Make it I Will, Yeeesss!

Hello Casual Readers!

My local library asked me and my son to design a puppet for their Jedi Training academy.  We put this little guy together over the weekend.  He’s supposed to vaguely resemble Yoda.  It was made out of whatever we could find around the house: A milk jug, a berry container, some place mats, a soap dispenser, some felt, and tons of hot glue!  We had some really cool results!

YodaA local theater group has asked me to design a larger puppet head for their production of Alice in Wonderland.  I’ll post those results later!

 

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Some Product Design

Recently I was asked to help design a medium sized men’s carrying bag for possible sale on the interwebs.  I’d never done it before, but decided to take a stab at it.  Below are a couple of the images I created.

I wanted to communicate how the bag would hang on the body.

Human Design model

I also wanted to create a photo realistic version of the design I had in mind.

bag design smooth

I don’t know if the bag will ever see production, but I enjoyed the exercise in creativity!

 

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Character Design

I have a friend who is in the process of writing a graphic novel.  He wanted me to create a look for a main character.  I haven’t really settled on anything, but below are my many iterations of the same character.  We’ll see what happens over time.

I start out with a really loose sketch
I start out with a really loose sketch

 

Try a little more realistic...and don't like it
Try a little more realistic…and don’t like it
Try a bit more cartoony.  Still don't know how I feel about it.
Try a bit more cartoony. Still don’t know how I feel about it.

 

Added a little color and some other iterations.
Added a little color and some other iterations.
I kind of like this approach to the character.
I kind of like this approach to the character.
Here's another random character from the book.
Here’s another random character from the book.

 

A graphic novel would be a whole lot of time investment, so here’s hoping something materializes someday.

 

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Seminar illustrations

In order to avoid paying fees for images I (or others) use in seminars, I’ll often create my own.  Here are  a few examples:

Sometimes I need something bold, but photorealistic:  Einstein is an example

einstein

Other times, I just need a simple animal design

cat faceSometimes I’ll take a common image and create my own clip art such as the microscope below

microscope

Regardless, it’s best to think about the labor of the person who created the images.  If you are charging for a seminar, please be sure to pay the appropriate fees to the appropriate artists.  Otherwise, consider doing as I do and create your own.

 

Thanks!

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WV South Magazine Illustrations

Here are a series of Illustrations I did for a series of short stories published in WV south magazine.  They all were part of a running P. G. Wodehouse inspired rural serial called “The Fledge Chronicles”.

 

The final inks really pop out the bully up front.

 

First draft (actually submitted that way)
First draft (actually submitted that way)

 

Ben Gray...deer/dear slayer
Ben Gray…deer/dear slayer

 

Heck Agog!
Heck Agog!
Let's see if this works!
A challenging pose, but I liked the outcome!

Thanks to S.D. Smith, the author of “The Fledge Chronicles” for giving me the opportunity.  Incidentally, you should check out his site: Story Warren to see the many ways he’s fostering a community of art and imagination.

 

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