What happens to all that rejected art?

hotdog illustration by bob ostrom

I’ve been in business a long time. For every project I create there are at least  three or more sketches that are rejected along the way.  It goes without saying that in that vast pile there are a few I feel shouldn’t be in there. I mean, I get it, it’s all part of the process but that doesn’t mean I have to like it .

The Bob Folder for Misfit Sketches

That’s where the  Bob Folder for Misfit Sketches comes in. Not every rejected sketch makes it to the Bob Folder for Misfit Sketches just the ones that really broke my heart. Every once and a while I reach in there, grab one and work it up.

A Hotdog Logo Misfit

This is one of those ideas. It was from a project I worked on many years ago. The client wanted a hotdog character for a logo project but had no real direction in mind. He told me to just go nuts. I knew this idea was a stretch but sometimes crazy ideas spark other ideas so I submitted it along with the others. Even though this one was rejected it did spark some interesting conversations… so I guess you could say it did it’s job.

This art was created on the iPad pro using the Procreate app.

Wrapping Up Monster Week with Star Trek and the Gorn

kirk fighting gorn illustration by bob ostrom

Kirk Fights the Gorn

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.

Next up? Science week!

Penguins Procreate (It’s not what it sounds like).

What’s Procreate?

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!

Other recommendations?

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.