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.
Daily Sketch for Feb 27, 2012 – Dory from Pixar’s Finding Nemo.
February is winding down and it’s gone by way too fast. Only a few more days left for the Pixar/Dreamworks theme. Next month I may do some original character sketches every day to stretch my brain a little.
Daily Sketch for February 24, 2012 – Bruce from Pixar’s Finding Nemo.
When I was in middle school I was obsessed with sharks. There was a book in the library all about shark attacks and I must have checked it out a dozen times. It gave me a healthy fear of the ocean, though looking back it seems a bit macabre. As an adult, I really don’t enjoy stories that end with people mutilated (You hear me Lucas?!?) but I don’t think my interest was morbid. I think it was just a natural curiosity. One that fortunately, I got out of my system.
Though, I would still love to catch a shark.
For today’s sketch I did Bruce, the shark from Finding Nemo. I drew Nemo two weeks ago, but didn’t post it because it turned out so utterly horrible. Sharks are more interesting than clown-fish anyway.
Daily Sketch for February 23, 2012 – Elastigirl from Pixar’s The Incredibles
Today I was walking down the street and heard a man on the phone say “To cut to the chase and make a long story short…” I guess the story was so boring he needed it to be short, but he enjoys cliches so much he decided to string two together. Thus offsetting the time he would have saved actually just getting to the point.
What does all this have to do with today’s sketch?
Absolutely nothing. Enjoy!
Daily Sketch for Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 – Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars.
Cars have always been hard for me to draw. I have to have lots of reference and it takes a lot of brain power for me to be able to pull one off. So naturally I started this sketch three times before finally figuring out something that was even close to decent.
In order to even get this close I played a trick on myself. The first couple of times I approached Lightning McQueen like I would a real car. Here’s the body, the wheels, the windshield and so on, and each time it looked like a failed attempt at a car, and not like a failed attempt at McQueen. It just didn’t have that cartoony, fun personality that the character has. So I thought of him instead as a character and not a car. Here’s his head, this would be his nose/mouth, etc.
And that time I came up with what you see here. A recognizable attempt at Lightning McQueen. And I only had to fool myself to pull it off.
Another week of daily sketches is underway. Today we have Russell from Pixar’s Up.
I was never in boy scouts. I think my brother might have been briefly, but it didn’t last long. We had the Boy Scout handbook that showed all different kinds of animal tracks and how to make signals for other hikers coming along behind you. That’s all I really remember, though the book must have been over 200 pages.
I never tracked any animals or left any messages.
That whole “be prepared” thing never seemed to make a big impression either. For example, I’ve somehow allowed myself to run out of erasers here at the studio.
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.
Today’s daily sketch is EVE from WALL-E. EVE is made up of such large, open shapes that I thought I needed to throw a little color on there to make it feel like I wasn’t cheating. The colors were (very) quickly thrown in using Photoshop. As simple as she is (and that’s simple in a good sense) just sketching her in ink leaves an impression that something is missing. The shadows and colors reflecting off her make things a little more interesting. Even if it’s just something extremely simple (like here.)
Apparently, one of the designers of EVE also helped design the iPod. Which explains her “Apple” feel. At any moment she’s either going to play Superfreak… or vaporize you.
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.