My wife and I are celebrating the 2nd year anniversary of Freelance Fridge as a full-time business! (I’ve been doing freelance part-time for 10+ years, but this is the second full-time year). Thanks to all my loyal, wonderful clients for allowing me to create fresh, cool artwork for you! I feel quite blessed to be able to help others’ imaginations come to life every day that I step into my office!
Here’s a tribal bird creature I drew for fun. My concept is based a bit on a Bateleur Eagle. I saw this type of eagle for the first time and found it really inspiring! They are so cool looking and unique with their red faces. Seemed like a perfect inspiration for an alien character design.
Drawn by hand in my travel sketchbook, then inked and colored with markers.
Here’s a Millennial Skater Duck I drew for fun. This guy’s had a few injuries, but it doesn’t hold him back from taking sick Instagram pics when he’s riding the rails.
Drawn in my Travel Sketchbook… penciled, then inked, then colored with markers. I wanted to draw this character in a style that would fit well with a TV cartoon series, such as the Regular Show.
I decided it would be fun to have a coloring contest for with my Murloc fish character illustration. Anyone can download the original black & white inkwork here. You can submit your colored version on social media, tagging Freelance Fridge in the post. Or simply email it to me HERE.
*The contest will be open until May 6th. I will randomly pick a winner from the submissions, who will receive a FREE signed art print!
Here’s the art to download and color. Be sure to click on it to download the full size image for print. Both traditional and digital coloring will be accepted. Hope you enjoy coloring! I look forward to seeing all the versions!
Update: Thanks to all who participated! It was exciting to see all the colored versions of my creature design! Jeff Hankins was the randomly selected winner (the Murloc feature in the pic that has a colored background). And feel free to still print & color this guy if you want, even though the contest is over.
Had a craving to draw a Murloc fish creature recently. I’ve always loved this fantasy fish creature type. I gave him more Stegosaurus-like back fins for a unique look. I had a lot of fun illustrating this guy! I could see him showing up in a video game or fantasy table top game design.
I saw a really odd looking dog at the park the other day. To me, it looked like a mixed breed between a Shar Pei and a Pug. I just had to draw this interesting mutt, with its big head, short legs, curly tail, and wrinkly body. 🙂
I had a chance to finish my HammerWho creature in color this weekend. Again, it’s an animal creature mashup between a hammerhead shark and an owl. I colored this guy with markers and colored pencils, then added the background and a few finishing touches digitally. I really had fun with this cartoon illustration. I’d love to see these HammerWho fantasy creatures in a story or game some day.
I had an idea for a creature in my head that I had to sketch out. It’s a mix between a Hammerhead Shark and and Owl. I call it a HammerWho. You have to be on your guard if you see a flock of these nearby… or would it be a school of them? I hope to have time to color it up soon!
Here’s another robot character! I wanted to give this guy a bit of a vintage scifi robot feel. I imagine the inside of the Edison glass contains a gas or anti-gravitational vacuum that allow his eyes to float around in there.
Here’s a crazy spiked robot that spews toxic green gas for some reason. I picture these robots guarding some dark nemesis’s castle somewhere. I am participating in March of Robots on social media this year- sketching robots all throughout this month! I don’t think I’ll have time in my schedule to draw one every day, but I’ll be trying to create a handful this month. I love drawing droids!
Had this idea for a Spider Dwarf in my head and drew it out this weekend. I thought that a furry spider would be a great combination with a dwarf. I can certainly see this character concept in a video game or fantasy book. I wonder what his quest would be?
Drawn & colored traditionally, using colored pencil, pen, and markers. Then I added a background and a few final touches digitally.
Finished this drawing of a space rat alien in his mechanical mode of transportation. This species of aliens isn’t known for practical engineering.
The wait is over! I can finally announce the collaboration that I did with Desktop Gremlins! I designed a papercraft, based on his unique easy-to-assemble method, drawing a unique character for his ninja contest. For his contest, he asked participants to create their own ninja character. I thought of a Ninja Arowana Fish, because I love how these fish leap out of the water to knock their prey into the water. Plus, I figured a fish ninja would be pretty unique and memorable. Here’s the description I wrote for my original character creation:
“There is a mysterious ninja only known as the Ninja Arowana, who protects the rivers of Asia. Few have seen him closely. When he strikes, the criminals only see a red blur before they are brought to justice with a swift slap to the face.”
I had a whole lot of fun drawing this guy and I ended up winning the contest. The creator of Desktop Gremlins loved it so much, he asked if I would want to collaborate on it, for a free giveaway. I was excited for the opportunity and vectorized my Ninja Arowana, using CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator, for the free papercraft.
You can download the printable papercraft file RIGHT HERE.
Once you download it, I recommend printing it on a heavier stock paper. Then simply follow the easy instructions, cutting it out and assembling without the need of tape or glue!
I hope you really enjoy it and this Ninja Arowana can defend your desk from the perils of boredom and work challenges.
I love creating characters and unique products. If I can help you or your company with a special giveaway, product, or one-of-a-kind character, feel free to reach out. I would be happy to work with you on your project.
Was eating breakfast at Mimi’s Cafe the other week with my wife. She pointed out that my eggs looked like an alien with a bow! So I took a photo and used it as inspiration for this cute girl alien character. And I thought it would be cool to give her a big laser gun.
Here’s the original eggs. You never know where an idea can come from. Look for it in the real world every day!
Drawn in my travel sketchbook, with colored pencil, pen, and colored markers. I finished it up with a quick digital background.