Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Weekly Drawing

Week 1
Some of the Animators at work have started a weekly drawing challenge. It was a bit disorganized because the first week had more that one theme. This week had a Conan barbarian-type, Spiderman and a Cat Woman. I missed the last one, but did something for the other two. I'll update this post each week with my drawing until everybody gets tired of doing it.

(Note: these are what I call "time-out drawings" because I do them when my computer at work has a time-out for saves or dropped network connections. As always, I only draw in ball-point pen.)

A couple of barbarian scribbles for warm up.

The barbarian drawing I put in.

My Spidey.

Week 2

This week the topic was Batman, so here's my version.

Some quick roughs.

This is what I stopped with.

More Gillies

I think this is it. For now, this idea has run its course. I might come back to it in the future after things percolate a bit.

Saturday, November 04, 2006


This is something new that I'm toying with. Like a lot of my ideas, they start out as drawings and then I try to figure out if there's a story in it.

Gillies are little mushroom characters that are discreetly covered with leaves.

A study of some tree fungus.

I'm not sure what to call this guy yet, but he's basically the 'wise elder'. I'm thinking that he's a bit grumpy because he's always being bothered to solve other people's problems.

Some facial studies for the wise elder.

The Mites are smaller than mosquitoes and are friendly to the Gillies. They can go most places that others can't.

Grumble and Waa

One thing that I can't stand is a baby crying. It's like fingers on a chalk board for me and it can reduce me to a nutcase in a few minutes.

It gave me an idea for a short about a reclusive guy living alone in a cabin on a mountain. One night someone leaves a baby on his doorstep. He tries everything to keep this baby quiet, and at one point is about to toss the baby out the window ... but doesn't because of the gurgle of laughter. Anyway, the cries echo through the mountains and allerts the town busy-body in the valley. She marshalls the forces of "good" and the authorities take the baby away, but the baby (Waa) and the recluse (Grumble) seem to have fallen into a groove. When the Waa is taken away from Grumble, he cries like he's never cried before. Grumble is now desperate to get the baby back, but the busy-body stands in his way ... and the baby cries ... and cries ... and cries until the townspeople are walking around like zombies with dark rings under their eyes. Grumble takes his challenge to court. The busy-body and her lawyers against him, and the baby can be heard crying ... and crying ...and crying ... and only stops when he sees Grumble. The sleep deprived judge sees how happy Waa is to see Grumble. Well, it's a happy ending for everybody except the busy-body. Grumble adopts Waa, the people can get some sleep and the woman gets a parking ticket.

Grumble's home in the mountains.