Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hoedown!

Three posts in one week. It's a Christmas MIRICALE!
An occurrence such as this deserves to be celebrated with a hoedown.
I've been having a lot of fun with this Skunk Ape character lately. I'm in the middle of a mini animatic for a quick sequence I want to do with him. I'll post some of that in a bit.

The usual Line and Colour.


Above and below are a rarity. I usually never post my rough roughs. As you can see, they're very raw...quick and dirty...I treat my roughs very instinctually and try to keep them as spontaneous as I can. I figured they were worth since as I don't post my entire "process" very often.


I love doodling on post its.

I have a confession. I HATE sketch books. I feel an enormous amount of pressure when drawing in a sketch book...I start to worry that I'll taint the entire book with a bad drawing. I'm not afraid of bad drawings, I know we've gotta get them out of our system, but I'd rather scribble freely and jump from post it to post it.

I've tried several times to keep a sketch book...but inevitably, I always abandon it for post its. When I'm doing rough doodles I like to draw small too. It forces you to focus on the predominant details and simplify things.Also, I doodle exclusively in pen. With pencil your tempted to continually sculpt ONE drawing by erasing or doing too much under drawing. With pen, you get one bold shot at it. If it doesn't work the first time, you start fresh.

The more times you draw it. The better it's gonna be.

PS. My next post will be my 100th post!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

O.M.S.T.

OMST: Old Mama Swamp Thing.
She's an extremely senile swamp creature who single handedly raised the Skunk Ape (See post below).
She's The Skunk Ape's moral compass, offering up old gems of swamp wisdom...However, unknown to the Skunk Ape, her "wisdom" is riddled with senility.
Which is probably why the Sunk Ape doesn't have a clue about anything but his Banjo.
Although she has her fair share of personality flaws, Old Mama Swamp Thing loves The Skunk Ape as if he came from her own primordial ooze. How else would anyone or anything survive the horrors of Skunk Ape puberty?
She's also always trying to eat Zeek the hillbilly child. (see 2 posts down)
And despite wearing glasses, She's totally blind.
Line and Colour work.


OMH: Old Mama HUMAN.
For some reason I started with ths disgustingly quick doodle of her as a human before she de-evolved into the fish / sludge / swamp creature she is now.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

One-String

Some more Skunk Ape for yous guys.
Just a warm up doodle I did before work.
Tread softly fellow nature lovers, and gaze at this elusive and PROUD specimen. Justifiably so, as he's the only species able to play Dueling Banjos with ONE...yes I said, ONE STRING.
*gasp*
incredible.

Here's a bit of my process...not pictured is my rough rough....which is usually REALLY rough and its main purpose is just to block in the pose / silhouette I'm looking for.
This may be a no-brainer to most of my readers. But I'm always curious about other people's processes...Even if the methods are only slightly different.
Typically I draw in 4 stages...rough rough...clean rough...clean line...colour.
Every step of the way I'm fixing problems and trying to push the pose a little further.
how do you guys go about it?


Ok...Check this stach out.
I only shave once every 7 days cause my delicate Canadian skin can't handle anything more than that. However, my delicate Canadian skin is coupled with lush Italian facial hair. So when I shave, I have a nice piece of stone to carve a masterpiece out of. Before it all comes off, I like to experiment with different types of facial hair that would either get me arrested and / or have too much shame to go out in public with.
It's fun. This is the first ever documentation of a particularly good week.
I call this one "The French Pervert"....Then again...It worked for Walt.
I'll post some more.


BTW! I was just googling...and this is Google's tribute to what would be the 115th Birthday of Popeye's creator, Elzie Crisler Segar.
I tip my hat to whoever designed this...I love it....and I love Popeye.
Look at him...he'll punch anything to get what he wants..."I want that spinach but those letters are in the way...no problem...I'll just punch OOGL"
Popeye is PROOF that everything can be solved through violence.
Dude once punched a snake and it turned into a pair of shoes and a hand bag...
I rest my case.