I've been going though my sketchbook and picking out a few of my drawings to add here.
I'll start with some "lighter" fare and then get on to some "darker" schtuffz below.
^ ^ ^ I'm still drawing a lot of wacky faces—and am still on the "hulking doods" kick too.
As I've mentioned before, I start a lot of drawings by scribbling on the page.
Then I usually erase a bit and then scribble some more.
As I repeat that process, I'm looking for shapes that jump out at me that "lead" me to interesting subjects and drawings that I might not come up with otherwise.
The guy above came about after I did a quick scribble.
After a bit I started to see this guys eyes and nose and then—when I saw the big ole mustachio—I KNEW I was on the way.
^ ^ ^ One night I was sketching with a friend and this rapper, mallard-dood came flying out of a "scribble."
Get it? Flying!
I'll be here all week.........
I'll admit there's more than a little "Daffy Duck" influence on this one—but it was done without any references—so I'll just hafta blame all those years of watching TV when I was a kid!
^ ^ ^ Before anyone accuses me of sexism with the caption for the drawing above—I'll let you know what the inspiration was for it.
One night I was talking to a young woman and she asked me what I liked to do.
I told her I was all about art and photography—and then asked her what she liked to do.
She thought for a moment and said, "I like to shop and hang out with my friends."
The next day I drew "Karen" and added the caption thinking about the young woman from the night before.
^ ^ ^ I decided to call the little guy in the drawing above: Opie P.I.—figuring he'd be the most unlikely tough-guy, private detective you'd ever meet.
(Clearly, I entertain very easily!)
^ ^ ^ I don't have a clue what part of my brain this guy came from—but I did have fun naming him.
A friend gave me a book called "Art and the Bible" by Francis Schaeffer, and he writes about art having both "major and minor keys"—and that the Christian artist should be able to use both in their creations—and that ultimately an artist cannot be judged by a single work, but by the sum of all the work they create in their lifetime.
That spoke to my spirit and has freed me to create all kinds of light and dark subjects.
Since I plan to create a graphic novel about the "end of days"—and will need to populate it with all kinds of characters and creatures—for now I'm allowing my subconscious freedom to bring out a lot of different images.
In this post—I will admit my drawings lean towards darker themes however.
^ ^ ^ I'll let the captions above speak for this one—I call him "Spurtz!"
^ ^ ^ Dunno why—but I've done several bird type creatures with a massive bill like the one on this guy.
It started as a scribble and I got the head done fairly quickly.
Then I struggle to get a body I liked.
I began with kind of a stocky, stubby, bulky body and kept trying and trying to re-work it to get something that "felt" right.
Finally I decided to give up on that direction and took an eraser to what I had on the body at that point—and once I did that, in fairly short order I came up with the elongated version you see above.
Since there is no "undo" in a sketchbook—I call that kind of eraser use a "bravery test"—after the late, and much loved painter Bob Ross who coined that expression.
^ ^ ^ Since it's a skull creature—I'll admit this one is similar to the one above.—but even when I go "dark" my work still (more often than not) winds up kinda "cartoony."
This "evil wild boar" look has also made appearances in other characters I've done as well.
This one also began life as a scribble sketch.
^ ^ ^ I'll end with this drawing.
Again—it began as another scribble—and I eventually ended up with this squat looking fellow.
Recently I saw a photo of a Hillary Clinton's minion—Webster Hubbell—and thought my character looked a lot like him—So I'm calling this one "Webster."
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