Saturday, May 26, 2012

Lunch Doodles

I was having lunch with Eddie and Sandra and telling them about some great new nature shows I've been watching called "Wild Australia". There are a lot more marsupials than just the regular ones we all knew about. I used to think marsupials were an earlier form or mammals than the rest of us, but the specials seemed to infer that we aren't so sure anymore. I wish I knew the answer!
When I doodle mindlessly I tend to play with proportions and design more than when I try to on purpose. It's a good trick for loosening up and breaking conservative habits.

22 comments:

pbcbstudios said...

those are great!

mike fontanelli said...

Baby koalas eat their mother's poop, straight from the chute. I saw it on Wild Australia and was nauseous for days. I used to think they were cute before.

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Roberto Severino said...

You're able to do so much more with a simple ballpoint pen and lined notebook paper than most people, including me, can! Great drawings.

Lamont Cranston said...

Marsupials were a stepping stone between the warmblooded reptiles and mammals
Thats why the oldest species lay eggs, the echidna and platypus, and the others carry their young externally in pouches rather than wombs
Incidentally John have you ever seen any Australian animation, not just the stuff Hanna Barbara and Disney outsourced, what I remember from my childhood left a lot to be desired

kurtwil said...

Nice doodles for sure, JK!

What Australian animation have you seen, Lamont?

Some Ren and Stimpy shows were animated in Australia.

During my 1990's stint there, Yoram Gross (Dot and the Kangaroo), Disney Australia (Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh), Catflap Animation (Ren and Stimpy) and Unlimited Energee were the main 2D producers there.

Sadly, only Energee's weakest efforts are in the USA: contracted Burbank Animation titles such as SINBAD, FRANKENSTEIN, etc. Energee's own show, CROCADOO, inspired by Ren and Stimpy, isn't here yet (Energee tested for Ren and Stimpy but lost to Catflap).

Shawn Dickinson said...

Great marsupials!

A character named Numbnuts Numbat should be in the works.

Joshua Marchant (Scrawnycartoons) said...

I wish New Zealand had as many cool animals as Australia. The best we have is the Kiwi bird.

LooneyToon said...

Hiya John, have you seen Awesome Reach yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXasCjUTNpE

I think it even goes beyond your cartoons in geniune cartooniness.

Gordeaux said...

Hey John, in Ren and Stimpy's untamed world, was the lizard that ran on it's hind legs (and makes me wee myself everytime I see it)based on the Australian frilled neck lizard?
That is one of their defence mechanisms! They run at their attacker hissing with their neck at full frill!!!

Awesome post!

Rebo said...

i come to this blog to learn. Thanks man, better than art school in my country (argentina).
Cheers!

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Laylassong said...

Nice kiwi's on the marsupial mouse John! ;-)

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akira said...

i really want an "Around the World of Nature with Huckleberry Hound" show now!!!

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kuntry munkney said...

Hello Mr. John I know you dont know me but I wanna say thank you for getting into cartoons.. I know you got a great check and all but I figured I'd let you know that I have watched cartoons ALL MY LIFE AND I STILL DO NOW... HECK I'M WATCHING THEM RIGHT NOW... THEY KEEP ME IN TOUCH WITH WHATS IT LIKE TO BE really happy.

underarea51 said...

John,

Is there anyway you could please explain the process of how they made those colorful bright laser blast effects/ glowing lights in cartoons back in the 80's? - Like in "Heavy Metal" - the colorful glowing lights on that huge spaceship the two stoned aliens were flying?

Thanks!
Ken

Steve said...

I enjoy how you just kinda flowed with ideas relative to the Australian conversation. Haha

fandumb said...

Have you heard, John? There's this anime which is very inspired by you, and one minor character is an antagonist who looks very much like Ren, a spectre responsible for killing a friendly, cat-shaped spectre...
She doesn't stay around for very long and explodes while cursing the name of John Carpenter, but was awesome in the little moments she was around.

Elana Pritchard said...

I'm sorry. Sometimes this lifestyle is frustrating, ya know? Surprisingly, cats miss dogs and wish they were around more.