Just 3 adorably cute bunnies to brighten up your mood this Friday! I drew these in my Travel Sketchbook as one of the very last pages in it. I sketched these bunnies in a way that I think would work well for a puppet-based 2D animation style for a TV series. I love drawing in a variety of styles! It’s so fun to experiment with different looks.
I had an idea for a Piñata Knight a while back and here it is! His armor keeps him safe from those who would want his candy insides. He is the defender of all piñatas and he really knows how to party!
I drew this character just for fun in my Travel Sketchbook. Sketched in color-erase Prismacolor pencil, then inked with Sharpie. After that, I took a high-resolution photo and colored it in Manga Studio. I really enjoyed working on this guy and you know I love characters with lots of bright colors!
A 3D Modeler in the Netherlands recreated my Robotic Aardvark creature in 3D! It was such an unexpected surprise! I think he did a great job. I love how he captured the shine of the metal robot parts. I also love the glow of the toxic ooze that this robot animal is lapping up. The added toxic waster barrels is a nice touch as well.
You can see his 3D model close up and move it around on his page here: https://sketchfab.com/ferdinandvanderhorst
Are you getting excited for Halloween? I had an idea for my own spin on the Headless Horseman… a Not-So-Headless Doberman! The perfect pet for any Halloween monster. I just pictured a pumpkin-headed dog and then this idea came forth, as I thought of a dog breed that rhymed with “horseman.”
I drew this with col-erase pencil, then inked it with sharpie, and finished it with prismacolor colored pencils.
I wanted to share a couple other aspects of the Bible-based children’s book series that I have been illustrating. Not only did I illustrate the pages, but I also developed the layout and look of the covers, including the logo title design.
The first thing that was developed in the series was the look of the Creator’s Toy Chest. Since this was a key element carried throughout all of the books, it was important to get the look and feel just right. The author wanted a handcrafted wooden toy chest, with a tree element on the front panel. Once this was established, I was able to use this as a potential element within the series logo for the books.
There was a lot of back and forth on the logo development for this series. It’s always a little more challenging to create a logo design or title design when there are a lot of people who need to approve it. I worked closely with several people at the publisher, but also worked closely with the author as well. These are some of the initial concepts that I created. In the end, everyone leaned toward the bottom right logo.
Taking that favored concept, we worked through a few sizing options for the Toy Chest itself, within the logo. Here’s the final, approved logo design. For me, it was important to have a title design for the series that would become iconic and memorable. Also, I wanted to be sure that the colors used within the logo wouldn’t clash with any other book theme colors or cover illustrations. I think we came to a final logo that has a very professional and appealing look.
And lastly, I created 3 options for the logo that could be used as needed in different situations. Sometimes there’s a need for simpler text logos, or a longer version which can be used on banners or the book spine.
I was grateful for the chance to help develop the layout and logo for the book covers, along with all the illustrations. I feel this brings more continuity to the series and branding.
If I’m honest, I’ve had this KidRobot Foomi blank vinyl for a few years, I finally found time to draw something on it…
I created this guy! He’s a Dapper Steampunk Cthulhu!
I had a lot of fun creating this character. I penciled it, then inked the lines with Sharpie. After that, I colored with markers and painted on a clear coat to protect from smudging. It’s not perfect, but it was fun! I look forward to making more! (I’ve got about 4-5 more Munny blank vinyls just waiting to be customized!)
Here’s an inked drawing of a deer with cactus antlers in my Travel Sketchbook. Thought it would be neat to give the deer a coloring reminiscent of a roadrunner. This fantasy cactus deer is the protector of the desert, and feeder of the hummingbirds.
I finished up my cute witch character that I had inked yesterday! Sketched, inked, and colored with markers by hand, then a few Photoshop touches to finish it off. I added a nice glow to the snake spell she is casting. And I love the turquoise I decided to color the jumping spider! It was nice to spend some time on a personal piece after I had finished out a crunch time of completing another children’s book for a client.
Been busy illustrating children’s books, so haven’t had a chance to post anything lately. Here’s a cute witch casting a spell with her pet jumping spider! I had originally wanted to draw a really cute jumping spider, because they are my favorite, but didn’t want to draw him by himself, so I thought of making him the sidekick for a witch girl. You can see, she’s still practicing her spells, and is a little surprised by the fire snake she made. 🙂
I sketched this with col-erase pencil, then inked with black and red pens. I am hoping to color it soon!