Thursday, August 23, 2018

Cosplay Critters Tee Shirt Designs - Available Soon!

I've been working on a series of illustrations that I call "Cosplay Critters."  Ferret Joe, my fuzzy character, loves pop culture and all things comics.  Towards that end, I've been drawing him as various superheroes and television characters.  Some time ago, I came up with the "Doctors of Galliferret" series (I have another Doctor to add), and I've become a big fan of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.  Here are a couple of simple designs, done in Illustrator, that will be white ink on a black shirt.  I hope you see something you like.  Order information coming soon.
 Above, you'll see Aunt May's favorite nephew in his extracurricular uniform. Your spider-sense will tingle when you see how nice this design looks on you!
 Next comes the new King of Wakanda.  Maybe the people of a highly advanced, yet secretive, society will mistake you for T'Challah when you wear this tee!
Finally, there are times when bright red, white, and blue just aren't the colors you're going for.  To keep a lower profile, wear the Captain's stealth suit inspired tee!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Caricatures of the political world

I've been getting into drawing a lot of caricatures lately, mostly because I started watching Court Jones' videos on Stan Prokopenko's YouTube channel.  I've always been a fan of the artform since discovering MAD Magazine as a kid, and I've churned a number of them out over the years.  I even spent one summer drawing them in Liberty Square at Disney's Magic Kingdom.  Not the ideal job, but I grew much more comfortable drawing in front of crowds.

Here's a couple of loose sketches of some of our more questionable world leaders.

Straight out of my sketchbook to you, Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin.  

I'll add additional political leaders as time goes on.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Some of Disney's more obscure villains

Disney has had a lot of crazy characters in their movies over the last gazillion years.  I took it upon myself to draw the bad guys a while ago.  Here are some more of those sketches, a sampling of some of the lesser well known perpetrators of cruel deeds.

This villain is probably the least malicious looking of anything that has ever come out of Pixar.  I mean, it's a ship's steering column. But the Auto Pilot in Wall-E had its own directive and was willing to do anything to achieve its goals.

Although looking like the classic, mustache twirling villain from years gone by, "Meet the Robinsons" Bowler Hat Guy was comically incompetent.  No, the true threat was the hat itself.

Sometimes a villain is cruel for the pleasure he gets from it.  MacLeach was a poacher in the Outback in "The Rescuers Down Under."  His prey was the magnificent golden eagle, and he was willing to murder a young boy to keep him quiet about MacLeach's activities.

Speaking of "The Rescuers," the original film featured the horrible Madam Medusa.  Her greed led her down the path to kidnapping, child slavery, child endangerment, and keeping illegal exotic animals as pets.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

More Batman Characters

Okay, here are a few more of my Batman universe watercolor illustrations.  Commissioner Gordon is wearing my glasses.

Edward Nygma is sporting his more subtle look.  Well, as subtle as a green suit with purple accessories can be.  He did limit the number of question marks in his look. 

Professor Pyg is a thing borne of nightmares.  My inspiration for this (aside from the actual character itself) is some of the manic villains animated by Don Bluth.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Some Disney Villains

A while back I decided to draw all the Disney villains from the major animated features.  Gaston was featured a couple of posts ago, but that was quite a while ago and I never finished sharing them.  Here are a few more of them.
Cute and innocent she may appear, but Zootopia's Assistant Mayor Bellwether is not to be underestimated.

Less a villain and more a force of nature, Chernabog is the threat in the original Fantasia.

Clayton's only goal is the capture of the gorilla family and not even Tarzan will stand in his way.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

If I drew the Batman universe...

Welcome to the world beneath Wayne Manor, where the heroes can be as dark as the villains they face.  I decided to play a little with the familiar characters of DC Comics Batman line.  I acknowledge that all Batman related characters are copyright of DC Comics, and are here for no other purpose but as fan art.

First up, the nefarious Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker.  Although he's been portrayed in many different ways across multiple media, the characteristics that have stayed with me since childhood are the green hair, white skin, and bright red lips pulled into a gruesome smile.  This watercolor version accentuates the fashion style of Jack Nicholson's portrayal, merged with the Bruce Timm animated character, voiced by Mark Hamill. My own style is influenced by the comic creators, as well as animation studios like Warner Bros. and Disney.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Stuff to see, including last month's Inktober challenge

As you can tell, I haven't been the best at keeping this blog current.  Every time I realize it, I feel guilty and promise to post regularly again, then I don't.  Guess we're back at the beginning of the cycle once again.

Anyway, I was very busy during October, somehow managing to stay on top of the whole Inktober challenge this year. I chose to use the posted prompts from Jake Parker, the creator of Inktober, which allowed me to dig deep into my mixed up bag of tricks to find something appropriate for each day's sketch.

Having gotten the prompts a week or so ahead of the start of the month, I had time to get at least a few ideas in my head, particularly Day 2's prompt: Divided.
My belief is that this country is more divided than it's been in my lifetime, and I lay the blame at our divider in chief, Donald J. Trump.  In this illustration, I may have exaggerated his over-sized tie just a bit.  Donald stands before a collage of angry faces, including Lebron James and former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  The silhouette of the continental United States is filled with angry emojis.  I drew the largest parts on paper with a pen, then used Adobe Illustrator for all the little circles of the emojis.  Photoshop brought it all together with the little faces and compositing the piece.