My grandfather was a medic during World War II and spent his time pulling wounded men off the battlefield in the Philippines. He never talked much about the war, just a few stories here and there. One day while driving him to Home Depot he said, somewhat out of the blue, “Grandma gets mad at me because nothing really gets to me. But I suppose it’s because of everything I saw in the war.”
After the war was over he considered going to medical school to become a doctor. But since this would leave his wife having to work 10 more years in the mill, he settled for the quiet career of a furniture salesman until he retired. He spent the rest of his life growing vegetables and helping deliver flowers for his son’s florist, always chewing a cigar and letting me tag along wherever he went.
Someone once remarked how my life would have been different had he become a doctor. Possibly, but I wouldn’t take anything for those days of following the former Staff Sergeant, who put his big dreams on hold for the sake of his family, around in the garden.
For today’s warm up we have a girl waiting for a bus. Or an airport shuttle. Or maybe a taxi. Who knows?
All I know is that her suitcase is full of Fruit Roll-ups.
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Daily Sketch for February 29, 2012 – Tigress from Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda.
The last of the Pixar/Dreamworks sketches. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Next month I’m going to try and do an original character design every day. Doing these sketches has helped me branch out a bit and try to get more practice at techniques I might otherwise not have practiced. It’s very easy to get into a rut. For example, the last couple of days I’ve been dabbling with inkwash, and probably wouldn’t have if I were just doing my regular comic pages and commissions.
Thanks to Justin Mitchell for suggesting the theme and Roger for suggesting today’s sketch.
Daily Sketch for February 28, 2012 – Syndrome from Pixar’s The Incredibles
Today I threw a little ink wash for some greytones on the daily sketch. Well, more of ink backwash, since I used whatever was in the cup I use to rinse out my brush. It’s been sitting there a few days.
A few thousand of these guys and you’d be in business. That is, if your business required night vision goggles and shooting people. If that’s the route you go, I hope your business isn’t selling hot dogs. That seems a little extreme.
But I’m not a much of a businessman, so what do I know.
The first daily sketch of the week is an alien from Pixar’s Toy Story.
My Pentel Brush Pen ran out of ink, so I used a traditional brush instead. Maybe you can tell the difference if you look at the last couple days compared to this. It’s an example how a different tool flavors the final image. I think right now I’m digging the lines that come from the Pentel brush.
I admit I picked something a little easy today. I had to watch my son until around lunch time so I’ve got to try and jump in to work this afternoon.
With today’s daily sketch I have a confession to make: I have never seen Kung Fu Panda. I’ve heard how good it is, but for some reason I just never have gotten around to watching it. I have no excuse. I’m sorry America. I have failed.
How about a sketch of him? That’s got to count for something. I mean I’ve seen pandas before and just last night I watched a kung fu movie. No?
Fine. I’ll watch it. I promise.
Today’s daily sketch is Astrid Hofferson from Dreamwork’s How To Train Your Dragon. Clearly I miscalculated how much room I had left at the top of the page.
You would think having a skirt full of large spikes would be a liability. But then again, I don’t know much about fashion except that stoic, hungry women showcase the latest styles, most of which make spikes seem quaint. Battle axes, however, are never quaint. Especially when they’re handled by wafer-thin viking girls who disregard the laws of physics without a second thought.
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Today’s daily sketch is Hiccup from Dreamwork’s How to Train Your Dragon. Dragon’s were really making the rounds in movies and books a few years ago (we wrote one into Vex way before it became the thing to do, honest!)
This sketch was done with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, and it definitely flavors the drawing. It’s a good pen, but it can take a little getting used to if you use a regular brush a lot. The brush tip is pretty durable in that it doesn’t fray, but it does have this super fine point that extends just a little longer than is typical of a traditional brush. If you’re not careful you’ll find stray marks on your drawing. Once you get used to it there’s no problem and eventually you can use it for different effects. It’s pretty good for getting whisper thin lines. If you drag the edge of it, you can get some decent dry brush effects (which is how I did the rust and dirt on WALL-E the other day.)
Another daily sketch will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, you can go read my creator-owned graphic novel (written with Danny Paris), Deputy Witch. There’s no dragon in it, but I did draw a big pink bear at one point. There’s also a mime, but he gets punched.
Today’s sketch is Sully from Pixar’s Monsters Inc. In case you’re just tuning in, February’s daily sketch theme is Pixar/Dreamworks characters.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, Guys. Consider this your reminder to go buy something before it’s too late.