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Today begins the study drawing the face and head which according to the Famous Artist Cartoon Course Lesson 7 “Pretty Girls” is one of the four parts to drawing a pretty girl. In this first exercise we are drawing a profile built off a basic oval shape and building the drawing on top of that.
According to the Famous Artist Cartoon Course Lesson 7 “The most successful method for drawing appealing babes is to pencil in the compete figure in the desired pose before attempting to clothe it. Clothes won’t hide a poor drawing of the figure underneath them.”
Todays drawing is a free hand recreation of Joe King’s illustration of a girl in a bikini signaling the reader or student to turn to the next page.
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.
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.
One of my biggest weakness in Illustration is in drawing Women. There’s a lot of reasons for this. One major issue being when I was younger I was too embarrassed to draw women. I thought if I drew the female figure people would judge me as being a pervert. Today however as an adult I am not embarrassed and don’t care if people judge me. I have therefore decided to make a serious study to improve my abilities in this area. The famous saying goes; An artist that can draw beautiful women never goes hungry.
To get started on this endeavor I have decided to work through the classic Famous Artist Cartoon Course Lesson 7 Pretty Girls by commercial Cartoonist Joe King. The original famous artists correspondence courses were founded in the late 1940s by Norman Rockwell and Albert Dorn. I believe the original course consisted of 10 lessons with an addtional 14 lessons add at a later time. Each lesson was then to be completed by the student and sent in for critique by a professional. Today the courses are still under copy right by Cortina Learning International and available for purchase at the famous artist school website here.
The first page of the course begins with a half page type written introduction to drawing “the pretty girl.”
Here are some of the funnier quotes;
The pretty girl, the dame, the frail, the tomato, the cookie, the cutie is always welcome in a cartoon no matter how grotesque the rest of the characters may be.
In drawing a pretty girl, don’t be too skimpy with the bust or the thigh line. These can be accentuated without giving the drawing any suggestion of vulgarity.
Probably the best piece of advice given in this first part of the lesson is;
One well-known cartoonist who always said he couldn’t draw sexy or pretty girls became on of the top girl artist in the business simply by drawing one complete figure from pencil to ink each day for one year.
Here is my drawing from this first page. It is a free hand pencil drawing recreation I did of the original inked illustration by Joe King.