Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Masked Moo In The Metropolis: a blast from the past for Illustration Friday

The prompt for Illustration Friday this week is metropolis. Whenever I hear/read the word metropolis, I think of superheroes, so I can't resist posting this old comic I did of a cow superhero saving the city. It's from 2003 (I can't believe this drawing is twelve years old)! 

I'm considering reviving The Masked Moo* and making more stories and/or comics for her. Of course The Masked Moo isn't the only superhero cow I've drawn (probably not surprising to anyone who knows me). Maybe I should write a story/comic about the cow superhero community. That could be fun! It's tempting ...

* Originally she was Batcow, but I think The Masked Moo is a better name. What do you think?

Speaking of fun art, I posted sketches last week from an image I started for the Illustration Friday prompt, noise, but wanted more time with. The idea was that what's music for one person could be noise for another. (Note: the song has two words in it, bunny and carrot, and a repeating chorus of La La La - I can see how that would be noise to some people!) Thinking of drawing another image with them singing AND dancing to the Bunny-Carrot song! Here's the final image:

I also did finished art for the girl and robot sketch I posted a few weeks ago for the Illustration Friday prompt, passion. I ended up liking the black line with a few spots of red, so I kept that instead of making it full color, though I think full color would be fun too. Maybe I'll do more with these characters in the future, or draw more robots. Robots are fun to draw. Yay robots! Here it is:

I'm back at the drawing board this week imaging characters and their stories, possibly for a postcard. There are several new ideas and a few old sketches that are intriguing me. Crossing my fingers for a creativity filled week! Hope you have a creative week too!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you have a wonderful day with someone you love, whether friends, family or significant other.

p.s. If you have a copy of my picture book, Ewe And Aye written by Candace Ryan, illustrated by Stephanie Ruble, there are hearts hidden in the artwork. Find them in unexpected places like wheels and shoes, and leaves on trees. Fun to search for on Valentine's Day, or any other time of the year. :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

moose protection from monsters - sleep for IF

The prompt for Illustration Friday this week is sleep. As soon as I read that, I remembered an old idea I had of a moose guarding a girl while she slept. I liked the idea and the tiny thumbnail sketch, but had never done anything with it. As soon as I knew the new topic, I got out the old bw thumbnail sketch to look at it, and then did this new color sketch.

The girl is sleeping peacefully while the moose protects her from monsters. (Poor moose. He looks a little scared of that monster!)

I like how the color sketch turned out, and I still like the story idea behind it, but not sure if I'll ever take it further. The last time I tried, the moose became an elephant!

Speaking of Illustration Friday, I was going to post for the topic last week, noise, but I haven't finished the image yet. I couldn't finish it in time because I added a character at the last minute (to make it a better narrative). I want to finish the image before posting it because I'm having fun with it and it might be the start of a series of images! I can give you a sneak peek of the bunny character though:

Here's the original sketch of the bunny - the topic was noise, and this bunny knows how to make noise!

And here's the new sketch with the bunny and the girl:

I was originally going to give her pigtails to echo the bunny ears, but it looked weird and I've been drawing a lot of girls with pigtails lately. I like the new hair because it echoes the volume of the ears around the bunny's head. Having a lot of fun with this piece! I'll post the finished art once it's done, and maybe even put it in my portfolio too. (Note: Blogger is doing that weird thing again where it makes the white of the last image a darker color. The last two images are from the same Photoshop file with the same background color. Strange!)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hippo Ship Hat - a.k.a. jagged for IF

The prompt for Illustration Friday this week is jagged. For some reason, I decided to draw a hippo wearing a hat with a jagged edge. The first hat was more like a crown, but it didn't look quite right, so I re-imagined the hat as a ship on the ocean (no idea where that came from, but I liked the sketch so much I finished the art). Here's a close up of the hippo hat with the jagged edge:

Seagull says, "Aye! Aye! Captain Hippo!"

Here's the full image:

Originally, the picture was a daytime scene. I think I like it better at night, but I still like the daytime version too (though my file has a white background - Blogger made it grey for some reason):

What do you think? Daytime hippos? Nighttime hippos? Or it doesn't matter, as long as you can get a snazzy hippo ship hat too?