Sunday, July 26, 2009

They call him Sherman, Sherman, Sherman, quicker than lightning....

Yay! New character for you guys today. His name is Sherman, and he's a young harbor seal. Special bonus for today! Quick Photoshop rendering! Not the smoothest thing I've ever done but it's been forever since I've painted a character in non-flat color, so it was a good getting re-acquainted exercise. I think, total, I spent...oh...about 3 hours on this, probably less since I started doodling while I watching T.V. and it took a while for me to find him. Plus I was watching 'Next Food Network Star' so I kept getting wrapped up in the competition. Down to the final three! Nail biting time. Anyway, back on subject, Sherman actually started out as a lion cub but I went in a different direction. Obviously. :)  Hope you guys like!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Students of the Royal Academy of Her Lady Tangerine

I'm on a person roll! I was doodling some more, again, thinking about the fact that I NEVER do people and the ones I did the other day actually weren't too terrible, so I decided to do some more. I came up with these three girls. They're a little more anime, but that's OK every once in a while. I don't mind. 

The blonde is Amy. She's the leader of the the three friends. She's the smart, go-getter, does well in school, class president, good at sports, gets along with everybody type. However, her drive to succeed often leads her to over-extend herself, which can lead to some pretty sticky situations. Debate team practice and the homecoming game all in one night?! How will she pull that off?

The black-haired girl is Dominica, but you better call her Dom or she'll hurt you.  Her overly-girly name lead her to tom-boy tendencies as a child, but she's gradually learning that sometimes being a little girly is a good thing.  She enjoys pranks and punk rock, and is the drummer in her own garage band, which she put together with some guys at school.  She could care less about studying and learning but she's naturally good at math and enjoys it a little; not that she'd admit that to anybody. Despite her who-cares-about-grades attitude, she gets along with the adults and can often talk herself out of getting into too much trouble.

The brunette is Mayweather, but everybody calls her May for short. She is the quiet, shy, bookish one. She spends her days reading and enjoys learning as a hobby. She hopes to one day be a chemist in the medical field.  While she's normally very withdrawn, she has a secret addiction to sugar which makes her go on some pretty intense sugar high benders, where she often hits a toy store and splurges on teddy bears and Nerf guns. She's an awesome shot with those rubber darts. 

I'm also including the sketch because when I do vector art a lot of times I just show the finished product, and I wanted to start showing the originals occasionally as well.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bookworms Galore!

Sorry for the absence. I got a large outside project and a bunch of work projects at the same time so I've been pretty swamped for the past two weeks. I was on a good roll with the posts too.

Anyway,  I was looking through my posts and I noticed that I never ever draw people. Like, ever. So I decided to doodle a couple last night and this is what I came up with. The guy started off as a mime and turned into a snarky college kid. And then I just wanted to draw a girl so I did.  They're in two different styles, and I'm not sure which one I like best.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

High On A Hill Sat A Lonely...uhhh...Goat..

I decided to keep my Mary Blair inspired streak going for a little while longer and did another little character sketch. This was inspired by the goats in 'It's A Small World', with a little bit of my own touch.  I know that these aren't exactly portfolio pieces, but they're giving me really good practice in color and going really simple and sweet with my characters.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Doodles and Such Milestone!!! Hooray!

It is official: I have out-posted my blog for 2008!  25 posts people, more more than last year. And it's only July! 

How much more will I post....?

Frankly I have no idea. But hopefully a lot more! You should, like, ya know, keep coming back and check it out! 

(And I am well aware this is post number it's that many more over last year's post count!)

Deery Dear Deer

I've been really wanting to do a Mary Blair-esque piece for a really really really long time. I recently (like...last week) got introduced to this webcomic called 'Tiny Kitten Teeth', and they hand-paint every panel in watercolor and guache. They are also very inspired by Mary Blair (among other things). Anyway, they're awesome and you should check them out.

So, they got me inspired to take a crack at the Mary Blair thing FINALLY and this is what I came up with. Nothing too special or different, I was trying my hand at it in Illustrator. This took me about a half hour to do. I like it. It's not EXACTLY Mary Blair but it's inspired by.  :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Here is a cute little Irish Setter-like puppy I did in Illustrator. He loves you, even though he just met you. And he is a good tracker. Did he mention that?

Movie quotes aside, I'm really liking this cute kick I'm on right now. I think I'm getting some portfolio fodder out of this streak. I think. Here's hoping it keeps going for a while.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cutest Duckling EVER!

AAAAAAHH SO CUTE... I love this little guy! He is one of my favorite designs I've done. I will definitely flesh him out some more once I get a little more time.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Dragon dragon dragon

Dragon design done in Illustrator. It's kinda retro-feeling and simple.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July Americans! I have three little patriotic characters for you guys today, sketched and colored just this morning (so I'm happy with them given I did them in like, a little over an hour total). They're kinda going back to more of what I doodled in college, and I like them. Expect more along this line in the future.

So first up, we have a cute little baby eagle, decked out in his holiday finest, one he'll have to grow into. I really like him, so I might take him into Illustrator and do a few designs with him. He'd be great on a onesie, so I might play around with that.

Second up is a more traditional eagle character. I think every character artist has to draw this sort of thing at some point in time. I named him George (after Washington) cuz Sam is SO  overdone.

And third is just a cute little teddy bear getting into the spirit.

Enjoy and have a Happy Holiday!