This little guy ended up with the name Sir Toppin Hat after my wife saw me sketching him and said that should be his name. When I was making him I was just focused on recreating the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland as a human. Lately I’ve been playing around with scale and proportion when sketching out characters. With this sketch I continued to push my proportions in the design to see how far I can go with the balance of large and small features.
We had a very sad event happen today. My wife’s grandfather passed away suddenly. While I was around the family I felt like there wasn’t anything I could say to make things better. As I drove home I thought well I couldn’t say enough but perhaps there was something else I could do to show my feelings. Since pictures are worth a thousand words I hope this portrait I painted on my iPad will suffice.
I was watching a video with a character named Francis and thought to myself “Wow! This guy is so animated I have to make him a cartoon.” This was the result of that endeavor. I thought I’d include various stages from the original sketch to the final piece to help show the process.
This is a cover design I did for a band named CODA’s new album 25000 Mornings and the close up of the broken hourglass which I love.
We needed some sketches of sea creatures and other nautical items for a project at work. Here are some of my favorites that I’ve done so far. I’m really glad I’m getting a chance to do this, because I’ve been inspired a lot lately by nautical designs in the sketches I was doing for fun. Now I have a professional outlet for that inspiration. It’s always exciting when your work and fun collide. The results are always awesome. I can’t wait to see what it all looks like finalized.
All the sketches were done with a ball point pen.
These are excerpts from a series of pieces that tell a story. In every piece I use a different tool to do the inking. Markers were used in the first to create big bold shapes. In the second piece I used a nib pen and created optical grays through the use of hatching. For the third piece I used a Windsor Newton series 7 brush. Then in the fourth and final piece I’m showing I used a dry brush technique. Each has its own feeling but they’re tied together by the story.
This is a maquette I made for the Open House art show at SCAD Atlanta. He’s the main character from a story I’ve had floating around in the form of notes and sketchbook pieces for a long time. This character was a lot of fun to make. I hope you all like this creepy old man who has a pension for collecting rats as much as I like him.