Category Archives: Order Up

2013-05-20-FI

Wolverine V, W, X, Y, Z

Phew! Sorry guys, I’m taking a little break to figure out my drawing schedule. I went from having no projects to this crazy flood, and I need some time to sort them out.

In the meantime, here’s the conclusion to the Wolverine ABCs!

2013-05-20-V Vulture

Hands down my favorite composition. There were a pile of letters that I didn’t struggle with – that I knew from the get go what I wanted to happen. I knew what I wanted to do for V since the letter L. It was so hard to wait to draw this.

2013-05-20-W Woodchuck

You understand, of course, that artists are honor-bound to put fossils in every dirt scene.

X X Ray Tetra

Does this one make sense? Nope. Does it make me giggle? Yup. X’s are difficult, guys.

2013-05-20-Y Yellow Bellied Lizard

I don’t know if people don’t understand this one, or if they just don’t love puns as much as I do. All of these lizards are hiding – because they’re yellow-bellied! Oh, you did get it? Yup, guess it’s just me then.

2013-05-20-Z Zebra Finch

I echo this kiss moment a lot in my comics. I think it’s hilarious and can never be over-used. I’ve seen it in plenty of stories, but my favorite use of it was in The Muppet Christmas Carol. Rizzo kissing Gonzo after frustrating him? Brilliance.

That’s it! I’m going to take a couple more weeks to get my head on straight, but hopefully I’ll be back on schedule soon.

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2013-04-22-FI

Wolverine S, T, U

All three of these are great examples of animals that really can’t do much to Wolverine.

2013-04-22-S Swan

Swans could have bit him, I guess. But there so majestic, it’s hard to bring myself to make every animal a biter.

2013-04-22-T Tortoise

I was stuck on tortoises for awhile. Like Chicks, there is NOTHING that a turtle could do Wolverine. And even if there could, maybe, be something – they move too slowly. Even their shells can’t stand up to adamantium, so I was pretty confused. Hence, staring contest! In the end, this piece became one of the strongest in the set. It’s cool how you go from no idea to a complete piece.

2013-04-22-U Urchin

I love this idea. This really isn’t the set up of a petting zoo (though I have seen fish and such in petting zoos, this tank screams aquarium)¬† but I don’t care. There’s a lot of cartoonyness to my style, but because everything is a still, I don’t always get to pull the illustration card, that is, tell a whole story in one image. Love it when that can be done.

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2013-04-18-FI

Wolverine M, N, O, P, Q, R

 

 

 

Hey guys! I had a sub-par drawing weekend, so I took it out on everybody by hiding away from the world. I usually don’t recognize it until I’m seasons into re-watching a show. Then I wake up from a stupor and wonder why I haven’t been drawing for days.

It took me till season 3 episode 1 of Mad Men to remember that I’d rather be drawing. You gotta admit, that’s pretty productive television watching.

Onward! With the ABCs:

2013-04-18-M Macaw

I got stuck on “M” for a very long time. I always knew what I wanted to do, but at the start of a project, and at it’s middle I panic. Guess what letter ‘m’ is? 13th, right in the flippin’ middle. So I react in a lot of ways when I fight against completing something. In this case I created an entirely new comic for me to draw. I have the outline for what should end up being 3 graphic novels. As much fun as that idea is, it was not helpful in finishing this alphabet.

2013-04-18-N Newt

By far the fastest of all of the letters. Not exactly a fan ( I like the look of a complicated piece more) but I think it’s a nice visual rest from everything I’ve been throwing at you.

2013-04-18-O Ostrich

Not as good as it’s sister piece, the emus, but the idea is really fun.

2013-04-18-P Pig

I’m not proud of the pigs. I’m good at animals so that sticks out to me, but I’ll deal. This piece, like several others, really benefited from being colored. So many of the B&W pieces are just this jumbled mass of lines, and it was in coloring them that they really started to shine.

2013-04-18-Q Quarterhorse

Horses are just too dang big to do anything more with. I mean, I guess I could have brainstormed something, but if I really wanted to justice to their proportions, it was a one horse deal.

2013-04-18-R Reindeer

Next to the frogs, the sloppiest letter of the alphabet. I don’t feel too bad though, it was some good problem-solving. So, once upon a coloring-this I realized that I had drawn white-tailed deer. I was doing this right before Christmas, and was drawing ‘reindeer’ for Santa’s sleigh in other pieces. However, most reindeer (Rudolph included) are much closer to being white-tailed deer than actual arctic reindeer. When I was about to color this in March, I realizes my mistake. That for ‘R’ I drew the wrong type of deer. And I also realized no one would care. I could leave the piece, and it’d be fine. Because the idea of redrawing it from scratch, when I was 9 colored letters away from being done? Horrified me.

In the end, I knew it would forever bothered me, so I did my best on my tablet to correct it. For most parts of the reindeer you can’t tell what was original and what was sketched in, unless you look for it. You can definitely tell on the antlers though. I compromised quality for speed, and in this case it doesn’t bother me that much.

Okay! That’s all the animals for this week. I feel more on track, so I shouldn’t mess up next week.

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2013-04-08-FI

Wolverine G, H, I

2013-04-08-G Goats

Goats have some crazy eyeballs.

2013-04-08-H Hedgehog

Oh gosh, these poor hedgehogs…If I could I’d redraw them, they’d look so much better. And for some reason, this took forever to color. Wolverine makes me happy, so not everything here is a loss.

2013-04-08-I Iguana

If I made a collection of, ‘best faces’ this would definitely be one of them. Also, iguanas remind me of drawing dinosaurs, and that makes them awesome to work on.

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2013-04-03-FI

Wolverine D, E, F

 

2013-04-03-D Donkey

Donkeys are actually one of my favorite animals, so I was really pumped to include them for ‘d’. I don’t know why they appeal to me so much, there’s something about their chunky body size that is just so fun to draw.

2013-04-03-E Emu

I think we can all agree: Baby emus are where it’s at.

2013-04-03-F Frogs

This is one of my least favorite ones of the set. I drew it while waiting in line at the movies, so it’s not as well thought out as the rest of them (hence Wolverine is more out of proportion here than anywhere else). It also has the weird distinction of always reminding me of the Dark Knight Rises shootings in Aurora. That’s what I was waiting to see, but at a premiere date, so one day before the actual event. Later, I hear about what happened, and it’s something I can’t separate this picture from.

2013-04-01-FI

Wolverine ABCs

On Thursday, I promised you the project I’ve been working on for nine months. Before the pictures, I’ll tell how it came about, and why I’m not crazy.

After showing Mr. Tobin my sketchbook, I was so impressed and humbled that I wanted to do something for him. It seemed silly to go back to the well for a third time, but being poor, all I can barter with is my art. So I asked for another suggestion. He said, “Wolverine losing a fight against a petting zoo”.

Guys. GUYS. Animals are my jam, so this was something I was very pumped about. I immediately got to sketching. Excitedly worked on ideas for days. And then….nothing worked. Every once in awhile this happens. The request is so off the wall or so difficult or so intricate, that there’s no easy way to approach it. Since animals are something that I can do well, and a petting zoo can be a very big operation…I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to fully sketch an animal because it was hidden behind three others biting Wolverine.

One of my guiding rules when picking how to work on a request is just to go with my gut. After half a week of sketching, the only thing that made sense was to make an alphabet book. I knew it was a stupid amount of work, but it’s what made sense. I pursued it, not really thinking that I’d get to the end, but it’d be fun to give it a go.

Since it happened that I was in school at the time, this was actually the perfect project. I’d go to work, study right after, fail a test, and come home. Even though there would sometimes still be time between me and bedtime, I didn’t have the mental capacity to think about drawing. However, I could think about Wolverine fighting an animal. That’s simple. So I’d work on that.

Even though I didn’t think I’d actually do it – it’s done. A very, very, weird feeling.

Without further ado, here it is guys! It’ll take 8 or so posts to put them all in, but may I present the Wolverine ABCs:

2013-04-01-A Armadillo

2013-04-01-B Bunnies

For the observant Philadelphians, this is the rabbit enclosure right out of our Zoo. Since I didn’t think about many of the animals before I sat down to draw them, this was the first time I understood that no matter how silly the idea, I was going to draw it. Even if it meant drawing a crazy amount of animals.

2013-04-01-C Chicks

And then ‘C’ happened. Oh my gosh. There’s over 100, but I always lose count. For animals that really can’t hurt comics’ fiercest Canadian, I had to think of ways that he could still ‘lose’ to them. For chicks, smothering en masse was the only thing that was deemed possible.

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2013-03-28- FI Galactus and Godzilla

City Devourer, Meet World Devourer

So.

This is a prequel to something that’s been brewing since June. I went to Heroes Con (SUCH a good con) and finally did what I’ve wanted to do for cons – take TIK to a creator, in person. Meaning, before a con, I’d ask my favorite creators what they wanted, then I’d bring it to them at the convention. I thought of that idea, many, many cons ago, and just never got around to doing it.

So, for no reason in particular, (except extreme respect and awe) I thought I’d ask Mr. Paul Tobin for another idea, since his last one was so off the wall.

He got back to me with, “you should draw Galactus giving a flower to Godzilla”. Which I didn’t end up with since I forgot the flower, but this still works for me.

2013-03-28-Galactus and Godzilla

The timing worked out that I was done this before Heroes, and it was in my current sketchbook. So when I found Paul Tobin on the con floor, I asked if he’d sign it.

He did, and then he asked if he could look through the rest of my sketchbook. And his wife, Colleen Coover, was there – also looking! With her eyes!

I was so out of my mind happy. What type of sketchbook I carry around differs, but that was a 200 page mother. And there were compliments and suggestions and direct conversation with me and people I greatly admire. All over stuff that I drew.

Too crazy.

Anyway, that blissful interaction led to what will be the next series of posts. It took much longer than I anticipated to finish it, but I’m pumped that I can finally share it all.

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FI Pangolin

Just Hangin’ Out

This was the sculpture that I did for the other half of LHT. Once upon a time, Drew posted this picture of a carolin’ pangolin playing a mandolin. So when I asked him to name an animal, and he said, ‘pangolin’, it seemed like the perfect time to pursue a 3D form of his comic.

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Before that, I did sketch some pangolin. Mine was a direct response to his happy-go-lucky one, and was very peeved. No idea why, probably just do satisfy the 180. So instead of sculpting just his, I made them a set.

These weren’t necessarily the toughest figures to make, but the scales were a killer. They’re all individually placed, and that took a chunk of time. I think the effect makes it worth it.

My favorite feature of the sculpture is the fact that they’re magnetic. It’s something I’ve done with a few sculptures, it’s easy and adds such a cool use.

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It also made sense for these creatures. They’re basically arboreal armadillos, with prehensile tales. So they can suspend upside down with their tails. Of course, these guys are just using their butts, and we’ll just have to let that slide.

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FI LHT

Some Assembly Required

Phew. Almost forgot to get back on the posting bus.

So, today brings us one of the most unique Order Ups I ever had: “Four animals assembling IKEA furniture”.

What?

This request was recently filled because I found it’s beginnings in a box. Back in 2010, I was student teaching and had little time to draw. It was very difficult to learn how to live without drawing. So I reached out to different Order Uppers and asked for animals to draw. Animals have always been my favorite, and it was a game I played all through High School, “What Should I Draw?”. Yeah, I’m not an attentive student.

So my virtual game yielded a lot of results, and I penciled pretty happily. As I got close to Christmas, I thought I’d sculpt some since my teaching time was coming to a close. Candidates for sculpting were people that I really enjoyed. Top of that list were the gentlemen from LHT. Turns out with graduating and moving out of my apartment, I didn’t get to finish these sculptures. When I found them a couple of weeks ago, I went ahead and painted the lot.

 

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And so yielded an Animal Ikea playset.

They’re…well, they’re not doing too well. And that sloth is not helping in the least.

In my life, this is definitely the most unique sculpture I’ve ever done. So that’s a rare honor.

PS I typically add hyperlinks, and would indicate who I’m talking about more explicitly, but this gentlemen hasn’t received this package yet, and it’s a surprise! I’ll update with appropriate links and such when I know he’s got it.

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Sheli