The League of Cartoonists group on Facebook posts a new drawing prompt every other day. A recent one was “Learned Elephant”. I liked how my initial sketch turned out so I decided to polish it up and experiment a bit with some color and texture effects in Photoshop.
Here’s a re-post from 2014. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!…
Today’s sketch is a combination of three things:
First, I’ve been having a blast following @sketch_dailies on Twitter. At the moment it’s a very popular feed with over 15,000 followers. Each day a new character is suggested and hundreds of artists from all over the web draw their version. The best ones are retweeted and they are amazing! Today’s theme, naturally, was “leprechaun”.
Second, I’ve been trying to add a sense of story to my practice sketches. I wanted to try something original with the end-of-the-rainbow idea. It seems to me that if there really was a pot of gold out there on a hill somewhere it would be foolish to leave it out in the open with only a small, unarmed man guarding it.
Third, I like to try and tie each sketch into the Pose Drawing Sparkbook somehow. At the back of the book is a bonus list of 100 Moods and Emotions to draw. This might be a good fit for “Dumbfounded”.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
Recently I was hired by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to illustrate three comic strip-style banner ads for Culligan. They supplied me with scripts for the ads, then I created the artwork. Click to enlarge:
It looks like the ad is now live, with the strips rotating in a slideshow format. You can view the ad here.
Like a lot of other artists I’ve decided to jump on the Gumroad bandwagon. It’s a bit of an experiment for me. I already have my own website store and people seem to be happy with it, but I’m very impressed with Gumroad’s slick-and-simple website. Just create a Gumroad account and have easy, “forever” access to any files you purchase from various Gumroad sellers. Also, Gumroad only takes a small sliver of commission which makes them an attractive place to sell.
As an experiment I’ve put together a PDF sketchbook called “Sketchercise!” (45 pages with over 120 drawings) and I’m offering it as a “name-your-price” purchase. For the time being you can have it for whatever you think is a fair price, no questions asked and no strings attached. Other artists such as Will Terrell advocate this model for selling some of their content so I thought I’d try it and see what happens.
You can also get the Pose Drawing Sparkbook (both versions) and my drawing webinar on my Gumroad page, at full price.
(Click image to enlarge.)
Recently I was hired by Tourean Design to illustrate a series of mobile messaging stickers for use in an upcoming project. There are four sets of 16 stickers each:
- A series of animals who look bored/unimpressed;
- A “hungry hippo” eating food in various settings;
- An expressive baby;
- A cute little puppy.
A few samples are shown above. There were over 60 stickers in total so I brought in some help. Illustrators Justin Dial and Paul Agner inked and colored some of my sketches and they did a fantastic job.
Once the project is finished and the stickers are available I’ll be sure to let you know where you can find them online.
EDIT: The stickers are being used in a new social media app called Kewe.