Archive for January, 2013

I got my flu shot.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

I got my flu shot!

I don’t know if this happens to you, but when I get my flu shot I have feelings of invincibility.   I feel like I can do crazy things!  It’s like no matter what  happens at least I won’t catch the flu. Or, at least, there is only a 3% chance of getting the flu.  And those are my kind of odds.

But still, I hold back,  I’m no fool.

This time, after I got my shot, I went on the web and read up on what the flu shot was all about.  That’s when I was horrified to learn that  it takes two weeks to get the full effect from the inoculation.  I was still fair game for the flu bug.

Well, that sure put a damper on my euphoria.

So, I’ll soldier on with my tradition flu vigil.

But in two weeks, watch out!  I’ll be 3% more dangerous than I am now.

 

 

Nothing should hold you back. Drawing with flaws.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

 

 

Many future artist/illustrators hold themselves back by feeling that there is some great deficit in their skills. If you have ever said, “I can never be an artist because I can’t even draw a straight line”,  please get someone to kick your butt for me. Who cares about straight lines?  I sure don’t!  You can’t draw perspective? So what! Wacky perspective is fun! The most important thing is to relax and be your old weird drawing self.

Here are some of my “weaknesses”.

First, I can’t draw a whole scene. I have to put it together in pieces.

Second, I can’t draw figures facing to the right. They always have to face to the left. No problem. I just scan it into Illustrator and make a mirror image. I can actually think of a dozen ways to correct this problem without using the computer.

Third, my perspective is pretty weak.  So, I just get it close enough, and people think it’s charming.

So there, no more excuses.  Just draw.

And, by the way, the illustration above was made using pieces of the sketch below.  This is my extra special art secret, so don’t tell anybody.

Feeding the new kitty.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

New Postcard

Monday, January 14th, 2013

 Well, it’s time for a new postcard. 

I had an idea that I wanted to go with, which is  of a cat-loving little girl with an annoyed cat.   I wanted the girl to be totally ecstatic. I wanted the cat to look like that if given the chance he would murder the little girl, and for fun, everyone else in the world.

 Now, there is nothing wrong with this sample postcard above but it wasn’t extreme enough.  My drawing style is very controlled in this image. (Oh, and thanks Charles for letting me know that whatnot is one word.)

So, I tried to relax.  I still knew I wanted the girl in particular to be much muchier, and chubby.  As I drew I started to see a character developing that enjoyed.  

In the final image I opened her mouth to add to her ecstasy in having a kitty.  Instead of inking in the drawing I scanned in the pencil sketch.  I tried to not clean it up too much.   I think it works.

I would like to thank my sister and my daughter, former love-that-cat-to-death children, for their inspiration.  Not to fear though, my adult sister and daughter are now loved by cats far and wide.