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Cartoon Mishaps

April 28, 2009

I’m…back! After months and months of virutally ignoring this blog, I realized I actually had something kind of cool going on here.  So, here I am.

Though most of my artwork is original, I do occasionally stray into the area of copying others’ work.  In the following instances, I took some beloved cartoon characters and completely ruined their likeness.

The first example is that of CatDog.  For those of you who don’t recall Nickelodeon’s bizzarre cartoon, here’s the Wikipedia entry.  I’m not really sure why I drew this.  I didn’t like CatDog much, even as a kid.  Obviously, this doesn’t look much like the original, so perhaps this drawing is some sort of under-the-radar insult.

Now, this…this will probably require some explanation.  I’m a long-time follower of Homestar Runner.  I love their cartoons and, in this instance, was apparently trying to copy the likeness of one Marshie.

Eek, that entry was kind of lame.  Rest assured that, once I get back in the swing of things, these will become more amusing.  Until then…

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Things that begin with the letter “b” (or doodles which are positively not mine {and one that possibly is})

November 13, 2008

Hallo, there!  Glad to be back.  This last month has been insanely busy with school and such and I haven’t really felt that I had the time to update.  Any time I did have time, I was away from my computer.  But, now I’m back and it’s on with the doodling!

My theme for today is sort of a choose your own adventure.  It can either be “Things That Begin With The Letter ‘B'” or “Doodles Which Are Positively Not Mine.”  It’s totally your choice.  I will warn you, however: the following may shock and horrify you.  Or, considering my obvious affinity for plagiarism, you may be expecting this kind of behavior from me already. Basically, these are drawings that, though found in my very own class notes, are not mine.  How do I know this? you may wonder.  Obviously, the answer is that these drawings actually look like something specific.  They are also all of subjects which begin with the letter “b”, but that’s hardly consequential.  Consider the following examples:

Butterfly

Bird

Bumblebee

Banana

Baby

Now, that our grammar lesson is finished, we can get onto the real work.  Please note the careful detail put into all of these specimens.  Take notice of the realism which is depicted, albeit somewhat cartoonishly in many cases.  These are clearly the works of someone (or some people) who have some semblance of artistic talent; or, in any case, at least a decent sense of the aesthetics of the world around them.

Need more proof these weren’t drawn by me?  Please take note of Baby-Not-Drawn-By-Me above.  Now, examine this:

This…well, at first I had it lumped in with drawings I had not created.  Upon further investigation though, this does appear to be a Chelsea original.  Look at the fingers, the mangled legs…all trademarks of my style.

Perhaps one of these days I’ll learn to draw like those unnamed artists who left their marks on my class notes.  Until then…well, you’ll probably just see more things like Baby Numba Two up there.

All the world’s a stage…

October 2, 2008

Generally speaking, my drawings are randomly placed next to each other with no particular story to tie them together.  Chaos and randomness reign, and the result is pointless, directionless drawings which have no hope that their existence has a purpose because, frankly, it doesn’t.  Yes, I create little existential doodles.  Poor things.

All that to say that some of my drawings do have a point.  That is, on the very rare occasion, I do happen to draw an actual scene.  I have several of those to share today.

This beauty was actually the first doodle I created at Bible school.  I had gone an entire year without drawing, simply wasting precious class time listening and taking notes when I could have been creating masterpieces.  What I love about this drawing is the absolute randomness of it.  The angry sailor…the other stick man, covering his eyes in horror…the shark with a serious case of TMJ/CDTS (Crappily Drawn Tail Syndrome)…it’s all so perfect.

And, yet another stick man threatening a large, aquatic creature with a harpoon in a non-aquatic environment.  This guy looks more nervous than angry, though.  And, who wouldn’t be?  That whale appears to be a giant PEZ dispenser…who knows what kind of havoc he could cause if allowed to roam free. (If you’re looking for an explanation for this drawing, read the caption…”Whaling Wall”…punny…)

Okay, I clearly had some messed up concept of what the solar system looks like.  Let’s all take a moment to remind ourselves through Schoolhouse Rock exactly what order the planets go in (for the record, I hate Interplanet Janet with a burning passion and I really want to know 1. Why she has to be from a “future world” and how that even makes sense and 2. Why Janet, clearly a creeptastic robot, has a “womanly figure”…actually, maybe I don’t want to know that…).

Also, I absolutely love that the moon is large enough to swallow the sun in one gulp in this picture…not to mention poor Saturn back there, who will no doubt be a midnight snack for the out-of-control Moon Monster.

This picture says a lot about my personality.  The animals I chose to draw were clearly unique.  Where else can you find a rabbit, one of the sheep that thoroughly ignored Babe, a snail, a squawking bird, a turtle/pizza thing and an armadillo that is in the process of being struck by lightning all in the same drawing?  The playful creatures are all frolicking (or twitching in pain, as the case may be) outside of a cave which I think we’re supposed to believe is their shared home.  Right.  ‘Cause snail slime on sheep’s wool will work out really nicely.

I think this drawing is a cry for help.  I’m telling the world that no one has taken me to a circus in recent enough years for me to actually remember what one looks like.  This is my depiction of what I think might have happened at some circus, somewhere.  Why there is a lion waiting patiently for the tightrope walker to falter so it can have a tasty snack, I simply don’t know.

This isn’t a scene, I know, but I just really wanted to mention that during my first week of Bible school, I took notice of one particular administrator who I really thought looked like the Grand Duke from Rock-a-Doodle (the owl guy in the background of the linked picture).  I noticed this owl drawing was placed rather strategically next to notes from a lecture by this administrator and was greatly amused.

DIY commentary

September 28, 2008

Sunday is the day of rest.  So, I think I’ll just post a picture and you can write your own commentary.

Adventures in plagiarism

September 27, 2008

I have always loved writing.  At a young age, I would create “books” out of construction paper with amusing drawings and ridiculous misspellings.  The problem with many of these writings is my shameless plagiarism.  Most was unintentional; I was just so inspired by certain stories that I felt the need to almost copy them directly.  With some pieces, however, I knew exactly what I was doing.

In the past, I have written:

  • The Pokey Little Puppy and the Bear, which uses characters and ideas pulled from The Pokey Little Puppy series.
  • A poem about horses that directly quotes two lines from a song I heard on Allegra’s Window.
  • A book about a girl named Brianna and an orphan foal that ends up being called “Brianna’s Miracle.”  Thoroughbred book series, anyone?
  • A book so entrenched in A Wrinkle in Time, I was never able to come up with a real plot other than some unicorns that appeared.
  • A comic strip series about a toothbrush that was most certainly stolen from Timmy the Tooth.

              Which brings us to our piece today.  Yesterday, I mentioned the Little Miss series.  A counterpart to that book/video series was the Mr. Men series.  My best friend and I were fascinated by these in the fourth and fifth grade.  Perhaps that’s how I came up with this gem.

              Meet Mr. Silly, a character I created in the fourth grade and redrew in my class notes last year for some reason.  Mr. Silly doesn’t seem to be copying off of anything…I mean, what professional would create something so hideous?  However, take a look at this.

              Yes, it all seems to fit.  My need to write “new” books.  My rabid fascination with the Mr. Men series.  Although my character looks nothing like their Mr. Silly, I assure you, I was ripping them off subconsciously.

              Which, now that I think about it, is so, so sad on so many levels.

              Scribble Drawings explained

              September 26, 2008

              So, I won’t necessarily continue posting two of these a day. It’s not because I’d run out of doodles (I don’t think it’s possible); I just simply should be spending more time on chemistry homework :). I will, however, try to think ahead and set the blog up to post a few on days that I’ll be gone.

              Before we dive into today’s showcase, I must explain Scribble Drawings. Scribble Drawings are drawings created by very lightly scribbling arbitrary lines and circles. I would then look at the random scribbles and try to see a picture. After finding some object or person, I would outline said picture with several strokes of the pen to make it stand out. Sadly, many of my best, most creative drawings were made this way, so I have no way of really duplicating a particular piece if I happen to like it.

              This is a rather bad example of a Scribble drawing. I like to think of this as either my depiction of Igor or my concept drawing for a new character on Invader Zim. Or, just a science experiment gone horribly, horribly wrong.

              This picture is a little unsettling, but I can’t place my finger on why. Is it

              a.) her unnaturally large chin
              b.) the fact that she has no nose
              c.) her eyes are just pupils
              d.) all of the above
              e.) Other (please explain)

              This reminds me of the Little Miss books I read as a kid, only, this little miss has put on way too much make-up and is wearing false eyelashes. Maybe it’s Little Miss Prom Queen of Today or Little Miss Has-A-Date-Every-Night or something like that…either way, it’s probably not a book you’d want the kids reading.

              This is definitely my favorite of this particular selection (though, not my favorite Scribble Drawing overall). I love his giant eye and teeth…his underbite that no one could possibly function with…Truly a masterpiece.