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Tutorial 10 Roundness andDepth by shermcohen Tutorial 10 Roundness andDepth by shermcohen
#10 in a series of 12 tutorial sheets created for the SpongeBob crew in 2005 (4th season) on Roundness and Depth. If you treat your characters as dimensional objects that have weight and depth, your drawings will look more solid and believeable (no matter how cartoony they are).

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Torchu325 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
If I worked for the show, I go for the flat designs once every season as a brief off-model moment.
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J4B Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This makes so much sense!
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Lunnett Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful ! Thanks for making all of these tutorials ! I like to draw more realistic characters, but they have a very cartoonish air most of the time, so this helps !
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Hachi-Fusami Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are really helpful for all artists! It adds allot more realistic feel to drawings. Thanks for posting!
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fudratsrule Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Ahhh your tutorials have really good points. ;u; I hope you post more!
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hilawo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Lovely tutorials.. :D
thanks for sharing this
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WaggonerCartoons Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student Artist
Bravo! Unfortunately most cartoons today don't have roundness and depth, they look more like cardboard cut outs then actual characters.
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SpaceCricket Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Student Digital Artist
OO! very helpful!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Cricket!
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invaderjes Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Student Filmographer
Aw, man! I can think of several cartoons that would benefit from looking at this page.
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi invader! Even though many shows are designed to look flat, you're right in that artists need to understand these principle before thay can break them.
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Oddabeish Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
These are great. Not only for new artists to start practicing, but also for more experienced artists to be reminded of!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi Abe...thanks! I agree that the more experienced an artist is, the more he/she should be trying to constantly improve. I LOVE a good "how-to-draw" book! They don't come along very often, but Ben Caldwell and Kyle Baker have put out some great ones. Others that look great (but I haven't read yet) are Tom Bancroft's Creating Characters with Personality and Harry Hamernik's book on Caricatures.
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Zimeta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hooray! Something I do all the time. :heart: (Only not as well. Hehe)
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Great! The next two tutorial are the best, so check back soon!
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Themrock Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool!
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Gladja liked it...just wait for the next two!
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LazyAsHell Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:+fav: Thank you very much for tutorial 10. :dance: I think I'm going to try drawing Mr. Krabs more often now. :D He was always a challenge for me to draw since the first attempt: [link] That comic is very old... ^^;
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I think you did a really good job with mr Krabs in that comic. He's pretty hard to draw...especially his eyes!
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LazyAsHell Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much, I agree. That's why I was afraid I could have messed it up. :hug:
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anniemae04 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
AH cool. This one is a little harder to visualize but I think I do it already without thinking about it. I think I've called it,"giving the character body".

Another nice piece.
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Hi annie...thanks! A lot of these things are done by artists without thinking about it, but when it comes to teaching others that are struggling in this area, it's helpful to try to spell it out. Glad to see you're keeping up with them ^_^
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Astrall-Cooties Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
nice job :)
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shermcohen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! I hope you find these useful ^_^
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Astrall-Cooties Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
nps,and im sure i will, especially with the faces :D
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