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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"STAY"


Thought I'd try something a bit different this time around. No gag, just a fun illustration. I have to admit, it was a workout, and I don't feel it's finished at all. The creature needs a lot more work, but I ran out of patience. Painting is a time consuming affair, and I was starting to get a little blurry-eyed working on this one. How do you painters do it all day? My hat's off to you.
Maybe I'll come back later and finish this piece, or maybe not. As 'Bones' would say to Captain Kirk, "I'm a CARTOONIST dammit, not a painter!"

21 comments:

  1. hahaha, that monster has the most terrifying nipples ever. I tend to take forever painting in p-shop, but I'm a lot faster with watercolor. Why is that?

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  2. Nice illustration Ted!
    I am glad to see something different by your hand, thought the usual cartoons are always cool too.

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  3. Love the girls monster backpack. Poor thing. How does oogly-moogly get in the dog house with such a short lead on his leg? Painting is time consuming but again it all depends on the approach. You have a nice blend of cartoon and hyper-realism here. Cool one.

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  4. LOL i love the monster's expression! its hilarious!

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  5. Hilarious!!! I love it!! Oh this is wonderful. Great work by the way. I love the line work and the color! You have such an imagination. Your comments left me stitches this afternoon. YOU ARE A TOTAL HOOT!!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by.
    Best
    V

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  6. This is really nice... I'm also enjoying the rest of your work.

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  7. Love it, it,s so endearing could you imagine the uproar if he followed her to school one day.

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  8. The irony of this one is funny..I like the casual scattering of small bowl,ball and toy! (the backpack is a nice touch.)

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  9. What a lovely creature! As I can see, it is the domesticated one, so it's actually a pet. In which life cycle is it right now? I fear it will get even bigger, as it's skin looks like its just got out of an egg. No matter, if you make an urban walk with it, it's surely an eye-catcher.

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  10. Tiffanny: I spent many years painting traditionally with a wet brush and was fairly comfortable with it, but I still don't have the chops for painting in PS because it's just a completely different medium and approach to painting. Maybe that's true with you, too??

    Jennifer: The funny idea I had in the first place was to have this big, clumsy monster who would want to follow the girl to school, but all that's holding him is this wimpy little tether and stake, so the idea of telling him to 'stay' would be ridiculous. In order to show that, I put the little stake and the tether where you could see it, under tension. So you're right, because I didn't give the logic much more thought than that. Thanks for your compliment and stopping by.

    Thank you, Kostis, Seema, Vanessa, KH, Sylvia, and Rod, for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated!

    Chibi: Oh yeah, I could definitely imagine his school visit. I would love to draw him squeezing into a school desk next to the proud little girl.

    Magyarix: I wish I had a sophisticated 'life cycle' reason, but his skin looks like he just got out of an egg because of my laziness as a PS painter. I didn't finish the fur :(

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  11. haha, hey, ted! i love the charm of this and my favorite subtleties are the thin rope holding that creature down as well as her backpack. nice touches!

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  12. You've a lot of nice little stories in your blog. Very funny and interesting to see/read. Thank you for them :)

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  13. Another fine work Ted :) I really like this, I love the way your colours work together. It’s nice to see different sides to your work too. I think the thing about your work for me is that it always seems ‘believable’ even though we know it’s completely impossible ie) little girl with pet monster....
    Your characters are always ‘real’ to me

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  14. You always have a great story within your work.. my hat's off to you, sir! :D Hope all is going great at your end.

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  15. Ha, like your reference to Kirk and McCoy. Do I see some '60's "Ratfink" in that face? Just a great illustration!

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  16. finished or not it looks great,that creature seems like a good pet :)

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  17. GAH! What's this bit of cute doing here?! Quick, man, get thee to the garage and shotgun a beer. Stat!

    Aaaaahehehehehehe, I love this, Ted! He looks like a corgi gone feral. Love those T-Rex arms! And the matching smiles on the monster and the backpack had me giggling.

    Sistine Chapel-esque, eh? Ugh. You stinker. hehehehehe

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  18. he looks like Totoro................ but nicer :D

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