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Archive for February, 2010

New Animal doodles (part 3)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on February 19, 2010

We had a few parts of this series back here…

which dealt mostly with circus animals. On to some zoo animals!

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I think I started with this gorilla. Not sure how I like him, just yet. He needs a bit of refinement still.

I haven’t worked out a way to do that monstrously large forehead that doesn’t feel weirdly stuck on or

too much like Terk from Disney’s Tarzan. Hmm. Gotta doodle him more.

I like the mitten-like hands and feet and his general proportion, though.

On to some others:

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This is a pretty decent drawing of a good funny hippo, and two sadly drawn gazelles. Well, one really.

The middle one I drew from a photograph to get a sense of the proportion of these guys and the details about

it that said ‘gazelle’ to me. I usually do this just to familiarize myself with what I want to draw first.

So he doesn’t count, really. More just to get a feel for it and to get a doodle with all the right parts.

The bottom one was attempt number one to make a good cartoony one. Eh- not too good.

I ditched the stripes under the eyes- too tear like or ‘punk rock’ if you will.

🙂

Here’s a few drawings later, when I hit on one that I really liked:

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Gazelles are always bounding (usually running like heck from someone who wants to eat him for lunch!) so I like the leggy goofy look of this guy.

He fits in more with the stringy limbs of my horses and pigs and stuff, and I like the lightning bolt stripe and the less anatomical feel.

As for the rhinoceros, well I did maybe 10 drawings that I didn’t like of that. The one I circled is the one I like (why’s it always the tiniest one?)

That middle one looked too camel-liek and the bottom one the hump didn’t feel integrated enough or funny enough. On the good one,

it just grows right out of the back of his head like it’s natural.

Here’s a doodle of  a yak:

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I guess when I go to the zoo, there’s only so many classes of animals for me. Monkeys, elephants, stuff with horns that runs real fast (gazelles, etc), seals, penguins, and big hairy smelly

animals in that far out ‘savannah’ section of the zoo. Like the yak! And buffaloes, too.

Okay, so maybe I watched too much of whatever that big horned hairy animal was that the Jawas or somebody rode around on in Star Wars…

Next time- more zoo animals!

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New Animal doodles (part 2)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on February 18, 2010

I started with a few doodles here…

and now we move on!

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Yup, it’s a monkey getting shot out of a cannon. Hey, at least he’s got a helmet on, right?

This no people circus gotta get the animals doing it all!

More circus stuff:

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In keeping with the ‘no people circus theme’ I figure the bear can be the strong man. Since, um, well bears are pretty dang strong.

I like his goofy hillbilly feel. Doesn’t look too hard for him, does it?

Now, on to some complete flops! Yeah- don’t you love seeing the stuff I totally screw up?

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I know you can’t tell, but that’s supposed to be a tiger. I was trying to go the way of the lion in this post

but I just didn’t make it there. That top on just looks like a weird version of Heathcliff the cat. I can’t even really

say what’s wrong with the bottom one. He looks neither cute nor scary. Somebody called him a dog.

I think he’s too much of the part from a real tiger that I don’t want, and not enough of how a tiger ‘feels’ when you see one.

Back to the drawing board with him.

Next time- some zoo animals!

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New Animal doodles

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on February 17, 2010

So, I’m working on a few more licensing collections…

This time- it’s on to some zoo and circus animal collections!

Well, not both at once- it’s just that some of them will be in both. Lions, monkeys, etc.

Gotta stretch my design buck to cover as much with one doodle as I can in these trying times, you know!

First, the circus doodle that got me started:

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I always think it’s so funny when these bazillion ton elephants sit down like little kids for a trainer.

And they always have such expressive faces, too.

The lion, well I was trying to make him as cute and fun and safe as possible. Li’l tykes don’t want scary lions to play with.

More-

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Y’know, I could spend all day (every day) sitting at the seals and sea lions exhibit at the zoo- seriously!

They’re like these funny little dogs that swim like torpedoes all day long. And the performing ones are even better.

I picked these 3 animals to do first because they’re standard circus stuff. I usually like to do some ‘stereotypical’ ideas first to

get my brain warmed up, then I move on to less typical things.

Um, like this:

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I’m still debating- fez or no fez on the unicycle riding juggling bear. What’s a circus without a trained bear

and/or an animal riding a wheeled vehicle of some sort?

I also wanted this circus to be all animals, so the monkey gets to be the ringmaster! C’mon, tell me  you wouldn’t go see that, huh?

Next time, some more circus stuff and a little zoo crossover too!

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A new painting continued…

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on February 16, 2010

Remember this post, way back here…

A little scribble of a doodle that was going to be a painting someday when he grew up?

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Well, he’s not quite all growed up, but I’d say he’s definitely approaching puberty at least!

I’ve expanded a bit on the original doodle, since I realized it was square and this canvas

is more rectangular. So I was missing some on the bottom, mostly.

I haven’t really worked on this exclusively much. I was making 100 paintings in a week (and a book about them) a while back

so I was a LITTLE busy for a good week. But I did work on this as I was painting all of those- usually I’d paint this when I mixed too much of a particular

color and I didn’t want to waste it!

That and I’d turn around and do some painting (my animation desk is just to the right in this photo) whenever the computer was busy doing something

or I was waiting on client feedback from my day job and I had nothing to do. Sort of the side-project, if you will. It’s a big canvas!

So far I’m going through some colors and painting whatever I think should be that color. I like to work that way- sort of randomized, but keeping the balance of colors nice by separating

certain areas from each other. That and I can settle into a ‘purple’ mood and get all that done and then move on to being ‘green’ (which, I’ve heard it ain’t easy being).

Some of the lighter areas in this painting will eventually be yellow or gold- I painted the orange background first and the yellow I use isn’t very color fast, so I have to paint over

it with white first.

By the way, I don’t know how people make paintings this big all day long- I’m standing up, then sitting then slouching really low, then sitting on the floor, then lying down. It’s nuts!

Even on an easel, it’s the same thing. I just get stuck standing up and down on a stool instead of lying on the floor and getting up all day. I need a magical robot lift

or something to paint this  ( ed. note: tell girlfriend to get me one for Xmas!)

Well, looks like work’s a bit flukey today, maybe I’ll work on this some more. Oh, for a magical robot lift!

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100 paintings in one post!

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on February 15, 2010

So, I showed you a few pages of my awesome new art book right here…

I figured maybe it would be nice to see all 100 of the paintings at once!

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This is the background for all the pages in the book, right here.

Just to recap, these are all 2 x 2 inches, painted in about a week for a give-away at a show opening Feb. 5th (I gave away about 20 of them-

I’ve sold maybe 10 more since then).

I could go through and tell you where the ideas all came from for each one but a) this post would be six thousand pages long and b) that was

sort of the point of making the book!

So hit me up to buy one (not available in stores, only through this TV offer!) and read all about it!

I might make posters soon, too. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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My Art Book (a look inside…)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on February 11, 2010

So, you’ve heard all the hype– let’s take a look inside!

The first and last pages, and a few random ones in the middle-

art book cartoons funny animation kids childrens fun dogs George Berlin

art book cartoons funny animation kids childrens fun dogs George Berlin

art book cartoons funny animation kids childrens fun dogs George Berlin

art book cartoons funny animation kids childrens fun dogs George Berlin

And there you have it!

Contact me with any questions about the book, or if you want to buy one!

Thanks!

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