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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter, December 2012
December 01, 2012

Drawing Pencil Sketches
Newsletter December 2012


Artists, Friends and Family, welcome to this months' newsletter

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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter December 2012

Hello Friends and Fellow Artists,

Many subscribers are interested in animated cartoons and comic strips and the question keeps popping up "What software program can I use for animated cartoons?" There are many to choose from depending on if you want "stop motion" or "Keyframe" (keyframe is creating your clips frame by frame.) Best bet is to Google a review of all the programs. I will be putting up some very short clips later this month and I will be using Serif Software (DrawPlusX5) which is inexpensive.

If you can hold a pencil you can put together an animated cartoon strip. It's FUN and you can actually make your drawings MOVE! It is very easy to do and the program learning curve is not steep – you can master it in a few days.

Create your cartoon character first which can be something as simple as an apple. Did you see those clips on YouTube of the "Annoying Apple" each clip had millions of hits and is very simple to do. I am sure there are some of you who would love to try their own animated cartoons?

You don't have to know basic human anatomy to be able to draw cartoons well. There are no rules in drawing cartoons or comics and are not held in the same light as figure drawing s and so anything goes!

Once you have created your character or copied one from some source to get started, you then put together your storyboard which tells your story in a dozen frames (12 drawings or so). In some of these programs you can "clone" your drawing and make its position slightly different than the one before it. This gives it the animation, the movement. It is really very easy to do and it does not take a long time. To get started, go to YouTube search and put in "stopframe Animation" to see how really easy this is. (see South Park and Jib-Jab, it's all stopframe.)


Here is an animated Clip From Serif (no, I don't get paid for this.)


To get the best drawing results, stand in front of your easel rather than sitting down. Why? Because you have to constantly get up and take a step back to view your work from a distance, not close up. You drawing paper should be well illuminated by a single light source.

Don’t just start drawing your subject matter, study it first—search for the most embracing action from your “feelings” towards the subjects character. You do not have to describe it verbally but get a feel for its softness, the hard edges, the dimensions, the mass, how it interlocks. Does one part of it compliment any other part? Remember when drawing, especially with charcoal, that you do not hold your pencil as you do a pen when writing. You hold the pencil loosely with your fingertips. Holding a pencil tightly is not conducive to a nice gestural drawing, so use your fingertips and a loose arm when sketching. Your drawings will take on a whole new meaning.

Yours in Art and Drawing

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PS: Have fun drawing, I'd love to see your work showcased here. Please do write if you have any comments or questions especially when you upload your drawings, just a few words will do about your drawings and you.

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