My last video http://youtu.be/olBMM9i1iSk explained why drawing cartoon is not as easy as it looks. Today I'll show you how to get started with a very basic cartoon person.
Here are the links in the video
The Ginger Ninja: http://www.shoorayner.com/shoos-books/the-ginger-ninja/
Stickmen drawing: http://youtu.be/wXwX0NV7SEg
Drawing with Mannequins http://youtu.be/rXWauwCy0Rc
Draw Hands: http://youtu.be/5IiygKH6SUY
Drawing Cartoons part 2
In my previous video we discussed what cartoon style drawing is and why it isn’t as easy as it looks.
We defined a cartoon as being “… a form of two dimensional illustrated visual art.”
Now, the word Illustration comes from the Italian - Illustratio which means - “To enlighten” So we are visualising or enlightening an idea or concept. A simple, cartoon style does that job really well.
When you see an artist draw their most well-known character - in my case it is a little cat called the Ginger Ninja - the drawing seems to flow out of the pen effortlessly.
You have to remember that the artist has been drawing every day for years and years and knows their character like an old friend. You too could draw just as easily if you had put in as much practice!
But don’t let all that hard work put you off. Let’s get you started at the beginning.
You must have drawn stick men at some point in your life?
Stick men can be very expressive - have a look at this video that I made about stickman drawing - I’ll put a link at the end and in the comments box below.
Start with stick people and try to bend and move their bodies about. You might find this video about using mannequins useful too. Again, links at the end and below.
lets draw a fairly simple stick person:
We can give the character a really simple face
just two dots for the eyes
a capital L for the nose and half a slice of orange for the mouth.
Extra expression can be added with two simple dashes for eyebrows.
Put a couple of handles on the side of the head for ears
and add a boxy hair line.
You can do so much with just this simple face. Practice til you can do it in your sleep. It is the foundation you can build on.
Now to make the body, we need to add some clothes - and fill out the arms.
The hands are circles with sausages attached. Here’s another video you might like to watch... again, I’ll put links at the end.
Shape out the trousers - or pants - (depending where you are watching this from!) and you are ready to ink over the top.
When you are sure the ink is dry, you can erase the pencil lines.
Now you can add in some extra detail and maybe colour in your master piece.
If you really want to learn you will want do this again and again. Experimenting and slightly changing things each time.
You may even want to trace over your drawing, improving any mistakes as you go along.
By the way, tracing is not cheating - it’s a learning tool. As you go over the lines you made before, your hand gains muscle memory, making it easier to draw it next time. Here’s another video I made that might be of help!
Try doing this every day for a week, and you will soon see how you are getting comfortable with the character, who will soon begin to look like Your character, which you will be able to draw so much more easily with practice.
As you progress, you will need fewer pencil guide lines, until you can draw the character free hand and clothe him how you wish!
Next time, I’ll show you how we can adapt the character into a woman or a child or a baby.
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In the meantime, keep drawing drawing drawing. practice practice practice and I’ll see you next time.
with award winning illustrator, Shoo Rayner.
music by http://www.youtube.com/cleffernotes