Monday, April 23, 2012

Flying cat.

Postcard from the desert.

Landy 'toons, how it started.

Series One

This is the very 1st LR cartoon of mine as far as I remember.

At time I was asked by certain LR magazine to provide a cartoon
about the Up Helly Aa event, a traditional festival that originated in the 1880s,
which involves fires, torchlight processions and vikings themes.
Since then the festival has been an annual occurrence in the Shetland calendar.

I thought of a Viking bloke going to the event in a tiny Series One.
Sadly the cartoon was never published but started me on drawing LR 'toons.
Official page: Up Helly Aa

This is my (usual) process:
  1. I begin with a sketch using blue ballpoint pen (Staedtler) on very lightweight paper (yellow Post-Its are used to cover mistakes too big for liquid white )
  2. pencil drawing on Schoellershammer 200 g/mq paper, inked with brush and Winsor & Newton ink
  3. digitally painted (eventually)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Birth of a vector D90.

Last month a Brit gentleman contacted me for a 'toon, vehicle of choice was the ubiquitous Defender 90 :-)

Here's how I developed it, starting from a quick sketch in Sketchbook Pro, through a cleaner one using the Colerase pencil, and the final result as vector, done with Ai.
It came out really cute :-)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

And I've been working on character design too, for another project. Punk/rock girl. I did lots of sketches, here're some of them.
Visualizing the driver; head and expression. I used my new Col-Erase pencil, Carmine Red. Inked with Faber-Castell PITT (like Brad Pitt?) artist pen, Indian Red.
Development of the Cruiser. The article is about carbon monoxide poisoning & vehicles. See the finished artwork in the summer issue of Overland Journal ;-)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Finally started blogging.

"This is Jack Burton at the Pork-Chop Express and l'm talkin' to whoever's listenin'."
This is Michele. I'm a cartoonist...well I draw, sketch, paint, visualize things, mainly Land Rovers and stuff with wheels. Sometimes human beings, generally guys with big, ugly noses and girls with mean eyes.

Soo, you'll find random stuff of mine here, in no particular order I fear.

I generally use pen, pencil & ink, or my Wacom Bamboo.

This is the latest thing done, for Overland Journal, "the highest-quality adventure magazine available".

Digital, preliminary sketch of a Toyota FJ Cruiser.