Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Funny Cartoon Birthday Card: Shark Navigation

Introducing: The Big Book of Drawing Adventures Volume 1!

Add to Cart US$8.99, Downloadable PDF

Has it been a while since you tried drawing? Do you feel like drawing is not really your strength? Do you like drawing, but you are looking for a new way of looking at things? This 22-page workbook is full of little vacations to take with your pencil. And it can inspire your creativity in your non-drawing endeavors, as well.

So scribble, doodle, and try out ideas. Make yourself and your friends laugh. Find some unexpected ways to come up with things to draw. Most of all, enjoy letting out your Creative Beast!

The Big Book Volume 1 is an $8.99 downloadable PDF, filled with drawing ideas for you to try. I have used these activities in my classes, both with grownups and with kids. Each exercise (or should I say experiment) is designed for you to try on your own, and some are also a blast to do in groups. All of them can turn out in very unexpected ways!

So buy one, print it out and scribble all over it! Your Creative Beast will thank you.

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Dirty Space by Vandrell

Dirty Space by Vandrell
Artist: Daniel Vendrell Oduber (Vandrell)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Funny Cartoon Birthday Card: Alley Cat

Power Girl by Gunt

power girl
Artist: Gunt

Take it Outside! Drawing in Nature

There's something about drawing outside that just opens up lots of ideas.

Dragons attack castles,

Giant cows take over the city,

Other interesting creatures take shape.

Drawing outside is one of life's great joys. Let me say though, that I highly recommend white boards for this activity. Because that way, if a breeze comes up you don't spend the whole time chasing your drawings around. And, let's face it, it saves some trees. So if you're sitting amongst the trees, I'm sure they appreciate it too.

Last week I got to hang outside with some students and just draw whatever we felt like. It wasn't too hot, the park was beautiful, and everybody just drew and drew.

So, try going outside! It really does give you - and your drawings - room to breathe. And if you don't have a white board, you can use a sketchbook - those are fairly immune to blowing away also.

(Oh, and as an added bonus, in the cow picture above - on the right side of the photo, yes that is a bit of a kid wearing his lunch bag on his head.)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Andrew Pepoy

Andrew Pepoy - Comic Book Artist
Andrew Pepoy
Andrew Pepoy has worked on a large variety of different comics, including Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, The X-Men, Scooby Doo, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Simpsons, Betty & Veronica, Godzilla, Ghost, Star Wars, G.I. Joe and many more.

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Bunny Cartoon: The Angry Bunny

This little bunny is full of attitude. I was just drawing random stuff when he apeared on the page. I liked him so much that I developed a small line of stuff for him to apear on. Mugs and t-shirts for him to get some of that anger out. Take a look if you would like to get a laugh or two.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A World Cup Doodle

A little something in honor of the USA victory today...
Sports are really fun to draw, because everything is moving. It's a lot like dance.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On the Importance of Doodling

I know I go on about this, but Drawing Nothing is really important.

Some days, I take a Sharpie and a piece of paper and just work out ideas, over and over.

The sheet looks something like this:

I can go on like this for a while...

Just, looking at ideas, trying out characters, thinking about hairstyles.

Every so often some of the doodles want to interact, or hang out with each other...

That's fine, too.

After a while, I will have worked through some ideas, gotten the pen moving, and given myself a break from drawing "something." And I feel I have more energy.

You can apply this principle in most any activity. Try just noodling around on the piano, or on the guitar, or just pounding some clay without making a particular shape. I think noodling and doodling are pretty similar.

Interestingly, you can open yourself up to ideas this way. Because you are letting yourself go, not making yourself go.

I make time regularly to just fill up some paper. Can you do the same thing with whatever you enjoy doing?

Justin Ridge

Justin Ridge - Sketches and Drawings, Comic Style Girls
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Justin Ridge sketches

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Caricature live act - Family day

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