A good friend is in his first year of teaching biology and commissioned me to interpret some classroom signage. We worked together to come up with the best imagery, colors and overall concept to best communicate the statements. Final product was eight 11×17″ posters.
Any opportunity I have to design for the classroom and to collaborate with passionate people is an opportunity I can’t miss!
As kids, my brothers and I loved to rent Unico in the Island of Magic and one of my favorite characters was big brother Toby who gains magical powers to serve a crazy evil puppet. And like he had to turn everyone (animals too) into magical puppets too.
This is Toby, but a girl Toby.
This was just a raw digital painting – no pencil/paper like I usually do. It’s really hard to get started, but once I get painting it’s really fun. I think I am just much more dexterous with a pencil so I can get my ideas down much more quickly and in greater detail. Whereas with the tablet/stylus I feel like I fumble a little bit more to get the sketch down. I think it’s mostly to do with the free rotation of the paper – it’s not as easy to do in Photoshop.
Aimless sketching with a ballpoint pen while our family played Cranium over the holidays. Utter silliness, surely!
My big Christmas craft project was portraits of the eleven cats in my life – not all of them ended up being gifted (sorry to Knox, Pixie, Popper, Winston and Rajah). But here are the others!
Mose, who belongs to my brother and his wife. He’s a snuggly, shoe-sniffing sort of fellow.
Amelia, my other brother’s happy little rescue. Her tongue hangs out most of the time.
Little Ahab, my dad’s new three-legged kitten dude. He’s really really really cute.
Xena, my mother’s matriarch cat – she’s a 17-year-old Persian/Himalayan. Spry and bright as ever!
Myrtle, adopted sister of Mose. Sweet and quiet and likes to stay home.
Muezza, she with the biggest, widest eyes ever seen on a kitty! Adopted sister of Amelia.
Have you heard of Kongregate? My brothers and my work are woven into the online indie game world at the edges and I’ve been working with Kong on and off for a couple years now – really fun company, got to say. Anyway, I want to show you this cool thing that was sooo muuuuch fun to make!
It’s the KongBot. He’s a robot.
The best part was by far coming up with the different emotes/poses for him. Can’t wait to do more sometime.
A few things I tried to think about…
- Simple, bold silhouette
- Allow for cartoonish warping and exaggeration
- Make him easy to draw and recognize