Monday, January 15, 2007

Lesson 4: Two-legged Characters -- Rabbit & Duck

ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog: Meta: The $100,000 Animation Drawing Course- Lesson 4

In this lesson we graduate to full-body two-legged characters. Here are the first two of the three:

These really take a long time to do, but I learn so much from it. As I'm drawing, I keep trying to see it with fresh eyes, and every time I do, I see something wrong. As a result, I spend as much time erasing as drawing.

The practice is paying off, because both of the above drawings (mine are the ones in the middle) are my first try, without any checking other than by eye.

1 comment:

stiff said...

Hi Leo,

I dunno if I'm "qualified," but I thought I'd offer some suggestions, since I so rarely get any. I saw your question about line weights...from what I've been able to figure out, it's easier to control that with softer pencils, or to use a variety of pencil hardnesses for different weights...I've been using a 4H to block out the forms, then cleaning it up with a B. And of course, a sharper pencil leaves a thinner line. Your proportions are looking better with this last post than the previous ones; my only suggestion would be to work on using more fluid lines, which, as they say, is all in the wrist. Try to do as much of the line as you can in a limited number of strokes. You don't have to draw the line quickly, just evenly and smoothly. Dunno if this is any help, but good luck!