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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

2 more tigers, inspired by my daughters dream that I mentioned last week.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Down in Fraggle Rock Pt 4

I didn't mean to keep posting such small amounts of progress but I was really busy with another project, and haven't had much time to work on this. Below you can see how I went back and refined the purple girl fraggle.

Stay tuned!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Here Puppy!

I'm trying to figure out the best way to do some loose sketchy stuff on my Wacom. It's really tough to make it look spontaneous. I had to erase and redraw that tongue outline 4 times and it still looks terrible. But I like the color.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nightmare Tiger

My daughter woke up the other day, having had a nightmare where a tiger was chasing her. On the surface, a tiger would appear to be a sufficient adversary to scare anyone, and more so to a 6 year old. But I started thinking back to the last thing my daughter developed a fear of: Horace Horsecollar. That's right, that lovable bit player from old Mickey Mouse Cartoons and Comics, Horace Horsecollar. I had shown my daughter the cartoon The Symphony Hour and at one point good ol' Horace gets frustrated with the mangled musical instrument he's supposed to play. His angry face stuck in her head the rest of the night, almost keeping her awake. It got me thinking about what makes something scary to a child. I remembered instances where I revisited something from my childhood that had scared me, only to find that I viewed it differently as an adult. I think to an adult, a tiger would be scary because of it's power- the bulk and sheer strength of it's form, tense muscles- adults will see subtle clues to this and the mind immediately anticipates attack and danger. Judging by my daughter's reaction to Horace, I think she was scared of his angry eyes and bared teeth. So I thought I'd draw a Nightmare Tiger, with scary eyes and teeth, but on a body that was fairly silly looking otherwise. I threw in a few weird non-tigerish details like a strange nose and tail because he's a dream tiger- some of the details should be just a little bit off. It's no great drawing, but looking at it, I think it is something that would have scared me as a kid. What do you think?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pigtails and short shorts

You can see a bit more on this one, how the initial pose done in the grey marker changed as I started to clean it up.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Random people

Just a few people sketched out in the park the other day. The woman in the right was not checking out the woman on the left- it's just how they ended up on the page.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Damsel in Distress

This is another doodle that I really can't explain. I was drawing some dragons, and then decided to draw a princess, picking herself out of a pile of rubble, as if a rampaging dragon had caused some damage.
Ok, I guess I could explain this one.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Nature Lovers

I swear, there is no story behind either of these drawings. They were simply stream of consciousness. No, really.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fat dragon

I haven't hide time to go out and get a new sketchbook, so I've been finding unused areas in my current one. Normally I don't bother with this, I move onto a fresh page whenever I'm doodling so that I'm not encumbered by a lack of space, but I have to say I've gotten a few little gems using this approach. I guess the confined area affects my creativity positively. This dragon is only about 4 inches square, though he's not little by any means.
That's suppsoed to be his tail sticking out from under him, but it almost looks like he's sitting on another dragon. Nope, it's his tail.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It be Pirate Cats ye be seekin'?

Sure you've come to the proper place...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Down in Fraggle Rock Pt 3

Several days ago I posted about a quick digital painting I wanted to do, just for fun, and to show the progression. I'm basing it on the characters from Fraggle Rock, a show I loved as a kid. My intention is to fill the whole image with as many characters as possible- a group shot where you can basically only see the characters heads. Here's the image as we left it last time.

Below, I slightly refocused the eyes of the yellow Fraggle, and you can see I began roughly laying in a third character.

Then I lay in the basic colors of the character.

And then I go about adding the shadows and highlights. He'll have hair eventually.

Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


These are all a bit rougher than I normally post, but there's a fluidity I like.

Monday, August 2, 2010