Wednesday, March 6, 2013

New path for CreativeCartooning

CreativeCartooning senior posters have changed over the years and have benefited from different schools ideas of what they want for their class. The latest project took me to a place that was both creatively challenging and surprising. Most schools these days want the full color, and all of the bells and whistles. Northern Potter however wanted a simple B/W poster to have for their class. If you know me,you know that once I break away from an "old" look, I have to find a new way to improve on the idea. I donated the color logo due to the sincerity of their senior class president but went with "greyscale" for the first time for the seniors. The result was surprisingly effective. I hope that you can appreciate it as much as I hope they do.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Maddie's 3rd Birthday goes Dr.Suess

As a general rule, I try to be original in all the works that I do that I like to consider as "artwork".
However, when I was challenged recently to do a painting of the LORAX, I found the task a challenge even though the character was already developed by another artist. To be honest, I thought the guy was yellow, in the end I used very little to create the hairy little image. To complete the birthday effect  of curse she needed the trees in a variety of colors ( 5 feet tall) and several references to this guy on signs, containers, and party favors.

Painting for the sake of art is rewarding, painting for the enjoyment of your granddaughter is priceless.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"It had to happen..."

The poster business reached another milestone this year with the addition of "full color" in the images.

The center being done in color 6 years ago led to some spot color over the last few years in the kids and now the process includes hair color and flesh tones to make the posters entirely colored. The look is impressive and I question why I didn't do it before. Of course, the answer to that is that it takes forever to do. :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Art Treasure

Imagining a vision of an object and then creating it is always an adventure to me especially when it is something different. I don't believe I ever painted a treasure chest in my career and the opportunity to make one for a wall display allowed me to give it a try.

The challenge to show the contents while still showing some perspective, though exaggerated, was interesting and the color choices to pull off the "Pirate Chest" feel made this a fun, quick, project.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Grandaughters 2nd Birthday

Doing the artwork for family events always falls on the resident "art person" of any family. Even if the tasks are big,small, easy or tough they all seem to get done one way or another. Some projects however are a joy.
This series of works were big, tough, and on an unrealistic deadline for my grand-daughters 2nd birthday. Her latest interest is Snow White and creating these works to embellish her party was a gift that I enjoyed creating for her. Of course, I can only hope she liked the final result as she spent most of her birthday enjoying her John Deere 4 wheeler that we got her
to drive around her yard.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Creating Characters

My latest project is illustrating a book involving elementary children in a school setting. The story is really original and creative so I am challenged to create characters that are equally interesting that go with the story. The process of sketching and adding colors is the best part of any project.

The book involves a whole classroom including a mysterious teacher with "strange powers". Creating all of them should take most of the month of July. Stay in touch and let me know what you think.


Friday, June 24, 2011

One at a a time....

Every once in awhile, I do a caricature of an individual which is such a refreshing change from doing the big groups of 100 or more in a single composition. In these works, I am able to get more detail, shading, and a more artistic feel to my work. The element of depth is more easily achieved with overlapping shapes and the likeness of the subject is easier to render. Of course, other elements such as motion and fun still make these works a challenge.