Freelance Fridge- Illustration & Character DesignFreelance Fridge- Illustration & Character Design

Jul
1

Silly Alien Kaiju Monster

Big Egg Alien Kaiju Character Creature Concept Cartoon Pencil and Ball Point Pen Sketch Drawing Illustration
Attack of the 1,000 ft Egg! I wanted to draw a Japanese Kaiju, in a way that it looked like a cheesy guy-in-a-suit alien creature from those old classic 1950’s movies. This was the goofy character I came up with. I absolutely love drawing weird, silly, impractical aliens and monsters. My wife suggested that maybe this monster never fully hatched from his egg, and that’s why he’s so upset. Perhaps there’s a story here… Could the city help this one-eyed beast finally hatch and become a productive member of society? 
Jun
29

Koala Cartoon Character Design

Koala Cartoon Character Design Business Mascot Concept Art Options Sketches

I recently designed a Koala cartoon character for a mortgage lending company. This was a repeat client of mine, which it’s always nice to hear again from a happy client about working together again. It was fun to create an original character for their marketing materials. Above are the initial 3 character sketch concepts I presented to them. They fell in love with the 2nd one pretty quickly. 

Koala Cartoon Character Design Business Mascot Vector Pose 1 standing presenting

After their approval, I finalized this first pose in vector, full color. And I sketched out the other 3 poses they asked for. It’s simpler to sketch the remaining poses after the character’s look and feel have been agreed upon. 

Koala Cartoon Character Design Business Mascot Vector Pose 2 pointing holding calculator Koala Cartoon Character Design Business Mascot Vector Pose 3 sitting at desk with computer working Koala Cartoon Character Design Business Mascot Vector Pose 4 excited jumping papers flying

And these were the other 3 poses the client asked for. They are using this character for their “Get Koalified” marketing campaign. I think this character will add a lot of appeal and personality to their branding. They had wanted this character to represent their loan officers working hard to help good people qualify for home loans.  

 

Contact James about My Project

 

Feel free to contact me about how a mascot can add memorability to your business or product. I’m always happy to talk with people about their projects and ideas. 

 
Jun
27

Wise Old Alien Shaman Character

Wise Old Three-Eyed Bearded Alien Shaman Character Creature Concept Cartoon Pen and Color Markers Drawing Illustration

A wise old alien shaman I drew for fun last night in my travel sketchbook. With his 3 eyes, he can see into the 6th, 9th, and 12th dimensions… basically any dimension divisible by 3. I think some of his power may come from those giant green horns on his head. I would imagine that perhaps a hero in some story would need to travel to this alien shaman’s planet, in order to get advice on defeating an inter-dimensional villain. 

I drew this traditionally on paper, with pencil, then black paint pen, then used colored markers and a little bit of white pen to finish it off. 
Jun
7

Cyclops Slug Character

Red Slug with Floating Cyclops Eye Character Creature Concept Cartoon Pen Drawing Illustration Original Post-it Version

One of my friends doodled this little slug character with a floating cyclops eye on a post-it while he was at work. I really liked his character, so I was inspired to draw my own version of it!

Red Slug with Floating Cyclops Eye Character Creature Concept Cartoon Sharpie and Color Markers Drawing Illustration My Version

I loved the pudgy body and the floating eye he had in his, so I tried to emphasize those traits, while still keeping the essence of his character. You’ll notice he still has similar teeth and hair as well. Any you might wonder, why is he talking about cake? I’m not sure myself… maybe he’s asking for cake, or maybe someone just asked him to do something challenging and his response was, “Piece of cake!” 🙂

May
30

Cartoon Boombox Crab Character Illustration

Hot Pink Crab Boombox Funny 1980s Character Creature Concept Cartoon Pencil and Color Markers Drawing Illustration
Are you ready for summer around the corner? Take this 80’s Boombox Crab with you and you’re sure to have a great time! He loves to dance to his own tunes while his curly mullet blows in the wind. 
 
Had this silly drawing idea about a week ago… a crab cartoon character merged with a boombox. It was actually a bit challenging to figure out how to draw. I had sketched it 3 times before I got a version of him that I really liked. I wanted to have him to have a TV cartoon feel and a lot of expressiveness. Then the hot pink just felt right after I drew in the mullet. 🙂
May
25

2nd Anniversary of Full-Time Freelance Fridge!

Freelance Fridge Full-Time Freelance Artist 2nd Anniversary in Business Creating Character Artwork and Illustrations

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! 

May
17

Tribal Bird Creature Design

Primitive Tribal Bird Warrior with Spear Character Creature Concept Cartoon Pen and Color Markers Drawing Illustration

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.

May
8

Millennial Skater Duck

Skater Duck Skateboarding Cartoon Character Concept with Arm Cast Drawing Illustration

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. 

Apr
22

Murloc Character Coloring Contest

Murloc Fish Drawing Comic Coloring Contest Details

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! 

Murloc Fish Humanoid Monster Creature Concept Cartoon Black and White Adult Coloring Page Drawing Illustration

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! 

310 Murloc Fish Coloring Contest Participants

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. 

Apr
21

Murloc Fish Creature Design

Murloc Fish Humanoid Monster Creature Design Concept Art Cartoon Pen and Color Markers Drawing Illustration

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. 

Drawn by hand, then inked with paint pen and colored with markers. Background added digitally. 
Apr
13

Interesting Dog From the Park

Cartoon Dog Shar Pei Pug Mixed Breed Pen and Color Markers Drawing Illustration

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. 🙂

Apr
10

HammerWho Creature Concept Color Illustration

Hammerhead Shark Owl HammerWho Creature Concept Cartoon Pen and Color Markers Drawing Illustration

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. 

Apr
5

HammerWho Creature Concept Sketch

Hammerhead Shark Owl HammerWho Creature Concept Cartoon Inked Drawing Sketch

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! 

Mar
6

Cute Vintage Robot Character

Cute Timid Vintage Robot Droid Character with Glass Edison Bulb for Head Cartoon Pencil Colored Markers Drawing Sketch

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. 

Mar
3

Evil Spiked Robot Guard

Spiked Robot Droid with Pincers and Spewing Green Smoke Pollution Cartoon Pencil Colored Markers Drawing Sketch

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!