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More licensing stuff…

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 28, 2010

So, back to licensing!

I’m a busy cat, right? Been working on my next book “Ways to Get Around” with Mike Venezia.

And developing some new licensing stuff!

Like this:

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I met up with my pal Molly Z the super fabulous illustrator extraordinaire yesterday and we talked about some of these collections I’ll be showing you. She suggested maybe a guitar or banjo (building on the musical cowboy theme started by the harmonica) and adding different types of cactus for design. Very good ideas!

This will be in color, of course but I’m doing some preliminary gathering of images so I can talk to my licensing consultant Jeanette Smith shortly…

I should probably throw in a cowboy, too I guess. It is in the name…

She helped add some ‘designer-y’ insight that I may not have thought of- check her stuff out… it’s awesome!

Onto more! Yaar!

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This one- another good suggestion from Molly! More pirates- I have to agree, some of the ‘accessories’ aren’t as fun or endearing as the pirate and his

bird. More people, less stuff. Kids can identify with the characters more. The map’s good and simple, though. I’ll probably keep everything in this image.

I have more accessories in this next one- might cut or re-design some of them:

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The booty could be simpler, it seems. I still like the cannon, but I’m a bit weird. The ship will stay as it is, I’m sure.

I’m also going to run all of this by my licensing consultant in mid-August before final spiffing up.

I’ll show it to you all again then. I’ve got about 10 or more collections like this to fix up in the next 2 weeks- dogs, rocker chicks, sailing, sea critters, etc etc

so I’ll be a busy boy.

More tomorrow!

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My Etsy store is open!

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on April 30, 2010

Hey, look- he’s alive and painting still!

Honestly, been so busy working that I’ve been unable to post much lately. But more coming soon, honest.

Heck, I’ve got a two month backlog of stuff to show ya!

But on to the store…

www.cartoonygeorge.etsy.com

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I’ve got a few pieces up, with more to come that I’m working on, as well as my first book!

Aaaaand, very importantly, you can request custom work there- commissions, portraits of your family or pets, you name it!

Just click to view my profile and there’s a ‘request custom item’ button on the right side.

(or go here: http://www.etsy.com/shop_alchemy.php?user_id=9580821 )

Take a peep and let me know what you think!

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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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Animal doodles! (part 2)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on December 31, 2009

On to part 2 of my exciting new series of zoo animals!

(part 1 was right here…)

Moving on to some weirder animals:

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I like the lion in the middle there… just cute and weird enough yet still accurate somehow. His big paws did it for me, personally.

That weird gazelle thing there made it most of the way to working, but stopped short with the weird face. Gotta work on that. The bear next to it  (yes, that’s supposed to be a bear) looks a bit to weaselly or maybe like some sort of badger or a big mouse.  More drawings of him on the next sheet.

The croc is good, but just a liiiiittle too menacing looking. As for that weird Victorian collar-wearing monkey thing there… hoo mama that one went over like a lead balloon.

I was thinking of those little monkeys that have the big furry necks and long hair on their arms and all that. Somewhere between my idea and the pen, that thing went ka-plooie!

More critters:

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Sometimes, when I’m stuck on a drawing, I’ll try to make a more ‘realistic’ image of what I’m trying to capture. I just couldn’t get the bear right earlier, so I drew him a tiny bit more like how he really looks there in the center, so I could make a better cartoony drawing of him on the left.

I realized that what he needed was a bigger body overall and big round ears to look more bear-like.

I still gotta work on that tiger- he’s close to the lion in the last post, but still a bit off.  I like where he’s going, though.

That’s all for now- let’s see where I can take this!

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Animal doodles (part 1)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on December 30, 2009

So, I’m back in action on the drawing front…

Been doing a lot of that stuff, what do they call it? Oh yeah “paying work.”

Takes care of the bills and all. Now back to some fun stuff!

I been drawing some elephants and pigs and things over the holiday (random odd Xmas things for folks) and it got me thinking-

I need some circus and zoo animal licensing collections!

So here’s some of my beginnings-

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I started with the elephant, since I’ve been doing a lot of those lately. He’s so proud of himself, ain’t he? Then I moved on to that little squiggle to the right of it (which become

the monkey on the unicycle drawing below it.) I realized halfway through that the monkey would be tipping his top hat the wrong way, so I started again.

Monkeys are very specific about their fashion, you know.

Then, on to guys flying out of cannons! I was thinking something like the Flying Stromboli family of something here. Handlebar moustaches and one-piece leopard print

man-tights and all.

🙂

Then it’s on to some zoo animals:

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I started with the giraffe- I like his big weird ears and long skinny legs. I like the rhino, too but I’m noticing some of these look like they were drawn by a 5 year old with some

art training- a bit too loose and simple. These are just doodles to start- I’ll likely refine these some still.

The silverback gorilla looks a bit odd, but maybe he’ll look better to me after a few views. I like how nervous the ostrich looks- they have a certain worried look on their faces.

He looks like he’s ready to plunge his head in the dirt at any moment, don’t he?

I’ve always felt like seals look  like just dogs with no ears and some funny legs who swim underwater. And that’s about how this one looks- put some ears on him and he could be

Snoopy!

Tomorrow- some more animals (including some ‘experiments’ that didn’t work out very well…)

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Pigs, Cows and Roosters, oh my! (part 4)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on October 21, 2009

Adding to the many pigs and roosters and cows…

Some color!

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Happy pigs!

I added the colored hooves and I think they work well, if I do say so myself. I don’t normally make the pigs this ‘dynamic’

so I’m really happy with how well this worked out.

I like the tail and the way the nostrils look. Nice!

One more:

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A little surprised ham, if you will…

I’m diggin’ the downcurved nose and the stretched-out body. It’s like he’s saying ‘Whaddya mean get into the truck with a hundred

other pigs? Where we going?’

And last but not least, a cow:

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She’d make some wacky steaks, wouldn’t she? I bet the milk squirts out her nose when she laughs, for sure…

I like the longer legs and nose combo. That and the gray hooves and nose make her feel like a cow, instead of a pig.

Whatcha think- would you buy some potholders with these on them?

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Pigs, Cows and Roosters, oh my! (part 3)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on October 20, 2009

Showed all of you the progress on my farm critters collections here and here….

On to more rooster designing!

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Tall ones! Fat ones! Lean ones! I’m just playing with proportion and ‘snood’ placement here

(that’s the thing on a rooster’s chin). Still getting there…

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I think I hit a rooster I like on this page- the one with the arrow next to it. I like the wing like a little leaf and the floofy

tail and the right triangle body. I always think of roosters as standing up very straight.

Nice corn here too.

🙂

Here’s some early cow squiggles, as well. They weren’t quite working right…

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A little too piggy, still.

Here’s a little tangent I went off on briefly- pig themed designs!

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I was thinking pigs, and chops and bacon and a cleaver! Kinda cruel though, I guess. That’s why I drew the pig

looking a bit surprised and unhappy.

Then I drew some random soup kind of vegetables to go with it. Eh.

Some farm accessories!

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I was trying to think of things that would go with farm animals and corn and pitchforks and stuff.

The grain silo just looks a castle or something like that.

Jury’s still out on the accessories. I think I’m good on the critters, though.

Maybe some color next time?

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Pigs, Cows and Roosters, oh my! (part 2)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on October 19, 2009

I started some pigs and stuff here…

now we continue!

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So this is my first real attempt at putting them all together (along with a random ‘corn’ accessory).

I like to do this before the designs get too far to make sure they all look right together. Cohesive all that jazz.

Cow has a bit of a weird nose still- too pigly. And the chicken isn’t quite right yet. On to farm critters 2.0…

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Here, I refined the rooster a bit this way and that- more stylized tail or less? Attached beak or one that looks stuck on? Floating crown thingie or attached?

Hmm…

I worked a bit on the cow here, too. Still wasn’t hitting it with the ‘pig-nose’ and still a bit too, um, anatomically correct and all.

Corn and wheat and pitchfork lookin’ good, though.

On to another-

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I like the cow here- I think I swapped the two nostril nose for just one later, but I like the long leggy look to him.

If he’s too squat and bulky he looks more like a pig. The hay bail and pitchfork are getting there, too.

Still working on getting a good rooster look. Pushing the stylized vs. cartoon argument back and forth here.

A lot of floating parts vs. attached parts looks here as well as how scribbly the tail is and the look of the feet.

More rooster decisions next time!

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