Electromagnetic Cat

A friend wrote a story about an electromagnetic cat and wanted a little line are illustration.  Here’s the little 5-minute sketch I did for him.  It turned out rather cool!

em cat sketch

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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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Refining the product

Hey folks!  Just wanted to post the changed design elements in the illustration.  I fixed the bully’s butt.  I wish I could have said that for real while in high school.  Anyway, his posterior was formerly at an impossible angle so I lined it up better.  Also, the two frightened characters are standing against the wall as promised.  I left the bully’s arm and head oversized because it just seemed to give a greater sense of danger.  Also, I’ve framed the picture by forming walls, a window, and a ceiling.  Thanks for reading!

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This has a more cohesive feel to it
This has a more cohesive feel to it

A work in progress

I thought for my first post after coming out of hiding should show the way a concept comes together for me.  This piece is still in process, so this post will only be able to bring us to where I am now.

I was contacted by Mr. S D Smith to make a new illustration for the newest edition of “The Fledge Chronicles”.  I read it, and as always, I laughed much.  I wanted to capture a scene in the story where a fight is just about to break out.  It happens in a diner.  For some reason, Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks” Came to mind.  Below is the preliminary sketch alongside Edward Hopper’s famous original:

Yes, they really start out this bad!
Yes, they really start out this bad!
Here I moved the bully into the diner, but it just wasn't working.
Here I moved the bully into the diner, but it just wasn’t working.
Much happier with the redesign.
Much happier with the redesign.

Startled Bat

Notice the cigar smoking bat in the upper right of each panel?  He’s my favorite character.  He is a complete hedonist with no real concern for hygiene.  The proboscis monkey is supposed to be introducing himself on the island in this strip.  Again, this one was done ages ago so forgive some shoddy linework.

 

Copyright Aaron Duncan (Rex Queems) 2008
Copyright Aaron Duncan (Rex Queems) 2008

Another Comic

Here is another comic strip I did ages ago.  This one is more my sense of humor, though I doubt it is anyone else’s. I included another character in this strip who is supposed to be a sort of hippy hermit on a remote tropical island.  The general idea was that he thought all mankind was oppressive and irritating so he moved to this island.  However,  he had taken so many drugs as a younger guy that he now could understand the animals…and they are just as annoying as people.  I think I named the hippy something like “Denny”, but I can’t clearly remember.   If the comic below is too small to read just click on it and it should enlarge.  Enjoy.

 

copyright Aaron Duncan (Rex Queems) 2008
copyright Aaron Duncan (Rex Queems) 2008

A Comic Strip

A while back I tried my hand at comic strips before I realized they were going the way of the Dodo (at least in print form).  Today I’m inserting a comic using a tired old joke that I did not know was tired or old when I first made it.

I primarily used two characters.  One was a proboscis monkey, the other was a bat.

Copyright Aaron Duncan (Rex Queems) 2008
Copyright Aaron Duncan (Rex Queems) 2008