26 Apr 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.
Image 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.