Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Collage Ape, Redneck Wrestler, A Big Mole, And Some Cartoony Goodness.

Yet another post of character design class assignments. This was supposed to be a creative leave your normal approach to drawing kinda thing. Hopefully I was successful, as I felt I got a lot out of doing these drawings.

The first image below was especially difficult as it was all done with paper and an exacto knife. Collage is so much harder than I remember it being in elementary school. I wanted it to head into an abstract form but still maintain relatively recognizable character traits. This image was very fun to make but very time consuming.

Does it get any better than Redneck wrestlers? This one is closer to my normal approach but I colored it differently than I normally would have. I also tried to use certain shapes in the face, feet, and digits that I wouldn't normally use. My animal inspiration here was a big pink pig.

The mole is the real character. It controls the old woman's thoughts and tells her what to do. I'm sure that anyone with a mole knows what I am talking about...

These last two are very influenced by the countless hours I have spent watching Fosters Home for Imaginary friends. Great cartoon that I would encourage all to watch, but the main reason that I tried going this direction was to eliminate the need for line as much as possible, as it is one of my artistic crutches I tend to lean on.



As always, comments and critiques are welcomed.

19 comments:

ljay said...

great stuff Joe!!!! Nice to see you stretching a bit...isn't school fun? Always great to see more stuff, thanks!

Sam Nielson said...

Awesome stuff joe! These are some of my favorites that I've seen you do. I especially like the piggy redneck wrestler. Those colors really complement your line work.

GhettoFab said...

fantastic designs Joe! Luv those monsters and the monkey design is great. Loads of appeal in all of these.

Now if I could only get a mole to tell me what to do...

Kevin Keele said...

It's cool to see your style translated so differently. I especially like the last two inspired by Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. That's the best animated show ever!

christian said...

Woah, incredible designs, these characters are really awesome!! Specially, the monkey design, must say it's totally amazing.

Ryan Wood said...

I can still tell it's your stuff cuz it's GREAT!

Brandon said...

big ups for taking on the collage challenge. I love how the design turned out. The monster on the bottom is also quite nice. I love the flatness of it.

S.T. Lewis said...

Really nice designs, Joe. That pig man is hilarious. He reminds me of Sloth from the Goonies... I love his attack pose. That collage ape looks like it would have been a beast to figure out, but it worked out really well. All of them are great... nice range in styles. You're an amazing character designer, sir.

Jedulous said...

The monkey ghost warrior thing is my favorite. It's just plain creepy. Very nice. the pig man is also a hoot. and i'm very proud of you for putting him a mid-air pose. that's kind of a hard thing to do as a character designer. you know? Unless it's a ninja. Ninjas always need to be in mid air. They are one with the air. They practically breathe the stuff.

Tyler (characters N' sketches) said...

those two aliens really fooled me!!! im diggin the jumping farmer man!!!


sooo inspiring, thanks

justinpatrickparpan said...

Bold designs man, your a master!

El Fro said...

I like the redneck ape guy ... he reminds me of a handycap man who makes monkey sounds as he jumps around ... while trying to suck on my neck ... actually I don't like him all of the sudden ...

Nice designs!

Ben Reynolds said...

thanks for the tip man..your characters are awesome as always! you are very talented dude.

Kyle Marshall said...

NO crits here, these are just super cool!!!

J Chad Erekson said...

Always trying to ditch the crutch.

Hans said...

Brilliant Joe! It's fun to see the different techniques and they're all great in their own way. I'm really impressed by the acoustic papercut dude. That's a rare thing to see in the these digital days. Really great job on the "Fosters" characters as well, it's all about shape and silhouettes.

In conclusion...you're awesome:)

Hans

Jedulous said...

Joe, these really are impressive twists on your own inspiring stlye. They're different, but they still have the spunk you put into your work.

more stuff!!

Jed

Alina Chau said...

THese ROCKS!

Marcelo Braga said...

Amazing collage sketch!