March 31, 2006

Strap your Snowpants on....It's soggy.

Oh glorious day. A (spookily) colored Soggy Ghost!

Allow me to present....this thing:

Click to view it El Gianto.

It's scary, I know. Actually, it's downright frightening. I am so scared that I am posting this blog blindfolded so I don't see it and frighten myself. And I am wearing Snow pants just incase I do see it through my blindfold, so I won't soil my rolling chair. Ingenious.

March 25, 2006

Lets get (Black and White and) Soggy

So after I posted the last post, I felt like working some more on this little fella. But, I felt like switching it up and doing some linework. I have been working a lot on not using any linework in my Illustrator pieces lately, so I thought I would do one, just for kicks. So I did an alternate version, in black and white, perhaps to be used in the upcoming Black and White book Drawl Graphic is putting together.

There will be more to come on this one too, a subtle hint of a background, and some more details on the dude himself and just tweaking of line quality. And maybe put some hats in there. I like hats.

I still stand by my decree. There will be two versions to come. One soft, one black and white (maybe with hats). You just wait and see....

P.S. There is a "G" on the dude's Megaphone because in my mind, he is a "Ghost" with many feelings. You see, in the afterlife, the more feelings you have about things, the more ghosties you will have on your back. Which means this this ghost was a sensitive fellow in his previous life. A previous life that involved being sensitive to feelings. Which means he wasn't that popular with the ladies, because despite what they might say, they all want a tough guy. Go figure.

March 24, 2006

Let's get soggy.

This week has been a doozy. Between running across MPLS between various jobs and projects, I haven't had much time for me. And that's a shame, because I love me.

But I did get to do some sketches on the train and sitting in meetings and the like. There was one fancy lad that caught my eye, so I illustrator-ed it up, just for me.

It's not finished, but I wanted to share. Although it's not going to get much more detailed, because really, it's not about the details. There's not much more I can add to the guy himself, but I would like to adjust and fine tune a lot, especially the color. And then give him a nice, neutral, quite background to cuddle him against. It shall be a soft, fuzzy piece, I hereby decree.

That's right, I went and decreed up on all y'all....

March 21, 2006

Brotherly Love

My brother's birthday was yesterday. Like all artists, I am poor, so I made a magic computer-picture of him, that he can use as an Avatar on various networking websites.

My brother is two years older than me, but we don't look that much alike. We also don't look that different. It has been said I am like a more extreme version of him. He is tall, but I am slightly taller. He has a square chin, but my jaw-line is obscenely harsh and angular. He has tastefully mussed hair. My hair is wildly unkempt. He has small, neatly trimmed sideburns. I have sideburns that touch my clavicle. And so on.

To be fair, we both wear glasses but his are more dark and crazy. We both are a little on the thin side, but he is even more emaciated. We both live in big-ish to big cities, but I live in MPLS and he lives in NYC.

Oh, and we both have about the same color hair.

So when I drew him, it kind of looks like when I draw me, but less dirty....

click it to view it slightly larger....

EDIT : I have realized there has never been a self-portrait post on this blog. So here is a drawing of myself from a while ago. Now compare the similarities betwixt the two. Note that although I mentioned my severe jaw-line, this portrait has no jaw to speak of. That is simply because jaws are not funny, and thin wiener-heads are....

click to view it way larger....

March 17, 2006

Munny makes the world go 'round....

So here is the progress on the Munny. Hours drawing tiny lines equals.....

Huzzah. Now he's looking more like he's supposed to. More and more hair. I'm building steam now (in hair form).


March 16, 2006

Nuttin' Munny.

I have been working on my munny very slowly. Drawing on his odd-shaped surface without resting my hand (so I don't smudge the drawing) is a feat of contortion in itself. But things are going well.

Phase One is doing the hair as a even application. Once all the hair is applied, I will go in and thicken it up and make the pattern more varied. Ofcourse, I couldn't resist waiting, and started to thicken it up in places. But the end result will have much more variation in hair density.

More to come....

March 12, 2006

I've gotta be me....

What did I do now? You're looking at it!

I have changed the layout and design of my blog to feel a little more like home....

Internet magic.

Big ups to Jesse (aka Big Rig) for the continued html support and guidance.

March 11, 2006

Damn Dirty Munny.

Munny time....

Here is a practice eye, drawn on one of the useless accessories that come with the Munny (in this case, a pair of glasses). The drawing worked fine, but I tired to glaze over it with a brown tinted Matte Medium. Good thing it was practice, because the Matte Medium immediately smeared the drawing.

So now the plan is; tint it first, draw on it second, seal it with a spray, then maybe add some more tint, then maybe varnish it or something to seal the deal. Now that's an airtight plan with no room for mistakes...

So here is my lightly stained Munny:

I wanted to stain the Munny from Blazingly White to a light, dirty, natural brown. So I took some burnt umber, yellow ochre, unbleached white and a touch of magenta with a butt-load of Matte Medium and painted the Munny with a light glaze, just for a bit of texture and a more natural look. It will mostly disappear under the drawing, but in the end, it will give it a different feel entirely. I might add a second coat, but I want to to be subtle. An off white, not a brown.

Now that I have committed to a process, the Munny should only take me a day or two. If I just sit down and do it. Which I will...

Cross my heart, hope to die.....

March 5, 2006

Say "Hi" to the Bad Guy.

If someone adds Drawl Graphic on Myspace, then it's nice to give them a little something to just let them know you care.

So I cooked this up after putting it off for too long.

(give it a click to see it bigger, I know you want to)

Of course the real deal will link directly to Drawl Graphic Central, aka our website.

I think the people who expect the dirtier stuff (namely, my stuff) can relate to the texture and handling up of the type, and someone who is looking for the cuter, lighter side can relate to the color and the softer quality of it.

It's hard to come up with something that pleases everyone, though.

If you don't like it, let me know.... and I will promptly block you from ever leaving comments again.


The graphic was later edited to this:

March 2, 2006

Girl you better gimme that Munny.*

Alright, here it is. The unveiling of my Munny sketch.

But first, a lengthy intro: There are a few things that I love to draw, and you can see this through much of my work... I love to draw hair. I love to drawl leaves. I love to draw little tiny things that are more pattern and texture than anything. It is painful, painstaking and boring, I will admit. It makes my hand ache and my eyes hurt, but it's worth it. Because it is tiny, dirty and complex.

I also love animals. No kidding. We've got 2 dogs, 3 cats, some fish and a chinchilla, and we live in the city.

Here's another fact. I don't paint. I used to, but I didn't really like to. I am more of a drawing and printmaking kind of guy. So for my Munny, I am going to draw it all. In pencil. In graphite. In China crayon. Whatever I can find that works best. I've got some experimentation to do, but that's the plan.

Alright, I am boring myself now. Here it is.

By the way, this was painful to draw. My hand hurts. My eyeballs hurt. My neck hurts. I am excited, not only to draw the actual, 3-D Munny, but even more so what comes next. The Illustration. I am going to get this bad boy shot all nice-like, in a studio. Then I am going to render an environment for it, and insert it digitally, in the same fashion I worked on the Labrador Project. And that is where it is going to be a blast and a half.

I can't wait.

*this post dedicated to the late, great Ol' Dirty Bastard.

El-Producto. The result.

I was happy to see El-P had swtiched out his Myspace profile pic with my illustration before I even had a chance to check back in.

There were 15 comments on it by the time I got to see it, which means 15 more people have not been forced to see my artwork, which means "mission accomplished."

Plus, I'd like to think that maybe, just maybe, I put a smile on El-P's face.

EDIT : 3.11.06
The El-P illustration has been rotated out. But here's some proof....

March 1, 2006

El-Producto. A portrait.

If you know anything about independent hip-hop, chances are you know the name El-P. A member of classic hip-hop crew Company Flow, and the founder of the indie label Definitive Jux, El-P one-upped Co. Flow's classic album, Funcrusher Plus, when he released the magnificent solo album Fantastic Damage. In addition to running one of the most consistently stellar labels in music, he also regularly makes the best beats in the business...*

So when I read in El-P's blog that he was looking for people to contribute a portrait of himself, I jumped at the opportunity. I usually stay away from likenesses of people in my work. But I had been tinkering with the idea of doing real people lately, just because. So this was the perfect excuse.


Don't forget to click the image to view it larger.

I had a blast making it. I love it when I can say that in the end.

* my humble opinion.

EDIT:just incase you're too lazy to read the next post, here is a link to El-P's myspace page...
EDIT : 3.11.06
The El-P illustration has been rotated out. But here's some proof....