Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A brief history of everything

Here I am in Saskatchewan for the holidays. Just for something to do, I decided to go through a bunch of old artwork I did from the past 100 years or so. Here are the most interesting picks:

I did this way back in highschool for my English class... about 2003 or so, I don't quite remember. We were supposed to draw an interpretation of a scene from the story "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight". Wow, this is old. Pencil crayon.

These were for an advertisement in The Leaderpost, the paper in Regina. These monkey-guys were characters I used to draw all the time. They're slightly insane looking. Ink, 2003.

"Captain Obvious and Obscure Reference Man". These were gross characters dreamed up by my cousin Jen and I. The one on the left is based on me, and the other is based on my other cousin Reid. The idea was for the logo on Reid's shirt to change to a different obscure logo/icon. Pencil crayon, 2004.

I put this one on a couple of t-shirts. I remember I couldn't find a good enough picture for the cereal, so I actually picked out a bunch of pink froot-loops and took a picture. Adobe Illustrator, 2004.

It's the monkeys again, I used to draw them a lot. This was also for a t-shirt. From 2004ish. Adobe Illustrator.

Weird math girl. I think this one was a "squiggle test". The idea is to have someone else draw a random line, and you have to think of something to make out of it. The line started as her strands of hair. ink, 2005?

A little coffee sketch guy. I like it, with the intense Viewtiful Joe-style inking. 2005

"Cactus Jack", a creepy drawing done from 2005. Pencil crayon.

Running frog, pencil crayon, 2005.

This is one of the earlier illustrations I did in Adobe Illustrator. This was around the start of what will be referred to as my "Robert Crumb" phase, with the big beefy legs and hips.
Anatomy is a bitch. 2005

Here's an older pic I did of my cheeseball character "Mrs. Fire." Probably the second pic I did of her, you can see the first in an earlier post. Dem some big legs. AI image, 2005.

Viewtiful Joe style caricature of me. This is where the "amazing superhero" thing started, it's a quote from Viewtiful Joe. I remember enjoying making the logo. AI image 2006.

Yet another Mrs. Fire deal from 2006. Pictured here is the mouthless version. Pencil crayon.

I had intended to put this on a shirt, but I never got around to it. Adobe Illustrator image from 2006.

A take on the piranha plants from the Mario games. I like this one, actually. Pencil crayon, 2006.

Coffee doodle. Ink, 2006.

Another oddball character, I had him on a shirt for a while. Steve accidentally came up with the name for this guy one time. AI 2006.

A herky Morrigan pic. The pose sucks, but I scanned it because I liked the pencil crayon. I remember when my dad saw the pencil sketch for this one, he suggested I slim down her huge thighs. They're still pretty damn big, though. 2006.

This is one of the first drawings I did while I was going to ACAD. It's based on a cute girl from one of my classes, although I never showed her it. That would have been extra creepy. I like the ink here, it goes nicely with the pencil crayon. Maybe I'll try that style again. Late 2006 I think.

One of the more plain drawings I did of this character, and one of the last as well. Pencil crayon, 2007?

Weird umbrella girl, I kinda like what's going on here. I don't often do cross hatching. Ink, 2007.

Actually, I didn't quite finish colouring the hair here, but I still like the drawing. Pencil crayon, 2007.

Here's a poster I did for a friend/client of my dads at the University of Regina. It ended up with a bunch more text and some other stuff at the bottom. My friends said there were tons of 'em hanging up at the U, which was pretty cool. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, late 2007.

Simple jumpy girl, featuring lyrics by Weezer. I remember sitting and drawing this at the Ricky's cafe next to Kinko's in Calgary. Brush pen, 2008ish

A little stylish drawing from 2008. Brush pen.

I feel like I've been drawing forever. It's getting to the point where I'm forgetting about so much of the artwork I've done. Honestly though, a lot of it may as well be forgotten... ugh. Well, just thought I would share some of the better pieces. You're welcome.

This post took like, forever to compose.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Batman could totally beat Superman

It's true.

I always liked King Dedede. Why is he the king again? Is it because he's bigger than the other characters?

I've always likde the concept of a "friendly nemesis". I usually find the bad guys more appealing in general. Knuckles the Echinda, Wile E. Coyote, Captain Hook, Hannibal Lector... just to name a few.

Made this drawing in Adobe Illustrator, built it from scratch! It takes a bit more work that way, but it's the best way to get a faithful, nice & clean vector image. To be fair, I built the image overtop of a JPG I grabbed from the net. I think he'd look good on a t-shirt.

Peach Toadstool. Felt like drawing her, but her dress is boring to draw. So, here she is in normal-type clothes. Pretty cutesy, but what are you gonna do?

Inked with brushpen again, and colour in Photoshop.

In other news, "The Dark Knight Strikes Again" was pretty smelly. Although, something kinda cool happens at the end.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

From there to here, and here to there

Funny things are everywhere.

Here's some junk:

I did this for my friend Becky. She writes for a magazine called Uppercase in Calgary,
and she asked if I could do an illustration to accompany her article. She's not sure if they'll be able to use it, but we'll find out soon.

I thought this one turned out okay. I was surprised to end up liking the 'boring' neutral colours of the suits, as opposed to more bright, vibrant colours. Also, I like the texture the pencil crayon gave this one, kind of an unfinished appearance. I don't like how the girl with the black hair turned out, her head is kinda wonky.

Here's some grumpy lookin' old dudes. I did these with Captain Brushpen. The guy on the right ended up looking kinda like G-man from Half Life.

Boring looking girl. Her pose is kinda stiff, but whatevs it's just practice. I like the crosshatching on her jacket though. Note the ass-kicking boots.

Not much to say about this one.

Did you know?
The logdriver's waltz pleases girls completely!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

First you draw a circle...

Then you dot the eyes
Add a great big smile
And presto, it's Kirby!

I tried some sorta-different caricatures last week.

Here's a really simplified version of Steve Wright:


I inked this one by hand, with the good ol' brushpen, although It's not as easy as the tablet. But, I like it. Still need more practice.

Just threw in some quick colour in Photoshop. Look, it's Steve... Ka-bong!

Here I am, it's me. I miss my long hair. Also with the brushpen.

I don't like this one as much, it got really generic on me. It's not really supposed to be anyone specific. Brushpen again.

Well, I hope you're happy!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's like looking in a living snow-mirror


Here are some:

I did this one about 2 years ago, for this guy named Kevin from Calgary. I guess he was retiring. You can see him in a few of the pictures... he's supposed to be juggling them, I know, it looks stupid. Hey, it's what they wanted though, and they were the ones paying for it. Made with ink & photoshop.

Here are some far more interesting people:

Here's my good friend David Littlejohns, I did this at the market collective a while back. He's a pretty rad dude, as you can tell from this smirky picture of him. Pencil & ink.

Incidentally, Dave just started a new blog recently. Check it out, his stuff kicks ass:

This is my friend Jackie, I did this for her birthday. She was easy to caricature, many stand-out features. Illustrator & Photoshop.

Here's Ben, he's about the coolest guy I've met in Montreal. Don't worry, he's usually much more photogenic. Illus/PS.

This is my friend Shannon, who I've known for about 20 years. I made her eyes WAY too big, but I was too lazy to fix them. Isn't she cute? Illus/PS

This is the crew from Kinksource. From left to right:
Dave R, Lance B, Kevin M, Becky V, this guy, David L (again). I made this for our first CD exchange, which was a whole lot of fun. If any of you guys are reading this, CD swap round 4 in January? Yes/no? Illus/PS

So, who wants one? I will start doing them for the limited time low-low-price of 10 dollars! Makes a great Christmas present, sure why not.

...come on!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I Just Started This Thing...

...one year ago.

Dats a Lotta Mustard Turns one today. Do people still read/keep blogs? I guess it doesn't really matter, because I have personally enjoyed recording a timeline of all my current artwork. It gives me something to do, and is always a good excuse to show off.

So, thanks to those of you who keep coming, and especially to those of you who leave feedback!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Get ready for it...

It's crappy sketch time!

Fat Bubble Bobble! It's just like the original, only... you know. Fatter!

More practice. Trying to simplify her design a bit, I like the 2 on the far right best. I have a future project with her in mind. But, will it ever see the light of day?

When I'm in class, I get the weirdest ideas. It's fun to doodle on command, and it's a good way to stay fresh and loose. The hotdog, helicopter face, and fat bubble bobble were all doodles that started in class. How about that!

Tune in tomorrow.
Same bat-time, same bat-channel

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Process

I've been meaning to do a process post for a while now. Sometimes I find it's kinda interesting to trace my steps. Here's how I built the most recent Dot Robot picture...

I did this sketch quickly just to get an idea of how the concept might look. This picture was taken with my webcam, straight out of my sketchbook. It's trash.

I drew these, scanned them in, and cobbled them together with photoshop, which you can see below.

I used my digital tablet thing to trace this picture in Adobe Illustrator. AI is great to "ink" with, it gives you nice clean lines, and a highly versatile image.

Here's the finished "inking". You can see the pencil drawing I traced in the background. Incidentally, I haven't seen Chasing Amy for a while.

After I figured out a colour scheme, I tinted the lines with corresponding colours. Usually, bold black lines look best for ink, but sometimes it's fun to screw around with different styles.

After I finished the lines, I imported the Illustrator file into Photoshop. This is where I paint the image and add airbrushing, or any other effect I might want it to have.

Here's my workspace in Photoshop. On the right side of the screen you can see all the layers that I used. Generally, I separate different colours and/or objects and designate them to their own layers. This makes it much easier to work on each individual piece of the image. Got it? Good.

Here I zoomed up on the image and removed the linework. Now you can see all the seams and mistakes I made. My life is apparently a sham.

The last thing I did was create the background in Illustrator. Uhm, for some reason I made it in the shape of an oven mitt. All I had left to do was place it into Photoshop with the finished illustration. Whoo!

And there you have it.