Posts Tagged ‘bear’

How to draw characters.

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Let’s begin by getting your mind and psyche in the right space.

If you use my tutorial I want you to:

  1. Sketch a little bit everyday, for at least a month.
  2. Allow the sketches to be crappy.  In fact, I give you permission to make crappy drawings.  How’s that!
  3. If you are sensitive about your work then don’t allow anyone to see your practice sketches.
  4. Repetition is more important than perfection with my tutorials.
  5. Use bold long pencil strokes and give yourself permission to lose control.
  6. When you let yourself lose control you are actually pushing your boundaries.  You are learning new things.




Here it is super quick:

  1. You know those generic cartoon expression images  in “How to Draw Cartoons” books?  Copy them over and over until you’ve got them memorized.  Be able to draw them without looking at your samples. ( You can find a bunch of sites on-line that have these cartoon expressions.)
  2. Now collect images by your favorite artist and copy them over and over.  And, while you’re copying ask yourself questions like:  What makes this character  so cute?     How does this artist handle eyes or hair or the body?     How does this artist show emotions with his/her character’s face and body language?  Study the art!

      3.   Draw your favorite artist’s characters over and over until you can draw them by memory.

       4.   Now play! Sketch and sketch.  Make cute images, silly images, and sad images over and over. Don’t second guess yourself.  Allow yourself to make horrible drawings.  Use idea’s you’ve seen in other peoples work.  Or maybe start with another artist’s character and change it.  Morph it into your own charater. Got a stupid idea?  Draw it.  Wind up drawing something you like?  Save it but keep drawing, and drawing, and….

If you do these exercises you will learn a lot about the vocabulary of character design and at the same time teach yourself what you want to see in your own characters.          


Here are some of the people I have learned from:

Hyperbole and a Half – (This site proves that you don’t need to be the most realistic artist to be awesome)

Patrick McDonnell

Bill Watterson – (He doesn’t seem to have an official site)

Peter Reynolds

Looney Toon Cartoons.  You can find many of them on YouTube.

Here are some of my favorites:

What’s Opera, Doc? – (Sample )

Witch Hazel – (Sample)     (Sample)

Drip Along Daffy – (Whole Cartoon)

My Camping Trip

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I have convinced my dog to tell you about our latest camping trip.  Since most people don’t speak Corgidor I have translated his words for you.

     We went camping again, but I am a much changed dog from the one that was scared at every noise on our first  trip (  I still hate how long it takes to get to our camp site, but Mom tries to make the long car ride fun by pointing out things along the road that I might find interesting.


I made quick business of securing our camp site.


      Since wolves don’t eat Miss Daisy’s Nutritional Kibble for the Precocious Senior Pooch in the wild I refused it too.  But Mom, being very smart, brought a jar of caribou scrapings and mixed it in with my food.  This was a good compromise.


We hiked a lot!  One thing I like about being in the wild is you can pee on anything and nobody gets mad!


      As much as I liked being way up in the mountains, it was also fun to go into town and check out the local action.  I met a couple ladies that were just my type.


We did all kinds of really fun things on our camping trip.


But I also got a little worn out having so much fun so it was good to get home.

Timmy and the Whale, a new art print!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

New Print!  Timmy and the Whale.  I wanted to created a print that might look good as a children’s book illustration.

You can find this print, in 3 different sizes, at my Etsy store:

Holiday Sale!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

If you can’t find a print that you’ve seen before either on my online stores or at various art/craft festivals let me know and I will put it up in my store for you.  Also, you can request special sizes for many of my prints.

A badger, yet again.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Did you know that badgers where the fashion divas of the wilderness?

Don’t Feed the Bears (& Artist).

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A disturbing trend is starting to occur.  When I meet fans of my art or blog they bring me cake.  It’s my fault really, because I have written in detail about my love for the treat.

But here is the problem.  I used to be almost 300 lbs and my back hurt. 

I have lost 80 lbs so far in my attempt to save my back.

I can’t say no to cake.  So please don’t give me any.

If there is cake around I can become a real nuisance.

Then drastic measures must be taken. 

So please don’t give me cake. 


When I turn 72 years old I plan to start the Year of the Cake.  It  will be 365 days of tasty cake eating fun.

 This will be followed by the highly anticipated the year of the nachos.

A new Etsy store! Grrr, said the Bear.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Click on this banner to go directly to my store.

Bear by Andrea Zuill

I don’t know.  I think the older I get the cuter I get.  Well, not me personally, but my art is at an all time high cuteness level.   I’ve opened a new store on Etsy called , Grrr, said the Bear.

It’s kind of storybook -ish, full of forest animals.   So, please check it out:

Frollicing Fawn by Andrea Zuill