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Flow metal through paper
á - Dan Fitch

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Learn to Draw

Drawing. I love it! Very few things in life can be as visceral and skin-tingling as doing visual art yourself.

Although I planned to have this wrapped into a nice little package by now, I spent all weekend doodling around. Some of it you might even see. There should be new stuff on the 4th... at least two cool things are happening.



Jumping points:
dmoz: Arts: Illustration
dmoz: Arts: Visual Arts: Resources
About.com Drawing/Sketching
esp. About.com Tutorials and Excercises
About.com Cartooning
Art-Wow - even more lessons




Quick deep links to things I tried and liked:
Create Value with Black and White Tones [quick]
Emmet Scott's Drawing Games [fun]
The Word as Image [syllabus]
How to Draw [Human] Eyes [what not to do?]




Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Animals introduced me to doodling. Such a great book. I couldn't find any non-commerce links.

Chat transcript, another, a brief interview with Ed


<Moderator2> <Goff2> Who is your favorite artist?

<Ed_Emberley> Pablo Picasso.





Learn to Draw with Lee Ames - slightly more sophisticated, same step-by-step idea. I especially enjoyed the aliens book.



Draw with Mark - does anyone else remember this guy from PBS back in the day? The web site here is incredibly comprehensive with lots more step-by-step lessons.



Useful job skills: Know how to draw armadillos, sheep.



Figure drawings and portraits, neat animated portrait sketch





Dandy Don's College of Cartoon Knowledge
Tools for Comics Creators
The Cartoonist's Fountain of Knowledge, you can tell it hasn't been updated for years because it's all on one page. *GASP*


Blambot: Free comic fonts if you don't trust your hands, like me. Very fine originals, too.

Related:
Writing for Comics



If you just travel one level further on all these pages, you should learn a veritable landslide of drawing knowledge. Hopefully sketched some fun things, too. That's enough for now!



"I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye."

- Jack Handey

In all seriousness, watching Popeye for a while showed me all kinds of neat things. Both in the painstaking execution of the frames, and the constant surprise in the story while sticking to a main theme. That was back when the animators really painted every frame with care, which is what I want to do when I truly attempt a cartoon short.