Actual Instructions for Drawing Homer Simpson

Jamie Sale Simpsons Sketches

“Now, using the Lombardo Method, you’ll learn to see everyday objects as a simple grouping of geometrical shapes.  Here, we see how two concentric circles, various trapezoids, ellipses – and yes, even a rhombus! – can create an adorable little bunny rabbit.  It’s just that easy!” – Professor Lombardo

One of my little hobby horses around here is posting videos of people either drawing Simpsons characters or purporting to teach you how to draw Simpsons characters.  I find these videos oddly fascinating, mostly because I can’t draw for shit and it’s neat to see how something like that gets done.  However interesting I find them, they usually aren’t all that instructive.  Though many of them are labeled “How to Draw Character X”, often they’re just demonstrations that don’t contain any actual instructions on how to duplicate what you’re seeing.

The three videos by British cartoonish Jamie Sale that I have linked below, however, actually give some lessons.  He tells you what he’s doing and why he’s doing it, from the number of spikes on Bart’s head, to the number of eyelashes Marge has, to how to get Homer’s collar right.  (It starts out as a “V” and then becomes more of an “N”.)

Setting aside the slightly overwrought music, which seems to be par for the genre, these are vastly better than most of those other “learn to draw this” videos I’ve seen.  Sale’s a freelance cartoonist, so if you need something drawn, give him a thought.

3 Responses to “Actual Instructions for Drawing Homer Simpson”

  1. 1 Stan
    16 October 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I don’t like being “that know-it-all guy”, but one thing I picked up somewhere (might’ve even actually been Jake) is that to draw the Simpsons ear, you do a “Y” curved sidewards in a “C”, or something like that.

    Whatever. First comment.

  2. 2 Ryan
    17 October 2010 at 8:44 am

    Sorry dude. The Simpsons are ridiculously easy to draw. I’ll admit I’m a bit of an artist, but I could draw the Simpsons when I was just a kid. Just give it a few goes, you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly – I actually guided some people through it in elementary school (when I was a huge Simpsons geek) and they could draw ’em too. So yeah… no artistic merit needed.

    I tried to type this in a way that didn’t sound smug. I’m actually just letting you know that you could learn how to draw them pretty quickly.

  3. 3 Ryan
    18 October 2010 at 2:13 am

    Those are really good videos though.

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