Friday, September 26, 2008

Tickle My Elmo

This assignment asked us to imagine what the characters from Sesame Street would be doing if the show got cancelled after it's first season. I immediately set to work thinking up all of the humorous situations that washed up actors might get involved in, like Grover selling products in Japanese TV commercials, or Bert and Ernie starring in Quentin Tarantino films. This final piece actually started from a sketch I drew for fun, with no intention of actually using it. Porn and drugs were such obvious comic gold mines, that I first thought I should come up with something a little more clever. When the teacher laughed and said he liked the concept, however, I knew which one I had to go with. Elmo as a porn star was simply too much fun to draw.

Does the clever still come through? Or did crude win out? I like to think it accomplishes both. A fellow classmate suggested I show a bulge in Elmo's leather pants, and in my disagreement, I realized precisely why I liked the concept so much. The humor doesn't just come from the shock value, but from the absurd juxtaposition of a non-sexual icon against a sexual situation. Of course, it is also a tale of broken dreams and the loss of innocence, both of which make for great comedy. Maybe it's all just about the funny faces. Everyone likes a funny face.

High art or not, "Sodomy Street" makes me giggle like a schoolgirl every time.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sketchbook, Pt. 2

Here are a few more pages of life drawings, just as I promised. These are from my character design sketchbook. We are supposed to draw them all in pen to get us to accept mistakes and build confidence. In this spirit, I am forcing myself to present these to you in their entirety, with all blemishes and screw ups intact.

Not too much else to say about these. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Motion City Soundtrack

The idea for this one came from an unused thumbnail composition for a project I did last semester. I've been really digging the old school video game iconography for a while now. The classic 8-bit sprites are a perfect visual shorthand for videogames, the digital age, the late 70's/early 80's, aliens--anything really. In this instance, I think they do a nice job of evoking the synthesized aspect of Motion City Soundtrack's music. For the figure of the astronaut I tried to retain the life and spontaneity of my sketches--something that often seems to disappear when I move to the final. I've included the original drawing in this post, as I think it stands quite nicely on its own.

In other news, we had some pretty intense wind last weekend here in Columbus. Sixty percent of the city lost power, and some areas are still without electricity. A grim reminder of nature's supreme power, or a chance to miss three days of school? You decide!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Updates!

I was going to write a post apologizing for the prolonged lack of updates, and lament not having any new material to show, but then I realized I've been sketching people out in public almost nonstop for 3 weeks! I must have over 25 pages chock full of brand new life drawings! So I've decided to turn over a new leaf, everyone. From now on, I'm going to update once a week with sketches I've drawn at bars, parks, pubs, classrooms, and taverns around town. I will also be posting my usual posters, projects, and sexy ladies of course, so this semester should be pretty exciting for anyone who's into that sort of thing.

Now I'm off to finish some character design class homework. I've got a few projects almost completed, so stay tuned. They'll be up very shortly!