Adrift – Illustration Friday

February 17, 2010

I thought I’d try something a bit different this time around, so I goofed around with simulating watercolor in Photoshop Elements.

I don’t really like a lot of it, but there are some things here and there that I think are nice, and I do like the overall effect with the transparent layers.

I should probably do a real watercolor as a base and scan a texture I like, but I guess this is a start.

Check out Illustration Friday for all the other submissions.

muddy redux – illustration friday

February 7, 2010

Welp, I decided that the cleavage joke was done (that didn’t take long did it). And I decided that I needed to do something slapstick-y, so I give you mud-in-the-face Sparky.

Originally I had intended to include the person who threw the mud, but after I sketched it in, it just seemed too contrived and obvious. So, I just kept Sparky and tried to give the impression that the mud was moving at speed.

This should probably be done as a three panel comic, but this is what I had in my head, so I figured I’d get it drawn. If I have time, maybe I’ll go back and flesh out the set up to this… maybe.

muddy: Illustration Friday

February 6, 2010

The next Illustration Friday theme is muddy, so I decided to see if I could do the same joke as I did with focused, using a mud theme.

I decided to only color the parts that were in focus, unlike last time where I just made the rest grayscale. I can’t decide which I like better, but I guess the lack of rendering makes the rest seem less important, which is sorta the point.

Let’s see how many themes I can use the same joke for…

update: added the bathing suit. When I looked at this today, I realized I was way over-emphasizing the joke and showing too much skin, so I toned it down, which hopefully keeps the joke in place without making it look like soft-core.

updated vehicles

February 5, 2010

Here’s a larger, relatively finished chunk of that chart illustration that I was doing the vehicles for. I’m waiting on feedback from the client, but I’m pretty happy with the way it’s looking. ‘Course, the client may totally think I’m off base, so we’ll see, but either way I like what I came up with.

Illustration Friday

February 5, 2010

focusedWell, drawergeeks has gone on indefinite hiatus… So, I decided now would be a perfect opportunity to try Illustration Friday. If you’re not familiar, it’s another site that picks a random topic for illustration, but in this case it’s totally open to the public to submit, so you can literally see dozens of interpretations of the same theme.

This week was ‘focused’. I just barely made the deadline since they pick a new topic every Friday, but I figured I should go ahead and submit and hopefully get myself motivated to do more.

You can browse their whole archive, including this topic here.

Don’t ask me why this is what came to mind when I read the theme. Guys are pigs and it seemed funny to me to emphasize one of the most obvious failings associated with being a pig. Originally I had the cross-hairs red, which struck me as looking too much like a gun sight. So, I went with green and a few concentric circles. It seems less gun-like, but it’s not entirely what I had envisioned.

Still, I think the point is fairly obvious, so I’ll call it something of a success. I’m also pretty happy with the ink work and coloring, so perhaps this is something to build on for future submissions.

Evil Genuis

January 22, 2010

And, thanks to the chance to catch up with some old friends last night at happy hour, I was inspired to do another drawergeeks.

In fact, I was in such a positive mood afterward that I worked on both the freelance and drawergeeks last night and managed to finish what I had originally planned. Which is a refreshing change from the way things normally seem to go.

So, thanks for the great company and conversation ladies. I guess I should probably get out more often.

Check out drawergeeks later for everybody’s Evil Genius.

What I’ve been up to…

January 22, 2010

Well, if you ever look at this blog, you can see I haven’t posted in a long time. That’s partly because of the holidays and partly because I’ve been kinda busy with some freelance jobs on top of my full time fun.

So, what have I been up to? Well, among other things, doing little isometric-y illustrations of vehicles for a larger chart illustrating the sales process for a local company.

While these aren’t exactly fun illustrations to look at, since they are meant to support a larger theme, they are pretty fun to do, and individually, they’re kinda cool. Plus, the overall chart does give me the opportunity to use some design skills, which is a good thing these days.

Frankly, it’s disturbing…

October 23, 2009

Today’s Drawergeeks is Frankenstein. ‘Tis the season and all that. For whatever reason, I was having trouble nailing down an idea. Probably should have tapped my zombie-loving friends…you know who you are…

But, then I found a tribute done for my buddy Breadwig by Jeremy Vanhoozer.

Suddenly, I had an idea… rip off his characters in my own style. Cool, huh?

So, I give you Sparky Frank and Stein:

Frank

For a change I’m pretty happy with the end result. And I’m really happy with the way the background came together from my initial chicken scratchings (filters are my friend).

My wife thinks Stein looks awfully mean… perhaps, but how could a reanimated pig not be grouchy? I mean he’ll never have the joy of becoming bacon… right? Well, not good tasting bacon anyway… reanimated pig has to taste funny when cooked…

the final ivy

August 28, 2009

ivy_colorWell, I didn’t really get the background working how I envisioned. My narrowing window of time to finish it caused me to compromise a bit. Though, that’s probably just as well since I was sorta trying something new with the collage approach and it’s not likely I would have nailed it the first time anyway. I guess it’s better to do some testing and start learning a little about it.

Nonetheless, I’m actually pretty happy with the way this came out. The full size final will be up on drawergeeks later today.

Couple issues with the body proportions, but not too bad, and I’m pretty happy with the overall inking and the way the figure integrates with the background.

Still an experiment, but one I’m rather pleased with, at this point.

it’s like poison, it is

August 26, 2009

poison_ivyNext drawergeeks is Poison Ivy (the classic Batman villain). I wasn’t sure where to go with this one. The obvious one is sorta pin-up-y, since they go to great lengths to make her alluring and sexual as a character.

So, not one to buck tradition, I decided to kinda go that way too. I also thought it would be cool to do this in a minimalist line style. However, as you can see, once I got rolling I was getting into the line work, so I’m going with more of a traditional comic book style.

I have, what I consider, a cool idea for the background on this. So, I’m going to try to tone down the line work a little in the finished piece so it can integrate with my idea for the surroundings. At least that’s my plan for today… come Thursday, I might bust out a new plan as my time to completion shrinks drastically…