Saturday, November 29, 2008

Pigs Revisited

So, my grammar school class has been actively communicating lately. They even had a get-together recently and talks are underway for a full-blown reunion. A certain topic has been brought up several times in emails and in the current class forum. That topic is a comic that I drew for my class way back when. Power Pig. I, of course, remember doing it and getting writing help from Chris and Therese used to color it for me. I don't recall how many adventures he had and to be honest I had completely forgotten that he had a worm as a sidekick. Alas, so far, no art has been saved from that time. I don't even remember his costume besides a black mask and a cape of some color. So it was put to me, "How would you design him now?" and that is what I have to show you. It has been a lot of fun doodling him and such as you can see. I have several images to share too! I hope that some classmates from St. Mary's will see these.

Here are some doodles from my sketchbook. Just done with a ballpoint pen and wash and only about an inch, inch and a half tall.

Here is a final inked version that you might want to print out for your kids to color. (click on it for a larger image if you didn't already know that.)

Here is the same art done kinda funky that I thought would make a cool T-Shirt.

...and here is the image yet again in a full-on, blown out digitally painted version.Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Another Rocco

So I've been on a bit of a baseball tear lately, but can you really blame me?? For one, I really love the game. I'll watch just about any baseball I can. Minor League, Major League, Little League and we even have a local team in the summer as part of the FCSL. Nice. I got to fulfill a life long dream recently and actually attend a game of the World Series. My team may not have won, but the experience was well worth it. No matter what the TV ratings say. Right after the series ended I started playing around with a piece and decided to try my hand at what I learned after doing the Lone Ranger pic not too long ago. Turned out it was a lot of fun. I really like the final results of this but in the future I may want to tone down the influence of Drew Struzan some and let more of "me" show thru. I attached a larger than normal link to the image just so you can zoom in and check out the texture and drawing. That's the part I really am happy about. Once again the subject is none other than Rocco Baldelli. Look him up. Read his story. It'll be worth it, I promise you.