Monday, July 18, 2011

Sleeping Bear

I recently finished another shirt design for Troop 820. (This year they are going to Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan.) I felt that including an actual sleeping bear was too obvious, but I didn't want to omit it either, so I made him drooling (a bit obvious again).
Once I came up with the utterly infantile idea of fish being lured away from the standard bait by the bear's dribbling loogie, I knew I was done.

Here's a page of brainstorming thumbnails:

More sketching and exploring the right expression on the scout.

final composite sketch:

Once again, I'll leave with a hearty recommendation for the
T-shirt Co. They always do a fantastic job!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hairy Potter

I wasn't sure I'd ever get around to posting this, but Potter-mania caught up with me.

This is a cartoon I did for the Spring issue of California Magazine. They have a running feature called "Twisted Titles" where they invite readers to put a spin on a well-known book, and then they pay illustrators to pile on added snarkiness. The winning title was Hairy Potter —Hippie Ceramicist. A parody of Ghost was indefensible yet inescapable. I just needed the perfect fill-in for Sam. Dobby seemed a natural choice —he has Swayze's eyes.

Here are some sketches:
First take: Harry as a stoner-type. I rejected this one myself.

concept 2:

Obviously, you can't do a tiki mug on a spinning pottery wheel, but who cares. Who wouldn't want a Voldemort tiki-mug?

Here's the chosen concept:

fixed up a bit:

The final page (click to enlarge):