Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I found a great cartooning book by Jack Hamm, from the '60s, for a few bucks at a used bookstore the other day. It's filled with pages and pages of exercises for cartoonists and illustrators and it was perfect timing to practice with my newest brush pen. This is one of the best books I've read. And I've learned quite a bit more already about how personality can be conveyed with a brush and a minimum amount of lines. The beards I drew in my Moleskin mini suggested some characters right away and proved Professor Hamm correct.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Prelim sketch of a panel starring The Skunk of Skunk Works and his Female Friend. (Names have been omitted to protect the innocent.) I've started sketching further panels and pages in my Moleskin and something about that inspirational black book and the manageable page size has increased my art output. Maybe there's a reason Picasso and others used the little book so often.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
After sketching out the roughs in a moleskin, the images are uploaded and preliminary inks are done quickly to get a feel for layout. From there, page composition starts taking shape. This helps contrast shading and inks in mutiple panels on the same page. An image that stands alone well in a sketchbook might need to be tweaked when it's placed next to other panels on a page.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I added this image earlier on the blog as a rough sketch. Now, I'm experimenting with coloring in a new program. I really like the flames of the middle dragonbird the best, so I need to thin the lines on the other two. This coloring process was so much faster than my old techniques!
If there's a pencil and any available clean surface when I'm on the phone, I am probably doodling. This image is a prime example. Someone told me that recent research showed this was not a sign of inattention, but a way that brains multitask to help them stay focused (?) Whatever. I didn't need justification for my free-style art outbursts, but it's nice to know someone out there is thinking of doodlers as they conduct their scientific experiments.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Experimenting with scanned textures from random objects, I ended up using this scaly texture for a quick color sketch of the snake. I usually save these textures in a file, with no idea what they will be used for until I drop them on my drawing screen and start experimenting. Some of them present an obvious idea right away (like this one), others are more subtle (see Tango illustration below).
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
A stealthy fox got to the eggs before they even hatched. Scribble Art. I think many people did this kind of art as a kid. I just never outgrew it! I colored in some random lines and scribbles and the colors and shapes started suggesting a theme. Voila! Fox in the hen house :)
Monday, March 23, 2009
Tiburon. Not my favorite ocean-dweller, but I like the car quite a bit. You can definitely tell that Hyundai took the lines and curves of the shark and translated them into the design of their car.
I don't usually do realistic animal artwork, but I liked the fins and shape of the shark enough that I thought I'd give it a try.
I drew this sketch in an art pad my wife bought me while we were in Japan. I loved being in a country where art is so obviously important to the people. Everywhere you go you see cartoon artwork used for marketing, advertising, subway signs, safety notices... It's a great place to find art supplies, too! I bought brushpens for $1.00 at the DiSo (dollar store). They're much more expensive in the states, so I got a few.