Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Another B'day Card


Blogger Randy said...

Fun sketch, Heath.

The back leg looks addly flat, though. Almost like the two legs were one cylinder, and you sliced it down the middle, so we're seeing the flat inner side of it. Just needs a highlight or a bit more texture, methinks. Maybe more of a curved shadow arcing down the front of the leg, to help define the shape more?

Overall, the back leg has a real hinged, cut-out feel. It might even be a bit long in the thigh, by comparison with the right/front leg.

As always, feel free to return the critique on my drawings sometime. Hope things are going well for you - I'm super busy right now.

Glad to see something new!


9:13 PM  
Blogger Heath said...

Thanks Ran-day! Always good constructive thoughts.

9:23 PM  
Blogger MadameGaston said...

awesome. I love that kids face.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Miah Alcorn said...

Nice man. Good contrast in the face with the teenytiny eyes and offset eyebrows... it might be nice to see some grass stains on his uniform and some turf stuck in his helmet.... i dunno just a suggestion. I really like the implied ground plane too and the painterly touches on the text work nicely as well.. all in all Coy B-day card = yet another nice piece.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Rob Corley said...

Super nice Heath! Hey....I got a birthday coming up soon!!!! I agree with Randy about the back leg, maybe scale down the thigh abit and a few grass stains along with the classic black marks under the eyes?
Love your stuff my man!

10:40 AM  
Blogger Chris_Garrison said...

Holy Mackerel, this is an incredible business opportunity. Think of it, Heath! How many people will buy a version of this, personalized for their kid?! All you have to do is get them to send you a couple photos and recaricature the face. Change the uniform colors to whatever they want, and they'll pay what - $100 for a nice print of it?

You can set up a special site and do it online. You could do 2 or 3 for each major sport, and they can choose. And it doesn't even have to be the kid's birthday! They'll just want it for the wall, or to give the grandparents.

Of course, you might have a trillion orders, and you'd get sick of making them in no time. But that's when you hire 20 artists (in India?). You could probably sustain yourself for life this way. It's like my map job, only more appealing.


And watch out, because fixing the leg might hurt it. Weirdness, wonkiness, and wrongness are sometimes required to make something just right. If you make it too perfect, it'll lose its charm.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Heath said...

Thanks for the thoughtful comments guys. I did leave out some very important things like DIRT! Coy loves gettin'dirty when he plays football!

That's the bad thing about working by yourself you don't have a fresh eye to look at your stuff.

G-That would be some sweet business if i could please everybody. I don't like doing these because I feel like I have to say," You really don't have bucked teeth!....it's just a caricature!", or get the parental responses like, "My daughter already has a complex about her big nose,you red-haired jerk!" That has happened in the past. I'd want to push the limits of peoples faces till i'm satisfied not them.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Chris_Garrison said...

Good job adding all the dirt and grease paint. And yeah, caricatures are very tricky.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

Much better, Heath. Even if he is a Colts fan. They stole our colors cause they wanna be like us...

...yeah, that's right. Us. America's Team. The Colts are like "America's Sidekicks." They even stole the first two letters of our name, the jerks...

Oh, this isn't a football blog? Oh...

Nice work Heath. And I totally understand about drawing people who then have to look at the drawing. You almost have to either blow things so far out of proportion that everything's wrong, or make the drawing so perfectly realistic they could've taken a photo. Otherwise, you get the "you drew me fat" or "my eyes don't look like that" kind of responses.

Oh well, if that's how much we "suffer" I guess it's a good thing. :)

8:33 PM  
Blogger flipstudios said...

Heath, nice work man. i always enjoy your style. i know what you mean about drawing people though. i think i cheat and try to make them look better than they actually are. seems to work. cheers,


10:05 PM  
Blogger I.G. said...

i love the grime textures!!!

4:00 PM  
Blogger Cedric said...

Nice! The textured shading really "plusses" the retro look.

4:45 AM  
Blogger Ben Reynolds said...

very cool Heath!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Mike.Gauss said...

wowzers love your stuff. every time that i view your blog i leave very inspired.

12:10 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

This is perfect of the football season too!! GREAT design!

5:51 PM  
Blogger David said...

Great colors...looks like an old fashioned card.

2:10 PM  
Blogger justinpatrickparpan said...

One heck of a little character man. I would really love to see this chap in motion.

5:45 PM  
Blogger FerdinandKreozot said...

Very cool work,
I enjoyed my visit here.

Cheers to you,


8:32 PM  
Blogger Shawn Escott said...

Hi Heath! Always inspiring work! I really like the rafting illustration! You're pretty buff!! LOL. Really though,, awesome work man. Soooooo Inspired and inspiring.

9:16 AM  

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