Sunday, January 10, 2010

For Paul, in progress


Here's one we are doing for Paul. Paul asked me to draw a cute nice Kaspar, which is very funny to me, since he is by nature, an unfriendly bear.

It is almost done...jk027jk123jk126jk130


23 comments:

mr paal said...

i love him! you guys are amazing! i have butterflies in my stomach - Thank you!!! :)

The Butcher said...

That's probably the cutest drawing I've seen of Kaspar. It almost seems out of character. It's great though.

Usagi_Ai said...

The bear is so cute John. :) Awesome work. Man I need to learn to color like that.

Guy Cx said...

Looks absolutely amazing, John! I especially liked the gradient on the grass behind Kaspar.

John, have you ever made any "tutorial-post" about how to do this kind of illustration? I believe I'm not the only one who would love to know that (I don't even know what markers to use!)

Kristen McCabe said...

Hey John, What kind of paper do you use? I love how vibrant your colors are and am wondering if that's due to the paper or kind of markers you use.

Archie said...

Hey John, anychance on a tutorial for this kind of colouring. Much appreicated.

Atta said...

Whoa! That tree is rude!For shame!

Mike said...

He may be smilin' now, but you just know he's plotting to rip that bee's guts out the first opportunity he gets.

Say, I bet that'd be a good Kaspar story: Kaspar learns to lure people into a false sense of security before unleashing his hatred.

Adam Gunn said...

I love looking at these!

seifd said...

That's an excellent drawing. Shading is pretty tough. I notice that some studios don't even bother with it.

Also, I saw this online. It's a letter that John K. wrote to Amir Avni in 1998 about being a cartoonist. There's not much there you can't find on the tutorial blog, but I thought I'd post it.

Oliver_A said...

The texture of real, physical colours drawn on real paper looks much more organic and warm than Photoshop drawings.

Elana Pritchard said...

John, I did some studies if you want to look at them. There's Porky, Owl Jolson, and a couple more Bullwinkles.

Studies at Elana's Blog

Harmke said...

awesome john!
love the colors ^-^

Elana Pritchard said...

Sorry if language ever gets too flowery for the blog, but I meant it more in a symbolic way than an insulting way. Can we ever talk about the concepts behind cartoons or do we only get to talk about the visuals?

Again sorry, trying to be insightful and funny- not mean- I know I can come on a bit strong

JohnK said...

It wasn't you I was particularly aiming that comment to Elana.

You can talk about anything you want. I just don't advise anybody to insult anyone else personally in the comments.

Elana Pritchard said...

Makes sense- us toon nerds gotta stick together!

Ricky said...

Hey John!! Reddit is falling in love with you all over again right now!!

http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/ao7bm/1998_ren_stimpy_creator_john_k_responds_to_a_14/

you really know how to warm the hearts of us basement loving internet junkies :)

Oliver_A said...

It often takes patience to answer in an appropriate manner to provocative posts, especially to those annoying people who pass their personal opinion without any kind of explanation as FACT. Insults are the weakest form of discussion, because they show that you have just run out of arguments. At that point, it's time to rethink your own position, because there's nothing easier to keep cool, and nail someone down who is using insults.

It's a shame John had to close that discussion, because I was going to post a follow up. Maybe this blog needs a disclaimer, which clearly defines the kind of behaviour expected from all participants, which pops up every time someone visits this site.

JoeyCee said...

what media u using there big guy?

Guy said...

Oliver_A: If you want, you can come over to my blogs and I'll ramble on and on about all my explanations.

Though, I don't really think you're interested in a real discussion, just condemning anyone who says things you don't like.

JohnK said...

Hi Kristen

I use different brands of Bristol board pads. My favorite markers are Chartpaks and Kali's are Copics.

What do you use? You do some beautiful coloring.

Kristen McCabe said...

Hey John! Thanks for the reply. Wow Bristol Board? I always thought Markers didn't blend well on that but you've proved me wrong.

Thanks. I use prismacolors on Bienfang drawing paper or a soft watercolor paper. (Unfortunately, it really soaks up the markers but I like how it looks in the end)

damsel said...

Really, you use Chartpaks? What colors do you use? I've tried Chartpak but they tend to bleed for me.

Can you give me any advice on how you layer colors? I kind of gave up Markers after my teachers in Illustration use to tell me not to use markers. They said that markers are for little kids, not real artists but seeing your work obviously proves them wrong. What kind of sets do you recommend?