Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sunday Sketches -- Disney Un-Disneyed II (D)

Here's another round of my new designs based on the source material for the Disney animated canon.  So, without further ado, here they are!  This was a fun group based on some old favorites.
Cinderella (reviews here, here and here)

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (review here)
Peter Pan (reviews here, here and here)
That's it for now, but I'll be back with more in no time!

(Part I here.)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday Sketches -- Disney Un-Disneyed I (D)

People who know things about me often will know that I love a good series, especially a self-imposed one.  This year I've been doing a series of readings/drawings based on the source material (where applicable) of the Disney animated canon.  I've been meaning to post these as I go, but never found the time for whatever reason, so I'm just going to start posting them now, a few at a time.  Basically the premise of this sequence of arts is that I read the origin of each of Disney's animated movies, and then draw my own version of the main character/s, based sometimes on the time period or historical setting or whatever (usually, as it happens, on Sunday).  It is sometimes harder than I expected, because Disney seems to have designed certain characters just right, but it's still a fun and occasionally challenging project.

So then, without much ado, here's my take on the first few (done in January):
Snow White (book reviews here, here and here)

Pinocchio (book review here)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (review here)
More to come!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Chelsea and Jared (D)

One of my coworkers is getting married next week, and my manager asked me to draw up a Happy Wedding card on behalf of the team to post on the G+ group.  I have no idea what her styling or colors actually are, so I just tried to guess what I thought went with what I know of their style.  It will be fun to see how close (or not) I guessed.  I like doing little side projects like this, it breaks things up a little to do something for work other than the usual.
Chelsea and Jared, September 2014, Photoshop
May their union be forever blessed.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ArtCorgi News

Recently we were both added to the roster of artists for a new commission liaison website called ArtCorgi.  They're a fun startup business that has a lot of potential, and a lot of really great artists are involved.  You should check them out sometime if you're looking for an original artistic rendition of you or your friends or family.
If you're interested in seeing some of our rates and sample pieces, you can find J's page here, and D's page here.

That's all for now, just a little announcement.  More arts on the way!

We Have To Go Back! (D)

YIKES, it's been over two months since our last post!  This is unacceptable.  I'll just have to make up for it by posting a lot of arts in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, this week marked the ten-year anniversary of the premiere of LOST (a.k.a. the best show in the history of television).  To commemorate the occasion, I didn't have the chance to do a new drawing, but here's something I did not quite ten years ago of the principal cast circa Season 2 (and didn't post, since we weren't artblogging back then).  It's interesting to see how many of them were pretty prominently featured from start to finish.
I love this show SO much.

Until next time!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Draw It Again!

For my June pencil drawing, I decided to revisit some familiar territory.  Back in 2002, I spent most of Black Friday drawing this portrait of Boromir on giant paper.  Look at this slightly blurry, partial photo of it:

Obviously this was back in the day when I 1) drew on giant paper and 2) could do a whole giant drawing in one day.  Now I am slower and smaller and...better?  Well, I thought another Boromir portrait would turn out AMAZING by comparison and in the end he just turned out okay:

When I finished, I realized that he looked like cartoon Boromir.  His face is off, and I think I COULD fix it, but with pencil there's always the risk of ruining it, especially since my paper doesn't erase very well.  So...this is where my Boromir drawing skills will stand, for possibly another twelve years (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). 

I do like how his clothing turned out and it's always fun doing LOTR characters.  Maybe some more will pop up before the end of the year.  Maybe even some...Thorin...?  MAYBE.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Sunday Sketches: Recent Reads

A while ago, I read some books that I liked--The Scorpio Races and A Company of Swans.  So I drew the main characters from each. I also drew some water horses, in the only way I can draw horses...

Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick from The Scorpio Races on the left.  I could picture Puck pretty clearly, but Sean was a little more nondescript for me.  On the right is Harriet and Rom from A Company of Swans.  Again, I could picture her clearly, but I couldn't really remember what Rom looked like after the fact--you know, aside from good looking.  Is it wrong that I like the horses best?


Hello, D here.  I've been reading through the source material for the Disney animated films chronologically, which of course led to doing sketches of my own designs of the well-known characters (cleverly termed "Disney Un-Disneyed').  Though I haven't found the chance to post some of these sketches until now, I thought this would be a good time to share a couple recent ones based on some classic literature, drawn around the same time as J's book-based sketches above.
The Wart (rhymes with Art, short for Arthur), from T. H. White's The Sword In the Stone, The Once and Future King

Mowgli from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book
I'm liking how this series is turning out, I'll have to post more.  The fairy tale ones especially have been fun to try to re-envision.