Monday, September 10, 2012

Any Toonboom Inkers Familiar with my style?

Hi folks

I'm getting started on the cartoon here.

If you have already inked some of my characters in the past and can use Toonboom Animate I might have some scenes for you to work on.

[ink_05.jpg]Here are some inking tips:
I had a good post on how to ink faces - using inks by the amazing Brian Romero, but the images seem to have disappeared from the page. They must have been from a blog post of his that he has since deleted.

Tips For Constructing Faces

The head is made up of 2 major parts:

1) the Cranium - which is generally solid (except in exaggerated instances of cartoon license)
2) the Jaw Area- is more movable and can squash and stretch

The upper and lower parts of the head are connected by MEAT:
cheeks, and upper lip.
The rest of the features have to conform to what positions the cranium, jaw and cheeks are in.

Eyes sit in the cranium but are affected by the mouth and cheeks.
Eyebrows both affect and are affected by the eyeballs.
The mouth is affected by 2 things:

1) Whether the jaw is open or closed.

2) The shape of the lips.

Every part of the anatomy affects the others.

If you change the shape of one thing, the other parts have to change (to a lesser extent with it).

The farther away from whichever muscle is moving, the less affected the other parts are.


Here is one of my rough story sketches-very scribbly but it shows the character's pose and his emotion. The trick is to take the scribble and turn it into a finished layout or animation pose that is constructed but still retains the guts of the sketch.
Sometimes artists don't use enough space in their poses. In the drawing above, the shapes are all cramped and too close to each other. The eyes are too close to the edge of the head, the space inside the bow tie is almost non-existent. The shapes are overall - too skinny. This makes the drawing hard to read because all the areas of space are too small, so the lines are all too close together.

Sometimes after I analyze the story sketch and then carefully try to construct it for a layout pose I lose bit of the emotion. I might then just redraw it from scratch to make the pose and expression stronger - once I have analyzed how it works.