Above is just a few sketches to try and work her out – not attempting anything special or nothing… just trying to get a better idea of what I want her to look like. I was also giving her a go with the brush pen to see if I could get some nice inking going. I learnt 3 things in this little drawing exercise.
1) A light box may be holding me back. I drew these with pencils on a tablecloth… without any light-box. I felt like I drew better if I just gave it one shot, rather than if I drew it, placed another piece of paper over the top, tried to improve it, place another piece of paper on top… etc. This is something I had been taught to do in animation school… but maybe that’s something more for Disney animators.
2) Using a line of action might be holding me back. Another thing I learnt in animation school is to draw all characters using a line of action… a line that tells the characters inner emotions or something like this. Again, I think this was probably really helpful to Disney animators, but perhaps it’s giving me awkward characters. In the above drawing… the two girls on the right were drawn with a line of action, the two on the left weren’t. I think I’ve spent years trying to force a line of action into my characters. Perhaps the line of action may be one of those ‘toys for the grown ups’ and just something I shouldn’t play with. Fun fact: the two drawings on the left actually have a line of action, I just didn’t draw one in.
3) Brush pens may actually be the inking tool after all. I love the idea of brush pens. They just make sense. I’ve spent year trying to use them with no luck, but tonight they’ve worked well. Maybe this is because I haven’t been trying to use them on my lightbox where my hand sticks to the glass… or maybe because I always am to scared to ink strait onto my pencil drawing so I do it on a new piece of paper, and again it’s the lightboxes fault.
I guess I’m a slow learner.
Here are a few colour’s I was quickly playing with. Maybe that brushed style is something I should be going for.
In Christianity, if a guy wants to be a preacher or a pastor but can't preach and is terrible with people, often people subtly suggest he should become an academic theologian. I think I can't draw and am not any good with animation... so perhaps I should become an academic cartoonogian. Once again... 2am babble.