So there’s this thing, and I guess all the cool kids are doing it over on the Twitters and the Instagrams. It’s called “Art Vs. Artist.” You put some of your work together in this format, along with a picture of yourself in the center. It seemed like something that might be sorta fun to take a crack at, so here we go!
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what all the rules are (if there are any), so I’m probably breaking some of them. I did get the idea that this was supposed to center around faces, so there’s at least that. Some of these samples are more recent and others slightly older. At the moment, I feel like this works pretty well. If I were to attempt this again tomorrow, it’s possible I could pick a few other images.
I feel like I might be breaking one of the rules with my photo in the center. It’s (obviously) not a current selfie. Not by a long shot! That’s a 12 year-old me, on my birthday. If you could see more of the picture, you’d see I was attempting to paint a picture (using oils) of the USS Enterprise firing on a Klingon ship. Why that photo? I figure: don’t we all start someplace like that as artists? Everything else flows from that.
Apologies up front. This was another of those visual ideas that get stuck in your brain, and have to come out. This one’s been lodged in there since one of my routine morning jogs some weeks back, seeing a California Flag sticker on the back of someone’s car. For some reason, my brain envisioned replacing the California grizzly bear on the flag with a Care Bear. And Grumpy just always seems to lend himself to things like this.
So why am I drawing a Care Bear, this long after having worked on the property? Well, all I can plead here is that I worked with these characters for two seasons’ worth of an animated series, as well as on several direct-to-video features (in both 2D and CG). Plus Care Bears also has the distinction of being the only property I’ve done work on for more than one studio. Maybe spending that much time with it, perhaps the little guys are bound to be still somewhere in the nooks and crannies of my brain, and they just have to come up for air sometimes.
Plus, the fact that some of the other Care Bears posts I’ve put up here get a fair amount of hits probably doesn’t hurt either. 🙂
Okay, I probably need to explain about this one. To do that, I need to get into a little of the “behind the scenes” workings of WordPress.
A few months back, I decided it would be a good thing to have some kind of a hit counter for my site, running in the background. The beauty of WordPress is that there’s likely a Plugin you can install for just about any purpose. I wanted a Plugin that would give me an idea of how many hits my site was getting, where people were coming from, what they were looking at, etc. It’s been fascinating to watch this info accumulate as time goes by. In some cases, it’s been surprising to see what posts and images get more hits than others. And one thing that’s turned up is that the Care Bears images on my site have been pretty popular.
So, I’m no dummy; it made sense to perhaps generate one more. I revisited a Post-it drawing I did as a goof back when I was working on “Care Bears,” polishing it up in Adobe Illustrator. Some of you will recognize this as a play on Shepard Fairey’s OBEY Giant image, featuring the late wrestler André the Giant done up propaganda poster style. Perhaps it’s a bit of an oblique gag to play off that iconic imagery with a Care Bear, but have you ever had one of those visual ideas that get stuck in your head and won’t go away unless you get them out on paper? You other artists out there know what I’m talking about.
So here you are, for whatever it’s worth. And for those who wonder which Bear this is, I figure it’s probably Grumpy. Because he’s cool like that.
Like I said last time, I feel the need to occasionally post some things to at least remind people of the fact that storyboard revision is one of the jobs I do. Even if all I have to show for it are some random, scattered panels that I happened to have kept copies of.
Here’s another one from a Care Bears board. The overall story is forgotten now, but in this scene, Cheer Bear (in the foreground, speaking) was in an awkward situation where she felt she had to fib to Harmony Bear (in the background). I kind of liked the way Cheer’s facial expression worked out, which is why I hung onto a copy of this panel.
It’s occurred to me that I have absolutely nothing on my site to represent the fact that one of the jobs I do is storyboard revision. Mainly it’s because it’s a difficult thing to show in a portfolio. At the request of the director, you’re drawing random scattered panels here and there throughout another artist’s finished board. If even that; sometimes you might just be redrawing a portion of a panel or figure. Random panels out of context don’t really show much in the way of narrative skills, which is what boarding is all about.
Nonetheless, it seems to me I should still have some things up here to represent that side of what I do. And occasionally in doing that job, I’ll generate a random, scattered panel that I especially like for some reason, and have hung onto a copy of it. So I figure maybe I should post some of those here from time to time. Why not? It lets people know that it’s part of what I do.
So here’s “random, scattered panel” #1: from Care Bears, it’s their arch-enemy Grizzle. I enjoyed doing a panel with a little attitude, and it’s not often that there’s a call to do lighting effects on a board. Dramatic up-lighting is fun!
There will be more random board panel posts in the future, from time to time.