As you read this, I’ll have the unfortunate “honor” of being on DC jury duty, which to a freelance illustrator means— I won’t be making any money today, and I’ll risk loosing my house if I get on some crazy six week long trial. BUT- I submit the following for your enjoyment.

When I look up references to costumes for the various GI Joe characters, I tend to come across sketches people have done where they’ve redesign the costume, or the entire style of characters. Because search engines can be vague in their results, images that are on the same page as the items I’m looking for, tend to pop up. I’ll often find whacky redesigns of classic cartoon characters that I grew up with, or current shows that people feel like playing around with. On days I finish a page early, I’ll go have a coffee at the local shop, and doodle some redesigns myself. I’m not saying they’re better designs than the source material, or even as good for that matter; as that wasn’t the intention. It’s more about seeing a subject, style design, or character traits, in a different way. Here are a few I did recently,  see if you can guess who they are? Some are obvious, but the others may take a little guess work. If you get them all straight off… geek!

HINT: My head is an ecosystem.

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HINT: It’s a page right out of history.

Redesign_Feb_2013_02 HINT: It’s not a bird. It’s not a bee.

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UPDATE!: Here are a couple more—

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And a few more… for some reason I really like the beady little eyes on everybody.

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No, I’m kidding. I mentioned in a recent post how I was wishing there would be a drawing session with a clothed model, and how I was also tired of always having the same body type in the drawing sessions. As the title says “Ask and ye shall…”, well, you know how the saying actually goes.

I don’t know if the model canceled at the eleventh hour and the replacement was late to arrive (due to such short notice or what), but to fill in for the first 30 min or so, one of the regulars modeled for a bunch of 3 min poses. This was a fun challenge, but I’ll admit my vision of this scenario didn’t involve an ex-hippie that reeked of cigarettes. The poses were fun, but even a few feet away… what are those? Marlboros? Lucky Strikes? Virginia Slims, maybe? Mmmmmmm, makes me want a greasy pork sandwich, served in a dirty ash tray.

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Once the model arrived we did a few 1 minute gesture poses as well. I thought the feet on the first one turned out well; those are for you, G.

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Then a couple of 3 minute poses.

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Usually we go from gestures, to the previous 2-3 minute poses, then into 20 min poses, but that night the group head decided to do shorter, 10 min poses mixed in with the 20. The 10 min. pose was just long enough to make you attempt a finished drawing, but in reality they were just a little too short to pull that off for me. I think they came out ok, but you can see they didn’t quite the level of completion they needed. This first one worked best, as I focused on just her upper body- mainly because there was a chair covering her lower half.

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This back shot, like the bust above, was a little easier on time, fewer details so I could focus on shading and highlights rather than details normally found on the front.

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But we did get a couple of 20 min poses, you can see, they’re just a little bit more refined, with extra shading, and highlights.

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