Collect as many examples as possible of different characters. I have got some human characters from newspapers and magazines. Next I had to catalogue these characters as types and create my own category headings: children, children playing, women, and men.
I got some books about drawing cartoons so that before I start the character practice for this exercise I could warm up with some cartoon characters in individual styles.
There is a video which is the character Thumper repeats his father’s words after being asked by his mother “What did your father tell you?”
I like the line “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”, as well as “Eating greens is a special treat, that makes long ears and great big feet. (aside to Bambi) But it sure is awful stuff to eat. I made that last part up myself”.
For the Disney character they are awesome, adorable delicate and stylish characters. For the Bambi cartoon film I can’t believe that they made excellent figures in 1942 when everything had to be hand drawn and animated.
My husband recently bought me 2 classic DVD which are Bambi and Frozen for my collection. I was amazed at the film Bambi and also interesting the new animation of Disney on Frozen which is a recent film.
So for this exercise I am going practice a Disney face figure “Elsa”.
This is the video I found from website which is how to draw Elsa from “Frozen”
I began as a brainstorm from Disney characters and a beautiful lady’s figure.
Draw my character from the front, from the side and from the back. I draw the outline of Elsa’s figure first.
Then I have tried a little bit colour on my Elsa figure.
I have tried another character who is Thumper the Rabbit from Bambi.
Overall I think I am not that close to the Disney style yet. Some things like the characters need more indicate and refinement.
Some problem like I failed the side view on first sketch, Elsa’s eyes’ oval are too big and haven’t left any space for eyeballs and maybe I have to draw some shadows to improve my characters.
I think this is a quite interesting and useful exercise and I could do with the practice as much as I can. Unfortunately my this assignment’s deadline is past already so I have to rush to finish drawing now.