Monday, February 18, 2013

Back on the radar!

So, yeah, I've been away for a bit. I wanted to avoid posting non-Troy art until the Troy poster was finished, but unfortunately I've been unable to get to it for quite awhile. I've either been working on paying gigs, finding paying gigs, or helping to raise my baby girl (who just turned 1 last week).

As much as I love realistic illustration, the market for it is small. I will continue to do realistic stuff for myself, but when it comes to getting paid for work I've turned towards a more energetic, cartoony style. Or styles, really. I love working this way but basically sucked at it for most of my life. It's taken a lot of practice and growth of my drawing ability to get moderately decent at it. Something finally clicked a few months ago though, and I've been sketching/drawing cartoony stuff every day for the last few months.

To that end, 2013 will be filled with those sketches/drawings/portfolio pieces. Hopefully I'll be able to finish the Troy piece this year, but making a living is my first priority, so I'll get to it when I have the time. Meanwhile, hopefully everyone likes this new stuff as well.

For anyone who likes my comic strip, Business As UnUsual, I'll be doing a lot more of those this year since it fits in perfectly with the cartoony style.

To start things off, here's a submission I just did for the current Planet-Pulp theme: Hanna-Barbera. There are several different styles that can be associated with Hanna-Barbera, but the Flintstones / Jetsons look is the one I most associate with the brand, so that's what I went with. It also happens to make for the best contrast between the live action subject matter and their cartoon equivalent.

There are some things I like about the Hanna-Barbera style, and I've learned some from working in the style, but there are a lot of things I would never do with my own work. The way they do/did male feet, for example. Ugh. Still, I had a blast doing this piece and I've got several Star Wars pieces to follow this one up, so keep an eye out for those.


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