Double Double Turtle and Trouble!

I've been having a great time designing my own characters. It's just so much fun. Worked on some more sketches of Claude and his turtle.

I've received a few name suggestions for Claude's turtle. So far the nominees are Simon, Tinker, and Cuthbert. I'll have to set up a poll. If you have any ideas for a good name for him please comment!

Finished with gnomes and elves, at least for the time being. I've now moved on to Preston Blair's Witches. I like how dynamic he makes the hands, at the same time he seems to be exaggerating their anatomy a bit too much (ie he drew them with only 4 fingers and at times they look more like claws human hands). That is of course in my, hope to be professional someday, personal opinion. I tried to find a happy medium of keeping an over-exaggerated gesture and a somewhat realistic anatomy. I also have noticed lately that I tend to not stick to what I start off drawing. I'm having a hard time staying with a set size for my drawings. Also if I draw a great arm or hip or foot that may not be exactly true the pose I'll change the pose rather than redraw the limb or feature. I need to learn to stick with what I started out to draw.

Gilligan the The Giraffe's adventures for the day.

Today's inspiration is Charles Schulz. Ever since I was a little boy I've loved his style. In third grade I did a report on the famous creator of the Peanuts. His drawings are so simplistic, and yet capture perfectly real feelings and emotions that bring true heart to his stories. Take a minute today and watch Schulz's Peanuts Dance. They have so much energy and life to them!

With even more passion than the real men of genius, here's to you Charles Schulz.

Dwarf Bowling!

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Spent most of my free time today drawing this image. It turned out better than I had hoped. I learned a few things from it too, I still need to work on my perspectives, I have a hard time drawing on the edge of the paper, and lastly I'm getting faster at re-penciling!!

Gilligan the Giraffe's daily adventure.

Made up this little guy while watching a promo for the movie Kick Ass. I can't wait for it. It's based on a graphic novel which I've heard really good things about. I've got to pick that up pretty soon. Anyways, I named him Claude Cavalier and his pet turtle. Which I've yet to name. If you have any ideas for what his name should be leave a comment!

Today's inspiration comes from a book I got yesterday, Walt Disney Animation Studios The Archive Series: Story. I've only been able to leaf through it, but so far it looks amazing. The drawings are simply captivating.

Until tomorrow, keep on drawing!