Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Working On DOOF N' PUSS

Got a rush job with a tight deadline around two days before Memorial Day Weekend and so I spent the holiday working on Doof N' Puss while others frolicked and relaxed  in the ocean surf. Doof N' Puss is a segment on Phineas and Ferb and it's a lot like what the Itchy And Scratchy Show was on The Simpsons, meaning that it's a show within a show. Doof N’ Puss was an 80’s-style TV show that Doof pitched to a network exec at the Science Fiction and Fantasy convention in the Phineas and Ferb episode “Nerds of a Feather.” So once I got the model sheets, I was off and running drawing Agent P battling the zombie pigs and aliens I created. I'll be working on it till mid-next week. More as I go along...  

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monster Attack - SCOOBY Style!

Here's a Scooby Mystery Incorporated piece I did called "Monster Attack", and it's a teaser for you all! Pencilled on paper and then scan as a guide and then all digitally created from there to the end. I forget how many layers it wound up being but it was a lot. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 23, 2011

ALFIE Sketch

After I finished up my Phineas and Ferb work Sunday night for a Monday deadline, I drew this Alfie sketch before I went to bed last night. It was done in about an hour and was easy to draw since Alfie was tired and curled up to sleep. He occassionally kept raising his head to wonder what I was doing while looking at him. It was drawn with the Micron Pens and I used a PITT Brush Marker for his back body hair.

Friday, May 20, 2011

PUSS IN BOOTS On The Drawing Board As Well...

And also just started working on some Puss in Boots stuff, which I'm working on at the same time as the Phineas and Ferb work. Yes, Puss in Boots is getting his own spin-off movie and it's been in the works before Shrek 4 came out. There is a tease for it at the end of Shrek Forever After, where Shrek closes the book at the end of the movie and puts it up on the shelf and right next to it was a smaller book with "Puss in Boots" written on the spine, meaning that Puss has his own story as well. Anyway, it's feast or famine being a freelancer... so you grab it when you can. Still in the early stages of it so I'm not sure how long I have to get the work done yet before Puss comes out.

And Some Graphic Design This Week As Well...

Since the economy is still chugging along slow, I've been doing some graphic design as well. Below are three concert banners that I did earlier this week and they'll be 7 feet wide by 3 feet high when they are printed. I did one banner each for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown. They were made for WYNK radio for some concert thing that Clear Channel is doing. The basic idea is that fans will sign these banners and then the radio station will give each banner with all the signatures to each country star as a token gift from the fans, hence, why there's plenty of open space around them for signatures. The hard part was separating the characters from the backgrounds in their original photos and creating crisp edges. It takes some time to do it right and I think they came out pretty cool in the end. The Kenny Chesney one also had a small mic on his shirt collar and so I had to digitally paint that out as well. I sent the files to Vivid Ink who did the printing job on them and so I had to add their logo to the bottom as a final touch.  

And right after that I did a business card design and two ads for Rima Akoum at Mai Mira Salon in Baton Rouge. The first ad I did was in black and white for some charity publication and then I did this full color one that will run in City Social Magazine. It's a half page ad and took me a little time to figure it out since I was given the five smaller pics to work into the design that weren't in the black and white ad. I kept the background white since from the specs I was given there was no bleed and I though that it would look better with a bit of separation to it instead of adding a solid color in background which would box it more. I'm happy with how it turned out as it was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle to get it to work. It's just like the previous post with Phineas and Ferb, you have to have all these elements in a drawing and make them work. Design is 95% of the job no matter what I'm working on.

Working With PHINEAS AND FERB Again!

I've been bad about posting stuff of late but allergies have been killing me this year and it's hard to draw when you sneeze 15 times in a row. But I have been working on some stuff here at Casa de Neely. Since the 12th of May I've been working with the boys again... the boys being Phineas and Ferb! Above is a rough layout that I drew with a blue ball-point pen on some better than average art paper. Those of you who follow me know I draw mostly on cheap copy paper when I do my rough sketches but for this one I somehow started drawing it on good art paper. Can't remember why at this point but I think it was because I was too lazy to go and grab the cheaper paper in the closet at the time. I was probably too tired from sneezing to get up and get it. I'm posting it since it was one of the rare times that I actually had this layout really well thought out in my head and was able to put it on paper. I also drew it with a ball-point pen to change it up; plus not having an eraser on the end helps you draw faster. I sometimes do sketches with just a pen as it forces you to get the image out and not worry about fixing it as you go along. It's kind of like being a writer and banging out a first draft and then going back and fixing it after it's done. A lot of times, I create in pieces and then move the elements around the get the best position for stuff to make a better design. This one kind of came together a little easier than normal and once I had it pretty well etched in my mind I put it on paper. The work was approved and I've been doing the final art the last two days and will be working this weekend on it to get it done.