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Vrooom – BEEP BEEP! Best car drawing evar ;)

awesome drawing of a really cool car

Craig @ Cutting Edge DJs asked me for another drawing… to go along with another blog he wants to publish… a list of his favorite car-themed songs…

When he asked, I was really busy… and really tired…

But rather than saying “No” or “Maybe next month” I decided to have some fun with him… and I sent him this :)

He wasn’t impressed!

It still makes me laugh, even as I’m writing this.

LULZ

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Chasing the Rabbit 3: Character Design Exercise

white rabbit

 Another version of the White Rabbit character design.

Here I think I succeeded in eliminating the “creepy” feeling of the previous version (which seemed to really bother some folks) and he’s still more sleek & charismatic than the original “dirty bum” version… and most importantly, there is definitely the sense that he’s not at all safe or sweet… but somewhat sinister and dangerous instead.

I think this is a good base for me to move forward with this character design… more to come soon, I hope.


Zombie ‘Nom’: drawing exercise

When the Zombies come, I plan to be ready.  I’ve read the books… I’ve watched the movies… I’ve played the video games…  So armed as I am with all the necessary training, I fully plan to survive.

But you know what they say, Zombies laugh while men make plans… And I realize that even after all my intense preparations, there is always the chance that one of the filthy Undead will catch me offguard and put the bite on me.

In that event, I go to my backup plan… to be the most awesomest Zombie evar.

And yes, I will eat your brain… but it will be your honor.


Paul McCartney: Good Day Sunshine

The Beatles' Paul McCartney Good Day Sunshine Drawing

Did you know Paul McCartney used to have a mustache?  Actually, I think he spelled it “moustache” since he’s English.  Here I’ve redrawn Paul with the mustache/moustache… this look & style for Paul would have been somewhere around 1968 I guess.

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In a related story – I was watching some footage of the Beatles last night… it was from their first American tour, where they played that concert in-the-round… where Ringo Starr kept hopping down off his drum kit every so often… so he could spin the little circular drum-riser to face a new part of the crowd… and John Lennon, Paul McCartney & George Harrison kept pushing their amplifiers around and moving the mic stands… all the while vamping and interacting with a crowd of screaming teenie-boppers who would periodically pelt them with jellybeans.

What a head trip… watching the soon-to-be-immortal Beatles schlepping their own equipment around onstage while being thwacked in the head with little hard bits of candy… pretty funny stuff.


Barbarian with Sword & Shield: drawing exercise

drawings of barbarian with sword and shield

As I try to maintain my self-discipline, I’ve been making a point to do some drawing every day… or as often as possible.  I won’t necessarily be posting everything I draw each day.  Some of these drawings will just be practice for my hand, and will be absolute garbage in every other respect… those drawings I usually won’t bother to save… and I really wouldn’t want to show them to you… so too bad.

But whenever one of these drawings does show some promise… then I’ll save it, and look at it for a few days… and then maybe I’ll decide to post it here… either that, or I might decide to go back and work on it a few more times, and then post it here.  I’d like to see myself posting something new every other week at a minimum… once a week would be even better.

This is one of those “drawing a day” exercises that I decided to save and post.  I started out intending to sketch an exaggerated male superhero figure – ala Mr. Incredible (you can still see that basic shape here, with the huge barrel chest & tiny little legs)…

But pretty quickly, the figure I was sketching started to remind me of the terrible Northmen (aka Viking Raiders) from the animated film “The Secret of Kels” (btw – that film is one gorgeous piece of animation [IMDB page here]) and so I ended up morphing my drawing from a superhero into a barbarian warrior.  And then once I’d drawn the basic figure, I decided to try him out in a few action poses.

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Female Facial Expressions: drawing exercise

I’ve been trying to be more disciplined about my drawing and practice [almost] every day.  Like they say… if you don’t use it, you lose it.  I’m also trying to work on things that I usually find difficult.  Here are a group of female facial expressions that I challenged myself with.

Like most people – artist or not – the face I’ve studied more than any other is my own.  When staring into the mirror trying to understand how an eyebrow arches, or what shape the mouth makes when surprised… it has always been a guy’s face staring back at me.  And so naturally, I’ve always had an easier time drawing male faces and a bit of trouble drawing convincing female faces.

Because female faces don’t come naturally to me, I’ve always tended to stick to a very few expressions… and most of them haven’t been very animated.  Here I tried to push myself a bit with face shapes, expressions and hairstyles.  They’re still a little bit hard-edged (slightly masculine) but I feel good about the exercise.  It keeps me honest.

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Headshot, Zombie Down: an Animation Exercise

Animation drawing of a zombie killed from a headshot head blown off

Here’s another animation exercise done in Pencil.exe.  Yeah – it’s a bit gory… but if you’re gonna draw zombies, then you’re gonna have to scramble some brains now and then.

I know I’ve complained about the buggy-ness of the freeware Pencil 2D program, but I really love the rough, sketchy feel it allows you to create.  It’s like drawing with a PENCIL… lol.  If this program got some serious funding behind it, it could be straight-up awesome!

This is by far the most detailed animation I’ve done in the Pencil 2D animation program to date.

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