This weeks “IF” word was Disguise, I didn’t do any brainstorming on Friday and wasn’t thinking about what I would do for this weeks assignment at all. I was lying around on the floor in my living room sketching some random junk and watching Netflix. I sketched out a little alien guy and realized that he looked a lot like a spoon. Eureka! I knew what I would do for this weeks “IF” word. Well, without further delay here it is…
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I was thinking about an alien trying to blend in with a couple of spoons on someones table. At first I was thinking I was going to make him really menacing looking, but later I decided to make him a happy little guy.
I made the spoons before I added the alien to the picture and I really like the piece without the alien as well. Here is what it looks like without him:
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On a totally unrelated note, I recently picked up two really cool books at Borders. Borders is going out of business and all their stuff is super cheap. I picked up a Lynda Barry book titled Picture this, I only got a couple of pages into it but based on what the Amazon.com listing says and Lynda Barry’s little interview about the book it sounds like it is a book about why people stop drawing/being creative as they get older. I also picked up a book titled AD BOY that is basically just a bunch of really great vintage advertising and cartoons. I got both of them for 50% off which was fantastic. I would suggest that anyone who hasn’t been in a Borders recently to take a stroll in, they still have a ton of things left(at least the one I stopped in did). The comic section was pretty badly beat up when I was in there though.
I was featured over on Coveredblog.blogspot.com today. I re-imagined a cover for a Batman comic(actually I based mine off of the cover for the trade paperback graphic novel, but same difference). Here is what was featured over there today(If you click on the image it will take you to the post about this on the Covered website), I also have included a cover of mine that was featured on Rejectedbycovered.blogspot.com about a week ago. Here are both of the images, click on them to be taken to their corresponding websites::
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Wow, I have been loading this website with Batman related art recently. I love Batman and have since I was able to pick up a comic and read it, so that is my excuse. Not to mention the fact that every time I turn around someone is talking about The Dark Knight Rises. Even so I feel that it’s time to slow down my Bat roll a bit… I’ve got something very different that I’m working on for Illustration Friday this week and hopefully that should bring some balance back to this site.
It has been awhile since I have updated this site, but I have an excuse… it has been a pretty dry summer as far as finding classic and retro games and such. I am going to make a more conscious effort to get out to the thrift store soon. I really want to start collecting more Sega Genesis games, I love that system. Anyway, this post will be super quick and simple (mainly because I haven’t tried out any of these games yet).
Last weekend my Mom stopped by my house with a bag full of games, she paid a quarter for each game!
I am most excited to play Rayman Rush, Spyro Year of the Dragon and Jet Force Gemini. I think I will try all of these out this weekend coming up.
My Mom also found a Dreamcast about a week ago. It had no wires, but it was free! It also came with Power Stone 2 in the disk tray. I never played this game either but I have heard great things about it in the past. I have 2 other Dreamcast’s with the wires so I will be checking this game out soon.
Here is something stupid that I did as well:
This is one of 5 Sega Genesis’s that I own, so it really wasn’t a big deal. I like using this Sega as my main Sega now anyway.
Till next time!
I will begin posting a drawing every day for 365 days starting on Monday September 19th. I will be creating each illustration on regular office style computer paper with a black ballpoint pen, a Chartpak Warm Gray #3 Marker and occasional use of correction fluid. In the meantime please check out my other Illustration website @ Thecrayonwar.com
See you on Monday September 19th!
This weeks If word was Influence. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for this topic at first and decided to give it a couple days to brainstorm (for once). That didn’t last because this idea came to me only about a half an hour later. I was talking with one of my co-workers about The Dark Knight Rises and what we think of the movie so far, during the conversation I realized that Batman has been a huge part of my life since I was young and my Dad took me to see Tim Burton’s Batman. This is a bit of a self portrait because of that I guess. Anyway, here is my weeks submission for Illustration Friday:
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Back to talking about Batman though, I am a little worried with what I’ve been seeing leaked online of Nolan’s third film. Bane weighs less than I do (Tim Hardy is only 200lbs), the Bat-copter looks like a horrible idea and Catwoman has no mask??? It just looks to me like a lot of things that Nolan would have never went with in the first two films, hopefully Nolan proves me wrong and the film is fantastic. I sure hope so.
I don’t always include my sketches, but for this one I decided to because I didn’t change too much from sketch to finished product. Below is the sketch that I scribbled up before I started working on the finished product:
When I was younger there was a factory a few blocks from my house in my hometown of Havertown. It was called the Swell Bubble Gum Factory. Years before that(and before I had been born) I believe it was called the Philadelphia Chewing Gum Company. It was magical to grow up so close to the factory. I remember summer days when my friends and I would ride our bikes to the 7-11 and get Slurpies, the best part though was that for blocks and blocks the air smelled like bubble gum! Swell made great products that I miss a heck of a lot. They made Crybabies(super sour gum) and Mouth-washers(they would coat your mouth in color) as well as bubble gum cigars and regular bubble gum(and a bunch of other products too!).Unfortunately the factory was torn down a couple of years ago and they are currently building a YMCA in its place. But I still have my memories. I decided that I wanted to mess around with their original logo and see what I could turn out. Well, here it is:
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Here are a couple other variations of the logo that I tried out:
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Here is the original logo that used to hang on the front of the building:
Swell Bubble Gum factory, you will be missed!
This weeks “IF” word was “Swell”, and here is what I turned out(in order to see the comic correctly you will want to click on it to view in its correct size):
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I decided to do something a little different this week. This was actually the second idea that I came up with, the first was to do a acrylic or digital painting of the Swell Bubble Gum factory. The Swell Bubble Gum factory was just recently torn down, but had been a huge part of my childhood. I thought this worked a lot better for Illustration Friday however. I still think I might go back to that idea at some point though.
I was originally going to make this comic full color, but after I finished up the line work I looked over at my shelf of comics and my eye went straight to my collection of Daniel Clowes books. Right away I knew that I wanted to do a limited color pallet in the style of some of his work.
In other news I was featured on two websites this past week. The first is here at Wolves by strangers. Wolves by strangers is an awesome website that is exactly what it sounds like, strangers drawing wolves and submitting them. I’m pretty sure that mine is the first Party Wolf that they have seen.
The second site that I was featured on this past week was Rejectedbycovered.blogspot.com, you can check it out here. I was a little bummed out because one of my submissions to Covered had been rejected. Thanks to Rejectedbycovered.blogspot.com however, my cover still gets to hit the internet! I don’t mind being rejected all that bad however, because another cover of mine wasn’t and will be featured two Fridays from now.