Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Small Serving of 'Tideyouoverings'

A jazzy swamp critter:

An excuse to draw a dodo in turn-of-the-century driving clothes riding a vespa:

My explanation for Pooh's peculiar head shape:

And a perennial favorite; Pooh as a big, fat n' sweaty dynamo.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Patching things together...

Some time ago, I commissioned a friend, Kevin McKenna, to make a 3D sculpture of my rotund dodo, Randy. I gave him this to use as a guide:

A few months later (he was busy with schoolwork, so I told him to take his time), he sends me this:

FREAKING. AWESOME. Especially when it's spinning around in a circle like this:

Kevin is an amazing 3D modeler, and a damn good traditional artist to boot! Go ahead, see for yourself:

At first glance, some people that I showed it to thought it was a real vinyl figure. That got me seriously thinking about the idea of having him made into a toy. Jeff Pidgeon did it with his neat Happy Beaver toy, so why couldn't I? Unfortunately, getting a figure sculpted, casted and mass-produced costs some pretty serious bucks, and as a college student the last thing I want to think about is spending money (especially hefty amounts of it). Luckily, there's another option. is a website where you submit a toy/shirt design and if it gets enough votes, they'll actually make the toy, which they will sell in their store and the designer gets a percentage of the money it makes! A capital idea (especially for one with little capital). So I did a little write up and submitted a few images to PatchTogether a few days ago, and last night it was finally put up on their site.

Like I said, the only way they'll make the toy is if I get enough votes, so that's where I need your help! Help me out by going to Randy's page (HERE) and vote on him! You gotta sign up on the site to vote, but that literally takes a teensy-2 minutes to do, and it's FREE!

Thanks in advance, blog-visitors!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Without the mud, it's kinda suggestive

Instead of a sketchbook (which I should use more often) I do all my drawings on a clipboard, and after a while, old drawings get shuffled in the back and get lost. I came across this unfinished one that I put off because I needed to adjust the legs, but then thesis production came in full swing and I never got around to it. Because of my thesis, I haven't had much time to draw much of anything else.

Luckily, that's where college humanities classes come in!

One of my classes is a Jazz History class. We listen to all the early greats: Leadbelly, Bix Biederbecke, and, of course, Louis Armstrong. When the teacher speaks, I take notes. But when the music begins to play, so do I! I re-found this sketch during class and decided to finally get it done. I screwed up on the stripes around the feet and hands, so I added some drippy bits and made it like his hands and feet were covered in mud that he threw at the cub. It added a whole new side to the image. Definitely a happy accident. I'm not very happy with how the lion came out, but I'm pretty satisfied the tiger's expression. It captures that panicked plea-bargaining look.