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Post It Note Doodle #4: So Smokey

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I can’t seem to stop doing these Post-It Note Doodles.  This has been an interesting and refreshing exercise – actually putting pencil to paper, which I really haven’t done in a very long time, since I’d become so reliant on my Wacom tablet and Photoshop.

So here’s the latest installment in this series.

This one is a somewhat androgenous character, inspired in large part by Tank Girl, but also bearing more than a passing resemblance to 2D from Gorillaz.

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Margin Doodle Drawings from Old Notebooks

Drawings and sketches from my notebooks

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I often doodle when I’m thinking… particularly when listening to another person or group of people talking about a project I’m involved with…

While I’m listening and making notes, I’m also usually filling up the spaces around the notes with Margin-Doodles.  So if I’m doodling while you’re talking, don’t think that means I’m not paying attention… it’s actually just a part of how my brain works… part of how I synthesize information.

I’m sure this sounds strange to some people… and I’m equally certain that it makes perfect sense to others.

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So I’ve recently been working on improving my personal workspace… and this has included a good bit of long-overdue housekeeping.

While sorting through old paperwork and notebooks to toss in the recycling bin, I culled a group of Margin-Doodles that I really liked, and didn’t want to lose…

So here they are for safe-keeping… with the added benefit that I now have a handy place to look at them when I want to see them…

Teh InterWebz is good :) 

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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


Leather & Stone: Character Design Exercise

drawing of native american with spear and club

This drawing began as an exercise in creating my own background textures.  I was shooting for something that evoked a pre-industrial, living in the wilderness feeling.  Leather and stone were the words in my head while I worked on it. 

Once the background started to take on its own character, my mind started to project the image of the man standing in front of it… so I had to go ahead and draw him in.

The feel and flavor of the whole picture matches my sense of what early Native American life would have looked like.  Though I realize I’ve got some mixed “time signatures” in there… I’m really not sure that the style of the man’s clothing and club would have existed at the same time as the type of “cave drawings” on the background… but hey – I really wasn’t trying to think too much about it… I was just shooting for a flavor that was in my mind.


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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How to Eat an Elephant…

 

illustration for 'How do you eat an elephant...? One bite at a time'

Do you know that saying that goes “How do you eat an elephant…? One bite at a time.” ?

You may have heard this before… and if you haven’t heard it before, you can probably get the point… but just in case you don’t… this is a saying that people will use when they – or someone they know – is faced with a gigantic task to accomplish. .. when the job seems so big, that it’s almost impossible to imagine ever being able to complete it.

And so the point is that – like attempting to eat an entire elephant – the best way to complete such a monumental effort, is to take it in small “bite-sized” pieces.  Rather than looking at the whole – which could be overwhelming – you can look at one chunk at a time. 

A little while ago, my friend Kevin asked me to illustrate these words of wisdom for him, so that he could hang the picture by his computer, to give him perspective whenever a job started to feel too big to handle.

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Gnarly Scar Dude: a Character Design

cartoon vector drawing character design blonde guy with scar and earrings

 

I was poking around the harddrive of my laptop, looking to do some house-keeping… you know – clean up old files that I have no use for anymore, reorganize the stuff I’m keeping, etc… and I found this guy.

If my memory can be trusted, I’m pretty sure I drew this character in Flash using my Wacom tablet.  It’s possible that I did this in Toon Boom, but I don’t think so… this has the look of Flash.  It reminds me though, of how each program is like its own medium – and each one of them requires a different approach to be able to create satisfying drawings.  Yeah – I’m pretty sure I drew this one in Flash.

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