Thursday, January 25, 2007

El Jefe



This character's based on an old boss I used to have.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Teen Animal Super Dudes


Noting strikes fear into the hearts of evildoers like a walrus, a platypus, and a kinkajou.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Portfolio Month Kickoff


These are based on an idea I've been kicking around for a couple years; each of these characters corresponds with an element and a class of animal.

It's also the first in a series of finished pieces. I've set February 1st as my deadline for completing a character design portfolio, so expect to see a lot more lineups like this.

Haggard Old Guy


Inspired by an esteemed coworker at my temp job this January. Watching him walk makes me sit up straight.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Africa

Here's a sketchbook page from my recent trip to Africa:

As I was drawing this page, a young boy approached me. We didn't speak each other's language at all, but we spend an hour just taking turns with the pencil drawing cartoons.

He turned out to be pretty good (that's his drawing on the bottom right, next to the picture of us). I felt like some art anthropologist who'd just discovered a previously unseen african-manga hybrid style. Most of all (cue sappy orchestral swell) it was proof of the ability cartoons have to connect people across cultural barriers with a language that is truly universal.