Speaking of John K. we’ve linked to his blog all kinds of stuff before, but it’s really must reading. Kricfalusi is notoriously cranky and disdainful of bad work, and on his blog he has endless tips on drawing, animating and other technical matters. Here’s a sample on composition. Click for a larger version.
Milt Gross is an amazing designer. Most comic artists, even great ones like Jack Kirby draw just one basic face and body type over and over again-especially in crowd scenes. Who can blame them? In this Gross crowd, every lady, while all following a unified line of action, is a completely different design. Invention just flowed out of this guy’s pens.
Now why is he doing all this? Kricfalusi wonders the same thing:
I’m starting to wonder whether all this free knowledge is going to anyone any good, least of all me.
It didn’t do any good when I actually paid people money to read and apply it, so why should anyone benefit from learning something without a gun to their head in an age when knowledge and skill is completely out of fashion?
Is it really? What do YOU think?