Thursday, July 31, 2008

The First Lesson

Or as the hippie Anglican vicker at the SF Battle of England memorial service would say, the portion where I let go of everything.

Doing the Exercises during the last week has been and adventure; faulty slow scanners, bad work flow and a horrible case of Wacom lust. Just so you know, I am doing exercises from the School of Cartooning and Misery (SCAM) headed by faculty president and sole professor, John Kricfalusi.

His lessons are tough, tougher than ole’ professor Sleminskey’s comments about the difference betwixt “random” and non sequitur; a 7 part lecture on popular culture and weak vocabulary that was ignited by a flipent coment in english class that ground said lass into the chair she sat in. It is also my best/only chance to ramp up my skills and get into the industry that I have been marveling and dreaming of all my life.

This blog’s purpose is to track my progress, get feedback and obtain wisdom in the field of 2D animation and draftsmanship. Sensibilities in posture and timing are best leaned here, where the work flow forces the animator to pound skills directly into the artist’s skull via the pencil.

“Nuff intro. Show me the drawings!”

Ok, but you may not want to look at these without eye wash:

First pages of my newest note book, about a month ago. Just some sketches I made at my sisters soft ball game. Some construction, but hardly any control in the characters. Not very lively or human.

To rectify this, I turned to the first exercise, Basic Head Construction.

I returned without many pictures, but I do have this important note;

In constructing, I have found that the guide lines have been giving me the most grief. This is mainly because I had no idea where my perspective is. To check the perspective of the Bear cranium on page one, I used the intersection of the lines to assist me in keeping the drawing on model. This is also useful to keep track of proportions. In the picture provided, the red line through the middle of the cranium shows the incorrect alignment, while the green shows how the two tangents should have been aligned.

That’s' all I have for now. I shall post more notes and drawings on this blarg in the future. And if this place should ever get cold, don't hesitate to poke and prod me into doing more drawings and exercises.