July 1, 2009

While I have a great deal of fun designing characters, backgrounds are a whole different story. The background in this banner is actually from Elisanth_ at iStockPhoto. Personally, I've always had a tendency to go completely overboard with backgrounds, so I generally do a very, very minimal background now (or buy one at iStock!). That's the next subject I'll have to really study - a proper background.

At any rate, here's a snippet of a recent project - just a corner of a blog banner:

Shocked Bull

Now, a note to all of you who tell me "I can't even draw a stick figure":
I drew a fair amount as a child. Not a ton, but probably more than some kids. My mom had art supplies galore in the house. She did pastels, some oils, more acrylics. She took classes, she was forced to branch out into cardboard 3D stuff. I can recall my love/hate relationship with her Prismacolor markers (which is probably why I adore Copic markers so very, very much now).

All that said, I did not grow up loving art. I took one summer art class as part of an enrichment program and it mostly involved letting us doodle and get out of the house for a few hours so Mom wouldn't go nuts. I grew up loving cartoons and being completely intimidated by anyone who could draw.

Crap. I have about ten minutes and about an hour's worth of things to write. But I want to get this post up before work, so I'll let it go with just this snippet and image. But expect a lecture on drawing tomorrow ....

Posted by Red Monkey at July 1, 2009 5:54 AM | Sketches | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Leendaluu said:

What a great cow! ;-)

July 1, 2009 7:20 AM


Trish said:

Cool drawing! Well, now....maybe you have given me some hope that I can do more than my pitiful efforts so far.
Looking forward to the next post!


July 1, 2009 9:06 AM


Nola said:

Love it! And don't underestimate your talent! You got mad skillz.

July 9, 2009 9:58 PM
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