Thursday, May 29, 2008

WORRY


What, SocMo worry?

I grew up on Mad Magazine. I was drawing Alfred E. Neuman in Jr. High school. Back then, Mad was a black and white magazine with NO advertising. Mort Drucker, Jack Davis, and Paul Coker Jr. were my heroes. I probably learned everything I know about making humorous drawings from trying to draw like those guys. Bill Gaines was the publisher of Mad for over 40 years. He had a thing for King Kong (the original) so on his birthday, the artists mounted a huge Kong head outside his office window in New York. It was a great time to work for Mad. On my first trip to NYC I visited the offices of Mad. I got to look into some flat files and see original artwork by Mort Drucker. Fabulous stuff!

Mad seems a lot different to me now. It is on slicker paper, printed in color, and has advertising. Oh well, times change.

Now keeping with the worry theme, as Bobby McFarin says... "Don't worry, be HAPPY!"
(I wish I could link up with that song somehow)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

say it ain't so!

I suspect there are millions of young girls in mourning today. The 17 year old David Archuleta lost on American Idol last night. Pity. I preferred him to over the other David.

I found this doodle laying around and thought I would scan it and slap it up here... LOOK I HAVE A NEW POST!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Biker Bunnies

A few weeks ago I completed another set of images for the Alamofire guys. These will be up for grabs in their Pack Rat game on Facebook. They could be there now... who knows? The Biker Bunnies were much harder than the Bees were to illustrate. I did a Biker Bar, some long neck carrot juice bottles, a tattoo, and some other stuff... 15 things in all. Of course, the Bunnies were my favorite. I find that I like to draw anything that has eyeballs more than objects. Again, the tough part was designing something that is to be seen at 64x64 pixels. That's small. I have put up larger images here so you won't strain your eyes looking at them. I'm always considerate of you guys. I wouldn't want my 6 visitors to go blind on me....

Thursday, May 08, 2008

deep dark dungeon dude... dang!

Question: How often do you get asked to draw a lawyer hanging upside down in a dungeon in a bigfoot comic strip style?

Answer: About once in your career.

I have been very busy lately doing sketches for a little teaching book. I was contacted by a local designer (who is an old friend) to do this B&W illo for him. I don't really have the extra time for another project. What to do? Well, you squeeze it in somehow. Actually, this was pretty painless. I dashed out a sketch, e-mailed it, heard back that the client liked it, and did the finish. I wish eveything was this easy. Unfortunately, a job like this is very rare. Usually there is much agony and gnashing of teeth on my part. I end up feeling like I would rather trade places with the guy in the dungeon than do the job... but not this time! Nope... this time it was a cakewalk... woo hooooo....