Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Economy of Line or how "Less is More"

On this wonderful labour day weekend (OK it is cold and rainy but it is a extra day off from the daily grind), I sit at the 'puter and think about the September art Challenge on the Art and Story Supreme Forums.

Art and Story Supreme is a worthwhile collection of extra podcasts and forum access that is hosted by the Art and Story crew. You can get a free 15 day trial (well worth checking out). There are many "tasty nuggets" that you can grab from these podcasts and even if you choose to subscribe "only" to the forum, you are in for a treat, as members critique, support and enlighten each other in their daily search for the path to comic book creativity... Or something like that ;)

So this month's challenge is about drawing your favourite cartoon character. A reference shown is the cover of "Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation",

This style appeals to many and though the line work seems simple, there is an elegance to it. And the detail in the lack of detail is great! It is not something that everyone can do from day one as the animators using this style have a classical animation background. But with practice I can see it being a worthwhile endeavor...

I haven't been up to a whole lot this past week as personal life sometimes has a way of taking all of your time. If only I didn't need sleep!

I'm reading a book on timing in animation right now and I'll post a review of it next week...


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