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Exercises: basic shapes, action lines and sketching

Second post of my series improve your drawing skills spending just 30 min a day. This week we have 3 funny and short exercises that I’m sure you will enjoy.

1.- Reducing to basic shapes

Instructions:  in this drawing exercise your goal is reducing the complexity of any Disney character to its basic shapes.

disney character developmentImage and character design property of Disney.

 

What do we learn?: this exercise is very useful if you want to learn how to draw cartoons because it help you to “understand” the basic shapes behind complex characters, once you understand the basic shape you will move the character easily. The outcome will be more dynamic and consistent.

2.- From basic shapes to details

Now let’s go with the opposite process, building a mascot character using different basic shapes. Notice how simple and effective are he following characters:

Image courtesy of Cedric’s Blog

 

What do we learn?: the same as the previous exercise, simple and effective cartoons are made with very basic shapes. In this exercise we learn to put details into the right place. Once you master this principle you are ready to learn the technique for digital inking.

3.- Find action lines

Exercise: choose an image of a cartoon character you like. Your task is finding the action line.

Some of the mascot I designed from SOSFactory

 

What do we learn?: We learn to find the action lines that liven up the characters. With some practise, we’ll make our drawings more dynamic, and sketching will be easier too. Learn from a master!:

 

Do you need help?

If you do just email me your images or contact me trough the contact form. I can also give you tips to improve your skills.

sergio ordonez
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I'm the created of all the content in SOSFactory and I'm here to help you, so feel free to ask any doubt you have and I will reply as soon as possible.

21 Comments
  • seeal
    Posted at 08:46h, 01 October Reply

    al final me ha gustado mucho tu blog, gracias por tu tiempo para compartir lo que sabes 🙂

  • Serjio
    Posted at 06:36h, 01 October Reply

    Hello from Belarus! Thank you man for your great work! It’s a quite amazing site. I couldn’t sleep last night while reading all of the posts of this one:)

  • inedeo
    Posted at 22:06h, 01 October Reply

    gracias de nuevo muy buen trabao muy buenos ejercicios.
    saludos

  • Sergio Ordonez
    Posted at 01:22h, 04 October Reply

    Muchas gracias amiguetes, me alegro que os gusten estos ejercicios. No dudeis en mandar vuestros dibujos.

  • Big Rich
    Posted at 11:58h, 06 October Reply

    Keep the tips coming on improving your drawing skills. I can not return to college but POST like yours help me to improve my design and drawing skills.
    Thanks!!!!

  • Josue Velasquez
    Posted at 22:49h, 07 October Reply

    felicitaciones seguistes mi consejo y que bueno que le dediques tiempo para enseñar tecnicas de dibujo aunque sabes me gustaria que pusieras un tutorial de como realizar pies y zapatos porfa gracias sigue con tu web que esta super¡¡

  • Pepa
    Posted at 03:58h, 01 November Reply

    Muchas gracias por los ejercicios, me ayudan a practicar mantienen inspirada. No puedo esperar por el otro. Gracias

  • David A.
    Posted at 14:55h, 02 November Reply

    Supongo que no soy el primero en decirtelo, pero acabo de conocer tu pagina,y no puedo para de mirarla. Te queria hacer una pregunta, ya se que sin practicar todos los dias no se puede llegar a ese nivel, nos podrias recomendar algun libro o pagina que te haya ayudado en tus comienzos??

    Muhcas gracias, y espero tu tercera entrega

  • Diana
    Posted at 21:05h, 03 November Reply

    Se lo preguntas a Sergio :P, pero en lo personal te recomiendo que practiques con el libro de animación de Preston Blair 🙂 tengo un pdf si quieres te lo paso por email, David.

  • David A.
    Posted at 09:30h, 04 November Reply

    A quien se lo preguntara es lo de menos, todo el mundo necesita comenzar por cualquier sitio, y cualquier ayuda es bien recibida. Si me gustaria ver ese pdf, te lo agradeceria [email protected]

    Un saludo

  • Diana
    Posted at 06:46h, 09 November Reply

    Hey, Sergi, queremos la parte III 😛

  • Diana
    Posted at 04:07h, 10 November Reply

    Hola, David, te envié el pdf, me avisas si lo recibiste, he tenido problemas para entrar a gmail :S

  • David A.
    Posted at 11:24h, 10 November Reply

    Si me llego bien, muchas gracias Diana.

  • Milana
    Posted at 00:21h, 01 December Reply

    Like this very much and the first one as well 😀
    Can you please tell me is there going to be a third one? Or some videos where you actually talk of your work? Me and my friends find this all very inspiring and most helpful so please don’t stop making these articles and videos 😀

    Best regards

  • Sergio Ordonez
    Posted at 10:46h, 01 December Reply

    Hello Milana, I´m glad you like it.

    There will be more tutorials and videos, I really would like to talk of my work but my English is very limited 🙁

  • Milana
    Posted at 13:00h, 01 December Reply

    Haha I have listened to your video, and believe me, it’s great 😉

  • saftiawan
    Posted at 01:24h, 15 December Reply

    Hahaha,,nomurO uno sergio. it’s very basic for illustrator but mostly forgotten. Once again tqu.

  • Star
    Posted at 16:13h, 15 January Reply

    Hola Sergio!! tenia tiempo sin pasar por tu blog, y dejame decirte q cada vez q lo leo, me anima un poco mas a seguir por este camino, y estos ejercicios son excelentes!! Espero ver los proximos 😀 Cuando ya tenga los mios hechos vere si te los mando jeje, saludos!! Y q este año este lleno de mucha creatividad y buenos trabajos xD

  • Judith
    Posted at 01:14h, 16 January Reply

    Wow…. estoy fascinada con tu blog…. eres un maestro!…. soy estudiante de diseño gráfico y este blog es de gran ayuda…. siempre digo que los mejores profesores estan en Internet ;)…
    gracias por compartir tu talento y experiencia….

  • yusuf ardiansyah
    Posted at 16:20h, 08 August Reply

    please sergio, update this tutorial… I want to improve my drawing skill. I just found your website today. Great website

  • Diegoanimaster
    Posted at 15:29h, 15 September Reply

    Muchas gracias Sergio por tus ejercicios estan maravillosos me han ayudado mucho y los tutoriales estan geniales tienes una pagina estupenda y un talento envidiable de verdad eres un genio muchas gracias

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