So, Homer. He's looking up at the rare and valuable Doughnut Tree. I've traced his outlines and roughly where his other arm and outfit would be, and I need to know things like: proportions screwy? Centre of gravity off? Shapes wrong? Can I stretch the pose much further? What's with the hands? etc.
I drew this looking at the very useful references over in the Pencil, but I wanted to avoid copying the whole thing. Any guidance much appreciated.
I'd suggest something like the below. At the angle Homer's hand is at his thumb probably shouldn't even be visible. It's also a good idea to avoid lines trying to demark the wrist like that.
— Piet Hein - Grooks
There’s something I should have mentioned at the start: in this pic I’m attempting a rip-off – er, homage to this set of illustrations:
http://www.nocloo.com/gallery2/main.php ... &g2_page=6
Most of them are pretty linear or whatever it’s called, so I don’t think I can change the pose altogether without losing what similarity there is. Your drawing (which would be perfect as the next panel of a storyboard; I might do a second pic) has a ton of good advice in it, though, and I’ve tried to incorporate as much of it as possible in this second draft. That means I’ve most likely made a bunch of new mistakes while trying to correct the old ones, so again, any crit is welcome.
EDIT: About Homer’s expression – I was going for more awe/disbelief than a big smile, but I can’t seem to figure out what the corresponding mouth shape would be.
I had another go at the face based on the above rules. It looks better to me without the teeth; I suppose I put them in because I felt I should draw teeth at some point. I'm reasonably confident about the pic now, so I'll keep working on the background. Crit welcome as before.
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There's definitely a greater sense of wonder in the newest one
Agreed. With teeth, it looks more like a classic Homer glazed-eyed drool, without teeth there's more of a sense of awe and exitement. I guess either could apply!
And that, I think, was the handle - that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting - on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave....
So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
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