Monday, June 30, 2014

Quick Goon Show Character Sketch

A little something I sketched this morning for my British friends in mind. Many of my American friends might not be familiar with The Goon Show.

Then again, maybe some of you do. 

However, for the benefit of listeners who are not familiar with the Goons, it was comedy that ran on the radio from 1951 until 1960s which starred Peter Sellers, Harry Seacombe and Spike Milligan voicing various character. 

The show would later be revived in the 1960s as the Telegoons which featured marionette versions of the characters once again being voiced by Sellers, Seacombe and Milligan. I've wanted to try and do cartoon versions of the characters for some time. 

I did a quick sketch of Count Jim Moriarty and Hercules Grytpype-Thynne with Neddie Seagoon in the middle of them this morning. Moriarty, Grytpype-Thynne and Seagoon were all voiced by Milligan, Sellers and Seacombe respectively. 

Most of the episodes would consist of Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty suckering the hopelessly hapless hero Neddie Seagoon into one of their schemes to swindle money. Which Neddie would be the inevitable fall guy.

I also took some reference for the look of the characters both from the Telegoons puppets and the Telegoons comic. I did a little revising on the character designs. Especially in the case of Neddie and Count Moriarty whom I imagined looking slightly different than the puppets or cartoon characters created.

Nothing fancy on this one. Just Micron Pens in my Pen Sketcher Sketchbook.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Donate to Alice and the Invaders from Wonderland

Although the Indiegogo fundraiser for ALICE AND THE INVADERS FROM WONDERLAND has come and pass, I have not given up fundraising for the project and I am looking into new options to... um... kick start... a new fundraiser.

However, in the meantime I have set up a Donation button for anyone who is still looking to help get the project underway. 

To give a donation, no matter how small, please click on the button below. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!!

All perks $15 and over which I set up with the Indiegogo fundraiser still apply. Click on the link below to see the the perks list:

Alice and the Invaders from Wonderland Graphic Novel Indiegogo Campaign (Fundfaiser Ended)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Superhero Pop Art

Limited to five prints only on each!!

Batpop 14x17 $75.00 (Limited to Five Only)

The Big Red Cheese 14x17 $75.00 (Limited to Five Only)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cartoon Art

Some characters I'm in the process of developing for a potential Animated Series I'm in currently developing.

The cat-like character was actually from a design I did waaaay back in 1998 for an article my college newspaper was running for a Cartoon Film Festival taking place in Savannah, Georgia.

My editor Alexander Fox wanted characters who vaguely looked like they could be famous cartoon characters... And what you see above is what I came up with.

I shall keep you posted on how the series progresses.

The Shandy Fairy

Another Narragansett Beer inspired piece. This time featuring both the Beer Fairy and the FATHER KNOWS BEST type Dad from one of my earlier ones.

Pop Art Digital Painting

Experimenting in a little digital Pop Art Painting. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein. Something I've wanted to do for several Summers but am just getting to doing it now.

My subject is a panel from DETECTIVE COMICS #328 which famously "kills off" Batman's trusty butler Alfred and introduces Dick "Robin" Grayson's Aunt Harriet. The panel in question is Batman's reaction to the unseen death of Alfred.

Which my wife Syd's comment was that it looked more like exasperation and annoyance rather than grief. Yeah, the original panel Batman really looks more like he's exasperated that Robin had an accident in his green short rather than being upset over Alfred being smeared by a giant boulder.

The piece itself is mixed media. Batman was inked in Sumi Black Japanese Drawing Ink with Brush. The colors, lettering and effects were all added digitally.

And I have to say, the piece was a great deal of fun to work on.

39 hours left on Steampunk Alice Fundraiser...

With less than a day left its looking as though we're going to be nowhere near having enough for a print run of any kind. However, I'm not ready to throw in the towel on the ALICE AND THE INVADERS FROM WONDERLAND Indiegogo fundraiser just yet.

And any contribution would be greatly appreciated at this stage of the game moving forward.

Although this particular fundraiser ends tomorrow, I'm far from giving up on the project and I will be looking into new options to... um... kickstart... a new campaign ;-)

However, as for now, there is still time to contribute and please visit the Indiegogo page to see all the great perks you can score by contributing:


I would like to thank everyone who HAS contributed to the fundraiser. Your generous contributions have not been overlooked and are greatly appreciated! Thank you :-)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A couple new designs...

As I continue my month of rediscovery (for the lack of a better term) I finished up a couple new designs this morning. The first one is a redesign of the "Beer Fairy" which appears at the bottom of Narragansett Beer's website.

A little (or a lot) inspired by the work of John Kricfalusi in that one. Wouldn't mind developing that one into a series of commercials featuring the voice talent of Kevin Barbare :-)

The second is another one featuring the new Shandy 'Gansett did with Del's Lemonade. This time featuring an illustration based on the "Gansett Girls".

Both of which I inked in brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board. All colors, lettering and other effects added digitally.

Monday, June 9, 2014

One Dandy Shandy

Something I did in honor of Narragansett Beer's new shandy with another Rhode Island institution. Del's Lemonade!!

And it is good!!

Inked in Brush on Canson Smooth Bristol Board. Colors, lettering and other effects added digitally.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf

Apart from character names and the fact that cartoons interact with humans, the novel that would ultimately become the basis for the 1988 hit film WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT could be two entirely different stories. And neither of them are bad. Just different.

I don't blame the filmmakers for going in a different direction than what Gary Wolf originally set up. In the original story comic strip and comic book characters interact with human beings. The 'toons dialogue would appear as "speech balloons" over the characters heads. Also the novel takes place in contemporary times (1980 around the time the novel was written) whereas the film takes place during the golden age of animation of the 1940s.

Given the medium the filmmakers were working with, it seems understandable to me that they would prefer to have the story centered around animated cartoons rather than comic strips. Given the rich history of film animation and the fact that animation creates the illusion of movement, it just seems like the logical choice.

That and it was just the right time for something like that. By 1988 animation had really hit rock bottom. Most of the classic characters had almost been forgotten and replaced by cheap television animation with the only purpose of selling toys. There was a big controversy over that at the time, but that's a conversation for another day.

When Roger Rabbit hit the theatres it caused a stir. But in a good way. Suddenly people saw animation. Really good animation!! And suddenly all these great characters that were long since forgotten were suddenly being remembered again.

It kind of sparked the whole animation revival of the early 1990s.

So naturally when Roger Rabbit was finally released on DVD, I had to get a copy. I first saw it in the theatres. The thing is, not only was it really well made, but the story and the acting was really good too.

Sometimes that's the problem with a blockbuster. Its like a sandwich made on really nice bread. But there's nothing but mustard in between. And as Chico Marx once said, "Mustard's no good without roast beef."

And this movie had roast beef to spare.

But with all that said, I finally got around to reading the novel. Which I am actually enjoying. I wasn't sure how I would take to it. But its interesting. To be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing a film of this version of Roger Rabbit.

However, I'm not sure if it would have had the lasting effect that the movie version had. Another example of just at the right place at the right time. And I'll be the first to say I hope they don't make a sequel. It'll never capture the magic quite like the original.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ming the Merciless and Princess Aura Color Art

Another attempt at brush and a slightly different style in my month of rediscover. Again I visit the world of Flash Gordon. This time my subject is the evil Ming the Merciless and his daughter Princess Aura.

A great deal of artistic license was taken with Ming. I'm sure I'll get hell for that from Flash Gordon purists. Princess Aura's look was inspired by the Filmation cartoon. Most notably the hair and headgear.

Mind you, this will probably not be the style I will ultimately choose. But then again, I may NOT ultimately choose a style to go with. This month is all about rediscovery...

...of sort...

You can bid on a 16x20 art print of the illustration on E-Bay currently:

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Flash Gordon: Mongo's Most Wanted

Beginning of a month where I try something new. I've been working in the same style for the past 14 years and I've begun to feel a little burnt out. So I thought I'd do a little rediscovering of my cartoon past as well as perhaps learning a couple new things along the way.
One of which is teaching myself to learn how to ink with a brush. The illustration you see above is my second attempt at brush inking. I thought I'd use Flash Gordon alongside his girlfriend Dale Arden for inspiration.
The reason Dale's hair is blue is its a bit of a tribute to how they used a dark blue highlight on all comic book characters with dark hair in old comics.
Right now you can bid on a 16x20 version of this image. It will be the only copy I'll be making at that particular size. Click on the link below to check it out and place your bid: