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

Jul
30

People Sketching in Barnes & Noble

231_PeopleSketching_1_a_CADHad a great session of people sketching last night in Barnes & Noble with a couple artist buddies. Here’s the unsuspecting group of friends that I sketched from a distance. I loved the contrast of the shapes & sizes of this group. And it goes without saying that the woman on the left had the most amazing, epic hair! So fun to draw and caricature these people into cartoons.

 

Jul
17

God Speaking Creation Poster & Sticker Illustration

God creating in 7 days

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.

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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!

Jul
15

Tribal Hamsters

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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!

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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!

 

Jul
9

Pterry the Pterodactyl

funny pterodactyl dinosaur office cartoon

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. :)

Jul
7

People Sketching in Walmart

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Did some more people sketching last night… this time at Walmart. :) Didn’t have quite as much time to doodle as last time, but it was still fun. I enjoyed drawing the happy old man the most.

 

Jul
3

People Sketching in Target

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Went to Target with a couple friends yesterday night to do some people sketching. You have to memorize the overall look of a person quickly as they pass by and then do your best to capture it on paper. It was fun! Hope to do it again soon.

Jun
26

Salamander Knight

Salamander Knight Rescuing Princess Hedgehog final color

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! :)


 

Salamander Knight Rescuing Princess Hedgehog sketchSalamander Knight Recuing Princess Hedgehog inkedHere’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!

Jun
9

Marshmallow Martian

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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.

Apr
28

Kung Fu Fish Guy

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I took an old sketch I drew of this merman kung fu fish dude and came across it again recently. I decided to color him up for fun. If you ever find yourself in an underwater battle, you might want to try and recruit this guy to be on your side…

Oct
25

Plumkins

Sugar-Plum-Pumpkin-plumkinsHere are some fun little critters that I call the Plumkins! Nothing better than flying purple pumpkins with fairy wings and glowing eyes. This idea came to mind when I tried to order a Pumpkin Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen and stumbled over my words, saying “Plumkin Plie Blizzard.” You never know where the great ideas might come from!

 

Sep
4

Pan the Little Faun

Cartoon Faun Pan Character

Quick goofy little Pan character sketch. If you don’t startle him, he might just play you a tune…  I love drawing silly characters!

Aug
27

Samurai Tinman

Samurai Tinman Wizard of Oz Cartoon

I had an idea for a new take for the Tinman from The Wizard of Oz. What if the story took place in China and he was an old samurai warrior? Even a samurai needs a heart… <3

Aug
19

Rocket Raccoon & Groot Fan Artwork

I really enjoyed the new Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy movie! I think that whole comic storyline has a great cast of characters. Of course, the two coolest characters would have to be Rocket Raccoon and Groot! I have been working on drawing and painting this illustration on and off during my free time between work and freelance projects. Finally had a chance to finish it tonight. I have been playing around with more textures, to give my images a more unique look. Enjoy!

 

Jul
21

Cartoon Alien Critters

Cartoon Aliens & MonstersIt was time to let loose a little and just have fun drawing some silly, zany characters. I decided to draw some cartoon alien critters after being inspired by the show, Wander Over Yonder. I think what makes them work well is a medley of shapes, sizes, and proportions- to keep it interesting. I have always loved aliens and all things SciFi. I really have fun doodling this, and now it’s making me think about illustrating a silly children’s book about aliens. Maybe a counting book? We’ll see…

 

Jul
16

Snowy Owl Illustration

Snowy Owl Book Illustration Artwork

I have been admiring snowy owls recently. They are beautiful, extraordinary birds. I just had to draw one, and what better way to illustrate one, than in flight with the moonlight on his back.