I don’t know what it is about monsters but they sure are fun to draw. Am I right? My favorite are probably movie monsters I’m not talking about the CG monsters in today’s movies, they’re great and all, but there’s just something about a guy in a mask. I don’t know, I love em. Especially the ones from the 50s and 60s. They were just real enough so you could tell what they were suppose to be but dopey enough so that they weren’t scary. I guess it’s the hokeyness.
Star Trek was great at that. I mean Jim Kirk fighting the Gorn, come on is there a better scene than that? The old Kirk double fisted punch or the karate chop knockout blow to the neck, that is good as it gets. Anyhow Monster Week at Bob Ostrom studio is just about over but if you want to see more like this come visit me over at Instagram. See you there monster lovers.
Superhero week has come and gone in a flash. Thanks to everyone who followed along with me and thanks to those of you who came and found me on Instagram. You guys are total rocks stars. Today I wanted to take a look at what the process looks like when developing characters for an actual client. Sure it’s fun to draw whatever comes to mind but what happens when you’re doing it for a real live client? Lets take a look at the process.
Step one sketches:
Concept sketches. Step one is always sketches. My client is Chewy.com.I’ve worked with them for many years. We designed a set of characters together to help them market their online services. The main character Mr. Chewy is a lovable dog character who is sort of the guy in charge. He’s had lots of different adventures from vacationing on the sunny Florida cost to sled rides in the frozen north. Once he even ran for President of the United States of America.
The assignment for Mr. Chewy this time was to become a superhero. Does this guy get around or what? Anyhow I discuss the project with the creative director and we’re uncertain if we’re looking for an action pose or a hero pose. I throw out a couple of quick sketches of each.
Step two tighten up:
The superhero pose is the winner. So it’s time to tighten up on the sketch. Because I know this character so well and I’ve drawn him so often I find tightening up the sketch in Illustrator is the cleanest fastest way to go.
Step 3 color:
The tight sketch is approved. Time to move onto color. In my head I’ve thinking this guy is definitely a red, yellow white kind of superhero. Kind of a Flash/Shazam color scheme. So I find my colors and submit my art. The client however was thinking more of a blue red yellow combo like Superman. Superman is arguably a much more popular and recognizable figure so I switch things up and resubmit. We don’t want to do a direct ripoff of the color scheme so we change the combo up a little. To help the artwork pop we keep Chewy mostly in red and yellow and add a little blue for accents. High fives all the way around! Job well done.
We’re already up to superhero three already? How did that happen? Wow is this week flying by. Too many deadlines I guess. Well as you know Superhero Week started of over on Instagram where it’s been getting a pretty good response. It’s also bringing in quite a few new followers which is super cool. At the time of this posting I have somewhere around 800 which is most excellent. It’s got me thinking that I need to create some kind of giveaway once I hit 1000. Still formulating the plan but I’m thinking maybe some kind of poster give-away. What do you think? Would getting a poster be a cool giveaway?
Staying on yesterday’s theme I thought it would be fun to keep the ball rolling with another lesser-known superhero, Pants on Fire Guy. I mean lets face it I would imagine in the superhero world, just like in real life, you have your famous heroes like, Superman, Batman, Spiderman etc and your unknowns like Pants on Fire guy. For every celebrity superhero there are probably thousands hoping for some kind of big break. They are just out there walking among us, waiting tables, playing party gigs whatever it takes to keep food on the table until they are finally discovered. Most of them probably have terrible agents who line up terrible gigs and take their terrible 25% commission. Everyday these guys are out there trying their best to get in front of news cameras, or on the front page of some of news outlet. Sadly most of them will simply fade away into obscurity without ever having their shot at the title. Such is the life of the lesser-known superhero.
I post on Instagram almost everyday but it occurred to me that not everyone who reads the blog is on Instagram and even if you are there is a possibility, (however remote it might be) that you aren’t following me there. In light of this revelation I though it might be a good idea to post the same material here on the blog. that way you guys who aren’t following me over there get to see what the fun is all about. I’ve got quite a back log so rather than backtracking all the way back I thought I’d just pick up from where I’m at right now.
If you’re not on Instagram at this point I highly recommend you check it out. I find the visual emphasis so much less dramatic and frankly boring than a lot of other social sites. If you are careful about your selections you can really customize a nice feed and leave the drama of places like Facebook behind. Check it out and once your there don’t forget to look me up. You can find me at BobOstromStudio.
It seems this post got a little wordier than I intended so I’ll end it here with the image I posted today on superheroes. Enjoy!
I’ll bet you were thinking you were going to see something different in this post. Sorry nature lovers this one is for all my artist friends out there using the iPad. This penguin art was created using the Procreate app for iPad. If you own an iPad and haven’t worked with Procreate yet, what are you waiting for? Procreate is an excellent drawing app available to iPad users especially those who are using Apple’s pencil. I’ve really been enjoying this one. It’s got a nifty little feature built right in that creates a movie of your drawing. The best part is the recording turns on and off without interruption while you work. Exit the program the recording stops. Open the program start working on your illustration and the program records again. Once you’re done just click the output button and save your movie. From there you can share it with any number of apps or post it to DropBox like I did and share it on your blog!
I’ve been experimenting with a lot of drawing apps lately and so far this is the best one I’ve found. I have lots more to try though so stay tuned and I’ll do my best to update you as I work my way through them. In the meantime please enjoy this illustration of an escaped penguin in the fish section of a nearby grocery store.