It’s dumb, and I can’t believe this joke hasn’t been made somewhere before… but since my kids are all about Scooby Doo, the character’s been on my mind lately.
Archive for sketchbook
A random assemblage of sketchbook stuff including:
Barry Ween: Judd Winick’s boy genius creation has always been a favorite of mine. I understand the market forces which moved Winick toward writing superhero comics and working in the entertainment industry but geez Judd… MORE BARRY WEEN PLEASE:)
Doonesbury: I’ve been looking at a lot of the older Holt, Rinehart, and Winston collections of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip. Not much can beat Doonesbury in terms of newspaper comic strips during its’ run in the late ’70′s/early ’80′s.
Eggbert the Talking Christmas Egg: The New York Times can explain this oddity of my Hudson Valley childhood quite a bit better than I ever could.
In drawing these comics about my teaching of Romeo and Juliet this year, I noticed I’ve been using the same designs of some of the characters. I didn’t set out to design these characters and I think it shows in those comics from earlier in the week. I decided to try and refine a bit more. Here you can see some quick sketches of (clockwise from top) Romeo, Lord Capulet, Tybalt and Juliet.
Romeo had kind of a Disney prince character thing going on, which is kind of interesting I guess.
No comic today but here are a couple of things I’ve been sitting on for a few months.
A sketch page I stole from Sade, one of my students this year. I thought it was so good I couldn’t resist. It reminds me of the kind of thing I do in my sketchbook from time to time. Look at this, she’s so good!
A few days ago I was watching Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s first Christmas episode, where Joel and the ‘bots watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. I doodled a little bit in my sketchbook while the flick was on and here are the results. I remember hearing rumors of an MST3K comic book years ago and I always wondered how that would have looked.
For some reason, the Internet was down at our house all last night. I have the next two comics in this week’s series scanned but I can’t upload them until the WiFi problem gets fixed! As such, here’s a sketchbook page I happened to have saved on my school laptop.
A couple of drawings of characters from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time with Finn and Jake. I mentioned awhile back I had become a fan of the show but after some Thanksgiving break viewing, I’m now upgrading myself to “big fan” status. There are tons of blogs better than this one to give you a rundown about why the show works so wonderfully well… but my own higher appreciation for the show came from the recent episode titled I Remember You which was one of the best takes on losing someone to Alzheimer’s disease I’ve ever seen.
One of the great things about that episode was that it wasn’t even ABOUT Alzheimer’s disease. The main story was just powerful enough to put you in mind of it. I Remember You wasn’t evocative of the show as a whole, but I’m always impressed when a TV program is good enough to deviate from its’ format and say something new about the characters and situations. Adventure Time is that kind of show.
I also love the designs on all the characters and how easy they are to replicate. Pendleton Ward’s style is deceptively simple… but it’s the kind of thing a kid can sit down and do themselves. That’s one of the great hallmarks of cartoon design, so much so that my son Elliot’s a fan of the characters even though he hasn’t seen one episode of the show! He’s just seen drawings. Look at this, we were out to dinner a few days ago and he drew his own Lumpy Space Princess!
(The one on the right is mine… the two on the left are his!)
Some longtime readers might remember Melissa. Melissa used to pop up in the comic all the time when we were living together in Boston… and then when we were both living in Brooklyn. Miss also used to be kind enough to draw guest strips for me, whenever I’d be out of town or on an extended break from scratching out comics.
By a wide margin, Melissa’s comics were always FAR better than mine. You can check some of them out here.
Well, Melissa and my friend Mary came for a visit this past week and Miss took a couple of minutes to doodle these on a napkin. This is the first napkin, with the boys, Ellen and myself.
…and this is the second napkin, drawn for Mary to commemorate the visit. Melissa’s been my best friend for almost fifteen years and I wouldn’t be married to Ellen if it wasn’t for Mary… so these are very special to me.