Alright, these ones above are some of my weaker drawings. But hey, when I set out originally, I said I would post both the good and bad, and so here I deliver! It’s just motivation to improve, really.
So, with this exercise, you start off with a very basic stick-like skeleton foundation for the character, then build upon that. It’s shown in a three step process – 1) skeleton, 2) add the basic shapes, & 3) add the details – like those learn-to-draw books I remember from when I was a kid.
Actually, when I was a kid, I didn’t use those books – the way I started to learn to draw was just drawing cartoons I liked right from the completed drawing. Which I later realized wasn’t the best way to go about it – I had a decent eye so I could get it looking ok most of the time, but it’s not the right way to learn proportions, etc.
I think the first & second mice look especially awkward. The cats look better to me, & the last cat & mouse are probably my favorites there. Anyway, I think it’s a useful thing to practice. I was first sketching out the basic shapes in a very light pencil, & then adding in the details with a darker pencil.
I did some more a little later today as well:
I think these turned out a little better. So, now I’ll just need to figure out how to use these on my own, when I’m not just copying other drawings, ha ha. Plus, I really need to learn some animal anatomy at some point.
EDIT: Updated with scanned images!