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Friday, November 21, 2014

After that long last post I realized I hated the entire drawing (this happens a lot actually) so here is the re-drawn Oregon Ducks Jump Duck!....


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Here is a brief look-in on how I make some of my illustrations. 

First off I wanted to remake a drawing I had done awhile back of the “Jump Duck” logo.  As you may or may not know, the University of Oregon’s mascot used to be a version of “Donald the Duck” borrowed from Disney.  But there were a lot of strict rules attached to the deal, so in an effort to gain some flexibility the U of O started a subtle redesign to “The Duck” (FYI, his name is not “Puddles”).  This redesign took out the “Angry Donald” look and replaced it with the “Mascot Head” design, so for the sake of this drawing I am changing it to look more like the mascot and less like “Donald”.
To start it all off here is the original image that started the Air Jordan brand, this pose is called “Dunk Man”, and is now the logo for the Air Jordan brand…



…as you probably know Oregon has deep ties to Nike and the Air Jordan brand.  Last season the Oregon Basketball team was gifted some custom Air Jordan's that had the “Jump Man” logo replaced with The Duck, or the "Jump Duck”…



…That’s what I was drawing, and why.  So now on to the art!  I always use the same pen/pencil set up.  With my Sharpie, trusty mechanical pencil (I have had this same pencil for over 15 years), my Staedtler Eraser, and Micron pens…



…I do a lot of my drawing at Starbucks, mainly because I am a coffee addict.  I have my sketchbook and I am ready to go…



…I do a basic sketch of the shape of The Duck…



…then I go back in and rough out the lines…



...then I start inking once I’m happy with everything.  My wife took a pic of me with my headphones in as I start inking…


…here is the drawing with the initial lines added in, this process takes about an hour…



…then I outline the drawing with a Sharpie, this part typically takes about a half hour…



…I then go back in with the Micron to make some of the points crisp.  You can see the sharper point to The Ducks feathers on the right, while on the left they are still rounded from the blunt Sharpie tip…



After I finish with that, I erase the pencil lines and re-ink spots that are too light…



…then the “drawing” is done...  



...But the process isn’t.  I then scan my image into Photoshop... 



 ...I try to wait a day between the drawing and the scan to see if I am still happy with the drawing.  In this case I really hated The Ducks bill, I felt it was too straight.  So I redraw the bill tracing over the drawing with a new piece of paper.  I give myself some lines to help line up the new drawing with the old (the eye brow line and back of the head)….



…I add the new bill to the original drawing…



…I erase the old bill…



…and drop the new one on top!  I merge the layers so I am back to one simple, flat piece of art…



…I then use the Paint Bucket and color…



…I open a new layer and make a gradient matching the colors of the sunset from the original Jump Man picture…



…I don’t want the Chicago skyline in the background so I grab a picture of Matthew Knight Arena and clip out the background…




…Then I add my Jump Duck back in and I’m done!...


Monday, November 17, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

That awkward moment when you realize it's a Bye Week.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A live look-in at Vernon Davis' nightmare... Kam Chancellor.