Sunday, September 27, 2009

Proud Tux Mickey Difficulty

Here's another Micky pose from the same set of models. The original:

Now I try to copy the form by defining the solid figure:

I really struggled with the head because it seems to me that the eyeline is tilted in a way that doesn't make sense given the vertical line between his eyes that goes up to the widows peak at the top of his head. So I'm cheating it.

After some corrections, I draw in the detail lines with black pencil. (For comparison, the original is superimposed in light grey):

It was not only a little off, but also too tight and hesitant. So I tried again, trying to go faster this time and totally by eye:

It's funny how I made almost exactly the same mistakes with the foot on the left, and with the tail, both times.

I am so done with struggling with this!
Should I go back to Preston Blair's Tom & Jerry?

Monday, September 14, 2009


This feels like I'm getting into the real meat and potatoes.

I started with a print-out of this model sheet:

On a separate sheet, I copied the model but instead of copying the drawn lines, I looked for the construction. I found this very difficult to do, especially the hips and where the legs attach, and the angles of the legs underneath the pants.

On my second try, I got this version:

Even though after drawing I could compare by flipping back and forth, now comparing against the original in Photoshop, I can see now that it's a bit off. Especially the muzzle (too wide), and the arms (too low). But I do think I got the hips and legs right, and the angle of the torso.

Next I traced over my construction lines onto another sheet using black pencil, adding the details.

I'm not happy with my line quality. It's still very uncertain and scratchy. I wish I knew what to do about that.

One thing I probably should have done is tried to add the details in blue pencil, instead of going straight from construction lines to final black.

Finally, comparing my final against the original in Photoshop:

What happened to his butt? Looks like I was a bit off in my blue-line, then didn't copy it well on the final.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Micky head studies

(And some Donalds.)

Really paying attention to the construction first.

These are copied from model sheets on Michael Sporn's blog, via JohnK of course.