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Old 01-03-2013, 07:25 PM
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Whimsy vs cartoon

I am really attracted to illustration, particularly golden age styles, fairy tales and children's stories.

Currently, I am trying to find my artistic voice and develop my own style. My problem is that everything I draw turns out looking more cartoonish in quality then a whimsical illustration.

I was wondering if anyone had any pointers...perhaps things to avoid that scream that you are crossing into cartoon territory. Or perhaps any artist that I can be pointed towards to study. I know when I look at something that I've done that it's cartoon quality but I don't know how to prevent it.

Any help would be great.

This is a link to my sketch from today. (sorry still new and trying to figure out the photo uploads and such)
http://winterfoxes.wordpress.com/201...drawing-day-3/

It's what made me realize that I need some help figuring out how to avoid the cartoon tendencies.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:40 AM
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Re: Whimsy vs cartoon

Just go with what comes naturally. Don't try to force your stuff into looking like something it's not.

I checked out your site blog and I like what you are doing! The dwarf does look cartoonist or something you'd see in a comic or cartoon strip. However, you had another dwarf sketch which IMHO looked more like an illustration. I think the main difference was the size of their bodies. If I were drawing this I'd for sure keep both bodies and head smaller compared to a more 'realistic' sketch. I feel the smaller a body becomes, it looks more like a cartoon, does this make sense? All in all you have a good thing going!

I liked the wolf, too!

In my case, I always drew comics and cartoons growing up before finally plunging into painting without attempting to 'find a style' and instead just following my guts, feelings, and passion.

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Old 01-05-2013, 01:11 AM
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Re: Whimsy vs cartoon

Thanks again! I had a look around your site and I have to say I love how vivid your colors are! I think perhaps that will be my next endeavor. With proper coloring I may end up finding the mood and style I'm looking for out my drawings. Now to figure out which medium will work best...
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Re: Whimsy vs cartoon

Karen,
Alan is absolutely right in pointing out that you need to follow your own heart. Cartooning usually has figures which appear more 'exaggerated' than 'normal' stuff. Think of cartoons like a baby (rounder head, and overall 'cute')...the same baby grown up may even look heinous (extreme form of realism)!!! Individual styles usually reflect around these extremes.

But following your own heart makes things you create more 'you'.

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Old 01-06-2013, 05:10 PM
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Re: Whimsy vs cartoon

Yeah, Alan has actually really helped me to have a break through artistically. I'm going to write about later, I'm still trying to pin down the words to explain what all has opened up in my head. Thanks Alan!
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