Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tattoos and Whales

Hey gang. It's been awhile (again). Sorry about that; I've been busy with quitting and starting a new indie thing. It's been long enough since my last post so I won't really remember everything about this batch, but there's some fun stuff, and stuff from just last night. Anyone excited about new drahns should thank Emi from the marvelous Emitown for the well-timed prod. ;) So let's dive in... First up, I have no idea... Just some typical figure stuff, probably to get warmed up for the evening. Oh wait!!! That's completely wrong! I drew these while Jen was getting her tattoo done. I've been accompanying her to her tattoo sessions over the last few months for a big ol' awesome tattoo on her back, and since this particular session was an all-day one, I brought some drawing stuff that I could do one-handed while keeping the other hand on her leg for comforting purposes. I remember struggling with the figure on the bottom as I tried to sort through his right and left arms. I erased his left arm several times. But I liked the top-right figure.

After doing a page of guys, I thought it good to try a few ladies. I think I was self conscious in front of another (in this case, tattoo) artist, so I started out trying to focus on pretty features. The first one up was the only one with a face. I really wanted to play with some bodies, though (I feel less invested by poses, so they're a bit more relaxing) and spent the rest of the page on those. Pleasant enough...

...But not fair to the beans in this world. They needed their turn in the spotlight. Beans are the most fun to draw, so I went to town with different expressions and such. I liked the guy eating a burger on a pillow, the one bowing, and the one with the flowers. I wish I could eat a burger in bed. I mean, without making a mess. It would be fun to take a page of beans and mess with poses, then translate them into human figures, just to see if it makes the figures more expressive.

Ottley kind of jumps me now and then without my understanding why he's getting my advice. I love his stuff so much. But this time he was curious how I would tweak a figure he had loosely drawn. I was curious what he was aiming for, since without being able to describe the difference, what he had drawn was in my opinion a body with perfect "superhero proportions," as laid out (I think) somewhere in How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. He apparently hadn't heard of the different proportions, so I just vaguely described something about smaller heads, wider shoulders, and long legs. But we chatted through some things that I might affect to make it more "normal" proportioned (though I assume most of my junk is superhero-y, too since that style reared my drawing), but I don't remember what changed on the drawing. It was awhile ago. Other drawings were explaining weight and tilt in the body, and how it can create the illusion of standing more firmly on something.

I also ended up talking about placing limbs in space and drawing a body backwards from them as an exercise to get better at winging tough anatomy situations, and drew a right foot and left hand in space, noting that those two things "could exist" in those spots in relation to each other, and that drawing back from them can be hard and fun. So he told me to finish the drawing. Ugh. I finished it, and then he encouraged me to ink it. Then he gave me one of those cool ink pens he's let me play with as a birthday (9/6) gift! Way cool. For those of you curious about the pen, Ryan says it's from jetpens.com, and the ID on the pen is pk2-10. I screwed up the action lines, but dig the pen.

The next draw night was a bit sparse, but I enjoyed the drawings I did. They seemed a bit more "complete," at least to me. When I was drawing the head on the page, someone mentioned that it was shaping up to look like Quentin Tarantino. I've seen a few interviews with the guy but there's no way I could just hit him from memory, but I tried to finish him with the memory of him in my head. I was happy with how it turned out, but when I handed the drawing back to the guy that made the comment, he said, "now he looks nothing like him." Yay me.

This last batch of drawings was for LittleBot. I wanted to play around with some character ideas as a kind of logo / mascot. The very first one I did (upper left) was the one I ended up liking most. I tested a bunch of different poses of the guy on this page, as well as some thoughts for how to pair him with a LittleBot logo. The only variation was some H.E.L.P.eR-inspired doodles in the upper-right.

I got a bit more variety on the next page, but none of it led to the final design. I rather liked the little guy that used the space in between his head and body to suggest a mouth, but I felt like it would take too much sound and animation to sell. I tried a few other body shapes, and even a "pixel" version of a character just to see what would happen. Perhaps my favorite for giggles was the top-left, which I drew after Jon Diesta suggested I drop some of the facial features to make it more "cute." I took it a bit far, perhaps.

The final page was taking the cute idea more seriously, this time inspired by Disney's new Pook-a-Looz line of plushies coming out whenever. But it was too cutesy for my tastes.

Last night I only did this page of stuff. It was idle doodling while I caught up with friends and chatted about what it was like to be self-employed (busy!). But I rather enjoyed the character in the upper right, and especially enjoyed the cartoony-looking feller in the lower-right. Someone said the lines on his jaw made him look a bit like a whale, so when Tom asked me what his name was, "Whale McSpy" came to mind. Actually, what came to mind was more like "Whale McSperm," but that seemed a bit much.

8 comments:

Jacob, aka IAmWickedStupid said...

lol I love the little robotic guy.

Alan Tew said...

:)

Tom Scholes said...

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
update.

Love the beeba's and the bots and whale mcsperm !

whoreray/redfive said...

I've been recycling the same 4 poses for as long as I can remember. But that hand-foot-fill-in-the-blanks exercise is awesome! It feels like I can draw some interesting poses finally. Thank you.

Alan Tew said...

You're welcome!

Delidel said...

strangely enough i got the idea to do the same thing (drawing back from hands/feet) back when I was regularly visiting your old beeba site. its like that telepathic buddha thing with the rose.

p.s. did i mention i would totally buy a bean graphic novel if you made one? perhaps beans and whale mcspy are in the near future?

Alan Tew said...

Beans are! 24 hr comic coming up today...

robbievermillion( art director - wesmarkproductions) said...

i totally thought that was Quentin Tarantino before having read the post. i love your work and hope to see more comics works