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Ok lemme explain, not too long ago a friend of mine asked me to look at a picture he drew of Lisa cloud surfing like in Tale Spin so this was in response to that. But I think it accuratly portrays the basics of character construction. Here is a tutorial I wrote about it here...
On the left you can see how I constructred the figure, this is how you should treat your subjects. Always think of them as 3 dimensional forms with volume and wieght, never as just a flat image. This is what will bring a sense of relality to your drawings. Even the most stylistic and flat characters are drawn this way. See how I drew thru each form? I actually drew her legs and how they connected to her body, how the kness would bend, the ankles, everything is connected to the central body just like ours are. Getting good animation drawings is very tricky and you have to have a firm knowlage of how the body works inside and out, as well as physics and acting. Chuck Jones had a great saying that went "Every artist has 1000 bad drawings and 1 good one so the faster you get the bad ones out of the way the quicker you get the good one," which has a lot of truth to it. No one is born knowing everyting there is to know about drawing, it's a skill like playing the piano or building a house. The more you do it the better you become. Anyway back to the drawing, during construction I thought of the story I wanted to tell. I showed how Lisa is in a very extreame situation, one that she clearly isn't used to and how she's dealing with it. From the way she's holding the bar, standing on the board, her posture, expression, all these things convey to the viewer a story about Lisa. I know this may seem like a lot to have to think about when all you want to do is doodle, but you're already thinking of these things without even knowing, you just have to learn how to apply them. All I thought about when I was drawing this was "how would Lisa react to this situation?" now of course all characters are different especially in the Simpson world, Bart is obviously going to act different to cloud surfing than Lisa is. This is where the actor in all of us comes out, as animators we become the character. Know who the character is that you're drawing and become them on paper. Convey your emotions thru them to the audience(the viewer). Always remember character first details later; ever wonder why three circles make you think of Mickey Mouse? It's the symbol of that character that people instantly reconognize not what kind of buttons are on his pants. Ok I've rambled enough...the right pic is obviously a cleaned up version on model, and for those of you out there don't fret about model with these characters. I draw them everyday so I'm familiar with all the tricks and rules but that doesn't mean you should give up. Practice practice practice, that's the bottom line.

*and as a note, this can be applied to all styles of drawing not just Simpson drawing. The Simpsons are copywrited by Matt Groening.
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Homer Simpson from The Simpsons in Cubee form!!

Just click on the download link to download the pattern. Then cut out the shapes and construct (no tape or glue needed.
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Maggie Simpson from The Simpsons in Cubee form!!

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Marge Simpson from The Simpsons in Cubee form!!

This Cubee has 2 pages. Make sure you click on Download file to get both pages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just click on the download link to download the pattern. Then cut out the shapes and construct (no tape or glue needed.
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Apu Nahasapeemapetilon from The Simpsons in Cubee form!!

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Lenny Leonard from The Simpsons in Cubee form!!

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I dance
I dance
I dance

Around a Mexican hat

I dance
I dance
I dance

And that's the end of that

Or is it I guess I'll keep singing
my cellphone appears to be ringing...........

Just a simple vector version of Homer. I'm trying to learn how to draw Simpson Style in Illustrator. Let me know if you use it and how you use it and where I need to improve.
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Made some PS7 brushes out of some shells and starfish I scanned. Also a seahorse that i drew when i was 12.
The brushes are made very large so you can scale them down to the size you want.

If anyone wants brushes compatible with PS6 I'll make the same brushes at various sizes.

Use them as you will, send me a link when you're done. I'd be interested to see how people use these.
~sinnamongirl
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Comic Book Guy aka Jeffrey Albertson from The Simpsons in Cubee form!!

This Cubee has 2 pages... Make sure to click on Download File to get both pages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ralph Wiggum from The Simpsons in Cubee form!!

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