Just a note to all the nice people who have been checking out my stuff. I'm going to be offline for a while as I am traveling. I will try to post something new in the near future. Keep drawing and never give up!
I got a post from Michael where he showed me some funny drawings he did of Ren and Stimpy. I thought I might put my answer to him up here thinking that it might be helpful to you other nice folks
Construct your drawings from the ground up. Think about the big shapes and the expression. What is the point of the drawing? What story point are you trying to convey? Think about the thrust of the action, the shape dynamics between the characters. Also keep in mind that the characters will have to animate. This meanss you must plan your staging around the broadest poses. Draw the entire figure standing on the ground keeping in mind their center of gravity, the force of the action/expression and how it relates/effects the other character. Don't scratch at the lines, use quick confident strokes and draw with your whole arm not just your fingers.
Here is the pencil holding theory. If you draw like you write then you are using the dozens of small muscles in your hand which are pushing and pulling on the pencil while you try to draw a circle or shape. Experiment with different ways to hold your pencil. Think of it as a wand.
Don't get too caught up in the details of the wrinkles etc. It's good to know how to do these but thats just skin and you need to work on the bones. A good exercise is to come up with a short story. Like Ren comes home and finds Stimpy doing something he shouldn't. (use your own characters if you can) Ren loses it and reacts. Stimpy gets a happy beating. Do thumbnails first to work out the gags, expressions/poses etc. I know that's a lot but if you want to try it I think it would help.
Don't fall in love with any drawing ever. if it looks bad to you (listen to the small voice) then draw it over. Don't trace it or you will repeat the same mistakes. It's like playing the piano. It's all about practice not about putting on a concert.
Here ia a concept that Jim Gomez and I created just after Ren and Stimpy, like ten minutes after. We almost got a pilot made of this one. I still have the storyboard by Stephen DeStefano and it's f'n great!. This drawing is by Stephen and the horrid colors are by me.
This is a splash page from a movie parody I did for Crazy magazine. The Sushi chef in the foreground is Larry Hama, the editor of the magazine and the guy with the round sunglasses above Harrison Ford's head is Bobby London creator of Dirty Duck.
Here are some small JPGs I got off the web of album covers I did back in the old school days for Newcleus and Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force. The Afrika Bambaataa lettering was done by Pete Friedrich and the Newcleus logos were done by Pat (Redding) Scanlon. Sorry about the poor quality of the Newcleus JPG's.
These are covers I did for "THE NAM" for Marvel comics back in the late 80's. Copyright Marvel Comics. When I moved to NYC in the early eighties I was dead broke and hadn't really established a style so I picked up work wherever I could which meant I had to adapt to many styles and formats. I owe most of what I know about comic book drawing and storytelling to Larry Hama. I also owe much to a great cartoonist who discovered me, brought me to the city, made me his assistant and taught me much about funny drawing and color for print, Gary Hallgren
I did this logo for the cartoonist union newsletter. I wanted to make letters that looked like cartoon characters, that were funny and almost impossible to read. I think I got the impossible to read part for sure..
This lil' guy I designed is Brainchild, the Genius on an anuscycle who inflates Stimpy so Ren can go in and save Stimpy's Brain. He was voiced by the great Bill Mumy form Babylon 5, Lost in Space and Twilight zone.