Friday, May 29, 2009

Cartoons can make you think..

I just read this great post by Eddie Fitzgerald about how cartoons that are funny and imaginative can (by their very inherent nature) stimulate a positive influence in kids. It seems so obvious to us smart people, but sometimes the really thick-headed people need to be reminded of this fundamental fact of life. Cartoons are meant to be funny and full of wild and imaginative fun. That's why they call it a CARTOON! Kids like cartoons for this reason. I grew up watching cartoons (and still do), and I'm a smart and decent human being.

Check out Eddie's post here:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hook Construction Practice..

I like this character because he has a good balance between style and solid construction. In other words he is cartoony as well as designy. Also, he appears very simple and to the point. I like that in a character. Everything about him represents his personality. Another interesting thought.. What is the link between character design and his posture. Are they interlinked? Because I think part of the reason I find this character to be so appealing is his posture (in this specific drawing). Had he been standing straight up (in a normal bland way), I probably wouldn't have found him all that appealing, even though his basic design remained the same.

I tried to fix the head, but somehow it came out looking worse, I think. This guy has a tricky head. Am I being to literal with my contruction approach? I don't know. Maybe I just need more practice. Yes, I think that's it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A cartoon for my dad - Finished.

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I'm done.. I tried a completely new rendering technique, keeping my black outlines to a bare minimum. I quite like the cartoony feel to it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A cartoon for my dad.

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Busy working on a cartoon drawing (well, actually it's going to be two seperate drawings) for an article that my dad wrote for some car magazine. Had quite a bit of fun with this. I'll post the final inked version when I'm done.

African Comic Book

So I made these comic book illustrations for a Nigerian health organisation. It's a bit more of a realistic approach than I'm used to. I tried to have a blast with it anyways. I still placed alot of focus on trying to make my 'realistic' characters unique and fun to look at. I guess I'll let the Nigerians be the judge of that..