Sunday, April 28, 2013

X-Ray

Two more posts to go. Almost there! This post ties in with the first of the A to Z Posts, Anatomically Correct. 

7" x 11" Prismcolor marker on white card stock

TOMORROW'S POST: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

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When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly 
Getting close to the end of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. 

7" x 11" Prismacolor on white card stock

TOMORROW'S POST: X-RAY


Friday, April 26, 2013

Vagabond

Otis has fallen on hard times and has resorted to the life of a homeless vagabond.

7" x 11" Prismacolor marker on white card stock

TOMORROW'S POST: WHEN PIGS FLY

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Upsetting the Apple Cart

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Clumsy Otis has upset the apple cart. 

7" x 11" Prismacolor marker on white card stock

TOMORROW'S POST: VAGABOND

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

That's All Folks!

No, I don't mean I am ending the blog! That's All Folks! was the catch line at the end of Looney Toons Films. The phrase was initially uttered as "So Long, Folks!" by the character Bosko.  Eventually the phrase took on the most famous version of the catchphrase "That's All, Folks!"

While this catchphrase was spoken by many characters over the years, the most recognizable and most well remembered version was by Mel Blanc as Porky Pig.  Porky would stutter the beginning of the phrase, turning it into "Th-th-th-that's All Folks!"

This piece was done on the card stock re-enforcer for a comic book.

7" x 11" Prismacolor marker on card stock

TOMORROW'S POST: UPSET THE APPLE CART

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Looney Toons, Porky Pig and all others are property of their respective owners. Otis is property of Kyle Henderson 2013

Skeleton In The Closet

Posting this one late. Wife hurt her ankle pretty bad so I have been distracted. This one was actually done on the card back for a comic book. Perfect for markers.

7" x 11" Prismacolor marker on card stock

TOMORROW'S POST: THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

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P.s. I am still having trouble coming up with a post for X and Z, if you guys have any suggestions I would love to hear them!

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Road Less Taken

This is NOT Otis. I originally intended to have Otis in the driver's seat of this 1948 Ford, But as I drew this out I realized that he just wouldn't fit the rest of the drawing. This piece was drawn on the cardboard cover of my bristol paper artbook. The yellow of the background is the color of the cover.

81/2" x 11" Prismacolor on cardboard

TOMORROW'S POST: SKELETON IN THE CLOSET
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Roach Coach

Typically the term "Roach Coach" refers to those old beat up food trucks. Not these new fancy food trucks that are practically gourmet, but those dirty looking vans that boast the best authentic Mexican food but are run by a Chinese immigrant and his wife. The kind that usually have a roach trap visible on the prep area and the guy has been using the same dirty rag to wipe down his counter since the '80s. 

That is typically. We can't do typical around here, of course. We have to make it Otis style. This piece was suggested by wife.  I was planning to do a piece with Otis driving the coach and it being pulled by a giant roach. My wife thought it would be funnier to make Otis straining, pulling the coach himself. 

I tried a couple new things with this piece. The major difference I tried was switching from Bristol card paper to Watercolor paper. I wanted to try the watercolor paper for a couple reasons. Mostly I thought the paper would hold the color better. Which it did. Unfortunately it also made it more difficult to blend the colors.  While I do like the vibrancy of the colors I'm not sure what I feel about the trade off in blending.

The second thing I tried different was adding the use of the Colorless Blender Marker. If you don't know what this marker is, it is a clear marker that helps blend two colors or smooth the lines. 

Those things coupled with getting used to wearing glasses that I just prescribed made for a piece that I really think could be better. Just need to work on it and figure out which techniques work on what surface. Any artists out there have some suggestions? 

TOMORROW'S POST: SKELETON IN THE CLOSET

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Queen Bee

For this piece I tried experimenting with a couple new techniques. I really like how the blending came out on the hive, though the Queen's dress could have been done better.  Besides the new techniques I used, I am also pleased with the color pallet I chose for this piece. All of the colors go well together.

TOMORROW'S POST: ROACH COACH

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword

 "Go on then in doing with your pen what in other times was done with the sword: shew that reformation is more practicable by operating on the mind than on the body of man, and be assured that it has not a more sincere votary nor you a more ardent well-wisher than Y[ou]rs. &c. Thomas Jefferson"
Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Thomas Paine

Otis does his fighting with his pen. Through his words and his art.  Not to mention his pen is pretty sharp too.

8 1/2" x 11" Prismacolor marker on Strathmore Art Paper

TOMORROW'S POST: QUEEN BEE

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Off With His Head

"Off with his head, and set it on York gates;
So York may overlook the town of York."
Queen Margaret - HENRY VI 
Shakespeare

8" x 10" Prismacolor marker on white card paper

Inspired by the card game Guillotine from Hasbro

TOMORROW'S POST: THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

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No Brainer

I could while away the hours/conferrin' with the flowers/consultin' with the rain/And my head I'd be scratchin'/ While my thoughts were busy hatchin'/If I only had a brain.

8" x 10" Prismacolor marker on white card paper

TOMORROW'S POST: OFF WITH HIS HEAD

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Mad Tea Party


“Do you think I've gone round the bend?"
"I'm afraid so. You're mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” 
― Lewis CarrollAlice in Wonderland

8" x 10" Prismacolor marker on white card paper

TOMORROW'S POST: NO BRAINER

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Friday, April 12, 2013

The Last Straw

That hat on the top was the last straw. He just couldn't take any more. 

I did this piece a while back. It was one of the first pieces I completed when I decided I was going to be taking part in the April A to Z Blogging Challenge.

8 1/2" x 11" Prismacolor Marker on paper

MONDAY'S POST: MAD TEA PARTY

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Knight In Shining Armor

I am very pleased with this piece. I was stuck on K and couldn't think of anything I liked. Once I finally settled on Knight in Shining Armor I racked my brain on what the piece should entail. My first idea was just to have Otis standing in a suit of armor, a sunburst glinting off the helmet, obscuring his face. meh, too bland. Next I wanted to have Otis on a horse, the horse armored, maybe galloping. Oh, and with the princess on the back. That would be great, and to make it funny, her hair and dress would be on fire because Otis didn't defeat the dragon! Awesome! Waaaay too much.
In the process of looking up some reference images for how to draw that horse, one popped out at me. It was a cartoon of a fat kid on a rocking horse. That settled it for me. The image of Otis, decked out in shining armor and shield, brandishing a sword, all while riding an over-sized novelty rocking horse! YES!!!

Oh and the coat of arms on Otis' shield belongs to Clan Henderson, my family. 
"Sola Virtus Nobilitat"

8" x 10" Prismacolor marker on white card paper

TOMORROW'S POST: THE LAST STRAW

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Jack In The Box

Jack in the Box Otis was inspired by two of the most wonderful women I know. My wife and my not quite 2 year old daughter. The Jack in the Box idea was my wife's, while the other toys were inspired by my daughters toy box.  
The big bunny in the background is actually the same bunny I drew a while back named Patches and posted on my deviantART page found here.

The purple marker I have been using to shadow detail started running out so I had to fudge it a little. Looks like a trip to Michael's is in order. 

TOMORROW'S POST: KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In the Dog House


I was inspired to do this piece since the last time I did a Snoopy piece a lot of people liked it. 

8" x 10"  Prismacolor and Watercolor on white card paper

TOMORROW'S POST: JACK IN THE BOX

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Hard Hearted

Otis has been told on occasion that he is pretty hard hearted. Its hard to argue that one...
I am really pleased how the heart came out. The scan came out a little blurry on the side with Otis, but the heart came out clear and that is the focus of this piece. 

8" x 10" Prismacolor markers and watercolor on white card paper

TOMORROW'S POST: IN THE DOG HOUSE
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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Give a man a fish

"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish... yada yada yada."

8" x 10" Prismacolor on white card paper. 

TOMORROW'S POST: HARD HEARTED
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Five O'Clock Shadow

Every day around 5 o'clock Otis looks down and tries to figure out what the big deal is about his shadow.

8" x 10" Prismacolor Markers on White Card Paper

MONDAY'S POST: GIVE A MAN A FISH
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Friday, April 5, 2013

The Elephant in the Room

Otis silently ponders the elephant in the room. He knew he should ask, but he couldn't bring himself to.  Besides, it was George's house. Who was he to question if George didn't want to wear clothes on his own couch.

8" x 10" Prismacolor marker on card paper

This piece was inspired by the Banksy installation of the same name, displayed in Los Angeles, September 2006. 

TOMORROW'S POST: FIVE O'CLOCK SHADOW
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dia De Los Muertos

Otis has embraced All Soul's Day, The Day of the Dead.

8"x10" Done using Prismacolor Markers and watercolors on white card paper. 
The background color came out a little better than the clouds did in yesterday's piece. Still learning, still practicing. Small note, I really like how the bow tie came out. 

TOMORROW'S POST: ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cloud 9

So I kind of disappointed myself with this one, but I decided to post it anyway. This was my first attempt with watercolors. Obviously I haven't quite go it down yet. I like how the sky came out, but the clouds definitely need work. I used Prismacolors for Otis and the lining. 

I enjoyed working with the paints though, so I think I will try again in the near future. 

TOMORROW'S POST: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
This one should be a fun one. See you next time. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Billiards

For the B submission for the April AtoZ Blogging we see Otis is a shark at billiards. Even the guy who does everything needs a hobby.

Tomorrow's Post: Cloud 9


Monday, April 1, 2013

Anatomically Correct

ANATOMICALLY CORRECT
I am kicking off the April Blogging From A to Z Challenge with Anatomically Correct. Here we see Otis laid out in an anatomical cutout showing his skeletal and bowel systems. As you can see on the skull, Otis does in fact have a jaw and therefor a mouth. He is just so tight lipped that you never notice it! 

During the month of April I will be posting new Otis and non-Otis pieces based upon common phrases and words. All of these pieces will be start with the next letter in the progression of the Alphabet.

Tomorrow's Post: Billiards