This post is different from the usual. It gives some insight into how these drawings get from my head and heart onto your screen!
How did I decide on my drawing style for “My Life With Gracie”? This was tough. I started with a more realistic style, but that felt too tight and not expressive enough for me. So then I tried drawing my chickens as simply and as minimally as possible. Now I only add extra details for the more mature chickens.
Above is the first pencil sketch of Gracie in this simplified style. Beside it is the digital cartoon made from it. You can see some similarities, but definitely some differences too. To me, it is fascinating how a few lines drawn slightly differently can make a huge change in the final feeling.
I use the Tayasui Sketches app on my iPad to do all of my final cartoons here. I outline with a “crayon” drawing tool because I like the slightly irregular and tactile appearance of the lines. This is very different from the classic dip pen lines which are used more often.
I like the idea of making these drawings easy enough for a child to draw, if they wanted, because I remember how much I enjoyed drawing Snoopy and Woodstock from Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts.” Still, I don’t think Gracie and the others have the strong personality and adventures that classic cartoon characters possess…at least not yet!
I still would like to experiment with other drawing styles for my chickens and probably will. It’s all about something that looks right to me. For example, with eyes, there are not many details now. In some ways that’s good because it makes me concentrate on doing as much as possible with as little as possible. But there are also some very expressive uses of details I would like to try.
Below are three drawings to show the progression of Gracie drawn as a ballerina. The first is a pencil sketch on paper. The second is how she appeared in the first actual cartoon of her as a ballerina. The second is how she has developed thus far. She is definitely evolving as a ballerina with her own unique style, wouldn’t agree?!?
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