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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Mole People

Yes, that's right, two posts, back to back...I wanted to separate this post and the last because they dealt with different subjects.

My wife joined a book club a while ago with some friends and once a month goes and discuss a book. This months book was 'The Mole People', a tale about the people living in the tunnels under New York City. When she came home and told me that was the choice, I happened to be doodling in front of the tv. As a joke I scribble a couple of faces with moles on them (you can see these drawings here, at the bottom right). She thought it was amusing and asked if I could draw something for their next meeting.

After putting it off, and putting it off, I finally sat down last night and scribbled something up. The below picture is the rough draft.

I haven't had any experience with finalizing drawings, so all I did was scan this in, added some text, cleaned up a few errors, then printed it out and drew over it with a pen for this result. (Note: My wife is a doctor, so the inside joke is that melanocytic nevus is the medical term for 'mole'.)

It's not much, but I'm rather happy with the result. I like the third lady from the left for some reason, but now that I look at it, somethings not right with her head...probably how her hair is done. Oh well.
Hope her book club likes it tonight :)


I went out to Portland, Oregon this weekend with the wife, who had a conference to attend. So, while she was in meetings for a day and a half, I got to rent a bike and go wandering. As a bicycle commuter I found Portland to be close to Bicycle Nirvana. Bikes and Cars coexist and they have a mass transportation system that's very effective for a US City. I was darn impressed.

I took along my drawing stuff, but I spent more time outside then inside, so the number of drawings is lacking. I got to the section that started working on bodies, so that's always fun. Also, I learned that an airplane seat tray does not work very well for drawing.....darn turbulence.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Express Yourself

See, a different title this time! Course, it still sucks but.....

Spent the past couple of days studying the expressions section of Toons! One would think that expressions would be something everyone could figure out, as you deal with a variety of them every day. However, I've found there's subtle little things that I always overlook or take for granted, and ironically those things are what make a simple cartoon doodle expressive. It's a good lesson and something I'll definitly need to continue working on.

On the second image, I used the drawings from the book as inspiration, but I modified the faces in a variety of ways. Sometimes I used a square face instead of a circle, or moved the eyes higher or lower, or changed the hair or even the sex of the person. Nice to see how a small thing can change the entire drawing.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Oodles of Doodles III

Return of the crappy title!

The drawings from Toons! are of a much simpler style then that in Action Cartooning. Both styles are good and I hope to get Action Cartoonings down to...uh, an art I guess. Toons is just a lot of fun lately and I'm cranking out a lot of practice as I go. The scrap paper pile has been going down steadily and my pencils have been getting a lot shorter.

I guess it doesn't matter what style you're doing, as long as you're having fun doing it.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Oodles of Doodles II

I spend my time doodling, I don't have time to come up with original titles...:)
Just more doodles, nothing fancy to say about these....just, getting them up.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Oodles of Doodles

More fun with Randy Glasbergen's book Toons! I'm just doing my normal routine, going through, practicing the drawings in the book, fiddling around with a few of my own. The one page of drawings of the same guy is a bit of practice on how to take a general idea and modify him slightly. I drew the guy earlier and kind of liked him, so I'm running with it a bit to see what I can come up with.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Change of Pace

Everyone needs a lil change of pace now and then and I'm definitely no exception.. Last night I took a break from Action Cartooning and opened up Randy Glasbergen's 'Toons!'. It's a different style, simplier (is that a word?) if you will, but no less fun. Gonna toy with that for a bit to see what I can come up with before returning to Action Cartooning.

I've found it's rather refreshing to try different styles, some I'm good at, some I suck at, but the progress keeps me optimistic :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

I'm not slacking, honest!

I swear I'm not a slacker...seriously! I was on vacation for a week and didn't have a chance at all to draw (I was a Rock Island Grand Prix corner worker. They tend to frown on you drawing while lil karts are racing by at 80mph).

I did get these drawn when I returned from vacation, but then I got distracted and never scanned them in. Oh well...churning away, slowly but surely.