Here with another installment of Illustrating Type the Hard Way (TM). This is a completely digital sketch that grew out of some loose experimentation with letterforms. It also might be some kind of reaction to all the crisp, flat design around these days. You’ve got to mix things up, right?
You know you’re serious when you pull out the hard hat! That laundry doesn’t stand a chance.
I wanted to experiment with a looser, more textural style of illustration, and this was the result. I kind of like the interplay of details and rough edges here. This was done entirely digitally with some supporting fabric textures.
With a three-year-old suddenly running around the house, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of toys around here. I did this sketch during some rare downtime, interpreting what has to be the cutest walrus bath toy ever made. I mean, have you ever seen a real walrus up close? They may have some level of charm, but cute doesn’t readily spring to mind! This sketch was done with black pen and colored pencil.
I was drawing with my six year old nephew the other day, and ended up with this lighthouse. I didn’t use any reference, just experimenting with oil pastels. I may also have been influenced by the bold impressionist colors in a friend’s Pinterest boards.. And I don’t even have a Pinterest account!
My nephew drew a pirate ship with lots of cannons and TWO planks to walk. So I think we were on the same page.
I have been having fun with hand drawn typography anyway, and then I went and met Chank Diesel, who seems to have done a lot of interesting fonts we all know and love. So here is another misc. type inspired sketch.
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with textures using black pen, and hand drawn typography. This was sketched on paper, and then colored with a little Photoshop action.
Here is a sketch I did a while back. It even got posted to the Weekly Moleskine. Finally getting around to posting it here too.
What happens if you combine a hot air balloon with a tent? Now you know. This is a really bad idea in real life, of course, but it would work great in fiction. Besides, it was fun to draw. In retrospect, I should have added a door… you know, to keep the bears out.
It was a dark and stormy night… No, scratch that. It was dark and ridiculously cold. As in, “my car is all the way across the street so I’m going to wait here till spring”, kind of cold. When I arrived down at Touch of Europe, a few starving artists were already lurking in the shadows, working in their sketchbooks. I pulled up a chair and scrawled out this quick sketch of Cassie sitting across from me. Emphasis on quick. As you can see, she was wearing all kinds of layers which provided lots of folds and textures to try and sort out, as well as protection from the cold… as long as she didn’t go outside.
Hmmm… I probably shouldn’t have mentioned who this is supposed to be. Now everyone can tell how much it doesn’t really look like her. Oh well. Sorry Cassie! Another DrawnTown in the books. I’ll be looking forward to the next one. Maybe something in the Caribbean?
You can see what other people were up to over at Graphic Content.
Growing up, I spent many hours pouring over Calvin and Hobbes books and trying to redraw the best/most hilarious facial expressions I could find. Sneezing, laughing, furious rage, he could do it all. How do you communicate that much emotion with so few lines? I obviously still don’t know… But one thing I do know is that facial expressions are key to bringing characters to life. Thanks to Bill Watterson, any cartoon character I draw will need to be a facial contortionist. This sketch is a few warm-up exercises. Pace yourself Zeke. You don’t want to sprain an eyebrow.