Tuesday, July 29, 2008


trying to find some way out of this stale, stiff rut I'm in...

Monday, July 28, 2008

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Church composition steps

basic shapes

ROUGH value study

at this point i see that the right side of the tree has moved over and diminished the negative space in the center of the picture. also the shapes of the leaves are overlapping and not as clear.
i am having trouble settling on a shape for the bench. i dropped and bowed the eaves of the church to make it slightly more cartoony.

Now I am playing around with the scale of the church and the shape of the tree. there are a million possibilities for everything.

which is better? i think the smaller one is. it makes the composition less symmetrical.

Experimenting with different church shapes. Trying to make it cartoony but not wonky or cramped or too grafic.

The drawing has strayed considerably from the original shape design without really improving the composition. So I crop off the top and straighten the tree to bring it back to that first idea. I still like the more classical, less cartoony church so I am going to stay with that.

There. That is the basic design. It looks a little stiff to me so I am going to have to make the details look fun and spontaneous without being unclear or scribbly. This is the part that scares me. I'd be the first to admit that I am not great when it comes down to details. I don't yet have that caligraphic touch that makes cartoons so beautiful.

Ideally I would like the finish to look something like this harvey eisenberg panel:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

cabin interior pan

JK's notes:
same notes as always

too busy
too filled
everything is evenly spaced
details too messy and indistinct
needs to be more cartoony

every shape should be a distinct design

chair perspective is not working

the right side should be bigger from that angle

Monday, July 21, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

Church Tree and Bench

...and just a fun doodle:

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Monday, July 07, 2008


John K's Notes

1) details follow the forms-no scribbling

2) Negative areas to surround the filled shapes

3) Avoid even spacing of similar objects (trees, houses, etc.)

4) Every shape distinct, no wobbly accidents (like the shape of the hill in your top church pic and the shapeless bushes)

Divide your picture into few major forms.

Use Negative space to make your positive major forms read clearly.

Do not completely cover your objects with details, and wrap the details around the form of the objects.

Just don't try to make a picture by starting with the details. Get an overall graphic statement first that tells the viewer what he's looking at easily, then break it up into careful sub-structures and textures.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

More Church Ideas

Not a big fan of this next one. Not cartoony. Boring symmetrical design. But I do like that the statue of Mary at the left somehow became the Gorton's Fisherman.