Working away from home on some creature designs. So far, I can't help but think these are circling a strange human/mosquito cross breeding. Stay tooned to this station for more behind the scenes insights in the coming weeks.
Imagine, if you will, an entire organism made of these little terrors. When necessary, all their fine filaments for legs disentangle and release each unit to scurry and hide this way and that. Inside they have a dymaxion-like bone structure that neatly interlocks with its neighbors. Now imagine during your day that the person next to you on your commute or in your adjacent cubicle is made of these. Happy Monday!
Abstraction is a bit of a misnomer here because when I was drawing this, I'm pretty sure I was thinking I was describing something real. If you've been at all following recent Moleskine Monday posts, you may have noticed a heavy influence of extreme bodily distortion. Organs, architecture, under sea creatures etc. are all transmogrifying into this tangle of tubes, glands and almost geodesic like structures. I can't wait to see what grows out of all of this.
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At what point does strictly doodling on a page to appreciate its abstract, 2D qualities become drawing a disturbingly 3d image of extreme bodily distortion? I think the answer to that question lies somewhere in the image above. I'm playing around here with how to transform some of my absent minded sketching into realistic renderings of body chaos. The idea is that imagining our bodies transformed into geometry or flattened into abstraction is more horrific than the usual lumps and tentacles (and there are plenty of those here, too!). We'll see, won't we.
Here's a page of monster designs. My idea in designing these creatures was to use what I know of human anatomy and then reconfigure as much of it into a new 'thing'. So the fibulas become large claws and the ribs splay out to make minor appendages and wings. The results were created for an upcoming bi-weekly comic about advanced bodily transformation but were a little too far reaching. I've since gone back to the drawing board with these so stay tooned for more creature creations in the weeks to come.
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Kapow! Boof! Here's a page of hand lettered sound effects! It's fun to do this every once in a while! Here I'm playing around with lettering styles, colors and even some of the sounds themselves. Doop!? Really? Yep. A lot of these were probably done around the same time as I was taking a break to do some Time F•cker so I needed to create a lexicon (should I say sexicon?) of basic sound effect ideas. To see which of these and others made their way into Time F•cker, read the comic yourself by clicking here!
In case you wondered, no I did not "sleep the shit outta that nite".
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This just in from on the road! The first snow storm of 2016 has wreaked havoc with travelers and has stranded us in the Great White North (which has no snow ironically). Without my standard art supplies I've put together this little sketch of Grady from the Bunker in a lined notebook.
I see a ton of sketches and commissions from peers and Internet friends and something I've liked a lot is when there's a nice design framework that creates another wrinkle to the overall look of the drawing as well as illuminating some ideas behind the subject matter. So in this drawing I've incorporated the sheets of paper to harken back to the letters that are the keystone to The Bunker.
Because this is in a lined notebook, the paper is considerably thinner than the sketchbooks. To soften some of the colors, I drew some of this portrait on the reverse side of the page. Here's a scan of the reverse side of the above.
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