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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 next book!

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on July 27, 2010

Busy busy busy!

But back to posting, now… tons and tons of new stuff to show ya!

Like these ink paintings from my next book “Ways to Get Around” co-authored and co-illustrated with my friend and

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This is page one!

It begins with the idea people have been trying to get around since the dawn of time! It’s this caveman cartoon, and then one by Mike…

Then we move onward through time, showing ways people get around- like this one!

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Every rich guy needs his own elephant to ride, I say. And a monkey in a fez, too!

And then, of course, your monkey’s going to want his own little elephant to ride along with you… one thing leads to another and  you get this painting.

Little tip for ya- watercolor paper has different ‘tooth’ (the texture) on both sides! This the painting where I realized that about the paper I’m using now. Oops. A little too texture-y.

I must have been using something else for my other works previously. Hmm.

These are painted using Dr. P.H. Martin’s super duper awesome tinted India Inks! Love ’em- works like watercolors, but covers like really vibrant inks!

One more, than back to painting!

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We’re doing a page where we both have sea critters, boats, divers, submarines, crabs etc going down, down from the top of the ocean to the bottom of the sea floor in one long painting spanning several pages.

We’ll cut out our paintings and paste them onto a painting of the sea- a few of his, a few of mine, repeat. Here’s a couple of my critters.

I love the crab- he looks mighty sneaky! And the ‘garbage’ fish- looks like he swam up from New Jersey!

Back to painting- more to share later!

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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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Art show Mar 5-7 (this Friday!)

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on March 4, 2010

The Flat Iron arts building in Wicker Park is having its spring ’10 smARTshow

1579 N Milwaukee in  Chicago

Friday Mar 5th from 6-10 Sat 12-10 and Sun 12-6 I’ll be there most of the weekend!

My work is showing in Gallery 203- including art and animation, my new book, my crazy animation machine and the return of the

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Also, my band Black Bottle Junction is playing Saturday around 8 pm with those awesome awesome rocker chicks Half Mad Poet in Studio 222 where my friend Kevin Lahvic, the fantastical artist has his fantastical work! C’mon down and let’s boogie!

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Facebook profile cartoons!

Posted by eyeofthehurricane99 on March 3, 2010

Look at me! I’m giving away cartoons to use on your Facebook profile!

These folks all got one:

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Want one?

Friend me up on Facebook and I’ll just give  you one FREE!

http://www.facebook.com/george.berlin

and become a fan of my art here to see updates and cool stuff I’m working on:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/George-Berlins-Art-Illustration-and-Animation/378907616728

Also, if anyone wants a portrait commissioned, I’m your guy! One of the couples in the cartoons above has

hired me to make a painting of their cartoon for over the sofa in their home!

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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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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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