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Message Board Pictionary!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Over the past week or so, on the Malazan Book of the Fallen forums, there’s been a game of what amounts to Pictionary going on, dubbed “Draw & Guess” with the drawings done exclusively in MS Paint. One player at a time is given a challenge to draw (usually a book or a movie) and the other forum regulars try and guess what it is. The winner is given a new challenge by the previous artist. I managed to tackle a number of challenges, and thought I’d share them here. (For the answer to each picture, simply hover your mouse over the image.) Full-size images can be viewed by clicking the thumbnails:

My first drawing. Not great to look at, but it served its purpose.
(Category: Movie)

Here’s where I started to have some fun. This was guessed correctly on the first try.
(Category: Book)

Even more fun. And another first-guess win.
(Category: Game)

I went all-out on this one. Once again, nailed (ha!) on the first guess.
(Category: Game)

Hoo boy, did I ever think I was in trouble when I saw what I had to do here. It took a bit of thinking, but I gave it my best and was pleasantly surprised when the first person solved it.
(Category: Book)

Red Asner

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Short version of the story: A thread in a forum I frequent inspired to draw this sketch of Red from my Bear With Me comic. As I was doing it, I was reminded of Freakazoid!‘s Sgt. Cosgrove (voiced by Ed Asner, hence the post title.) Of course, Cosgrove’s line is “Hey, cut it out,” but I don’t feel like changing the text.


Monday, June 29th, 2009

Just a doodle I did the other night.

Aptly done.

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Sketch time! I scribbled this out yesterday during a 5-minute lull. It’s an “Aptorian” demon from the Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy series. Three legs, one multi-faceted eye, and lots of teeth. This feels fairly close to how I picture her (the one in the books is female) in my head while I’m reading. I realize now that the front knee should probably be reversed, but ah well.

Come to think of it, I think I unconsciously took some design cues from Ravage from the upcoming Transformers movie.

A conversation with young me.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

(With apologies to Kate Beaton.) A week or three ago I had this idea for a comic, where my older self tells my younger self about all the foods he’ll grow to like when he gets older. I don’t have the time anymore to draw out a full comic, so it just sat in the back of my brain. Until today, when my monitor died at work. With nothing else to do until they replaced it, I sketched this picture out. Instead of doing the standard three-panel deal, I decided to just use this picture and put all the dialogue above it.

Yeah, I didn’t like pizza or hot dogs when I was a kid. Weird, huh? I’m not exactly thrilled with how the text came out, actually, but I love the picture. My son Alex thinks it’s supposed to be him and me, and I don’t really have the heart to tell him otherwise.

Wow, it’s something!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

It’s amazing how long it’s been since I’ve drawn something worth posting here. I’ve actually done a handful of Catbox character designs (Toros, Rhombit, and Pandagon) that I’ve been meaning to post, but even those were just simple design sketches. I did this sketch this past Sunday during church. It’d been a while since I’d drawn Speed-Bot, and I wasn’t sure if I’d remember how his head was shaped. I did, and turned out a full-blown pen sketch inside the bulletin:

And here he is with a quickie color job, along with repaints Mototron and Aero-Bot II:
Click here to see the pretty colors!

What it says!

Thursday, October 30th, 2008


A backlog of Catbox.

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

I’ve done a number of Catbox items over the past few weeks that I’ve been meaning to post here, but for one reason or another, haven’t gotten around to yet.

Jumping back three and a half weeks ago: contemplaing my own impending thirtieth, I thought of an idea for a birthday card. Granted, I couldn’t actually give it to any of my own friends (seeing as how I was turning 30), but I had to make it anyway:

My birthday party was the next day, and my wife had the idea of making a drink menu, so when people asked what there was to drink, we could just hand them the menu. I came up with this for the menu cover:

Fast-forward two weeks. We were down visiting Sarah’s parents, attending church on Sunday morning. I usually doodle on the bulletins, and Elizabeth likes to watch, so I asked what I should make Catbox doing. She said “painting”, so I came up with this:

Then I took the painting theme and combined it with the Halloween season and did this:

(That’s Otterball asleep with a jack o’ lantern painted on his back, if that’s not immediately clear.)

Happy medium.

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

I drew this yesterday. I happened upon my old charcoal pencil from college, and decided to give it a whirl. Wow, I’d forgotten how awesome that thing is.

Nothin’ wrong with the cookie sheet.

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Yay, more Catbox! This idea just popped into my head tonight. It’s not really Catbox’s birthday, but it is Scamper’s!