Thursday, September 14, 2006

more working from Katie's designs


Katie's original design:My interpretations:

Katie's design:


My mangles:


30 comments:

Evan said...

cancer?!?

Freckled Derelict said...

I love Katies ladies! Her characters show the fun it is being a girl and look sweet and mischievous at the same time.
And their bouncy proportions are so suited for animation.

Kali Fontecchio said...

Such good designs! They are sooooo inspiring- I love their eyes and figures, and everything!

You do a great job of expanding the original concept!

Max Ward said...

You do a great job with Katie's desgins. I miss Katie's blog.

Patrick said...

AWESOME....I really dig this style!! Great stuff.

Eric C. said...

Cool Designs.

John, your still going to make new Ren & Stimpy's and The George Liquor Movie? I can't wait to see it.

And what's the computer software that was used for the new Ren & Stimpy's?

Lori said...

profile that could kill a man?

and riding a tree is just funny stuff.

Gabriel said...

Hey, I think I know that background in the first picture! Where's it from?

Vanoni! said...

I think I know that background in the first picture! Where's it from?

I believe it's a Sokol? I'm so bad with names.
Placed as a quick color/position test, I'm sure.

That tree looks determined!

- C

Art F. said...

great, great stuff from both of youse!

Desiree said...

I love the crowd picture at the very top, what an inspiring idea!!
What's up with the cancer and taurus?? Something about astrological signs? OHOHOHOHOHO i wanna know :D
i like cancer's legs and arms and EYES.
ur katie drawings are amazing, kali got it spot on with "expanding".

Wicks for Candlesticks said...

Super girls named after zodiac signs? Looks funny! I like Capricorn from a few posts down, but I'm biased.

-David O.

Robert Hume said...

That background looks like it's taken STRAIT out of a playboy mag comic strip(sad I know this, but what can I say, I'm a dude). Very cool stuff, I still like the two twin characters the best though...

What are these super hero girls for by the way? If there for the Tenacious D video, could you tell us roughly how they fit into it?

Ryan G. said...

These look friggin Awesome!!

BrianB said...

Keep posting Katie's stuff from time to time if you can John. Never can get enough. Also, greation job working with her designs.

David Germain said...

Hey, John, are Cancer and Taurus in any way connected with ?

chris said...

you're definitely interpreting katie's designs much better than you had once grumbled about.

keep up the great work.

(btw, i'm from NS, CAN and i'm very interested in what you're doing with Copernicus these days...)

benj said...

nice stuff:D
why did you use a playboy illustration for the bg in the first pic?

Jesse Oliver said...

Hi John

Katie's drawings are really cool & cute looking. The first one looks like the designs from the R & S pilot "Big House Blues" (one of my all time favorite R & S cartoons).

Jesse

P.S.

Today I was flipping the channles on TV and I passed the network TCM and I noticed that they were showing Tex Avery's "Who Killed Who?" cartoon. Just thought I'd bring that to your attention.

Kevin said...

THE TREE kicks ass. I want to know more about him right now. I honestly think that's so funny, think about it.

Crumpled Up John! said...

Say John,
I was watching the Maltese Falcon today when something struck my ear. When Peter Lorre is yelling at the fat man he quite loudly calls the man a 'bloated idiot,' much like Ren does to Stimpy. Cooincidence or direct homage?

Kevin said...

The tree should be a new character in an upcoming show definitely. I love the fact that's he's flying through the air and looking mighty deterimined. i dont know, that just struck me as really funny

k9_kaos said...

I remember when you first posted a rough sketch of that mouse and bunny, and how I instantly fell in love with their cute design. They look even better now that they're in colour. I can't wait to see them animated!

Also, those zodiac girls rule, especially the "Cancer" picture at the bottom. I wish I could draw like that! *turns bright green*

Gabriel said...

Vanoni:
I believe it's a Sokol? I'm so bad with names.
Placed as a quick color/position test, I'm sure.


Yeah, Sokol, that's what I thought! Thanks!

NARTHAX said...

You've got something with this tree. It looks like, now that it's finally free from its earthen roots, it's out to make everyone who ever carved in it or climbed on it PAY!

stiff said...

I dunno if it's welcome from me or not, but I know that I always appreciate criticism of my art more than simple back-pats (although these drawings clearly demonstrate a level of skill that I haven't acquired, so...pat on the back), so I thought I'd offer a constructively critical opinion: it looks to me like you've turned Katie's Cancer design into a white chick by pulling her cheeks, chin and nose further away from her cranium, and widening her eyes. Part of what makes Katie's design distinctively "Asian" is a relative flatness across the middle of the face, along with the unique eye shape and less prominent chin.

What's really impressive is that I had to be taught about racial differences in skull shapes in an anthropology course, where Katie accurately and convincingly picked up on all of them probably automatically. She has a great design eye.

Katie said...

Wow, I want to take a class on different racial skull shapes! The "Cancer" girl is actually supposed to be a Native american. I think it's really fun to draw different races, but when doing it for a job, the artist is usually asked to "tone down" whatever features make her ethnic looking. For this particular project we've had more room to make the girls unique from one another, but I've had jobs where the boss will actually say stuff like "he looks too ethnic...can you just give him 'normal' features and add dark skin?" It was horrifying.

stiff said...

Ahh, I was afraid I might've misinterpreted your intention -- the flatness of the face is still a valid point though, since Native Americans ultimately emigrated from Asia, and share a lot of characteristics. Anyway, if you're really interested in variation in faces, you might check this or this out, since the author seems to be "the man" on such things, although they're probably pretty academic/loaded with jargon, and I can't say if they'd be any good for an artist cuz I don't have them.

That's a damn shame about toning down ethnic differences, because by "normal" they usually mean "european." But I guess we wouldn't want kids to recognize and accept differences in each other....or would we?? I dunno how "different" came to be the same thing as "offensive."

fin said...

Those cartoons are so cool!

JoeyCee said...

Great stuff....wish I could draw chicks like that...