Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thomas Hjorthaab stuff 4!

Hey there! Here's some studies from "Robin hood Daffy" by Chuck Jones...
More on my blog!


patrick said...

Nice lines & solid forms. Did you get a chance to see John's reply to you right before he shut his blog off? When you asked him about not toning down others' drawings. He told you to click on his "Maintaining the guts" tag.

It is for reasons like this that I hope he opens his blog back up. So we can continue to read his old posts. Thanks for searching the internet for his old posts Gabriele. It only brings up the pictures for me though.

ThomasHjorthaab said...

thanks:) yea, The night before he closed it... And I also got some pictures from the ripping friends"from storyboard to layout" to my desktop, just in time...
And yea, it would be cool if we could use the archive for the wonderful lesson he gave us!

Gabriele_Gabba said...

Hahaha, love these poses! I can really see the Chuck Jones Straight lines busting through here. Man oh man, chuck can really make me laugh myself silly!

Maybe we have to have read the posts in order for them to have been cached, i dunno how google cache works, but i think it should have kept its own record for our viewing.

Anyway, getting my book printed tomorrow, can't wait!

Great job Tom, those silhouettes make me swirl with joy, especially the first one, with the loop his arms form :)

I think i'll do some sketching from this episode too and see what i can come up with :)

Great eyes too btw.

Did anyone get the feeling that what John was trying to say was 'yes measure off your proportions but don't go crazy, trust your eye more -rulers, lines, breaking a drawing down with blocks like artists do (guilty as hell)- these should be avoided'

In other words, forms first and what comes after... you know its okay if it looks crummy, it will improve with practise. I think starting out and trying to get really perfect drawing first time, isn't necessarily the right way... Hmmmm.

Am i the only one getting this vibe?

patrick said...

Yes, I got the vibe for a long time that John wanted us to strive for accuracy above all things – making sure it lined up perfectly with an overlay. But in January when he accused a giant slew of students of tracing, he refined his message by stressing Line-of-action, correct proportions and visualizing the character in a 3D space. Then wrapping the details around the larger forms. Which was a sea-change for me and has actually helped me much much more. With more accurate end results than grids and precise measurements.

He also stressed learning why things are built up the way they are as you copy. Not just copying for the sake of copying. Then applying what you’ve learned to your own drawings.

What book are you getting printed Gabriele?

Caleb said...

Nice, Thomas. I really like the arms and hands.

I agree Gabriele. I used to check my drawing with the original too much. It helped me break some bad habits, but now I want to get better at drawing quickly.

I found another link for John K.'s drawing lesson:

Caleb said...

It's only been about a year since I saw that John K lesson. When I first saw it, I hadn't seen a lot of people drawing with the side of the pencil to get the big shapes. Now I do it all the time.

ThomasHjorthaab said...

Thanks for the nice feedback:) This cartoon is such a great inspiration to me... I love it!

Gabriele_Gabba said...

Sure am glad i saved those vids whilst i could, but its great to see they're still up.

Seeing John explain things in a video is great and a lot is conveyed.

I'm off to print out my Advanced Animation preston blair book. Since i can't find an original copy and i refuse to use the watered down version (as john recommended we avoid)

Gonna have it nice and big too, i'm thinking A3 :)

Btw, has anyone here got formal animation training/college?

I did a year of 2d animation here and 2 more years of stop motion and 3D animation training.

Can't say its been as good as it ought to be, but then again nowadays training is quite weak unless you go to the best of schools and even then we all know how John was saying a lot has been left out.

Traditionally speaking i'm quite keen to start a real animation school here, based on real cartooning. Its a dream i look forward to attempting once i get better.