Monday, November 2, 2015

Bringing machines to life

The challenge of meeting the vision of each client is what makes creating artwok, especially cartoons, a fun challenge. This project was to create a snowplow into a raging bull. To choose the right snowplow, and alter it to become alive took several sketches, modifications, and edits. In the end, the resulting work solved the problem and was a big hit with the client which will allow the artwork to be used in a variety of ways. I am anxious to see the applications using the work. I will keep you posted!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Fine line...

Creating artwork takes many forms for any artist. People assume, sometimes correctly, that you can do anything artistic that they may desire. Works in pencil, watercolor, oils, printmaking, computer graphics, ....the list goes on. However, sometimes individual styles have sub-divisions. Such is the case in my world of cartooning. Cartoons take on various levels of detail. I find that often my "cartoons" are drawn quickly to illustrate an idea or funny situation to make a point and people see the sketches and think that is my style and all my work will look like that. Cartooning to me, takes on several forms by itself. Cartoons, comics, illustrations, caricatures, and graphic art to name a few. Caricatures are a special challenge, not only do they need to be done well, they also need to resemble the person you are representing.
These are two such images for a project that I am working on now. One person I know well while the other I have never met. I drew both of the images from a pic of the person and made the "caricatures" resemble each image as well as I could. The test is, will the people think it looks like the intended individuals. This is the test of an artists skill in depiction.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The process works...

Sometimes a project calls for a unique concept or sparks an idea that may work out but is a challenge to create. This was the case recently when I took on a project for Wyalusing high schools softball team. They wanted a poster that represented their softball team featuring their mascot the "RAM". In the concept sketch stage, I imagined a Ram who's body was a softball. The idea was tricky because of the round shape in a body that is primarily rectangular. This is what I came up with as a rough sketch of the idea.
The idea was rough, but with some refinements during the inking and the addition of other details, the image started to take shape. The color stage brought the image to life and this is the result.
Sometimes the process yields surprising results.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cartooning is not the only pastime...

Cartooning is my favorite thing to do now that I have retired from my teaching career. However, being an artist allows for a wide range of art choices to now have time to enjoy. My second love, and most enjoyable form of art is watercolor.
This is one of my paintings that depicts another pastime of mine.....obviously, I am trying to organize my free time.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cartoon Posters before the Senior Class

Usually,my winter months are taken up drawing seniors in class posters as athletes, college-bound graduates,or showing off their favorite things and accomplishments. However, Athens has me do a poster of their 5th grade graduates that is really special. They are at the age that participation in school activities like reading, math, and sometimes sports is on the top of their lists. I enjoy doing this poster every year, I hope they enjoy the work too.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Twiggs drawing trees

This drawing was a request from my wife to make a B/W drawing for her bathroom project that needed some artwork. She wanted " a black and white picture, something with a branch in it with a little pink thrown in". This is what came of those directions.... I think she likes it :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Olaf strikes again....

Ever do one piece of work and then everybody wants one? That's the story on this little project making Olaf from the Disney movie Frozen.
This one was completed for my nieces daughter Lexi, and as soon as I posted it, another request was made for yet another version of good ol'Olaf by the end of October. I'll let you know how the next one turns out.