Just a heads up for anyone interested: I'll be teaching a Fundamentals of Character Design course through CGMA starting July 27th. The prerecorded lectures are by the amazing Wouter Tulp and I'll be handling the assignment feedback and live weekly demos and Q&A sessions with students.
When I sign a book for someone I always offer to draw a quick sketch of an animal of their choice. Sometimes the customer will have a very specific request and sometimes they will leave it up to me. Here are three of the more unusual requests I've had in the past several weeks. My thanks to Russ, Patrick, and Justin for challenging me with their requests.
Here we have:
• "A bird who is VERY healthy."
• "A mommy and daddy bird pushing three baby birds out of the nest."
• "A Scottish cow (or "coo" as they say) with creative block." This one actually gave me a bit of creative block for a moment.
I've been keeping busy lately with filling orders for my latest book, signing and sketching in copies of The Daily Zoo Vol. 3: Healing Together. It's always fun to see what animals people request. Sometimes the requests are very specific, sometimes they leave it up to "artist's choice."
With previous books, I have almost always signed with a felt tip pen. The combination of the paper's slick surface, the small area to sketch in, and the unforgiving nature of drawing in permanent ink can make it challenging at times. With Daily Zoo Vol. 3, however, I've been experimenting with various pencils and colored pencils as seen in these six examples.