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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Telephone Doodle Smoke

Well, this piece is quite a bit strange, isn't it?

The story behind this piece is that last week, my students and I were exploring the bone structure/locomotory system of elephants and were watching the Disney short 'Goliath II' and became totally lost in designing characters from those references. The funny legged monsters (below on the right) are btw by the talented Dustin Schiele. Great abstraction on the theme, love it.

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  1. So what inspired this particular elephant? It's an amazing drawing as always, but I'm curious as to the creative process that you wander through as you're doodling.


  2. Absolutely awesome, as usual!

    I have a question: do you yet use pencils for your work? I think you are (or was) a Col-erase user, no?

    And another thing: how much time we have to wait for Starducks and Toby Skybuckle books? I can't wait for them!

    Thanks for your work: is always a great inspiration source!

  3. Hey, there can never be too much strange in the world. The dean of the animation school at CalArts used to doodle-animate while on the phone and made it into a film.

  4. Lincoln! This piece was part of a lecture I did last week at the university I'm teaching at. My students and I were exploring the bone structure of an elephant and became lost in designing characters from it. Thanks for the feedback!!

    Davide! Thank you, I appreciate that very much! I did this drawing entirely in Photoshop. I use Col-erase pencils less and less often. BTW, the release date for StarDucks and Toby Skybuckle is not finalised yet due to some work-schedule-related reasons etc. Nonetheless there will be a book of mine soon. Very soon. I'll keep you updated about this here on my blog.

    Munchanka, thanks, you're absolutely right :) Nice story btw, thanks for sharing!!

  5. Brilliant - great weight and personality in the elephant ^_^

  6. This is so incredible beautiful. The Franquin-ish smoke, the layout, everything.

  7. Lesley, thank you! I'm glad to hear that!

    Derek :) Right, the smoke is indeed very Franquin-like. THANKS!