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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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Post-It Note Drawing #2: Sly Smirk

Drawing on a Post-It Note of a girl with punk hair and a sly smirk expression on her face

I liked the way my last Post-It note doodle came out when I photographed it at high-resolution and posted it here larger-than-life sized, so here’s another one.

I really miss doing Photoshop drawings, and I hope I’ll get my hardware/software setup back up and running soon.

I picked up a used Macbook Pro recently, which I’m hoping will be a great new tool for me.  I still need to get it loaded up with the programs I use… and that could take a while… hopefully not too long.

At least I’m posting drawings again! :)

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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.


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.


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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Emo Girl in Orange: drawing

beautiful girl drawing emo


Got Walking Dead? Kill the Head!

The Walking Dead on AMC.  Sweet.

I was turned on to the comic (or graphic novel, I guess… I’m never sure) around a year or so ago.  I loved it right away.

The combination of the brilliant story written by Robert Kirkman, and the striking illustrations by Tony Moore, just really does it for me.  Both the story and the drawings in The Walking Dead are direct and efficient, without ever appearing to be anything less than Kirkman’s and Moore’s very best effort… on every page and every panel.

Maybe it was foolish of me, but I was a caught off-guard when Frank Darabont’s TV version chose to use a different opening sequence than the one from the comic.  I guess the opening sequence in the book worked so well for me that I couldn’t imagine anyone feeling the need to rewrite it in any way.  I mean the screenplay AND the storyboard/shotlist were all right there… why wouldn’t you just USE them?

But once I got over my surprise – and reset my expectations – I was able to thoroughly enjoy watching the show.

I mean, when was the last time any of us had the opportunity to watch a TV series about Zombies?  And this series is going to based on some top-notch source material… it would be a real waste not to enjoy the ride.

Here’s another Zombie drawing, in honor of the Walking Dead on AMC.  DVR – RecordSeries – Check.

Remember… always kill the head.