Thursday, December 18, 2008

this year's "holidays" cards + a new drafting table!

after much internal and external questioning, i finally decided to go with "happy holidays" as the theme for this year's card. most everyone i know celebrates christmas, but figured a more generic holiday greeting is the safest bet.
as far as the subject matter, i decided to kill 2 birds with one stone by including and further developing a family of cattywampi- a new breed of characters i came up with ear marked for a few ideas i have floating around in my head. after tossing the first draft, i then inked this one, scanned, and started dropping in the colors behind a multiply layer of the outlines in photoshop.
the image above wasn't actually used, but instead i customized a bit by laying in a variety of different BG images, to keep them nice and special. below is a pile of the bulk of them, before jen & i wrapped them off like little presents and sent them to the far reaches of the country.

and below are a few of my other news... after jen finally gave me the go ahead on acquiring a proper art desk, i scanned craigs list for a drafting table- nice and big like the kind "professional artist folk" use [and similar to the one i used throughout art school]. after a few minutes of searching, i stumbled across this pristine mayline jobby, which best of all, was FREE! after a quick trip to redmond to see if it was legit, rob helped me pick the BEHEMOTH [i shit you not- this thing weighs ~1000 lbs.] up, and get it into the house. i was _extremely_ surprised there were no injuries- nice!

... patenaude

Saturday, December 13, 2008

another batch...

more simple/ compact enemy designs for one of the game ideas.
messing around with some fat body designs.
this one was actually and attempt at a vertical design for a t-shirt contest submission... that never happened;)
why won't he just leave that little bugger alone?
"oh, you... comere for a little pinchy pinch pinch"
another round of q-bert nosed dudes- looks like the guy on the bottom is quite aroused about something;)

ok. that's it... i've been procrastinating enough- time to move onto painting what might turn out to be this years holiday card, if it turns out all right.

... patenaude

Thursday, December 11, 2008

even MO' arts!...

i toldja i had quite the backlog- still trying to post these [while procrastinating on painting the holiday card;)] before moving onto the ~5th sketch pad of the year.
this one started while i was gearing up for the halloween series [which consequently left me quite obsessed with pumpkins ], before adding a nice shape which turned out to be that dragon lizard.

after drawing the guy, i decided to use the remaining space to continue working out the details of the catty wampi [the kitty cat beasties- plural for cattywampus].
i can't wait to use this vehicle [or something like it] in a video game some day- part santa sleigh, part pirate ship.
i've taken to working a few rude comments into some of my sketches [more to come!];)

decided to keep the sketch pad binding in this one, because it was so unbalanced/ empty without it.
hah! one of my most genius weapons ever! spiked vibrating um... "intimate toys"- HILAIOUS!

ok. that's it for now- plenty more to come!

... patenaude

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

mo' arts...

planning on starting to add more captions to give the drawings more purpose, if for no other reason to convince myself that this all matters;)...

...i think these two might be keen on each other.

... random guy- testing out the long bow tie as an accessory.

"blee boh bah borp"
a few sketches of some q-bert-esque baddies for one of my game ideas.

so... that's all- plenty more to come [already scanned even!], but i'm on my way out the door for 5 miles with the hounds!

... patenaude

Thursday, December 4, 2008

new batch, hot & fresh outta the oven...

posting a few not-so-finished pieces so that they can enjoy a brief moment on the web before slipping away into storage. starting to work a bit more text into my sketches, in an attempt to at least hint at what might be going on with these folks.

... patenaude