Friday, October 17, 2008

Whew! Man, it's been pretty crazy for the last couple of weeks, but things are finally settling down. I did lots and lots of drawing, but unfortunately I can't post most of it, due to it being work for a client. Poo.

However, there are a few things I can post. First, a random doodle.

Sadly, all the work I did ate up the rest of my awesome Faber-Castell pencils, which I couldn't seem to find at any art store... Meaning I had to resort to some pretty terrible H lead pencils I had laying around. So, I apologize for the quality of the following images... I had to use Levels in Photoshop just to get the pencil lines to show up in the scans!

Fortunately, I found out that sells my beloved pencils for cheap! I'll probably order some today... It'll feel so good to have a decent B2 pencil in my hand again.

Last week, I sat down and watched the movie Clue, and made an attempt to caricaturize/cartoonify Tim Curry. He is extremely hard to get down right! Apparently I'm not the only one to think so; I did an Internet search for Tim Curry caricatures, and the few I found were... Well... Not very Curry-ish.

I didn't do so hot myself, though I think there were a couple of attempts on the second image that were starting to get there.

Something I've been raving about for the last month or so is the French animated film "Les Triplettes de Belleville." Seriously. It is SO awesome. Excellent art, amazing character animation, unusual but touching story, and some great humor.

However, I was frustrated to learn that the American DVD release of "The Triplets of Belleville" doesn't have the original French audio. In fact, they removed the French audio in order to put a Spanish audio track (WTF? Honestly?) In addition, the American release lacks all the extras that are in the original French AND Canadian DVD release (which has much nicer packaging, to boot.)

Lucky for me, I have a good friend that lives in Quebec, who was nice enough to take time out of his extremely busy schedule to track down and ship me a copy of the Canadian release. As an extra sign of thanks, I've decided to do an illustration for him based on the film (he has a six-figure job. Giving him more money as additional thanks seemed a bit frivolous.)

In order to complete this little personal project, I've been doing a character study of Champion to figure out his proportions (particularly of his face), and sketching some thumbnail ideas for the illustration.

Finally, I doodled up some ideas of a Mime character in a short I'm working on. One of these days, I'll finally hit a design I like.