Thursday, June 26, 2008

Cheetahs Never Prosper

Even though my art isn't usually very stylized, I like good stylization and playing around with how far you can go with something and have it still be recognizable. I first drew this cheetah realistically from some zoo pictures. Then I made it a little simpler but still semi-realistic.

After that, I squinted at it and looked for the overall shape, which was pretty much 2 triangles. In the third drawing I made the spots bigger but put fewer of them on there. Finally, I went a bit overboard and simplified it a lot. The main things I concluded you need to still read as "cheetah" are spots, the eye/muzzle markings, and long body. For the last one, I thought I needed to add the tail on to make it work, and color it yellow. Looks like I could make an alphabet out of these guys.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Dead pinnipeds tell no tales

The Caribbean Monk Seal was declared extinct last week, the only seal to disappear due to humans. The Hawaiian Monk Seal is feared to become extinct as well. This picture is ripped off from, I mean, an homage to Marc Davis' Pirates of the Caribbean painting and this species.

You also get a bonus Arabian Oryx. He has very short horns because I was too close to the top of the page.

Saturday, June 07, 2008


Oh wow, it's been a long time! I just don't have much good art to show at all. Art slump, bah. I read in National Geographic that there's a restaurant in China where they have crocodiles (with taped jaws) roaming around that you can pick to eat, like lobsters. I tried to paint this scene, but it came out terribly. How I hate you, perspective! I do kind of like how the crocodile came out. His expression is saying, don't you dare choose me!

I'm trying to experiment with ink and brush more, I want to make nice sketchy but clear and interesting work like Russell Stutler.