Monday, December 14, 2009

Last Eppy Doodles

So...which are the best?

More Eppy Doodles

Eppy Doodles 1

I was trying to draw a simplified, cartoony Brian Epstein.

Sixties Songbirds 6: Jackie DeShannon

It's Jackie Deshannon!
I wanted to better define her arms/shoulders but the pic I used was bad quality.

Sixties Songbirds 5: Marianne Faithfull

It's Marianne Faithfull!

Sixties Songbirds 4: Nico

It's Nico from the Velvet Underground!
I totally ruined her eyes, though.

Sixties Songbirds 3: Grace Slick

It's Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane!
I'm not happy with how her eyes turned out, though. :/
The design behind her was from the picture I was copying.

Sixties Songbirds 2: Dusty Springfield

I did this one earlier this evenin'. It's Dusty Springfield!
(fyi, I was going to post all of these 'sticky dumbnesses' in one post but its not working :/)

Sixties Songbirds 1: Petula Clark

Been experimenting with some stuff. I've been drawing sixties female singers on Post-its with pen. (ball-point) I dunno, I was watching a thing on PBS about the musical guests on the Ed Sullivan show in the sixties (YES, they mentioned the Beatles and that's why I tuned in :P) and Petula Clark was singing "Downtown" so I drew her.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Utz Crunch

My interpretation of the Utz Potato Chip girl.
For once (in a really long while, actually) what I pictured in my mind actually came out in what ended up as the final product.
Plus I found a whole pile of paper that doesn't make markers bleed through like the thin computer paper I use most of the time.
I don't know if this is going to be a series, like a series of food mascot girls. My Dad dared me to draw the Morton Salt Girl so I might be doing that at some point.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Model Cheats

Yay! I found it! My friend Christine (I hope she's okay with me referencing her as my 'friend' :)) had this posted about a year ago and I saved on my other computer (long story, it doesn't work) so I can at least know where it is and savor its goofy cartoony goodness.
You're probably asking "But WHAT is it?"
It is the model sheets for the Beatles cartoon by Al Brodax...even though on the sheet itself it says "Blueprint". Whatever. Its a MODEL SHEET.

I'm wondering what they (the writers, animators, Al Brodax himself, etc.) watched to come to the conclusion that this is how the Beatles act, walk, and carry themselves. Did they just watch "A Hard Day's Night" and go "Welp, that's all we need to know about that! Start drawing!"?

I get the feeling this "blueprint" was lost repeatedly because the quality of the Beatle cartoons tends to fluctuate.

Notice how Paul is drawn in a different way than in the first video? See, its aggravating for me drawing the Beatles in this style copying from the cartoons because I watch one of the cartoons and realize that I've been them WRONG. I had to change and rework Paul alone about three or four times. These model sheets are the closest thing they had and they don't even had the center lines on the head or the standard 'pears and balls' body construction. (See here) If I was going to describe these Beatle 'toons in anyway, I would say they're made up of 'sticks and rectangles'.
Legs-straight sticks
Bodies-boxy shapes or rectangles

That is a big reason why I didn't copy the Beatle cartoons EXACTLY. I mean, early on, I tried but it got to be a pain in the ass when the finished product didn't look a thing like the thing I was copying. So I just took what I knew the cartoons where trying to convey about how they looked (John has a boxy jaw and an arrow-shaped nose, etc.) and adapted that using my own style, which I don't know how you would describe it.
That's why its been an uphill struggle with these 'studies'. My way of doing things is to copy things best I can and do things my way, which is apparently wrong. (at least when it comes to copying the Preston Blair studies.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fixes, Part 1 I did Lesson 3, which is to go back and see what I did wrong and fix them. Since I'm not that good with my picture manipulation software of choice (Paint Shop Pro 7) I numbered the drawings

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Even More Head Studies

Tell me what you think.
I really want to move onto the next lesson. I'm sick of drawing these damn dogs! XD

Not So Big News

I changed the layout, only really because the image files get scrunched up and aren't visible most of the time.
And I added a links list. They're just websites I frequent and check at least once a day, besides my Yahool Mail.
I'll add more when I think of more.

Monday, November 16, 2009

There's a Place

This is a blog for my artwerks, mostly BUT

OMG, guys, you have NO idea how much this song makes me feel better. This might not even be my favorite Beatles song (that goes to "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds") but...I don't know.
Even though I have mucho amor for all the Beatles' phases, there's something about their '63 "Please Please Me" era that just strikes me in that place. (no, not THAT place...think somewhere in the cockle region) Their haircut is in the definite mop-top but it hasn't grown out yet and they're teetering on the cusp of stardom and they seem so eager and unspoiled and enthusiastic. It's really endearing and infectious. And cute :P

It's well conveyed in this video with footage from the Dezo Hoffman photoshoot. I love how when the camera is turned on the Beatles, they'll just spring up like wind-up toys, both in this footage and in other footage like it.

In the bridge to that song, where John goes: "In my mind there's no sorrow/don't you know that it's so?" I don't know WHAT it is about that part but it makes my heartbeat quicken and my face feel hot, which is a weird reaction to have to that ONE part.

That is all. We'll now return to my depressing drawings.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

About That Webcomic...
No, no I haven't forgotten, just...ergh.

The only real problems I'm having now is:
1) Whether or not to make it have a cohesive story line that's only one page long (like a lot of the Dumm Comics, some of Purple Pussy, etc.) or have branching story lines. The problem with that is...I don't think of the story ideas as 'comic' ideas, really, I envision them (ten dollar word) as...well, cartoons. ('exposition here, gag here, build on that...') AND the vast majority of them are ideas that would take much more than one page to convey.
And if I do decide to make one-page comics, should they follow a story line or not? I can mix and match 'em, I suppose (make one story line every once in a while but mostly keep them one-page) but...check these out

These were pretty much inspired accidents. I could make more one-page comics but its hard to focus on what would be the beginning, middle and end. And end it on a joke. That is hard too.

Soooo....what are your thoughts?

More Studies, Plus Re-do

I re-did the first two dog heads and worked on squash and stretch. I know there's more on the sheet but I'm not in the mood to finish 'em now. I mean, nobody is giving me feedback, nobody is helping me (except Eddie Fitzgerald), what's the point?
I just feel low...and untalented.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The girl up against the wall appeared in my flowered curtains. Seriously, I woke up and the shapes looked anime girl. I put off drawing her and then I added the two other poses to make it more dynamic.
I'm...not pleased with the results :/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Amanda's Rest of the Crap

I figure I should put some of my older drawings on this blog.

It's not a very impressive display, I must admit. I only recently learned how to use a scanner and the way I draw isn't suited for it. I prefer drawing with pencil and I draw lightly so when I scan it, most of time it doesn't show up so I have to either go over the lines with pen or sharpen the lines with a bunch of tricks on Paint Shop Pro.
Plus the coloring. I haven't tried any shading :/

Ideas for a Beatle 'toon about them being in Japan and they eat bad sushi and turn into kaiju, giant monsters like Godzilla and Rodan, and they start rampaging and destroying Tokyo. *shrug* Work in progress.

I don't like the way John's head turned out.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Gathers No Moss

I've been practicing a little bit drawing cartoony or at the very least stylized versions of sixties people. First: The Stones.

First of all, they're butt-ugly, lol.
No, I don't mean that.
I'm just used to drawing them. I tried to draw them from their album sleeves (I have a lot of their albums on vinyl) and the problem with that is a lot of 'em, especially the early ones, are in shadow (have you seen your mother, baby? standing in the shadow?)

So that's why some of the ones on this page are half-faces or face fractions.
If you can recognize them, there are some of Mick, one of Bill Wyman, two (?) of Keith Richards and one in the top right corner of an evil looking Brian Jones taken right from the cover of "Between the Buttons".
Besides LP covers, I had a couple classic rock books that had pictures of the Stones so I sketched/doodled from those

From the bottom left up: Mick, (in a very baggy sweater) disembodied Charlie Watts head, Keith Richards on the left, either Keith or Bill Wyman on the right, smiling Charlie Watts, Brian Jones laughing to himself, and then a very unamused Mick Jagger on the top left.

I had one more sheet but I can't find it at the moment. I'll look in the morning.

The thing is...after drawing them and figuring out how they look and how their faces are made up, I don't know which ones are 'good' or at least 'a step in the right direction' or 'crappy'. What do you think?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Scooped Animals

I just thought 'elephant with a scooped out face' and it kind of snowballed from there.
"J.B. Lenoir" isn't my name, its the name of an artist to look up so I wouldn't forget it.
I'll do something more with this doodle thing, color it more or something.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Double Header

Do you like the style of the header? If not, there's a neater version I whipped up.

Lord Ganesha Lithos

Watercolor version.
I did these litho prints a couple years ago for Drawing and Printmaking. Its supposed to be the Indian god, Ganesha (or Ganesh). Indian mythology is something I really think is interesting. I wish I had a book of Indian artwork or even some framed art prints. Oh well.

Argus's Eyes

It's a peacock. I don't know if I'm going to color it or not. My mom wants it colored but I like it the way it is. What do you think?