Sencond day of learning

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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)