Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mr. Poof's Replacement

Picked up a new scanner so here's a real scan of the Preston Blair suspicious dog, in which you can actually read my notes:

Here's another older study from Preston Blair, a bunch of hands:

Lastly, a recent study sketch of Professor Layton all up in your grill:

Monday, October 6, 2008

Mr. Poof

A study from Capcom's Okami Art Book:

I started to scan in some more older stuff I wanted to post, but my scanner died with a loud pop and a puff of smoke. Dammit.

Using my cell phone as a temporary scanning solution, here's a quality image of another Preston Blair study:

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Some Sketches Old and New

From many moons ago, some dog studies from Preston Blair's book Cartoon Animation:

From a couple weeks ago, a study from Jack Hamm's great book Cartooning The Head & Figure:
From a couple months ago I think, I brought together some sketches I made while watching a Ren & Stimpy episode. Love the design of the droopy ghost:
Lastly, from today, some studies from the manual of the video game Professor Layton and the Curious Village:
I am going to make it a habit of not only putting the date on all the things I draw, but keeping track of how long I spent on each drawing. As you can see in the image, I spent 45 minutes on the full body Layton and 20 minutes on the closeup.

The Effects of Drawing Everyday

The saying goes the best way to get better at drawing is to draw everyday. Sounds good in theory but how about some proof? I found a perfect candidate online and, if you play video games, chances are you've heard of him. Mike "Gabe" Krahulik has been the drawing half of the creative team behind the online comic Penny Arcade since its inception in November 1998. I went through their archive and chose a single comic from each year, mostly at random but making sure the choices included the protagonists Gabe and/or Tycho. Presenting them in chronological order really showcases Mike's progression as an artist.











Mike's drawings have come a long way in those ten years. Somewhere around 2003 or so a unique style started to emerge and I think 2005 was really a breakthrough year. He's a real powerhouse of an artist now.

This is what happens when you draw everyday for 10 years.