Which one is YOUR favorite?
There’s a fun artist challenge called Inktober every October. Hard for me to commit to a traditionally inked drawing every day of October, but I’ll be doing a few throughout this month. Here’s my first: Day of the Dead style cartoon animals!
Penciled, then inked in Sharpie & White Ink, then finished with Markers. Fun to get to draw on actual paper every once in a while, since most of my client work is digital.
So I wanted to create my own illustration with a girl and a gator, but make it different somehow. My first sketch was a simple reversal of the photo, with the gator reluctant to come down the steps…
I decided this just wasn’t original enough, or compelling enough. Then I thought of the idea of the scared dogs lagging behind on the leashes as the girl is walking them with the gator happily walking ahead, oblivious to their fears. And of course, this is a brave girl who sees nothing wrong with walking a large reptile.
Sketched this shark beast monster but wasn’t sure I liked him… then my wife added the bandaids and suggested the potbelly and now I think I like him more…
Been sketching this Tree Character off and on during lunch breaks for the past few days. Finally finished him. It’s a combination of red pencil and red pen, which I think makes a nice look.
I had the pleasure of illustrating and designing the box for a new SciFi board game called Space Truckies. Can’t say too much about the game mechanics, but it sounds really fun! Here’s a little insight on my process for this artwork.
As always, I first discussed the details of the game and the style with my client. He loves the old, vintage scifi spaceships of the 1950’s, the style you see on the Amazing Stories covers. I am a big fan of those retro vehicles too, so this project was a perfect fit. I sketched the image above out, thinking of how to incorporate action and excitement into the composition. The camera angle, movement lines, and overlapping the ship on the borders of the box all help with this. I felt that a sense of movement would entice the viewer to buy the game more than if it was just a ship parked on a runway. I also went ahead and illustrated the background more fully, so that the client would get a better idea of the overall look and feel I would be achieving in the final illustration.
The client absolutely loved the initial sketch, so I was able to quickly move on to the final color illustration. The client wanted nice, bright colors for the final box, and so I gave him 3 different color options to choose from. At this stage, I also included the sides of the box, so he could start getting an idea of how it would look as a whole.
And here’s the final box design, with the color option that the client chose. You’ll also see a few minor changes to text and icons incorporated on the sides of the box. I love how this turned out and I look forward to playing the game soon, when the production is completed.
Sketched some concepts for a personal art piece I’m working on. I’ve got an idea for some cute vegetable root-like dinosaur creatures, that are trying to get an older, cranky root to come out of the ground and enjoy the world. Hope to have a chance to do the full illustration in the next few weeks.
Which Veggie Root Dino Critter do YOU like best?
I just found a nice leather pocket sketchbook recently at Hobby Lobby! Been looking for a nice, smaller sketchbook that I could carry around with me wherever I go. I was so excited when I found this! Here’s the debut sketch for the sketchbook- a mustached octopus looking at his pocket watch. I suppose he’s checking to see if it’s a good time to draw, which the answer is always YES!
I created these 4 cartoon skeleton characters for use in a client’s food packaging design. The client requested rough, sketchy skeletons in these 4 sports actions: basketball, skateboarding, BMX biking, and surfing. They wanted a Day of the Dead kind of feel, mixed with a fun cartoony style. Each skeleton will be used on the Mexican food packaging of Diego’s different products.
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!