Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Animation School Lesson 4 - 2 legged characters-full body

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES
Blogger won't let me upload images and hasn't for a couple days.
I have new posts ready except for the pictures.
Computer torture!


OK, now you know the procedure for copying and learning. Apply the same procedure to drawing these simple two-legged typical 40s cartoon characters.

Note that they both have "pear-shaped" bodies. This was pretty common in old cartoons. Bugs, Daffy, Tom and Jerry, Mickey, Donald all have slight variations on the pear shaped body. Once you understand how to make the basic shape, you can then apply it to variations in proportions for other characters.

Also Note! - DETAILS WRAP AROUND BODY SHAPE. They FLOW.
Clothes
Fur
Eyes
Fingers


Step a- MEASURE PROPORTIONS -how many heads tall is the character you are copying?

Step b - Mark proportions on your drawing paper. Match the proportions you are copying.

Step 1 - Draw line of action (we haven't covered this yet, but just do what Preston does in his step 1)

Step 2- Rough in the basic forms of the character.

Step 3 Draw center lines through the forms that wrap around the shape of the forms.

Step 4 - Draw basic forms of next level of details-eyes, arms, hands, feet, legs

Step 5- Draw smallest details- make them follow the forms that they sit on:
Pupils sit on eyes AND FOLLOW THE SHAPE AND POSITION OF THE EYES- they don't exist as little unvarying dots as in The Simpsons and many other cartoons today. Look in the mirror and watch the shape of your pupils change as you move your eyes.
hairs sit on head
Shirt wraps around body
etc.

Pear shaped bodies aren't the only kind of body, but they are the simplest and will help you understand the basic concepts of:
Construction
Proportion
Flowing details that wrap around construction

Once you start to get a handle on that, we can try other types of shapes and forms.

100 comments:

Eebs said...

I wish I were an artist...

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Mike Belmares said...

I just signed up to this site-blog thing a mabob.

Let me just say, these lessons are a whole lot more helpful than the nothing they teach here at the art institute. I'm considering dropping out and learning animation on my own, because I've been here about a year and a half, and I've gotten nowhere as to improving.

What do you think of 3D? I don't know anything about it, and I want an opinion from someone who knows how this stuff works.

Stephen Worth said...

The lesson page for number 4 is up now at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. It has the high resolution scans for the three pages in this lesson and the Student Blogroll. When you complete this lesson, email me the address of your blog page for lesson 4, your name and the date. Send it to sworth@animationarchive.org

Thanks
Stephen Worth
Director
ASIFA-Hollywood
Animation Archive

BrandonPierce said...

What the heck characters are those, John? Are those Terrytoons?

JohnK said...

>> What the heck characters are those, John? Are those Terrytoons?

<<

They are knockoffs of Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. He couldn't use the actual characters for copyright reasons.

Ryan G. said...

Hey Mike B.. what art institute do you go to? Im attending Illinois institute of art for media arts and animation, the classes are hit or miss, some crappy teachers and some shitty teachers

Ryan G. said...

john, are you familiar with John Mclenahans work as an animator? The reason I ask is because he teaches at my school and hes won a couple of emmys..

Mike Belmares said...

>>Hey Mike B.. what art institute do you go to? Im attending Illinois institute of art for media arts and animation, the classes are hit or miss, some crappy teachers and some shitty teachers

Art Institute of Houston. We have ONE 2D animation instructor, some guy who worked on the simpsons. The rest of the classes are all 3D stuff, and I don't even know if they have advanced 2D stuff.

j9 said...

the art institute of houston is one of the worst art schools ever. i went there and it was an absolute waster of money and i ended up going back to school elsewhere and getting my degree. aih has been sued by students and lost over their attempts at teaching animation. when i went there they would simply copy pages from books like the photoshop bible and have us do tutorials and if we asked them any questions, forget about it. they dont even teach people how to draw!! i think i had one figure drawing class the whole two years i was there. dont do it!! get out!!

Duck Dodgers said...

In the "Screwball type" page ther are Screwy Squirrel, George ( of George and Junior fame), the Jimmy Durante-like turkey from "Jerkey Turkey" and the mouse from Tex Avery's "King-Size Canary"

benj said...

Thanks a lot John for helping us!
Those are pretty useful tips...

I'll post my attempts later today!
In the meanwhile here's lesson 3...

see ya,
Benjamin A.

Anonymous said...

"The reason I ask is because he teaches at my school and hes won a couple of emmys.."

I got news for you..if an animator says they won an emmy then they are full of it!

That teacher is totally scamming you!

If the show that you work on wins an emmy they give a certificate to anyone that worked on it, even if you did layouts or something. I know tons of artists that have "won an emmy" it's about as prestigious as having your mom hang your work on the fridge...

Pedro Vargas said...

oh, man! i'm three lessons behind!! I'll catch up as kickly as I can! John, what you're doing is great! what an opportunity this is!

Pedro

Alicia said...

Slow down there big wheels, I'm still on stretch & squash!

Anonymous said...

Um...actually, quite a few animation artists have won real, 14" high, gold-plated Emmys, and Jon probably did too(I'd guess for Tiny Toons--sorry, John).
Where do you get that BS about being "full of it"?? FYI there's a whole set of categories for animation for the daytime, and one or two for the primetime Emmy Awards; if the person was a credited director, producer or writer, and that show wins, they win a REAL trophy. If the category is "individual achievment" they can even win one for character or BG design, art direction or storyboards(those are dayime Emmy-only categories).

So, I guess what I mean to say is, no, Jon isn't "scamming" and yes, you don't know what the eff you're talking about.
: )
btw--nice drawings, everyone.

Anonymous said...

John Mcclenahan worked on animaniacs, tiny toons and pinky and the brain and is supposedly a 3 time emmy award winner for directon

R2K said...

Yeah that looks so easy : )

Kristin said...

That rabbit was the first thing I drew when I got the book. And why does it look diffrent from the one you posted?

Shawn said...

When I went to college, my teachers told me NOT to draw cartoons! My life-drawing teacher told me that cartoons was only "high school stuff" and I should focus on fine art so I could be respected. Needless to say, I didn't listen to her. Anyone can learn how to draw "fine art", but drawing cartoons (really GOOD cartoons, the way John K does) takes a special kind of talent. If I could go back in time, I never would have wasted those 4 years going to college.

By the way, John. I AM doing these lessons. My scanner's on the blink right now, so I can't post them. I've gone through the Preston Blair book before, but it's amazing much you can STILL learn when you go throught it again!

It would be wise to run through this book again every couple of years.

Jouleous! said...

Hi, everyone. =)

I'm a little late on the lessons but here's my lesson 3. I'll post my output on lesson 4 soon.

Comments are much appreciated. Thanks again John!

Lesson 3

bardhol said...

Hey, everybody,
I just put up a blog, with my attempts at the first 3 lessons -- come over, help me with my progress, and leave some comments --
you too, John!
By the way, I've been seeing a lot of great work from everyone! What fun!
bd

Blogasaurus Rex said...

RRAAARRR!!!

David Holm said...

This idea is so great. I hope it will at least give us a few great animators or animation directors who will bring some wackyness to animation again. To little of the wacky going on nowadays(at least good kind of wacky).

I'm waiting for my own copy of the Preston Blair book so I can start improving my drawing skills. Amazingly, this book is not available in every town in Iceland :0

quite frankly,
David Holm from Iceland

max ward said...

Hey John,

I know it doesn't really matter to you since you deal with a bunch of blog students, but I am working on all the lessons, but my scanner is a little on the fritz. I will put up my lessons as soon as I can

Aar!! said...

john you dropped an "f-bomb" in the previous post and i have no problem with that EXCEPT... it makes some schools automatically block your blog so i can't browse it in my computer graphics 2 class. which is lame. could you censor the "f-bomb" and keep the text on your blog pg-rated from now on?? i'd strongly appreciate it as would many others, i'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Hey Aar!

Then access it from home. I really doubt it is JohnK's intent to encourage kids to not pay attention in class.

Anonymous said...

why shouldn't we drop the "f bomb" from time to time? we're all adults here. there's no need to censor ourselves. colorful language can spice up a post or help get a fucking point across. see?

David Germain said...

I think I'm going to have to buy the book. I tried saving the pictures off of the Animation Archive and then printing them out, but there's still some fine print I can't read. I'm assuming that every bit of text is important.
Please don't show me a link to ordering it on Amazon.com because that site requires a credit card of which I don't have. I'll have to phone my local art supplies store or book store and ask if they could order it in or something.

Anonymous said...

Hey John!

It's Jesse again. I would like to let you know that I just got the third volume of Looney Tunes Golden Collection and I was lisining to all the commentaries you did. You are right, "Gruesome Twosome" is the best WB cartoon ever! They just don't make cartoon violents like that anymore. "Falling Hare" is pretty funny and cool looking but my favorite Bugs Bunny cartoons are Hare Ribbin, Heckling Hare, Elmers Pet Rabbit and a few others by Avery, Clampett and Jones. I can't stand the Tweety cartoons by Friz Frieling! I would like to know if you did Audio Commentaries on volumes 1 and 2 before I buy them.

Your pal,

Jesse

MKN said...

I am ALWAYS drawing because I love drawing. But I was wondering, if we already know the basics should we still go through all the steps anyway?

Brett W. Thompson said...

Amazing!!

Thanks so much John :)

I'm way behind, still on lesson 1. Trying to get it mastered before I move on, but it's taking a lot of patience, heh. I have noticed a tiny difference already in my drawing, though.

In fact I was drawing tonight and began to wrap features more- it was really satisfying to read you mention that here :)

I can't tell you how grateful I am for these lessons- and I'm not alone :) Hopefully I can catch up soon and add myself to Mr. Worth's list.

marin_explorer said...

I just stumbled in here basically to say I hope to see more of your animation work--somewhere. When some of the most unimaginitive people control the content channels, something new will be invented to shake things up, whether the medium is TV, Web, or print. At least I hope so--good luck!

David Germain said...

I would like to know if you did Audio Commentaries on volumes 1 and 2 before I buy them.

The only commentary he did on Vol. 2 was for The Great Piggybank Robbery. I think it's my favourite of his too. Every time some great piece of animation comes up John makes gutteral monkey noises and says "look at that". He should do that more often in DVD commentaries, Looney Tunes or otherwise. ;)

benj said...

Here's my first try at Lesson 4.

The drawings of the original PB book are so nice!!!! They're fun to draw:D

polanimation said...

I'm still on Lesson 2, but I'm catching up!

boogie master said...

Great blog real helpful. rock on!

Benjamin De Schrijver said...

"Look in the mirror and watch the shape of your pupils change as you move your eyes."

... Are you joking or what?

How can you look at your eyes in the mirror without them keeping the same shape? Since, you know, if you moved your eyes, you wouldn't be looking at your eyes anymore?

Mirrors ARE great tools, though :-)

bardhol said...

david germain, did you click on the pictures at ASIFA and make them open in their own separate window? That opens larger pictures which should print legibly..
bd

R said...

I'm probably jumping way ahead here...

How do you scale a character to a layout, and have the feet land at the right place?

benj said...

How can you look at your eyes in the mirror without them keeping the same shape? Since, you know, if you moved your eyes, you wouldn't be looking at your eyes anymore?

if you move your head to look in the mirror and keep your eyes in their "different" position... it'll work.

bardhol said...

Hey, y'un's ought to head over to
http://seed-sower-sowing-seeds.blogspot.com/
and give me some pointers on my lessons. I put up my first number 4 post a few minutes ago and it's just sitting there.... RANKLING *SOB!*

jorge garrido said...

>I can't stand the Tweety cartoons by Friz Frieling! I would like to know if you did Audio Commentaries on volumes 1 and 2 before I buy them.

Tweety and Sylvester cartoons rule! BTW, are you THE Jesse from the commentaries that he mentions? Also, BUY ALL THREE SETS. John K shouldn't be a deciding factor at all. All three sets have great cartoons by Clampett and sweet special features! Jonh K isn't on 1 but on 2 he does one commentary and he's in the featurettes.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, Jorge

You seem to get REAL defensive whenever someone else says something you disagree with. First, Space Jam. Now Sylvester & Tweety! What's next?

You should give REASONS why you disagree, instead of just blasting the guy for stating his opinion!

jorge arrido said...

Aren't I just stating my opinion on his opinion? I could give reasons but it don't want to get into a whole thing about why Friz Freleng's Tweet cartoons are good. So i'll just shut up now.

benj said...

I put more PB drawings on my blog and I'd like to hear what you think to help me with my progress.

Love,
Benjamin

chia said...

Great tutorials! Just 2 weeks ago I spoke to a third grade class about the wonders of animation and of course brought my trusty Preston Blair book with me. I encouraged all the potential future animators to bug their parents to go out and buy it for them. It's always good to start them young.

As for your problem with uploading pictures, can you just upload them to an outside site like photobucket and then just hotlink them? I think the code is something like, <**img src="theweblinktoyourpicturehere"**> and delete the **'s, I had to put them in so it wouldn't think I was hotlinking. But I'm just a geek, not a nerd, letters and numbers mean nothing to me.

Gyrobo said...

Yes, I concur. Use another host for your pictures. Once you upload something to Blogger Photos, it's there... forever.

cravens said...

How cool to see Preston Blair's book again! I learned to draw from him, and his animation book was my favorite resource. It was like unlocking a treasure chest. I still have it above my drawing table in case of trouble. Thanks John K.

cravens said...

meant to ask, are you hiring?

Jeff Milner said...

Here are my first couple of drawings (and corrections) from Lesson Four.

When doing corrections do you usually kept using the construction method or do you switch to straight ahead (ie. just fixing what looks wrong directly instead of erasing, putting in the guides and redrawing)?

RoboTaeKwon-Z said...

Sorry to hear about the technical difficulties, John. Constant Blogger service problems are what prompted me to move my webcomic blog to TypePad. Very dependable.
Great lessons, by the way.

comment deleted said...

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Ingredients
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
• 3 carrots, diced
• 2 celery stalks, diced
• 3 cans (14.5 oz. each) chicken broth
• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/2 cup honey
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 potato, peeled and diced
• Salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation
In large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in onions and garlic. Cook and stir until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in potatoes, squash, chicken broth, honey and thyme. Bring mixture to boil; reduce heat and simmer 30 to 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer mixture to blender or food processor; process until smooth. Return pureed soup to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat until hot and serve.

AtomicLobo said...

Hi John,

I have done some re-draws of my Lesson One attempts.

Lesson One Re-Draws

antikewl said...

Technical difficulties should give me a little time to catch up. Hurrah! ;)

Alexis said...

I have always used streamline to
vecorize my drawings. Do you think
that is the best program, or
live trace in illustrator cs2?

Anonymous said...

Hey Jorge Garrido

I will buy the other two Looney Tune sets. I don't have a real problem with the Tweety cartoons. It's just that I saw them so many times as a kid. The cartoons I do like from Freleing are the Pink Panther cartoons.

Jesse

bardhol said...

Everybody! everybody! Come see de seed sower's so-so sketches at http://seed-sower-sowing-seeds.blogspot.com/

Lesson 4.2 up today.
leave some comments too, cantcha?

bardhol said...

Oh yeah, I've also tried to put up links to all the other participants in this course. If you want to see what progress others are making, it's a quick and easy way to find them. Feel free to lemme know if I've missed you!

Kevin Langley said...

I'm learning alot already. I think the more important thing has been trying to develop a more analytical eye. I'm already picking up on mistakes as I'm working on a drawing. Here's my attempt at Lesson 4. I'm going to go back an try each lesson again.



BTW, thanks for link on the main page. I never noticed it. Though it has one too many http://s in it.

Eric C. said...

John,

I have the book with the elephant and the mice on the cover.

I remember hearing that there's different verions of the book and I was wondering if this one's okay to study from.

_Eric

KenM said...

Well, I'm a slow poke but I'm learning a lot. Here's some more work from Lesson 1.

Thanks for all the trouble you're going through to do this, John!

Pedro Vargas said...

Hey, John!

I was hoping you could take a look at my Lesson 1 in my blog. I'm starting Lesson 2 right now.

Pedro

Dr.Awkward said...

Hey, does anybody remember that show, "Oggy & The Cockroaches"?

Gabriel said...

I'm one of those folks who had read that book but hadn't actually worked out the lessons. I was naive, I thought "bah, i can do those, it's just spheres and pears". When John pushed us into doing it, I laughed when I saw lesson 1. "An egg? That's stupid!", and then I realized it was not that easy. The next lesson was a lot of work, but it was not that hard. Then I did the overlay thing and noticed I didn't do as good as I had thought. And now I just finished the rabbit on lesson 4. I know it's full of mistakes that my eye can't yet notice. But I'm happy I did it. I'll do the other stuff still today. Let's accept this challenge, folks! I hope we're not seeing as much results as before because you're all working hard, and not because you ran away. It will be great for everyone if we manage to redraw this book to the very end!

Andy Seredy said...

I love these lessons and am slowly progressing through them. It just sucks because I am so slow everyone is just wizzing past me. All in all I wish I was unemployed so I could burn up my days just doing these lessons. In any event thanks for the info john. Big pimp daps to mah homies.
andy

Kitty said...

I'd do this lesson stuff, but I have no time. Beleive me, I want to do them. I can only do what time allows. School and other things are in my way... end of school, then SUMMER VACATION! wheeeee.... anyway, i read the lessons and I apply them to my drawings when I DO draw. (I get just enough time in the evening to draw a little)

junior said...

I don't have time either. Unfortunately I believe only people who have time to learn anything can hope to get better at it.

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antikewl said...

kurtjp: I'd worry less about your desk layout and more about practicing. Sure your first attempts will be bad, I'm sure most of ours were! Just grab a soft pencil (no idea what you'd call a 2B in the US!) and keep trying...

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Desiree said...

WHAAH!! Im kinda late BUT id like to answer the 3D question anyway.

3D is far not as flexible as 2D. it's very limiting and as an artist feel often frustrated that i can't just literally touch what's on teh screen and change it the way i need to; instead i have to go look in the drop down menus to find the button that makes things happen the way i want them. Character are rigged with bones which makes them a lot less flexible than 2D characters. Extreme squashes and stretches like u see in looney tunes isn't really possible.
All in all, if animated nicely its amazing, but its a very different type of animation and i have to constantly break richard william's rules to achieve what i want in 3D what would otherwise work in 2D.
in 3D, it seems, studios need to really rely on good stories to make anything good, becuase the visuals don't support themselves. Nemo was boring and shit, incredibles was boring and shit, Toy Story had amazing story, but it wouldve never worked without sound.

As to being taught by ppl with emmys or whatever....they can't get you a Job! learn your principles/ foundation from someone and then ur on your own. ANything further that ANYONE tries to teach you comes from their personal opinion. I recommend u make your own experiences and opinions which suit YOU best.
This comes from personal experiences at my College.

But JOhn is one o those guys that teach you the Foundation that every other teacher seems to skip!! He's great :D!

Gabriel said...

Lesson 4, done!

Roberto González said...

I was a little late, so I'm trying to catch it on. I have been doing a lot of Preston Blair stuff in the last two days and I've posted some redraws of lesson 1,lessons 2, 3 and 4.

Here:
http://elblogderg.blogspot.com

Or here:

http://elblogderg.blogspot.com/2006/05/ms-muchos-ms-dibujos-de-preston-blair.html

I'm trying to do the characters a little closer to the originals, but I have problems with the angle of the character and proportions. At least I think the facial expressions look "alife". I'm not an expert, though, so I am not even sure which things I do better/worse.

I actually did the Photoshop overlay thing, though I'm posting the drawings side by side cause the overlay seemed a little confusing to me and even making one layer transparent I still couldn't see both drawings clear enough. I'm trying to see the differences and I guess I would try to correct them at some moment but really, even when I think I have it pretty close, then it’s quite different when I see them side by side.

Check it out, John K, any opinion or piece of advice would be interesting to read.

Gabriel said...

Same here. I had an idea. I tried to overlay Preston's drawings with his own. Surprise, even he didn't get it perfect, I guess you can only go so far as to accuracy, beyond that you'd be a human xerox machine. I'm trying to use my own judgement to see wha's acceptable and what's not, if I were to get too picky I'd spend a week in a single drawing...

Gabriel said...

(That is, i overlayed preston's step 2 with step 3 of a same character, of course.)

KenM said...

Gabriel said:

"I tried to overlay Preston's drawings with his own. Surprise, even he didn't get it perfect...(That is, i overlayed preston's step 2 with step 3 of a same character, of course.)"

I've found the same thing, though I didn't actually overlay the drawings in Photoshop. I just found myself looking at Preston's drawings so closely while trying to copy them that this became apparent to me. It can be a little frustrating. I guess it should come as no surprise that each of Preston's drawings is a little different 'cuz human beings aren't machines. You just have to look at the final drawing first and anticipate making your initial steps meet its unique characteristics.

ohwhocares said...

Everybody's lines look so much nicer in their "tests"!, I'm going slow to try to get the right angles and it's all...wavery. :|
But the point being - nice stuff. :)

Dwaer said...

Hi John, here's my 3rd lesson!

notor said...

me too me too

Andy Seredy said...

Desiree said:
"3D is far not as flexible as 2D. it's very limiting and as an artist feel often frustrated that i can't just literally touch what's on teh screen and change it the way i need to; instead i have to go look in the drop down menus to find the button that makes things happen the way i want them. Character are rigged with bones which makes them a lot less flexible than 2D characters. Extreme squashes and stretches like u see in looney tunes isn't really possible."

I'm not sure I totaly agree. Yes, you have seen bland animation comming out of the big 3d houses, but that's because it's the animation style they are shooting for. I've seen some very impressive new rigging and interface technology come out (broken rigging, with super toon squash and stretch) and also a virtual grease pencil for 3d apps to sketch some thumb nails into before and while you animate. I'll admit it aint easy, but when you get a bunch of talented mo-fo's to work with a bunch of smart mo-fo's, good things happen. The main reason why the studios havent been trying the the super toon style is that its untested and new. I bet with in 10 years we'll begin to see an explosion in 3d toons that are less limmiting to a toony brain.

The studios just need the right artists with the right training... Thanks john
I'm still cranking away on the lessons, and have updated both lesson 1 and 3, and have started on 2. Please keep the lessons comming. I love this stuff.
andy

Desiree said...

hey Andy!

u got a point. THis is just the tip of the iceberg!

Cheers

Dave_the_Turnip said...

Well, it's been a while, but i finally got lesson 4 finished. It can be found here!

Arius said...

I recognize these drawings. 'Animation' by Preston Blair.

You recommended this book to me when I was a wee young lad, too sick to venture out to your gallery showcase in Chicago. Fortunately my old man had the gonads to give the gallery a buzz, and lo and behold, you took the time out to talk to me. And to recommend that book.

A mighty moment, in a boy's dreams, in his future career. By next Christmas, Aunt Sylvia had tracked the book down and given it to me.

I myself have lent it to an even younger family member, a cousin.

Your style is legend, your thoughts coarse, but you are still a hero. Maestro, I say draw on!

And Mr. Worth... perhaps you remember me for a conference for a certain graphical chat program, as a wily orange Zesto, helping you illustrate the potential for such an online medium.

You guys rock. You have shaped my childhood. And maybe in a few years, I can help shape animation future.

Andy Seredy said...

John,
I have started Lesson 4, but I'm a long way from finnishing. Here are my first two attempts(still have a ton to do).
Lesson 4

Thanks so much for everything john. Your course has done wonders for my motivation.
andy

Jason White said...

i am a newby to the lessons blog and i am trying to play catch-up. please check out my first batch of drawings. a few of them are off, but they are my first run of preston blair copies. i got excited and did some experimenting as well as some straight copies. alot of them look goofy, but i kept them in to hopefully notice improvement down the road. i am also extremely impressed by all y'all other peoples stuff! dang.

Paul said...

I've just had a bash at lesson 4, can you take a look if you get a chance?

http://www.whippey.org.uk/?p=132

I'm starting to really enjoy this course, it all makes perfect sense to logically follow through the lessons. I can feel my technique and understanding improving after each step.

Thanks!

Paul.

PaulW said...

Hi John,

I posted my lesson attempt last night on here, but since then my website has gone pearshaped (just like PB's constructions!). So I've moved over to Blogger. The lesson is now at:

http://whippeyskb.blogspot.com/2009/08/animation-school-lesson-4-two-legged.html

If you have time to have a look, I would be grateful for any comments etc.

Thanks!

Paul.

Nick A said...

I've attempted all the lesson 4 drawings (once). Onto lesson 5.

TWill said...

I just finished lesson 4. Now that we're finally drawing full bodies, I was a lot more motivated to do this lesson.

Check it out lesson 4 here.

TWill said...

Hey John, just posted my lesson 4 drawings with the Preston Blair originals side-by-side. I'll start showing them like that from now on.

You can check out the lesson 4 re-post here.

sam challis said...

Hi John
full body drawings here

John said...

Hi John,

I've had a go at lesson four and put my images up Here along with comparisons.

John said...

ARRgh nooo seems my attempt at being internet savvy failed as the link in my previous comment is broken.

It can be found here:

http://paintthemeggs.wordpress.com/

...via good old copy and paste. I've done a bunch more copies and comparisons since then too...

David said...

Hi John
Lesson 4 has started. Currently redoing the images to get as close to Prestons version as possible.

http://myartfrenzy.blogspot.com/search/label/Lesson%204

islandheroes said...

Hey everyone, here is my lesson 4:
Lesson 4

Connor Leahy said...

Here's my attempt at Lesson 4.