Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
These are the characters that I found in the photo...
And when I rotated it, I found this guy...
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Jennifer O'Connell's story "It's Halloween Night" was really fun to illustrate. I can't wait to read it to some little ghosts and goblins this October.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Everyone had so much fun with the last warmup exercise, I thought I'd post another. For this warmup, start with this photo of the beach (click on image to enlarge). Create characters based on the shapes you see in the photo.
I brought the image into Photoshop and traced around the shapes but do what ever works for you. You can turn it, flip it, do what ever you want.
I'm sorry, I don't have time to create a post of everyone's creations this week. But feel free to put a link to your site in the comments section. I'll post my characters on Thursday.
Ready... Set... Go!
Monday, June 18, 2012
At the Icon conference last week I thought it would be fun to hand out frogs instead of business cards. So I folded about 50 little green frogs. I wished I would have folded more because I ran out on Friday.
They look funny before you fold them. Sort of like froggy road kill...
If you want to make some of your own there are directions for them here and here. Wouldn't it be fun to make a whole bunch in two different colors and play checkers with them?
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I was so inspired to create something that I got up extra early yesterday morning and created a special Icon7 edition Steve and Wessley comic. I inked it in this morning so you can actually read it this time. Hope you like it. (Click on each page to enlarge.)
Saturday, June 09, 2012
I don't know what's better, doing the exercise or seeing what everyone else did. I love seeing what other people came up with! If you happen across this post after 6/8/2012 and still want to join in, post a link to your characters below in the comments section.
Here are the shapes everyone started with...
And (drum roll please) here are the "answers"...
From Russ Cox. They are all awesome, I especially like the squeezy head guy on the bottom left.
Some fabulous characters from Laura Zarin.
Below is a submission from Tracy Bishop. Love the chef. What a clever idea!
The next one is from an up and coming artist, Robin (age 14). I'm really liking the guy in the top middle box. Can someone explain that Me Gusta face thing to me? I don't get it.
Hazel Mitchell came up with some very clever characters.
Roberta Baird not only restricted herself to only using these shapes but she also restricted her drawing time to 6 minutes. Very impressive!
Sherry Rogers came up with a super cute dog. And of course that last one looks like a pirate hat, why didn't I see it?
Michelle Henninger's contribution is next. The moustache guy looks like he's in an old fashion bathing suit, love it!
Andy Smith was very clever and made a whole cast of dinosaurs. The little guy in the middle is so cute!
Here's one from the person that started it all... Kelly Light. This was just one of the great exercises that she put forth in her Characters 101 talk at SCBWI. Super Squirrel is awesome!
Oh, I almost forgot, here's mine. Funny how so many people saw the 2nd row left-hand side as pretty much the same girl with a bob.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Thursday, June 07, 2012
I learned this exercise from a terrific workshop lead by the insanely talented Kelly Light at NE SCBWI. Not only did Kelly run a great workshop - she also baked everyone chocolate chip cookies. You gotta love this girl!
For this exercise, make a grid and draw a random shape in each box, then see if you can make characters out of each one.
I thought it would be fun if two people did this together and they swapped shapes. Or if a group of people all started with the same shapes and see what different characters emerge from the same shapes. If anyone wants to do it, here's another page of shapes to start with. I'll post mine tomorrow. If anyone else wants a go at it, I can post yours too.