Mostly a Sketch Dump - But I will also post here whatever project of which I am currently working.———Click Images for Full-Rez.———

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fly Me to the Moon

I work for a transit company, so obviously I had to draw a Flying Bus. Also, I like drawing stylized moons. 

You may notice that this image is Drawn in pen, whereas most of the other pictures are pencil. 

For years I drew almost exclusively with Pencil and then would Ink the Final outcome. Then For Years I decided I liked drawing with just the pen. Then one day I picked up a pencil again and remembered how nice it is to be able to erase and refine the line a little more. 

Currently I mostly draw in pencil and use the computer to turn the pencils into the Inks. This gives a nice solid black image, with the character of the original drawing still intact. Inking a drawing tends to sterilize (and can numb the mind as well)—killing the life originally captured. 

Interestingly enough, this is this very method that gives certain classic Disney movies that look I absolutely love. Ub Iwerks is the genius behind Disney using Xerox to take Pencils directly to Ink. 

Sleeping Beauty was lavishly produced, and it shows—it's a gorgeous film, but commercially it didn't do well. Money was tight at the studio and using the newly invented Xerox technology allowed movies to be produced at a lower cost. Without it, Disney would not have had the Budget to keep making Commercially Viable Films. It also Gave 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, Aristocats, Robin Hood, & The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh that Wonderful, Sketchy, Organic Feel. 

(I think The Tigger Movie, Piglet's BIG Movie, and the animated Short John Henry used a Computerized, Scanner Based Version of the same Method to keep that same Natural, Raw, Living look) 

To see more of what I've been doing with pencils as Inks, check out my Webcomic: Squishy. Also, if some generous person that is beter at the CSS than myself would like to help me with my webcomic, I have a Wordpress version of the Squishy Comic that I'm trying to get up and running. 

(Wow, I didn't think a doodle of a bus would lead me to that long of a post.)


orangemily said...

Wow, you notice things I never even think about!

Isanderthul said...

Hi Richard, would like to use your art in a free android live wallpaper. I am going to publish it and if you are unhappy I will remove it. We are going to acknowledge you. The wallpaper will be called A Moon Odessy.

Richard McLean said...

I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. I'm going to let it simmer in my head for a bit.

Isanderthul said...

Hi Richard, thank you, we can link to your blog and send out a message of your choice to everyone that installs the wallpaper. Your art is really nice and the wallpaper is quite a fun way to make the moon and spaceship interactive :)

Richard McLean said...

Well, I've thinking about this. In order to allow it, I think I need to use a Creative Commons License of some type—and I think that you need to send me the installation file, since my android device doesn't have access to the Android Marketplace.