April 22, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Liz Smash Sketch

Working out a sketch for my sis.

Daily Crapbook: May sketch

Illustration Friday: Natural

Tried to make it into a joke but gave up.  Sometimes you just gotta draw a girlie.

April 21, 2014

April 20, 2014

Gene Kelly as "The Pirate"

As I said before, this week's Schoolism assignment was to design a character based on a famous person, and I took my inspiration specifically from Gene Kelly in "The Pirate."  I really, really wanted to do a good job on this, but it always seems the more I agonize over something the more I mush it up.  Here's hoping Steven Silver will be able to help!

April 18, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Serafin The Pirate

I really want to do well on this week's Schoolism assignment- to create a character inspired by a famous person.  I chose Gene Kelly from "The Pirate" because its such a fun performance, and Kelly's idea to show that men can be graceful without sacrificing masculinity is a very interesting one.  Serafin is a rake, but very charming, and as the pirate he proves powerfully athletic even in those dainty little black shorts.  There are a lot of elements to play with: his muscular legs, pointed little boots, floppy curly hair, slim, lightbulb-shaped torso, high waist, roguish expression- but every time I think I'm close to tying it all together it just slips away.  I planned to finish this today but on the last assignment I committed too early and the final product suffered. This time around I'll take it slow and let it rest overnight.

April 17, 2014

Daily Crapbook: More 80s Hair

I've got enough of ref to keep my warm-ups awful for a while.

April 16, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Warm-Up Sketches of 80s Hair

The 80s had sure some weird shapes- I need to return to this exercise.  Thank you to my cousin Art for farming this ref for me!

April 14, 2014

Daily Crapbook: Life Is A Jerk

There are lots of ways Life is a jerk.  Here is one.

Daily Girls Drawin' Friday: Virgo

IllustrationFriday and GirlsDrawinGirls have the same theme this week: zodiac!  Sometimes you get a lucky break.

April 12, 2014

UPA Docs Designs: Willis Pyle

This week's Schoolism assignment coincides with what I'm doing for the UPA doc so I thought I'd give it double duty.  It'll be great to have a chance to have Steven Silver weigh in.

April 10, 2014

Illustration Friday: Survival

It took a minute to get an idea for "Survival" that didn't involve camouflage and secret bunkers in the woods.  But then I thought, the atom bomb, of course!  I love how examples for the "duck and cover" campaign always seemed to have such appeal and yet was such a morbid subject.  Everything always looked so idyllic and glossy in those posters, except of course for the looming threat of utter annihilation.  Even the mushroom clouds were beautifully rendered and perfect, and the type was always so jolly and playful.  Here is my attempt at evoking that, but perhaps with a little more tastelessness.

Daily Crapbook: Unfortunate Hairstyles for Men

I need to work from photo ref more often- this was fuuuuun!