Saw this old guy when we were in a Goodwill thrift store this last week. He was so epically awesome that I just had to get around to drawing him. His beard was amazing, especially since he chose to knot it at the end because it was so long. I love drawing interesting people into cartoons.
So I found some plastic caps for my colored pencils. Seems like a small thing, but I’m really excited about being able to carry a pencil around with me now! (without risk of injury, lol). Here’s a tiny sketch of an Alien Biker cartoon I did in my mini travel pad.
Created this poster for a client of God during the 7 days of creation, making the light, dark, water, land, plants, fish, animals, and Adam & Eve. The image above is the digital illustration, the vector render. The client had a rough idea- she had seen a graffiti mural of God speaking creation over a year ago and had been thinking of doing something similar for quite some time. Even though she had a basic idea, she gave me a large amount of freedom when drawing this image. I wanted to keep a bit of the urban style that she was describing in the first place, while making it bold and illustrative so that it would print well.
Here’s how the final printed posters turned out. I think the colors and print looked amazing! I’m always excited when one of my clients send me some of the finished products. This was a fun one to make!
Here’s a couple of Tribal Hamsters playing with fire. One understands the danger, but I think the other doesn’t quite get it yet…
I kept it rough and played around with some of the watercolor brushes in my computer program, Manga Studio. Little bit different effect than some of my work. Let me know what you think!
I had originally sketched 2 cartoons of these hamsters. I posted both to my Freelance Fridge Facebook page and let people vote for their favorite for me to finish! Be sure to like my Facebook page, if you want to participate in future polls and voting! It’s super fun!
This is a vector character design I created for a company that creates custom wheel nuts for roller derby skates. They wanted a cool, edgy roller derby chick, as a mascot so to speak, for their product materials and branding. Since their products needed to show up on the wheels, I decided to draw the girl in an exaggerated perspective, so that the skate could be seen much larger. The client loved the sketch and gave me instant approval to proceed forward. I went ahead and provided a version with custom logo text as well.
Alright people! It’s almost Friday!!! Let’s try and stay a little more positive than Pterry today… (p.s. it’s pronounced “Terry,” but make sure you spell it with a “P” on his office birthday card. We don’t want another repeat of what happened last year…)
I had this idea originally over a year ago, but just recently remembered it. Figured I would sketch it out before I forgot again. Little name pronunciation humor, as I get people mispronouncing my last name a lot.
I just finished this illustration for fun, based on the concept “Salamander Knight.” This endearing knight is just a little aloof as he heads across the little pond to rescue this princess hedgehog. I hope that he sees that snake before it’s too late! When coloring, I used the colors of a Seminatrix Swamp Snake, a Northern Red Salamander (which is more orange than the name suggests), and of course a Hedgehog. Trying to incorporate more “story” in my personal work. Let me know what you think!
Here’s the sketch and ink steps, for those of you interested in seeing a bit of my process. I try to keep my sketching loose and really enjoy the movement and expressiveness. When I head to inking, I’ll refine some of the character-look and details. You’ll see that I decided to change the princess’s crown to a pointed hat. Then of course, once the inking is complete, I move on to the fun part of digitally coloring the whole cartoon!
I recently had the pleasure of working with a long time fan of mine. He started an art magazine and wanted me to design a logo and character mascot for it.
As always, I started out by getting all the details and ideas from my client on the look for the logo and character. My client wanted something text based and bold. For the logo, I felt that the best approach was something simple and minimalistic, so that the artwork could really be highlighted on the front of each magazine issue. After that main logo was developed and approved, I created the various color treatments that my client could then use for the different issues of the magazine that come out. The colors and style can be adjusted to fit the art that accompanies it.
After completing the logo, I then started the character development. My client wanted a modern delivery boy with a slightly futuristic outfit. He also wanted to make sure the character was created in a fun, cartoon style. These are the 2 initial sketches I sent him. My client fell in love with the one on the left right away, with very minimal adjustments.
After receiving approval on the character sketch, I then illustrated the final color character pose. My client loved it so much that he immediately commissioned me to draw another pose of the mascot, sliding down a pile of magazines. The key, when it comes to the use of a great character, is the ability to illustrate the character in a variety of poses and have him look the same. You want to be sure that your branding is consistent and strong. As my client continues to develop his magazine, he has requested me to illustrate more poses and actions of this delivery boy character for use in each new magazine issue. I look forward to my continued work with this fun character!
The phrase “Marshmallow Martian” came up in conversation the other day… I don’t remember why, but this character drawing came out of it. This marshmallow alien travels from planet to planet, exploring the furthest parts of space, to learn more about the sinister evils that may threaten his squishy home planet.