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These drawing studies I did from the Famous Artist Cartoon Course are various types of girls with the Round Head Shape. The labels “Bird Brain,” “Gold Digger,” and “Dowager” were actually written in under the illustrations the original lesson. Keep in mind this is a drawing course from the 1940s and is not politically correct.
Yesterday I posted Day 11 of the Drawings I did as I work through the Famous Artist Cartoon Course. Unhappy with how my drawings turned out I redrew those illustrations today. I’m not really sure they turned out better but I am glad I gave it another shot. Improvement requires repetition.
I did three more head studies of what is suppose to be the “average girl.” The Famous Artist Cartoon Course does not really give any specific description or explanation of what constitutes an average girl other than to keep your lines “angular and crisp.” I may redraw this set tomorrow as I’m not particularly happy with how they turned out.
Today as I continue through the Famous Artist Cartoon Course we are drawing the head using the oval shape as a starting point and rotating it inorder to achieve different perspectives and angles of the head. The follow illustrations are free hand recreations I did of Joe Kings drawings from the course.
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.
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.
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.
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;
Here is a sketch I did for my Worlds Deadliest strip circa 2014 I have not yet published the strip that goes with this illustration. Stay tunes as I will be bringing the comic strip back by the end of the year!
These are some early concept illustrations I did for Worlds Deadliest Circa 2011. I hope to bring this comic book out of Hiatus by the end of the years. Currently I have several project I have to wrap up until I can bring Worlds Deadliest back but mark my words it will come back!
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.
I got this Batman Sketch from comic book artist Tom Raney at the San Diego Comic Con Circa 1991. Raney was an unknown artist at the time trying to break into comics. I thought this batman sketch was one of the most awesome kick ass depictions I’d ever scene of my favorite superhero. This sketch hung on my wall and sat next to my drawing board for years.
Today I look back on this sketch and it drives me crazy how batman’s bicep is drawn because a bicep does not tie into the deltoid like that. Batman’s abdominals and triceps are completely incorrect as well as the rest of the his anatomy. The head is too small in proprtion to the rest of Batman’s body. Yet even with all these errors it still looks cool. Perhaps some day I will ink this sketch myself and correct it.
Here’s a rare look at the pencils by A.J. Fulcher from my Catch Wrestling Comic Book Strength Monsters. You can still download THIS entire issue for free just put your name and email in the box below and I will email you a copy.
Day One of 100 Days of Making Comics.
The challenge is simple. Work on your comic for a minimum of 30 minutes a day for 100 days straight. Document what you do and upload it to youtube in order to stay accountable.
Here are the illustrations I did today;
Work in progress for Your Web Designer I’ll tight this guy up and tie him down tomorrow. This the quick sketch I did today inspired by an Al Feldstein Weird Fantasy Cover. If you don’t know who Feldstein is I suggest you learn! My recommendation is to pick up a copy of FELDSTEIN: The Mad Life and Fantastic Art of Al Feldstein! and start reading. A copy of The EC Archives: Weird Fantasy Volume 1 will get you on the right track as well.
I finish this today pencils for a recreation I’m doing of a classic Frank Frazetta piece. I will being inking tomorrow. My proporations are not exactly the same as the original as I freehanded the entire piece (no tracing). This is an exersice to improve my skill to pay attention to Frazetta’s lines and feel how his drawing was put together.