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Daily Sketch: Russell (Up)

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.

Daily Sketch: Russell from Pixar's Up

“Take a Bath, Hippie!” – Carl (Up)

Last week I went on Twitter to ask for a sketch theme for February.  After turning down “hippos” and “pickles” I settled on Pixar and Dreamworks characters.  I haven’t ever been asked to draw any of those, and you can’t go wrong with Pixar.  (Although no one has ever asked me to draw hippos either.)

Today’s sketch is Carl from Pixar’s Up.   Carl’s design, like the other characters in the film, are perfect examples of basing characters on a shape.  I read that Pixar decided squares represent the past, while circles and curves represent the future.  With Carl and Russell side by side you can see the grouchy, immovable Carl contrasted with the buoyancy of youth.

Below is my ink sketch .  I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen.  Then I figured I’d see how it would look with a light wash of watercolors.  For you artists out there, the Pentel Brush Pen doesn’t bleed after it’s dried.  Unfortunately, my scanner here makes color scans a bit under-saturated.