Join Dermot O' Connor for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the exercise handout: Print it out!, part of Animation Foundations: Drawing Cartoon Characters.
- So that you know how I made this course, I drew it on paper and pencil. I took my sketch book up to my favorite coffeeshop and I planted myself down on my favorite seat for two, three hours every day and I just drew. A nice cup of coffee, relaxed, drew. And I recommend when you draw, when you follow this course, you'd maybe try something similar. Get some paper and pencil, even if you do follow along with the computer. So let me walk you through some of these pages. So these are from the handout and I really recommend that the first thing that you do, if you want to do this course, is to print these out.
They are basically a book and they'll be your own personal copy of this course. The beauty of having them in this format is that you can see at a glance the content of the course and how important the reference illustrations are. So we will go through this material in the course but having it all right in front of you on paper is vital. So, I'm just gonna show you some more of these slides so that you have an idea for the amount of material that I just dumped out of my head on to the paper, and then I've took it all into Photoshop, beautified it, cleaned it up, darkened the lines, so this is really going to look gorgeous.
And if you do print it out, try to print it out nice and big too. So, I've tried to squeeze out everything I could remember over the last 25 to 28 years of my time in animation, that's been quite a time, so principles of design, how to draw animals, how to draw pretty much every body or product I could think of, strange creatures, and then, even taking the final step of the course to covering how to clean up these characters, how to apply color to them, and how to create model sheets that are fit for a production course or a production environment.
So that's the course that you have in front of you. These preview pages I've shown you are just a few, the sheer volume of work, I think you have an idea, if we see this folder. So this is how many pages there are in the course, it's a book. This is free to all members so print it out, have fun with it, and let's get started.
Follow along with your favorite illustration program, your Wacom tablet, or paper and pen.
- Drawing gesture and attitude drawings
- Creating thumbnail drawings
- Understanding line of action, negative space, exaggeration, and more
- Drawing eyes and mouths
- Drawing feet and hands
- Drawing animals
- Going from rough sketch to full-color drawing