Sorry for being away for so long people, haven’t been dong much in the illustration field . . . but I have been keeping myself busy with a long lost love of mine . . . TANK MODELS!!! This is the first one I have done in 35 years, and I have to say it didn’t come out too shabby. When I was 12-13 I built up quite an armada of these bad boys, than there was this Step Dad who found them stowed away in the garage rafters. So they all ended up in the garbage . . . 20 tanks, and three years of gluing my fingers together all gone just like that. It has bugged me to no end for over 20 years now. Thus, since I’m not drawing, why not go back in time, and rebuild my tools toward world domination.
Amanda has asked me for an age to draw up Characters from the Walking Dead, being that both of us are such huge fans. So after an age, I had a little fun with it this morning. I doubt that I did Dayrl justice, but as I said in my post before, my hand is stuck in doodle mode.
Forgive my lengthy absence, my head has been disconnected for some time. Right now I just seemed to be stuck in doodle mode, if even that. I did this a couple of days ago after watching the latest episode of ‘Fargo,’ the second season. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Coen Brothers, and their mastery of character development. This second season is one of the best things on TV right now, and that’s saying a bunch with so many other outstanding shows fighting for ones attention. So here is a quick scribble of ‘Dodd Gerhardt,’ the eldest of the Gerhardt clan.
I don’t know the how’s and why’s of my inner workings. This looks very much as something I would have drawn in High School during any given math class. It’s just wonderfully stupid, and crap like this makes me laugh. I simply should be doing more ridiculous stuff like this.
To do anymore to this fanciful little doodle, would just take something away from it. These are often my favorites, where everything just comes together with as little effort as possible. The hat, the snow, her focused expression, and besides the obnoxious hat, she’s poorly under dressed for the elements. It doesn’t happen all that often, but when it does, it stands out bolder than other pieces I do that involve far more detail. The trick to being a good artist, is knowing when to push yourself away, and just enjoy what it for what it is. It’s a mistake that all us artist make, is bogging down a great piece with unneeded details.
Yeah, that’s how art happens most of the time. You go in to draw one thing, than you end up with something at utterly the end of another spectrum. A great frustration of many artist trying to lay out an image rolling around in our self-absorbed heads. At the same time, our best pieces comes out of our biggest mistakes.
Anyone familiar with my work, knows that I rarely do dashing. I usually prefer the more gruesome aspects of the human face. But, good looks happen, even in my own art from time to time. His head turned out far better than I ever did expect(though for the life of me I couldn’t get his right eye match up with his left, so I just gave up and let his flowing bangs cover up my numerous attempts. Nothing like long hair to cover up your mistakes). I was pretty happy with this, though . . . he kinda comes off like he’s posing for Senior Pictures . . . like for some kind of Dunedain Rangers of the North Year Book. Again, I only illustrated his head, and the rest I put together on photoshop. It’s a great practice when it comes to doing thumbnails, and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. That . . . and I’ve always detested doing thumbnails, and this is thousand times more fun when it comes to finding that look that you want or don’t want.
The best part about drawing Munsters, is that you get to break all the rules. Drew them all the time as a kid, then just kinda stopped, and started drawing drunks and barflies(which pretty much all the same rules apply in that there are none). I mean, seriously, is there a wrong way to draw a monster or a boozer?