Wander Over Yonder
June 29, 2009

Anyone who has talked to me for very long knows one thing for sure: I love cartoons and animation far more than your average kindergartener. Talk to me a little longer and you'll know that one of my all-time favourite cartoons is Craig McCracken's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. So when I heard that McCracken had a sketchbook entitled Wander Over Yonder, I had to go have a look-see.

And, of course, I had to purchase as well. It's a cute little booklet - in the fiction or poetry world it would be called a chapbook. There's no linear story per se, it's just this little guy wandering around the countryside. Black and white, simple backgrounds, loads of facial expression and character. It reminds me quite a bit of Walt Kelly's Pogo stuff, actually.

So, whilst at a church "game night" Saturday, I decided to have a go at drawing one of the pages from Wander Over Yonder. Sketching in pencil has become somewhat comfortable for me now (somewhat - I absolute HATED the pencil sketch of a beach scene I started before I switched to working on this drawing that night), so I decided to force myself to draw this little McCracken guy in ink only. Naturally the first stroke I made was not exactly absolutely the same as what I saw on the page before me ... and I was instantly forced to draw more and sketch-mimic-erase less.

Some examples from the sketchbook posted on his wife's site, Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls, are here.

sketch based on Craig McCracken's Wander Over Yonder character

Posted by Red Monkey at June 29, 2009 6:32 PM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Heather said:

So cute!! I can't draw anything but stick people, and I'm amazed by people who can! :-)

June 29, 2009 8:12 PM
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