Aby-a-Day – 29 Januari: Lucky 7’s (Cartoon Tuesday)

A few weeks ago, Iris sent me an email about this year’s NEMO show. She wanted me to do a drawing of Marlin for the flyers and online show postings. Unlike previous years, we’re not having a barbecue, so a variation of Chef Marlin isn’t an option. Actually, it was kind of a relief; I’m not sure I could come up with yet another iteration on that theme. She wrote: It is our 7th show, so we are going with Lucky 7’s and dice and gambling and Las Vegas kinda stuff. This means we need some new art for the flyer (which we hope to have together by the end of this month).
So what do you think? Can you help us out? It wouldn’t be a NEMO show without Marlin!

So, as soon as I read that, I had an idea. Marlin playing craps.

Merlin_Craps-notable

I came up with an illustration that had three variations. Marlin with the dice and the entire craps table…Marlin with the dice and just the bumper…

Merlin_Craps-justdice

…and just Marlin and the dice. So depending on the need, there’s a graphic with Marlin for any occasion. And, if they want something other than Marlin, they’re always welcome to use my drawing of Lorelai as a Vegas showgirl!

Aby-a-Day – 11 December: Mini and Maxi (Cartoon Tuesday)

Recently a new cartoon has appeared on the internet: Pixie and Brutus, about a tiny kitten and a retired military war dog. Now, I know Pixie has stripes on his back…but other than that, he looks and, more importantly, ACTS just like a Singapura.

I know my sketch is a bit disproportionate…but I imagine this is what the Maine Coons felt when they first met a Singapura…inspired a bit by Pixie and Brutus.

Aby-a-Day – 4 December: Falukorv (Cartoon Tuesday)

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how, when Logan was the same age as Izaak, he was acting more like a tomcat – peeing, yowling, pacing – whereas all Izaak has done is just gotten tomcatly bulk. I also mentioned that I call him “my little sausage”.

falukorv_5380

Specifically, a Falukorv, a Swedish sausage made of pork and either beef or veal, with potato starch and spices which originated in Falun, about 330km North-Northeast from Skövde.

zaksausageC03485

Relax, Zak…It’s kind of like baloney. Different, but…that sort of taste.

zakfalukorv

But as he’s been bulking up, I’ve been calling him my Falukorv more and more. And today, I did a little sketch…

zakfalukorv-wrap

…Which turned a little whimsical. I may need to finish this one up.

Aby-a-Day – 27 November: Kalle’s sketch of Jacoby (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is a little drawing Kalle did whilst we were on a train home from Jönköping using my iPad Pro and Procreate.

I set him up with a photo of Jacoby to start with.

Then we set it to 75% opaqueness, and he worked on it. It’s a little wobbly, because the train was, of course, moving. I keep asking him to finish it, because I think it has a lot of potential. I really like it.

Aby-a-Day – 6 November: Sketchy Singapura (Cartoon Tuesday)

This is a work in progress of a Singapura drawing I’m working on…

What do you think?

Aby-a-Day – 23 October: “I’m done packing!” (Cartoon Tuesday)

Remember when I posted this sketch? Well, my friend Teresa aksed me for a drawing for an upcoming issue of Cat Talk: “The theme for October is “Homecoming”…as in how to place cats, rehoming cats & those issues, etc…What I’m thinking is something with a cat moving to a new home.”

I remembered the unfinished sketch and sent it to her, asking if it would fit. She did, and so I finished it. I did the outlines in Procreate, and then the colouring and other details in Photoshop. I wish I could remember the original dialogue that I had in mind…but this works.

Aby-a-Day – 28 September: Behind the artwork (Photoshop Friday)

I thought you might be interested in how I create a cartoon. I only rarely ever draw a complete drawing in one go. At least not when I am drawing on paper and scanning the the result.

marlinWIP_IMG_4668

When I draw on paper, I do a sketch and then trace the sketches in ink. I sometimes do more than one trace of the sketch on the inking sheet.

marlinWIP_IMG_4671

Then I assemble the best parts and start colouring.

marlinWIP_IMG_4669

Other bits, like the BBQ grill and the apron, are drawn and assembled on separate layers. But when it’s all assembled, it looks like the image at the top.

marlindoryWIP

The next year, I added Dory. While Marlin is a cream Maine Coon, Dory is a blue Oriental Shorthair. I actually did draw Dory in one go, so her layer is not as exciting.

newmarlinscan

For the newest NEMO iteration of Marlin, I realised I didn’t need to redraw all of Marlin, but only certain parts. Just his head, both arms, and some whiskers. But it worked. And it was so much easier than reinventing the wheel. Thanks to Photoshop, I didn’t have to.

singascan2

The Singapuras were a bit more tricky.

singascan1

I drew each one separately and three of them are complete, stand-alone cats. Only the one in the very back is a partial Singapura.

singascan3

The whiskers were done separately.