Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Polar

This was an Okay topic. Almost a bit too restrictive, but since I got what I think is an pretty fun idea, I shouldn't complain. What I can complain about is the fact that I made a sketch, refined it, transferred it onto bristol board, grabbed my crowquill and then proceeded to render the bejeezus out of it, turning it into a pile of hierarchy-free little black marks.

Lovely.

Work, while not horrible, is a bit mind-numbing, so I could not dredge up the energy to make another attempt to render it. I will post the third-round sketch. If this feels half-assed, I won't deny it, but I'm sorry.

About the work: I intentionally neglected to do any sort of research on what polar bear or penguin really look like, even though I have some great books in my library(Including this fantastic, but out of print book: Animal Faces by Akira Satoh. If you ever draw animals, this is a book to find). So, the bear looks more grizzly than polar. Ah, well. Here it is:



I resisted the urge to have a reference to the bear being on Prozac, making him a bi-polar bear, but I thought that would be silly. Besides, the penguin is taking Zoloft, anyway.

16 comments:

ElizT said...

Love those fishy lunch boxes!

Sycla said...

The equipment on the bear's back really finishes this great illustration! Looks like the penguin is on a mission...But maybe to the Equator? I dunno; wouldn't make much sense for a penguin to make an expedition to the South Pole, for example. It's already most of the way there.

Superb line work, man!

bookbabie said...

Wow, that's not cheesy at all, lovely drawing.

Ian said...

Very cool. I definitely like the fishtanks on the back and also the lines for the fur.

Rodrigo Melo said...

excelente!!!!
Muito bom mesmo!
a idéia fou ótima e a resolução do problema foi genial!
PARABÉNS

Ammon said...

Very creative take on the topic. I like your linework.

Gronk said...

Now that pengy knows how to chill!

Would love to see it comic colored. :)

Ian said...

Hey, thanks for the comment! I like your work, so I think I am going to add a link to you. Would you like to trade links?

studio lolo said...

What's not to like?? This is really good. Love the idea of the bear harnessed by the penguin. Very fairytale-ish. The fish tanks on the back are fun, along with the gauges to make sure the tanks are pressurized enough! Love this!

Katie McDee said...

Really cool! you gonna color it?!

Janice said...

I agree with above.. This is a very cool illo.. It has attitude..!

Arkonbey said...

I actually am thinking of coloring it. Right now on my table is a new pencil version of it. I'm debating whether to render it in pencil or go comic book style.

tusen said...

this is good and funny.

The Mattman said...

The penguin totally makes this illo. His expression and his gadgets all work so well together in conveying:
Brain reigns over brawn....heh heh double pun & rhyme word score!
Really nice illo, you should be proud, hope you only drop a little colour in because the linework is so nice.
I look forward to seeing it.
M

The Mattman said...

Yes, doing a story gets tough.
Especially in the after work hours. But at least being an agent for 50 artists fills me with enough inspiration to pump them out.
I'll be pushing it on "Remember" though.
Thanks,
M

mike r baker said...

One tough penguin. I like the fish supply. :)