Sunday, January 03, 2010


For her 3rd birthday

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Kaspar finds the underwear drawer

John's caption for this one is "Hmmm... interesting."

Here's my fourth try:

This one was difficult but really interesting.

The main form is curving in a hunch, as Kaspar leans over to inspect the contents of the drawer. This expresses the curiosity inherent in the caption (Hmmm.... interesting). At the same time, there's a stretch upward in the head that indicates excitement or surprise. This pulling up opposes the overall curling over, creating an S-shaped curve between the head and body.

There's also some stretch on the back of the legs, countered by squash around the belly. Plus stretch of the mouth and cheek upward, which causes squash between the cheek and the ear.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Kaspar admires his dastardly wreckage

Still working on this assignment: From Storyboard To Layout.

Here's the original thumbnail from John K's blog:

Below is my sixth try at a rough layout. By this time I felt confident to exaggerate the pose a bit,  leaning him back further and straightening the arm that holds out the object of his admiration. Is that too much?

Looking at the above now, maybe I should have done more to stretch his left leg and squash his right.

On my previous post, John K commented:
They are a bit itchy looking and good use stronger construction.
Also be aware of the contrasts in my sketches and try not to tone them down

The itchiness comes from drawing the lines too slowly, and lacking confidence. The problem is if I draw too quickly I lose accuracy. The only cure I can think of is just to keep drawing and drawing in order to improve hand/eye coordination. So I decided to just keep drawing the same one this time.

Below are my first five tries, plus a seventh.

Excuse the club foot.

I'm also working on not toning down the contrasts. It's very subtle. It shows up in relative sizes & proportions, relative angles, not making things too straight or too smooth.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Ripped Sock Toenail Dance

I'm not happy at all with the one above; I couldn't quite figure out the arms in the original pose. So I tried doing the dance myself. The motion of swinging my leg in front felt more like this:


Friday, November 27, 2009

More Kaspar

Still trying to figure out how to make these look more like John's layouts.