Todays lesson is proportions and drawing a figure eight heads high. Again this is a free hand recreation I did of Joe Kings original drawing from the Famous Artist Cartoon Course Lesson 7 “Drawing Pretty Girls.”
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Today we learn about the “Four essential parts to a sexy girl” according to the Famous Artist Cartoon Course Lesson 7. Below is the drawing I did from this lesson. It is a free hand recreation of the illustration by Joe King. Each one the four circles in the drawing are suppose to be one of the “four essential parts.” They are listed in the course as 1. The Face 2. The Breasts 3. The Hips and 4. The Legs.
Today is “The Cartoon Girl Based On Life.”
Todays lesson comes from Famous Artists Courses Lesson 7. This is to teach the artist the difference between drawing the “cartoon girl” and a “real girl.” In the first illustration I was suppose to draw a layin of the figure with the black area’s indicating the figure of the actualy model. It is an exercise in where to change your drawing from life to make an appealing cartoon girl. The second drawing is a fully finished cartoon girl based on the same pose. Both drawings I did are free had recreations of the drawing in the course by Joe King.
To improve in my ability to draw women I am working through lesson 10 of the Famous Artist Cartoon Course circa the late 1940s “Drawing Pretty Girls.”
Still working through the second page of the lesson. There is a black and white photograph of a Nude Woman. For todays exericse I did a free hand pencils study of the of the photograph as close to the actual photo as I could.
Moving onto to the next page of the course there are a total of 3 illustrations to make a study of in addition to about 1/4 a page of written text. Today I will do the first illustration.
The female figure, as the cartoonist draws it is a stylized figure based on the popular American ideal.
This is also more of a challenge as the idealized female figure for me doesn’t exactly meld with the American ideal. It is also difficult as I now have to draw the full figure.
Below is my second attempt at recreating the first figure drawing on this page of the lesson. Look and comparing the two illustrations (mine and Joe King’s) I made mine quite a bit thicker than Joe’s even though I was striving for the super slender figure and his over all pose looks a lot more dynamic than mine.
Making his first appearance in a 1942 MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon titled “Dog Trouble” Spike the Bulldog has traveled across multiple business and marketing platforms throughout the years. This all begins with a simple how to draw book published in the 1940s.
Spike’s most famous pose comes from a book titled, “Animation: Learn How to Draw Animated Cartoons” The picture below is from the second edition of the book. Blair did not create the character but he used Spike and several other Characters he had animated while working at MGM and Disney Studios to explain the finer points of animation.
After publication of the first edition of Preston Blair’s book, “Animation” the rights to use some of these characters were revoked and Blair was forced to go back and change his illustrations to make the characters “generic” and legal to use. Pictured is below are the original, “Spike the Bull Dog” drawings included in the first edition of Blair’s book .
THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE! There are literally only 3 days left I was seriously worried! I was thinking, “man this is going to come down to the last minute,” and then… This morning I get up check my email and find out. It made it! IT MADE IT! I’m jumping off the walls right not. Thank you everyone who’s back this project, liked or shared any of my posts and believed in this! I won’t let you guys down! There are still 3 days left if anyone else wants to jump in and pick up one of the rewards heres the link; http://kck.st/1O4Ersu
Opening reception for the Twelve Days of Star Wars show is tonight! My name is on the flyer (your far right hand side column).
Although I won’t be there my Han Solo illustration will and it’s priced to sell. If you’re in the Los Angeles Area check it out.
Interview with local San Diego Strength Monsters artist Aj Fulcher. I did my Big Monsters issue with A.J. part of my current Kickstarter which will be your only chance to get hard copies of any of my comic books for a LONG time there’s less than a week to get in on it here’s the link; http://kck.st/1O4ErsuInterview with Comic Book Artist A.J. Fulcher
Source: Interview With AJ Fulcher Part I
The History of the Pro Wrestling Comic Book Association. Source: The History of the Pro Wrestling Comic Book Association
Jiu Jitus Magazine ran a really cool interview article with my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Chris Haueter this past month. In it he talks about the Graphic Novel Project we’ve worked on over the years and you can check out the comic book page we collaborated on a number of years ago. You can see the most recent illustration I finished for this project here.
The evolution of the Cover Art to the Comic Book Strength Monsters in “Ultra-Mayhem” Get behind this comic book and help me get this cover colored here is the link; http://kck.st/1O4Ersu
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Illustration I did of the famous Catch Wrestling Hold Known As the Grovit circa 2012. As Jake Shannon gave testimony to here in his review of my Catch Wrestling Comic Book Strength Monsters I used to tell Billy about my ideas for comic books all the time.
Here’s the illustration in its entirety;
Posted by Sam Kressin in Drawing and Illustration
This Windsor Mckay tribute illustration I did was accepted to be part of the “110 Years In Slumberland” show at the Pop Secret Art Gallery in Glendale California. The opening of the show is Today October 24th! Also in the show is work by Dan Riba (Director of the acclaimed Batman: Animated Series) and Dreamworks story artist Peter Paul. Also in the show will be some original animation cells from 1989s animated film Little Nemo: Anventures in Slumberland.
To learn more about Windsor Mckays Little Nemo you can check out and read all his original strips online for free on Comic Strip Libary here to really study Windsor McKays work there’s nothing better than holding a fullsized (the size the Nemo Strips were orginally printed) hard copy of McKays work in our hands. For this I highly recommend picking up a copy of Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splended Sundays! to add to your personal library.
This is the same sequence I posted yesterday here revised. Stay tuned in the few day or so I will post the entire scene.
I’m currently learning how to do story boarding for animation. This is a scene from my first assignment that was cut due the fact that I needed to show the entire action in one take. Stay tuned as I will post this same scene re-done tomorrow.
Yesterday I published the Vintage Martial Arts Mail Order advertisement to be come a Registered Black Belt and learn Aicondo. Todays post is an illustration I did circa 2014 in nod to the, “simultaneous side kick and punch while neck chopping and opponent” behind you illustration in the Aicondo advertisement. Men of Action is just one of examples of many hidden nods and tributes I’ve embedded with in my Worlds Deadliest Web Comic. Many of them will go unnoticed to the lay person but for the real martial arts historians there is much to be discovered within the series. You can read my martial arts webcomic Worlds Deadliest online for free starting with Chapter 1 here.
This a drawing I did nearly 20 years ago of Rawking from my comic book Strength Monsters. This is a character I had been drawing as far back as highschool. While I’ve improved and changed him a bit over the years (they say you need to draw a character at least 50 -100 times) I’ve kept his guitar which also transforms into a robot nearly identical.
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Stan Sakai writes and illustrates Usagi Yojimbo one of the great martial arts comic books about a Samurai Rabbit. This is an awesome video showcasing his illustration process.
Illustrated and written by me circa 2004. This is part of a series I did titled “Freaks of the Gym.” It was inspired by real people and heavily influenced by Mad Magazine. Check out my other Freaks of the Gym posts here; Moses, Checkered Shorts Guy, Propeller Head, Ken, Boot Camp Bob.
I discovered this Night Of The Living Dead comic book adaptation at the San Diego Comic Con circa 1992. The book was illustrated by a French artist named Carlos Kastro who was attending the convention. I watched him do many sketches for fans he would seamlessly transitions between pencil, pen, ink, brush, white out and so on. He told me it doesn’t matter which tools you use (brushes, pens, paper ect) as long as you know what it does. This Kastro drew with everything. Here is the sketch he did inside my comic book with just white out. He literally used liquid paper white out that comes in a bottle with the cap that has a brush attached to it.
Not long after watching Kastro draw quick sketches of skulls and zombies inside everyone’s comic books. I immediately took to practicing them myself drawing them upon every worksheet, piece of paper, note-book or homework assignment I was ever given during high school. Then one day in english class I drew a grouping of skulls on the top of a hand out near my name. The teacher saw the image of death laden upon my sheet of paper pointed to it and said; “I don’t like that kind of thing!” I knew I was on the right track.
The next year I returned to San Diego Comic Con and Carlos Kastro was back! He had the second issue with him. Here is the quick sketch he did for me inside my comic.
Here are the covers to Night Of The Living Dead issues 1 & 2.
Posted by Sam Kressin in 100 Days of Making Comics
Here are some new gestural drawings I did earlier this week from life during a session in David Pimental’s gestural drawing class.
To check out some more of my gestural drawings from life hover over the image below and click through the photo album.
Here’s a look at the new Strength Monsters Banner I had made for conventions, special appearances and other stuff. The title is completely hand lettered you can check out my process here.
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Check out some of the details and special feature I put into this;
I have been posting my progress on this Al Feldstein, Weird Fantasy inspired Spaceman piece I started two days ago for Your Web Designer. You can see my rough sketch here, and my tighten up pencil drawing here. Today I completed the piece. I inked him traditionally with a Raphael Kolinsky Sable – Fine Point Round – Size 3 brush and a Hunts 108 Nib the coloring was done digitally on the computer. I choose to use the Raphael brush as I just wasn’t getting the sharp line I wanted out of my normal Winsor & Newton Series 7 #3 brush.