As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, I was watching an animation (specifically this one) that literally made me feel completely awful. It's so far beyond my skills, but I desperately want to be able to draw that well. It's so solid and appealing. That made me want to improve, but at the same time I felt like all the practice I've been doing has gotten me nowhere.
Well, I guess it HAS been paying off. The next 11 Second Club Mini Challenge is about the circus. I don't know if I have time to animate a piece for it (trying to get the next feature Fred Cartoon done) but I decided it wouldn't hurt to take a few minutes and sketch out a concept in thumbnail form. This is what I arrived at, about 15 minutes later:
These are without a doubt some, if not THE most dynamic sketches of Fred I've ever done. It seems to me that you can FEEL the action in the drawings. Almost as if they're animated without moving. I'm extremely proud of them. Of course, I just did them, so it might be that come tomorrow I'll hate them. That happens with sketching sometimes. For now I'm going to enjoy this moment and kick up my heels that yes- I AM getting better at this.
Until next time, keep practicing.