August 2, 2015

Elsa, Olaf, Hockey, Coyote, Doan, Horse, Rambo, Chicken

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 7:54 pm

Last Monday I flew to Phoenix to visit two of my grandkids. From there I flew to Houston to visit my two other grandkids. Their parents were around somewhere, I suppose. As per tradition I asked if they wanted me to draw anything.

The Phoenix granddaughter asked for Elsa skating. Oh, and a snowflake. The Phoenix grandson wanted a hockey player. I decided to combine the requests. Granddaughter now wants Olaf too. Grandson wants a specific player on the Phoenix Coyotes. Hence this drawing:

Elsa vs Coyote

 

The Houston granddaughter asked for a horse. The Houston grandson suggested a Rambo chicken. Again, I decided to combine the requests and we ended up with this:

Rambo Chicken

Pen and color pencil 8 ½ X 11

July 26, 2015

Free Kick

Filed under: CARTOONS,Sports and Recreation — Colby @ 2:58 pm

FreeKick

July 20, 2015

Fishing Lesson

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 9:42 am

Some of our best memories come from the most mundane moments.

Fishing Lesson

Color pencil on paper, 10″ x 10″

July 12, 2015

Nyet

Filed under: CARTOONS — Colby @ 2:32 pm

Russian Tour

July 5, 2015

Two Deer By Tree

Filed under: DRAWINGS — Colby @ 12:54 pm

I just noticed this on my wall and realized I’d never posted it. So here it is. It was done for exercise only, just playing around. I was inspired by a photograph I saw somewhere and converted it to charcoal.

Two Deer By Tree

Charcoal on paper, 11″ X 15″

June 29, 2015

Ich bin

Filed under: CARTOONS,History,Political, Justice, Media — Colby @ 12:09 am

OK, so I’m a little slow with current events. Let’s just call this an historical cartoon. Which means that most people won’t have a clue what it’s about. No, I won’t explain. You’ll have to look it up. Hint: JFK’s speech at the Berlin Wall, June 26, 1963.

Ich bin

I guess it’s better than being a doughnut. Again, look it up.

June 21, 2015

Just Right – process

Filed under: CARTOONS — Colby @ 5:27 pm

Just for fun let’s discuss what I go through to draw a cartoon.

1. An idea pops into my head. This can come at any time. Unfortunately, it may come to me when I’m driving down the highway, or about to go to sleep, etc. I have forgotten many hilarious cartoons before they ever got to paper and pencil.

2. Write it down! Unfortunately, again, later I have no idea what my note was supposed to mean. 2(a). Be specific and obvious and include both text and image. Unfortunately, yet again, sometimes when I look at it later it makes sense I think, “Well, that’s not funny at all.” So nevermind.

3. Finally, I’ll do a pencil sketch trying to compose the idea on paper. Sometimes it’s close to a finished drawing and other times it’s still very sketchy.

4. Scan the sketch and save it to my computer.

5. Using a stylus and tablet to draw I will create layers in Photoshop. The bottom layer is the scanned pencil drawing. The first new layer will be for the lines; or what used to be the “pen and ink” stage. Often the lines will be on separate layers so I can move characters around for better composition then I’ll merge all the lines onto a single layer. Text, word balloons etc. must be thought out while composing the drawing but I’ll keep them on their own layer because it’s easier to move them and color under them.

6. Then I delete everything on the layer that showed the original scanned pencil. That layer, under the lines layer, will be for color. I can use the magic tool to select areas on the line layer and fill them with color on the color layer.

7. With the color done I’ll add shading. Most of the time that will be done on the color layer but occasionally I’ll had another layer just for the shading.

8. I’ll flatten the image into one single layer and save it. I’ll make a copy and reduce the file size to fit into my SirColby template.

Below are images from my recent cartoon, “Just Right.”

 

A. When the idea came to me I did a very quick sketch on my iPad and emailed it to myself.

Just Right Sketch

B. Later at my desk I did some pencil sketches of what I wanted in the cartoon.

Just Right Pencil

C. Line layer on the computer.

Just Right Lines

D. The color layer. I hid the line layer so you can see just the color.

Just Right Color

 

E. Simple shading done on a separate layer between the lines and the color.

Just Right Shading

F. To see the final image click here “Just Right.”

June 15, 2015

Ghost Writer?

Filed under: CARTOONS,Fantasy — Colby @ 12:20 am

Invisible Autobiography

June 7, 2015

Girl with Purple Hair

Filed under: DRAWINGS,Portraits — Colby @ 11:13 pm

Don’t ask me. I can’t explain it. I just wanted her to have purple hair.

Girl with Purple Hair

Color pencil on paper, 9″ X 12″

June 1, 2015

Smile!

Filed under: CARTOONS,History — Colby @ 7:59 am

Smile Mona