Saturday, January 26, 2008

sketch dump 2

Another week without a finished work, and this weeks offerings are sketchy even by sketchbook standards. I hope that doesn't bode anything. I am working on my first cartooning commission. I'm doing business related cartoons for the presentations of a guy who consults about something or other. This is interesting because I am not a cartoonist. I have no real cartooning style at all. Oh, well. He liked the comp I sent him and he doesn't mind the fee I came up with (which makes me think I lowballed it. Oh, well.).

Anyway, I didn't include all of this weeks sketches (aren't you lucky) because some of them were not so good. Just pencil moving on paper as I tried to get some ideas going. Sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes the bear eats you.

Monday went well. I worked out another sketch for a huge, ongoing challenge at Dare Detectives.

This is the second part of the challenge; create an associate for the hero we created last challenge. His look and some of his personality traits are based on my best friend when we were helicopter crewmen in the Coast Guard together. One of the main differences is that the character is a widower, while the real guy's wife is alive and well. Here's the hero. Everyone else seemed to be creating superheros in capes or big guys in armor with swords. I thought I'd go with a Sephen King-y 'ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances' direction.

Then on Tuesday, for some reason, it was spaceships.

On Wedesday, it was a generic superhro being attacked by his nemesis. The figure works pretty well for being done at my desk at work. His left forearm is a bit long, but it is a sketch. One problem I run into is that the current lead in my pencil is too soft and it smears like the devil, so going back over a sketch becomes futile.

On Thursday, I had a few sketches, but only a couple were any good. Here's Twilight again (audience groan) and an El-Bear (audience groans). I really like the eyes on Twilight in this one, which is why I posted it.

Friday was not much, but I did do a picture of Wendy Watson from the Middleman turning into a werewolf, but that may come later. One thing that is cool. Yesterday, I got an initial script from AndreZero for the Mr. Twilight story. So, if you're interested, keep your eyes peeled.

Listening to while posting: "Shellshock" by New Order (from Substance 1987)


Swinebread said...

congrats on the commission! :) that's great news.

I love how you just gotta' sketch out all the ideas you have buzzing around in your head.

I also love your gadgets and spaceships. I think we have similar tastes in things.

hmmm maybe I should give you commissions to draw of some of my favorite characters I've created over the years.

You nailed the Bear this time! awesome!

Arkonbey said...

Thanks for the thanks, man. I may post the results. As out of context they may be.

Even suggesting a commission is a great complement. If you're serious, let me know. I'll probably work cheap. Actually, I'm certain of it. You've seen enough of my work, what else could it be? I'd just enjoy putting someone's vision on paper.

Heck, I'll do it for free for first refusal when you write the graphic novel...

Doctor Smoke said...

whoah. after seeing how good an artist you are, perhaps my last blog post is going to seem a little unnessacery...

Anonymous said...

Great stuff. I love looking at the working process. All nicely done - and congrats!

Swinebread said...

What I'm looking for now is maybe some mock comic book covers.

Arkonbey said...

Swine: I'd be all over that. You have some ideas? I'd be honored to make a couple for you.

Swinebread said...

Let put some stuff together

Arkonbey said...


Sweet! There's contact info on my design portfolio.