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.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Senior Posters spreading across the state

I think I always knew that when I retired from teaching that I would expand my senior poster business. Trying to teach, run athletics and recreation, and be a husband and father didn't leave much time to sit in my studio. This past year with my days freed up, it allowed me to create my Senior Poster artwork well outside the valley.
Making the projects is very time consuming but just as rewarding when delivered. The students see themselves just as they request and now that they are in full color, the cartoon images appear more like caricatures in the composition.The students from every school seem to love the fact that their class is shown in the drawing together the way they want themselves remembered.
I have heard from many people since 1983 (when I started doing posters) that they still have theirs framed hanging in their house. The quality of the work has changed a lot since those early years but the idea is the same.
Kids want to be shown as themselves, doing what they were known for or what they liked to do. Not just a headshot in a photographers studio lined up on yearbook pages. I hope that these posters continue to allow kids to remember their high school days and friends for years to come.
These are just a few of the works that were done in 2014, I look forward to working with these schools and others this year as CreativeCartooning continues to expand. Hopefully, it will become successful enough to bring in some friends and former students to reach out even further. Time will tell.

Getting my "Super Fix" on...

I have friends that are artists that focus on super hero comic artwork. Me? I have always been a fan of Super heroes but never really "drew" the characters, I just read them. However, recently my son-in -law requested six drawings of his school mascot (a Trojan Warrior)as super heroes possessing super powers for his K-5th grade students. Below are the results...
The challenge was a fun one and the process of making each of them show a special power and have Trojan traits was a test of creativity even for me. We will see how well the kids like them

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Frozen

Here is a piece I did for yet another Birthday Party for my Granddaughter Madeline's 5th Birthday party.
Painting this character seems easy since most people see it as white. However, in the end, there isn't much white left at all.

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.