Here's some more artwork that I did for the Chimp Haven article from SB Magazine. These are all various chimps that were used in the final layout. I drew these from various photos of real, actual chimps at Chimp Haven. When I showed the final drawings to the people at Chimp Haven, they actually recognized the chimps and pointed them out by name. I was proud that I captured the chimps' personalities.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Here's a couple of inked drawings. The chimp holding the stick is not just digging in the dirt with a stick. He doing something called "termiting." The chimps take a long stick and place in down into the ground. At that point, the termites climb onto the stick and the chimps eat the termites. Those are some smart chimps.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Here's the initial layout that I did for the Chimp Haven illustrated article. The purpose of this rough layout is to establish the flow of the words and pictures. Consider this to be the first draft of a term paper. After doing this first layout, I determined there was WAY too much copy and the drawing needed to be more prominent.
Above is the original title card for the illustrated article. I really liked it, but ultimately it was dropped due to lack of space.
To be continued next week!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Once I met with the Chimp Haven officials, I realized that they took their chimps very seriously. They DID NOT want me to draw their chimps riding unicycles and wearing funny hats (as most chimps are depicted in movies and TV). They supplied me with lots of chimps photos that I used as reference.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Unused sketches from Chimp Haven project
These two sketches I've posted today were rejected by the Chimp Haven staff. They wanted to illustrations to accurately depict the chimps housed at the facility. The first chimp was drawn from a reference photo of a baby chimp. At the time, Chimp Haven only had fully-grown chimps. Regarding the second sketch, they felt the chimps were too cartoony.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Colors by Matt Beckham
Sketch by Brad Campbell
Back in 2005, I was drawing freelance illustrations for SB Magazine, a local monthly community mag. I've showcased many of those illustrations right here on my blog. Each month, my illustration would accompany an editorial or humorous column written by a staff columnist.
When it was announced that Chimp Haven, the wildlife reserve for chimpanzees, was opening in Shreveport, SB Magazine planned to feature an article on the topic. Editor Mike Whitehead decided that it would be more interesting to showcase an illustrated article and charged me with the task.
Working with writer Amy Lyons and colorist Matt Beckham, we produced a 2-page illustrated article. To this day, Mike Whitehead claims that it was one of the most visually interesting articles that was published in SB Magazine.
Over the next two weeks, I'll be posting various sketches, inks and layouts that will lead up to the completed Chimp Haven project.
Friday, March 18, 2011
There's this cool guy I know. His name is Kenny Keil. He's a cartoonist. A few years ago, he moved to sunny California and signed a book deal with independent publisher, Slave Labor Graphics. They published the first issue of Kenny Keil's creation, Tales to Suffice. Life was swell.
Then, the economy tanked. Slave Labor Graphics placed issues 2 & 3 of Tales to Suffice on indefinite hiatus. Did this discourage Mr. Keil?
Of course, it did. Don't be an idiot.
Discouragement notwithstanding, Kenny was not going to let a measly recession stand in the way of his dream. He started a Kickstarter project to help raise the funds necessary to self-publish his book. With the donations from his Kickstarter backers, he met that goal. A few months later, Giant-Sized Tales to Suffice is a reality. In fact, it's for sale right now. Stop reading this and go buy a copy!
Once again, congrats Kenny.
This is the cover art. The book collects the first issue of TTS published by SLG, AND issues 2 & 3. That's three full issues of pure entertainment. It's VERY FUNNY, especially if you love comic books. It's a comic book for comic book fans.
Here's a pic of my Finkleman Fun Pack. As a backer, Kenny sent me a HUGE PILE OF REWARDS: artwork, pins, stickers, postcards, a mini-comic, sketches (not to mention the actual book).
Here's one of my rewards: a lifetime membership card of the Friends of Finkleman Foundation. That's Mort Finkleman on the card. He's the publisher and shameless huckster of Tales to Suffice. He bears a striking resemblance to famous real-life comic book creator...hmmm.
Here's a something cool: a copy of Tales to Suffice #1. I already own this issue, but this one has perfect binding (that's a square spine, folks). It's awesome.
Kenny also sent a Cool Beans, Man mini comic. If you haven't read Kenny's journal comic, check it out at his blog. He even lets me color the comic (which is cool).
Here's another one of my Kickstarter rewards. It's a comic book cover designed specifically for me. I love it because features my comic strip characters, Roofus, Dogstar and Dog Wonder, AND it pays homage to Batman #1 at the same damn time. Nice work, Kenny.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Here's another SB Magazine illustration from my archives. This drawing accompanied an article about pet adoption. I did a few really loose sketches to warm up (see above). I liked the final sketch, but it felt too obvious. I wanted to try something different, so I decided to show the back view of the dog instead. Adding the "kick-me" style sign was a nice touch. In retrospect, it should've read, "Pick Me."
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Here's a weird looking pupppy. This sketch was a preliminary sketch that I did for a SB Magazine illustration. Tomorrow I'll post the final illustration (which looks NOTHING like this).
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Here's a single-panel comic that I experimented with years ago. I only did about 3 or 4 of these strips. I've included the original drawing that I did with traditional pen and ink. I also redrew the strip on my Wacom tablet and colored it in Photoshop.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Here's another owl from my owl project. This was a type collage. This collage was done the old-fashioned way. I cut out a bunch of letters from a bunch of magazines and glued them on illustration board. I've also included the original sketched thumbnail.