Sunday, August 28, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
I like to think that comedic models will become common in future figure drawing sessions. I further fantasize that the best models...i.e. the funniest ones, the most fun to draw...will become much sought after on the art school circuit. I predict that we'll see a lot of certain types of characters. I'll mention a few of them here.
Well, there's the Mr. Meek type (above).
With costume changes the very same model could, in the same session, be a flamboyant dandy...
...a dancer or a singer...
...or a goofball...
...or a villain like Captain Hook.
She could also be a dancer (above)...
Monday, August 22, 2016
For comedy drawing sessions I usually prefer draped models. Sorry, I don't know who drew this.
I don't think oddball contortions are the best use for a comedic model.
I prefer funny poses. There's always something about them that you'd never have figured out if you were just winging it. In this case (above), the angle of the feet. I like the clothing wrinkles, too.
Maybe if someone held her feet up you could get something like this (above).
I like ignorant poses.
As an experiment I'd like to try poses that are influenced by movies and animated cartoons I've seen. Somewhere out there, there's bound to be comedic male models who can do exaggerated public speaking poses like the ones Daffy Duck's doing here (above and below).
The padded shoulders and gloves magnify Daffy's gestures so I'd try that on the real life model.
For a text, maybe fragments of one of Billy Sunday's prohibition sermons. Or maybe a poem. What do you think of this Walt Whitman parody (below)?
AFTER WALT WHITMAN
by Richard Grant White
I happify myself.
I am considerable of a man. I am some. You are also some. We
are all considerable; all are some.
Put all of you and all of me together, and agitate our particles by
rubbing us up into eternal mash, and we should still be some.
No more than some, but no less.
O ensemble! O quelque-chose! O women!
They look at me and my eyes start out of my head.
Women watch for me; they do. Yes, sir!
They rush upon me; seven women laying hold of one man.
O turnips! O cucumber! O beets, parsnips, carrots, O sass!
They can make the hands bigger than life, too.
The idea isn't to copy the Olive Oyl reference slavishly but to make a funny, graphically stark and cartoony caricature of the live model.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
I don't know what her personal life was like but her public image was one of frivolity and lightness, of driving along Malibu beach with the wind in her face in a brand new convertible. I can't imagine someone like her coming out of a gritty city like Chicago.
When I'm forced to leave they'll have to pry my fingers off the city limit sign.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
I love the drawing mistakes on old comic book covers. Here (above) a tiny car drops off a dead man who, if he were standing upright, would be taller than the door. His girl, who has a gigantic left leg, backs up to a miniature staircase. It's all goofy, but it works...for me, anyway.
I don't mind mistakes when they're funny.
I guess that's why I like early comics. They're full of mistakes! How do you like the hand in front of the girl's face or the inappropriate (and no doubt unintentional) grab?
The best artists eventually figured out perspective but their later work never had the guts of their earlier stuff. Even famously smooth DC artist Carmine Infantino (that's his work, above) had trouble with perspective when he first started out. I like his early work better.
It's my belief that gutsy but primitive art prompted writers to write better stories, but I guess making the argument for that would require a separate post.
BTW: I've got a lot of work to do around the house so my posts might be a bit irregular for a month or so. I'll get on a normal schedule just as soon as I'm able.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Neil Adams is a great super hero artist, no doubt about it, but I prefer a simpler approach, probably because I come from a comedy background. The superhero artists I like include people you probably never heard of, in fact, I don't know some of their names myself.
I like the artist who did this panel, above. I'm guessing it's Jack Cole. I love the way the character takes giant Kirbyesque strides as he walks, but his torso is fairly normal. He's talking to the camera, but it's easy to imagine that he's talking to a friend who's taking giant strides beside him. I'd like to see walks like this animated.
Here (above) a different artist suggests a wonderful animated walk. The pipe smoke makes it even better.
Who did this one (above)? It's one of my all-time favorite comic book runs. We're told the character is frightened out of his wits yet his lower body seems to be calmly standing in place. Does it work? Mmmmm....I have to admit that for me...it does.
I'm guessing that the artist posed in a mirror for the picture, but the mirror was one of those tiny medicine cabinet mirrors and he couldn't see his lower body.
This character's (above) great! His neck seems to be broken so his head stands perfectly upright even though his body leans forward. I like it, though. It makes him more interesting. I also like the way the guy's head sits on his right shoulder. Genius!
Check out the way his head (above) turns to face the woman beside him. It's the Exorcist method of head turns where the body faces forward while the head rotates to a profile.
Above, the guy in the airplane is back again, this time with a flat body and a volumetric head. Veeery nice!
The kind of artist I'm talking about relishes unconventional fight poses. He experiments with all sorts of ways to give and receive a punch.
When fisticuffs don't work the characters might resort to biting and strangle holds. Hey, nobody said the superhero life is a bowl of cherries.