying, but drawing bigger helped out a great deal.
I apologize for the delay in posts. I let work get the better of me for the past few weeks so I've been a little slack. Hope everyone is enjoying this blog as much as I am. I can already see that people are making progress and that there are some really talented artists out there.
Take care everybody, and good luck.
Left: construction, Center: cleaned-up pencil version, Right: comparison
These are my best attempts so far, but I don't consider them as the last word on both lessons. Again, I made a mistake with the upper lip, similar to the one I've done on the lesson 3.
Lesson 5 was particularly hard to do, and it's important to realize in both examples that the egghead character doesn't have the features simply painted over his face. These are the real "fleshy" features, and they must stick out to give a solid 3D feeling to the viewer from every possible angle.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This was the hardest so far.
On the last two i will admit to some lightboxing ( cheating ). Although i didn't rely on it completely, i used it to see what was going on because i find lines become very abstract after a while and its difficult to eyeball scale and shape!
Hope everyone else does well and gives me some tips!
All i can say is try messing with the angles and perhaps break this up into segments and perfect those if you have the time. I also tried using the box and including an angled centre line in CG. It kinda helps.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Center: cleaned-up pencil version (no inking)
Right: Comparison with PB original
So, again I'm showing the last two attempts. First one has an accurate egghead shape. Also, the eyebrows, nose and mouth are very close. All the other features are more or less in the wrong place or of wrong size (the eyes, teeth, upper cheek line, etc.)
The second attempt corrects nearly all of those mistakes, but also introduces a new one: the upper lip is too curved on the corners, and the shape doesn't match with the original. It should be drawn instead with just slight curves and a straight line. The perfect drawing would be a combination of both attempts, but that's cheating :)
I must work more on emphasising the "meaty" aspect of the character (I think it's still lacking in my attempts, to a certain degree).
UPDATE: I tried to ink my last attempt with Illustrator (few rough spots are corrected in Photoshop).
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I often find that when i'm looking to use a book that boasts teaching perfect drawing principles, most often that not, its all about copying.
There's nothing wrong with copying and a great deal can be learned from it, but to really think on your feet and draw from a rich knowledge i believe in experience and constructive thinking.
We can draw preston till we're blue in the face ( or fingers, which ever comes first ), but i think we should also experiment with his lessons and recreate the principles instead of JUST following the basic drawings.
I have found some artists out there that really inspire me to think when i draw and among the many, Mike Mattesi' s books have really stood out.
I'm quite sure a handful of your at least has heard of his books on force drawing and even realised for yourselves just how much life drawing can improve your drawings ( yes Richard Williams, we read that chapter ).
So, here are what the book covers look like, there are two and i have yet to read the second one, but i'm about a chapter into the first and i thought it'd be cruel not to mention how awesome these books are.
Also as a special treat, i have a link and password to download them for free, so if you're interested please email me as i fear uploading this questionable content might infringe on the integrety of this great blog!
P.S: I was thinking of doing an article about some of my favourite artists and why they inspire me, but i think it'd be awesome if we all got into that and tapped into the awesome and different inspiration that made us all come together here...
Let me know what you think,
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
A little late. I tried correcting last pencil attempt in the inks. Still working on my steady hand. Inking the oval is getting a little easier, if you use that white arrow in Illustrator to mess with the curves. I'm not good at the technical terms, but you can now check out Mitch's tutorial on Illustrator (located in our links). It really helps with the techie parts of inking in that program. Thanks Mitch!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Looks like my center line was off, which threw off some of the details. Drawing in red/blue/black and checking it each time with each color is teaching me a lot.
If anyone is lost on this blog, here's the lessons so far:
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
(This is an updated version of my recent post. You can now view the large images in this post.)
My name is Nicolas Martinez, and I'm new to this blog.
I've been doing a couple Preston Blair lessons by myself and posting them on Deviantart. Just recently, Hammerson told me about this blog, and suggest that I join. Sure enough, I contacted David Omar, and here I am.
Here are my most recent lessons, along with a select bunch of older ones. I think a few look okay, but may need some work.
My most recent one: