Wednesday, January 14, 2009

last pages and a new book!!

This spread and the page below mark the very last pages of my old Moleskine sketchbook. I've been trying to branch out lately and draw things other than drippy trees and ugly people, but with this page I obviously failed. At least there's a cute cloud, that's a slight departure.

Charlie Brown is really tough to draw correctly, which I why I didn't even try and drew him in my own way. Take THAT Charles Schulz! More ugliness to close out this sketchbook, which leads us directly to....

The custom cover I did for my brand new sketchbook! I know, I know, more sweaty ugly people and the head of a cadaver. I guess I'll just stick to my own niche I've created for myself.

I'm determined to cover every square blank inch of this book, so I started with the front inside cover. The elephant is already disturbed by what is to come, as well he should be.

Here we have quite the assortment of rotund gentlemen. Most of these guys came from me observing people at a shopping mall over the holidays, I tried to remember the most miserable looking men I could and then drew them from memory. It was quite fun until I grew tired of the holiday music and glut of obnoxious shoppers asking if I did caricatures.

With this page I realized that I apparently can't draw a character without making his mouth with either a creepy smile or horrified frown. I'll try and branch out to close mouthed characters in the future.
Barf+sweat+stubble=hilarity. This is why I failed math in school.

I also wanted to use this post to point out several blogs I've been following that I feel are worth sharing, these dudes are awesome artists and are a huge inspiration for me:

Thanks for looking at my doodles, I hope they have made your life better.


Bob Flynn said...

You're off to a great start, especially digging the custom cover. Thanks for the mention, and the set of links, too. Somehow I hadn't been to "Cartoon Curio" before. Good find.

this just in said...

My god, David, your doodles make MY LIFE BETTER. Plus, I am honored to have been included in your inspiration blog list! You are an inspiration to me and I need to do a post like this, where I list people who have added to my world. I wish you the best New Year full of great creative endeavors and new doors opening for you, my friend. Please understand that even though those schmucks at the mall might not appreciate your drippy trees and sweaty people, there are artists online who LOVE to see what you're doing. Whatever the reason for your sketchbook subject fetishes, there are weirdos like me who get it! If you sold empty sketchbooks with custom made covers like that green one, I'd buy one! Keep it real and keep it drippy in 2009!

Oh, and thanks for the compliment Mr. Flynn! You're work is super swell...I'll be back!

David DeGrand said...

Hey Bob! Thanks as always for stopping by and sharing your kind thoughts, and also thanks for posting so much of your cool as hell artwork to inspire me. Yeah "Cartoon Curio" is the blog of amazing artist Justin Winslow who is super talented and an incredibly nice guy. Hey, speaking of...

Hey Justin! Thanks once again for always offering such nice comments and encouragement, I hope 2009 is a great year for you too and let's see more stuff!! Take care bud!

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