Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ink, Igor & inviting Collaboration

This is a drawing of the Warrior Igor.  This particular one, I started drawing at the cartooning class that I teach.  Some of the kids watched me throwing down pencil lines and shapes and watched it start coming together.  They asked who the character was an I explained that Igor  is  my own character, then talked about who he was inspired by.  I talked a bit about pulp novels, Conan (the barbarian, not the late night host) and what kind of stories we liked.

When I was done penciling this, a kid asked if he could ink it.  Then some other kids did too.  I ran off some copies of the pencils and handed them out to the kids along with some various pens, and we tried some inking together.

It was our last class of the session and it ended in a very high note.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Stickathon 2014

I just finished up a daily drawing challenge that ran through September called Stickathon.  The idea was to draw something on a sticky (Post-It-type) note and share it on the web.  The result was getting to see a lot of differen takes on the creative challenge of drawing in something very small format and generally considered "not good illustration paper".  

(Yeah, I can be kind of a paper elitist)

I used it as a warm-up sketch exercise, a way to try out and generate ideas, and experiment a bit with pens and techniques.  

My post-it sketches are all still on my book case.  What do you think?  Got a favorite?

I'm in to October now and a new daily drawing challenge called Inktober.  That one is an ink drawing per day.  I decided to go wih a theme of drawing monsters and I'll be posting those here.

My first one is "The Thing Under the Bed":

Monday, September 29, 2014

Phil Bunyon

Lately, I've been having caffeine-fueled bull sessions with a creative sister-in-arms.  We talk a lot of issues and eventually spiral into riffing on ideas until something ridiculous is born.  Today we talked of folk heroes, what it takes to make them, and what heroism it would take to be elevated to the status where people felt compelled to tell BS stories and write songs about you.

Somewhere, the phrase "Phil Bunyon" got thrown around.  We began working on our separate projects, she writing and me drawing... drawing this... drawing Phil Bunyon.  She looked up when I was almost done and said:  "Is that who I think it is?"
I said:  "You didn't think 'Phil Bunyon' was going to be dropped at this table and I was not going to draw it did you?"

We laughed like we do and thanked the creative gods for our friendship that yields so much fun and ridiculous nonsense.

Get creative folks, make things, have fun, be a folk hero.