Hopefully I’ll get around to drawing decent looking females at some point in my life. Using step instructions I decided to draw a complete body of a girl in some sort of action after trying some exercises of faces from the books. Playing guitar. So, according to most instructions fro old cartooning books women bodies, even in cartoons have to be more curvaceous and the face features also need to be more subtle. So following instructions and looking at some pictures on Pinterest I tried mimicking the stance of some rocking girls but making them as cartoons and changing the clothes and drawing a made up face. I mean, depending on if the story calls for a curvaceous lady I should learn how to draw them but I’m not all that interested in that form per se for my stories. The inked cartoon on the last page is a little more along the line of what I want to achieve as far as style but not yet there. Still it looks too much like a little girl and I’m trying to draw women. When I think about it I guess the one on the fifth page playing the Explorer guitar is pretty good but the face, I don’t think so, not a memorable character. I really like the curves on that one and the stance, but that one was done using a reference picture for the pose. And I guess that’s ok but I really want to know how to construct a body and use that knowledge to make original poses that I imagine for my characters.
Every time I sit down to work on these exercises I feel a resistance. I sit down and draw and don’t feel happy with the result. But when I finish I feel happy about trying and working at getting better. The mediocre drawings are there as a proof of a slow process.
I have a bunch of situations for scenes written down I’m going to bring them out and start connecting them to make a story and I.m going to start sketching it out to see what things other than drawing girls I need to improve.
If anyone wants to know what books I use to learn:
Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice
Cartooning the Head and Figure
The Lexicon of Comicana
Cartooning: Character Design (How to Draw & Paint)
One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is write a graphic novel, or at least write short graphic stories and at some point publish a collection of them. I while back I made a short web comic series titled Skate Nerds about three friends pretty much just talking nonsense. Although the drawings were very simplistic I enjoyed the actual work and all it involves. And Its just like Ivan Brunetti says, making comics is mostly work. But at the end of the day I felt very satisfied for having put in that work and have that finished product. I never really draw comics, the stuff I draw is very cartoony but everything is stream of consciousness. The few times I’ve tried to draw longer and a bit more complex stories I don’t like the way it turns out. I’m always getting weird and crazy ideas for stories and I jot em down real quick and save them but I don’t know how to draw a lot of things. And I know the drawings don’t have to be prefect, I know believe me but, I have an end product in my mind and what I really need to do is teach my self to draw what I don’t know how to draw. I’m going to start with girls. I never draw girls, I suck at it, it pisses me off that I don’t so I’m going to have to get on it and start practicing.
With these heads I started by following steps but quickly tried to find my style like with the neck. I really like the three heads on the bottom right of the first page but the hair is pretty much modeled from a cartooning book. They’re cool I love them and can be used to make some funny stuff happen but although I’m aiming for a certain style of cartoons I also want to make contemporary looking stuff so what I did was that I did a search in Pinterest for “modern women hairstyles”. The two inked heads on the second page were drawn by looking at photos from that search result. I also created a new Pinterest board for “Girls Hairstyles” to use as reference.
For theses sketches I used prior knowledge of head construction but I also used the book Cartooning The Head and Figure by Jack Hamm because I get really blocked when it comes to creating different looks and stuff and that book has a bunch of examples and, you know, like Austin Kleon says, Steal like an Artist. My end goal here is bringing my stories to life in comic book form, I feel very passionate about cartoons and cartooning in general, and I also love Film and strange stories. I also love old style cartoons so all of the books I own about cartooning are older books or have that style. If you stumble into this post and by a weird chance you’re looking for a simple book to get you started with drawing cartoons I recommend Character Design by Sherm Cohen, it’s great.
Originals and prints in the shop