Thursday, May 31, 2007

Krystal is back

This is a cartoon I did of a crazy redhead. I scanned this one in so I could show her, since I ran into her on the street today. She comes in and out of my life randomly. It is good to see her when she's around. She told me that when she was a little girl, she learned how to fire guns. The idea of a little girl with a shotgun seems pretty funny to me. I think this cartoon captures an aspect of her personality. She seems like a sweet, innocent girl, but really she is deadly. A dangerous combination.

Monday, May 28, 2007

'87 Temple University Yearbook

Today I got a yearbook from Temple University's class of 1987. A nice old lady sold it to me. I could have done without her life story, but it was worth it for this piece of cartoonist gold. The idea of collecting old year books is one of Uncle Eddie's Theories. I must say, it is a genious idea. especially this one from the 80s. I can fit fewer caracatures on a page because everybody had such huge hair. There were some really goofy looking people in the 80s. Were huge glasses , mustashes, and big hair seriously in style back then or did only nerds go to college in the 80s. Either way it is an amazing resource for caracature material, and since I will probably never meet any of these people, I can take the caracatures as far as I want and they will never know.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Drawing People in the park

Today I went out to a few places to find people to draw in a cartoony manner. I perfer funny looking guys and sexy young girls, but I will draw just about anybody who will let me. I first went to The Gallery. For those of you who don't know, The Gallery is a large mall in center city philadelphia. I posted up in the food court and drew people as they walked by. It was fun however, by the time I was half finished with a drawing the person was gone. So I had to make up the rest from memory. Then I went to Washington square park. Here I approached people and asked them if they'd like to see themselves in cartoon form. Some people were cool with it some weren't. Thats how it goes. There weren't that many people there, so I moved locations to Rittenhouse square. Here there were a lot more people. It was more fun. I met some interesting people. I have been doing this kind of practicing for a while. Usually I go to college campuses because they are filled with sexy ladies. Since its summer and most college kids go elsewhere I branched out to new locations. Maybe I should try Drexel University. Those nerds go to school year round. Anywho, taking the cartooning to the streets gives me a unique way to practice, meet people, and find out what cartoons they like. Also, I promote my 1$ characature act. Unfortunately the funniest looking people never let me draw them. Good times.

p.s. Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I just moved, stuff was packed away.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

A Tribute to my favorite cartoon EVER

Porkyin Wackland (1939) is my favorite cartoon of all time. It uses the medium of animation to its fullest and takes it to its most surreal possibilities. The Do Do bends the reality for comic effect. He has a simple timeless style. This cartoon also features surrealist paintings as backgrounds. it was remade years later by Fritz Freling as Dough for Do Do, it is pretty much the same cartoon except in color. Above are some sketches of the Do Do I did. He is hands down, my favorite cartoon character.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Looking for a Job

Tribute to Toe Jam and Earl Panic on Funkatron

Toe Jam and Earl: Panic on Funkatron is a game for the Sega Genisis. This game has an incredible, funky, cartoony style in its artwork. These stills are just a taste of the pure funk of this game. It shows that video games can have great cartoony animation in them too.

Monday, May 14, 2007

I'm tired make up your own title

I had some stuff I wanted to post, but I left my sketchbook at work. So instead, here are tonights time drawings, and Bender. He's awsome.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

There always after me lucky charms!

After some critique from my friends I decided to add a gag with Lucky. I feel Lucky gives the peice a stronger ending.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Keeping that content coming

More time drawings. plus a little sign humor for shits and giggles

Monday, May 7, 2007

Time to open the time drawing journal

Here are some drawings from a different sketch book. Everyday I sit in distraction free environment and draw one drawing per each minute for an hour. I just draw whatever pops into my head. Since many of these are drawn lightly they needed alot of photoshoping to be visible when scanned.

Time to open up the sketch book

I have decided to put more content on this blog. Until now I have only been posting drawings that have had to be scanned or were digitally generated. I have entire sketchbooks full of drawings and it is about time I post some of them. To start with here are some sketches of Preston Blair's work from the ASIFA Animation Archive. If you want to learn to animate, and haven't done so yet, check out the $100,000 animation coarse. It may be the most valuable animation learning resource online. Also the Kool Aid man is in there. OH YEAH.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Cereal Addicts Layout

At long last I finished the Layout for Cereal Addicts Anonymous. The purpose of this is to see the key poses in framed with rough backgrounds. It is important to have a layout to make sure everything has continuity and none of the rules of filmmaking are broken. Also, it is key to communicating the story to the voice talent. This layout was made by scanning drawings into photoshop, then using Toonboom studio to arrange the drawings and draw the backgrounds. This will become the animatic once I have the voices recorded and the best takes selected. The great thing about Toonboom is that it has a timeline like non-linear editing programs (final cut, premeire) and an exposure sheet. So when I arrange and time the elements using the timeline to refine the timing, I will not have to go through and make an exposure sheet.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Don't just stare at me like I'm crazy, Give me Money!

Yesterday was my third first Friday doing caricatures. I feel like I'm getting better and better at this. Each month I've made more than the last. This month I made over sixty dollars. If I could do that every night I could make a good living. Of coarse that would never actually work. The point is my act is getting more and more refined. I am turning out the drawings quicker, and they are better. I'm getting a feel for the character that I am playing when selling the act. People are giving me tips more often. I want to keep doing this and expand the act to other locations. Where else is there a lot of foot traffic of young artsy people? Where can I be loud and obnoxious without being removed. Until I find that place I'm waiting and drawing for next month.