Archive for February 2009
Birthday CardsI just did a new custom birthday card for a company to send their clients during the year. It's a good idea, I think, offering a different and more personal touch to let folks know you're thinking of them, while reminding them of you. We went with a two-sided card format this year, no fold, and the universal "cake and presents" motif.
Fiber Choice Storyboards: Veggie Facesstoryboard, we were asked to fill the screen with fiber-iffic fruits and veggies. This was patched together digitally from a series of other drawings, so we could save time using elements I'd already drawn, just rotating some to mix 'em up a bit. And these two were of a series prepared for a Fiber Choice running on TV currently. Veggie and fruit eyes and mouths were moved and rotated digitally to form various expressions. Why redraw?
Monkey See, Monkey Sketch
While drawing my "Blog No Evil" illo last week, I dug up some monkey reference and got the bug to draw more. I drew this quickly in my sketchbook with a marker for the outline, adding blacks with a brush. I scanned it in and threw a mid-tone color over it, then with a Photoshop chalk brush in a lighter highlight tone, it was easy to achieve the nice effect usually gotten drawing on pastel paper, which I've always liked. It might be fun to draw a comic in this style. Hmm.
It'll Never WorkI was five or six when the Saturday morning kids show, The Banana Splits was on originally. Besides the live-action-people-in-costumes Splits portions of the show, they also ran cartoons, one of which was The Adventures of Gulliver. It's not much to speak of, but memorable for one of the Lilliputian characters, a grim little dude named Glum.
He was a real downer, always interjecting things like "We're doomed," "Don't be too sure," "He'll never make it," "I knew we'd be in trouble." But my favorite, and one I remember best, is a saying I use around here to this day to tease friends, family or myself whenever one's down in the dumps or feeling pessimistic: "It'll never work." But for some reason, lately I've been thinking Glum was on to something. I'm sure it'll pass. It always does. To hear him utter the words for the first time, it's about 3:10 into the video below:
So, I've been working hard, paying the bills, paying the mortgage, paying off the credit card each month, and saving long term, but with all the talk of bailouts, I'm beginning to feel like a heel. A real heelot. Maybe Walter Brennan had it right in Capra's Meet John Doe:
And if you haven't seen the movie, do. It's a great, classic flick with standout performances, much humor, and heaping helpings of what they call Capra-corn.
Pump It Up! Happy Valentine's Day 2009
A few years ago we were hired by Target to draw a heart in a kid's style. So we got out the crayons and colored pencils and paints, set up on the dining room table and turned loose the whole family. We presented to them an assortment of 48 hearts in all, and they chose the one above that Mary did to use in their campaign. Below are all the rest. Happy Valentine's Day!
Or instead of all these sweet little hearts, we should've just gone with the heart Laura drew today just for the blog:
Click the link to see more art and our Valentine's Day playlist from our post last year.