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Archive for September, 2009

Art Walk Ravenswood (with me!)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on September 29, 2009

Hey gang, betcha thought I was dead or something, huh?

Just took a month off to do some work…buncha freelance stuff I can’t show yet until we’re done.

I’ll post other things soon, promise!

Until then, those of you in Chicago should come on down to the Ravenswood Art Walk and check out my stuff in person at my studio!

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Here’s the map:

Ravenswood Art Walk Map

I’m # 33!

There’s also folks all over the neighborhood opening their studios, with lots of cool art and artist’s spaces to check out and some kid stuff at the main events and nosh and what not!

C’mon down!

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Christmas art!

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on September 3, 2009

So, I showed some Halloween art yesterday…

Today it’s on to Christmas!

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Ho ho ho! Santa’s looking kind of weird! A little too ‘fat lumberjack’ with the gut and the hillbilly beard and the one tooth for me. Gotta rework him.

Snowman looks a bit too ‘Frosty’ also. Not enough in my style to be distinctive, really. I’ll have to tweak him a bit as well.

I like the reindeer. He looks silly with his big snout and goofy tooth and little skinny legs and all.

If I was Santa, I’d be very happy with a whole house full of those guys running around.

Okay, it’s not just Christmas in September- it’s Easter too!

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Words can’t even begin to describe what’s wrong with that bunny on the left- he’s like a weird beaver in a bunny costume or something!

I might have drawn him as a person with ears strapped on and then cringed at how it looked and tried to turn it into a real bunny  *shudder*

The right one is better, but he looks a bit sly, doesn’t he? That guy’s gonna hide your basket somewhere very hard to find, I think.

I don’t usually draw bunnies with two ears. Just one. I guess for an Easter collection it might be nice if you’re sure they’re bunnies (and not mutant beavers or

anything like that).

So far, so good. Still in the exploratory stages on these.

More later!

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Halloween art!

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on September 2, 2009

I know, it’s a few months away…

I was just kicking around the whole idea of my doing ‘holiday collections’ for my art licensing.

And I thought, hey- Halloween is fun. Here’s my first crack at thinking about the whole thing…

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I know, the witch looks like you can’t tell what’s arms and what’s legs… this one was just thinking on paper. Skull’s not quite cute yet, either.

Here’s round two:

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A little better- although now the skeleton just looks like the bones of a goofy 10 year old. I think the curliques on the ghost were inspired by too many hours of watching Casper as a kid.

Gettin’ there, though.

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Okay, so this one I tried to make a cute zombie. Tough, I know.

I saw a painting someone did of a little zombie with his hand having fallen off on to the ground and he’s

got a kind of sad, surprised look to him. Cute. But tough to reach.

You be the judge.

Next one!

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I think I decided from the last one that the eyeball popping out of his head was a bit much, so I took it out here. It’s hard to look cute while

you’re in search of someone’s brains to eat out of their heads!

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit- right after I drew that witch I said, hmm looks familiar. Oh yeah- I totally subconsciously ganked it from the witch

that was on those Bugs Bunny cartoons in the 50’s!

Uh, excuse me sir but I think your influences are showing…

More later!

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Critters driving!

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on September 1, 2009

Here’s something I’ve been meaning to paint for some time now…

A whole series of animals driving cars shaped like what they eat!

I know, sounds weird- just trust me, okay?

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It’s a banana boat, get it?

I think this may be the idea that kicked this whole series off- I have a bunch more in my other sketchbook I have to scan, too.

It was that or the monkey driving a banana like a car. Hmm.

I was tempted to have the monkey rowing, but then it just looks like he’s sitting on a huge banana instead of an actual boat when it has a sail.

Go figure.

Okay, next:

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I think I like this one because, well a peanut is sort of like a camel in that it’s got two humps

with a pre-built spot in the middle perfect for sitting in!

I think these remind me of Shriner cars or maybe some sort of weird merry-go-round for

animals or something like that.

Okay, now one that’s SOMEWHAT related but not really…

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Unless that’s a motorcycle-eating monkey, this is NOT an animal riding its food. But c’mon,  you can look into

that innocent little face and tell him he has to leave the page…

I like how happy the monkey looks here. That and there’s something very funny about having thumbs on your feet while they’re sitting on the

gear shifter for a motorcycle.

More next time!

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