Friday, October 17, 2008


I woke up yesterday with this strange urge to make some robots. I don't know why. Maybe it's because robots are really cool, they can pretty much look like anything you want, and I never ever draw robots. Hey! And now I did.  

And I have no idea why my text is underlining itself. I can't seem to turn it off. Hopefully it won't do this in the next post.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lunchtime 'doodle'

I was fooling around at lunch today and I did this cute little illustration of 2 dinosaurs in love.
I did this in around 20 minutes, and I'm happy with how it came out. I'm really liking this Illustrator style. It's fairly simple to do, and the results look really clean right away, unlike a Photoshop painting that takes forever and a day to render out of you want a smooth look.
So sorry if things are looking a little repetitive with styles, but I'm experimenting. 

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Birds Sing Words and the Flowers Croon....

I really like my little bird icon I made for this blog, and I've gotten some really good feedback on it too, so I decided to do a couple more in the same style.  That and the 'Tiki Room' song keeps playing on my iPod... that might have something to do with it too.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Aaah! Real Monsters!

Brian and his friends up in Chicagoland started a really awesome art group called Everyday Monster. Their goal: every week or so, take some everyday objects and make really cool stuff out of it to follow that week's theme. This week was Monster Sightings. You make a monster face out of paper, plaster it on an object, take a really awesome picture. It was really fun, and the first time I participated in one of their projects.  These are just a few of my favorite pictures I took. 

All the entries are up on their blog: Vote for you favorite! Show the monsters some love!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Anatomy of What I Do

I really liked my baby monster doodle I did the other day, so I figured I'd take it a step or two further and do what I do at work for a lot of art and apply it to (gasp) some work I did on my own free time.  Using skills I've learned in a professional environment outside the workplace? Unheard of, I know.

So first I take it into Illustrator and ink it using various line weights and such, thus getting the black and white image at the top.  Once I'm good with how that turns out, I fiddle around with it and fill in the areas with drop-in color. Really, really easy. And that's normally where I stop, but this time I decided I want to give rendering a try, using some techniques I learned at Disney. This one's rough but I'm happy with it. It's a lot smoother than my normal Photoshop paintings, and I think the whole Disney rendered art feel comes through. 

So, yeah. That's pretty much what I've been doing for a year, except with trademarked characters I can't legally put on this webspace.  Lemme know what you think! :)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated... but not too far from the truth.

I'm back! Yay! So... sorry about the long, long......long absence from the blog-o-sphere. I've been working as a full-time freelancer for Disney Design Group here in sunny Orlando. It's been very very awesome, and I've been keeping busy with work. So busy, I haven't had time to do my thing for a few months now. And since I can't post what I do for Disney on the interweb, Doodles and Such has suffered a long lapse of nakedness and shame. But not to fear citizens! I'm making a vow to continue to post and work on my own artwork again. It may not be as often as I'd like, or as often as before, but I will try my hardest to push myself so this months-long absence of creativity won't become commonplace here on this blog.  As God is my witness I shall never go hungry again!  

Here as a new post (!) is a doodle of a cute little baby monster I did for Brian's nephew. He loves Monsters Inc, hence the slight Sully resemblance. Enjoy!