Sunday, November 30, 2014

doodlin all day

I made a new Instagram account for some of my doodles, the misfit sketchbook characters who need a home.  I like to draw new characters every day, and when a personality sparkles and inspires more of a story, it gets developed and colorized.  Some of the more polished ones can be found on my website,  I have a zillion creations in limbo, and I'd love to find a writer or animator to help them evolve.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hesse's best

I have read many Hermann Hesse books, some more than once, and this one was always my favorite.  A big theme in the beginning of the story is how misunderstandings and different perspectives on events can change the course of lives and damage relationships in seemingly irreparable ways.  Emil Sinclair gets into trouble with a bully at school and is plunged into a world of covering up his problem with more misdeeds.  The details of the reasons for his behavior can never be fully understood or explained without the kind of in-depth communication that is seen as inappropriate by those around him.  Sinclair meets Max Demian and feels a strong connection to him because they do explore thoughts about relationships and the two worlds of light and darkness.  Demian thinks differently than most people, and it is especially apparent when he explains his take on the story of Cain and Abel in a way that favors Cain.  Demian's unique thoughts influence Sinclair to explore truth beyond preconceived ideas and to look deeper into things he thought he knew. They share a special sort of conversation and drift in and out of each other's lives, but Demian is always in Sinclair's thoughts and dreams.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wake up to Life

 I found this storyboard I drew when I was sixteen.  I never 
entered the contest but still think the idea is pretty good.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Badass Blondie

Thanks to Ralph for giving me this cool paper doll book starring Debbie Harry.  The outfits you can cut out are fun and well-designed by artist Mel Elliott.  She has made many products featuring celebrities including coloring books, jewelry, t-shirts, and stationery.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

out to sea

Fisher is a beautiful short by animation studio One Eyed Robot.  The illustrated 2D style with simple outlines and watercolor fill appeals to me more than most animations, and elements like the rectangular raindrops and Fisher's mole and peg leg add amusing details to an otherwise somber atmosphere.