Edmangoodrich ... nibby?

EdmanEdman Registered User
edited September 2008 in Artist's Corner
I didn't want to completely flood the doodle thread, soooo here's the newish stuff.

This is an idea I've been toying with. Any thoughts?

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And here's the stuff from the doodle thread.

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I'm on the left in this iScribble.

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  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Just looked at your portfolio website. some really good illustrations.

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  • rtsrts Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I love that first set of panels. Great feel to it.

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited August 2008
    Thanks very much. Hopefully I'll be able to do something with that comic idea in the future. I can never seem to get "critical mass" and start the project...oh well.

    Alright, since it seems everybody's jumping on the Threadless wagon, I thought I'd try my hand.
    The original concept had glow-in-the-dark green ink. However, I think the design might be a bit busy, despite the green not being terribly visible during the day. I might end up ditching the green lettering in the background...

    Any suggestions?

    Night:
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    Day:
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    EDIT:

    If I went with the design minus the green ink, I was also thinking of giving the little guy a smile...make him a little more mischievous.

    tshirt3.gif

    Any thoughts?

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited August 2008
    Alright, alright. Now I think I've got it down. It's titled "Lowbrow".
    Please critique?

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    oh jesus i absolutely adore that.

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited August 2008
    Well, at least Beavo likes it!

    I've gotten some other critiques on the placement, so I thought I'd give a couple options here.
    Which is better, #1 or #2?

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    one
    did you know you can't have a message that's less than three characters now?
    weird.

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  • Jake!Jake! Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Yeah, two is awful, one is awesome.

    ps. awesome

    pps. really really

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited August 2008
    Yeah, I wasn't sure how #2 would go over...I personally like #1 better, and I'll be submitting it soon. Thanks for the feedback, ladies and gents!

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I would think #2 would look better if it was on the other corner but I think I'd still like #1 better.

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  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ha! I was wondering where you were going with that. Neanderthal on the ground laughing makes this happen and happen hard.

    #1 for placement.

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  • PumazPumaz Registered User
    edited September 2008
    #1 For sure.
    Awesome idea, great illustrations too.

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  • earthwormadamearthwormadam ancient crust Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    #1

    Adding the second character does really add a lot to the shirt.

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Alright, so Threadless finally approved my design, and now it's up for voting! So please, go vote for it, even if it's not one you like. The more - the merrier, or some nonsense like that.

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    And for the direct URL: http://www.threadless.com/submission/177278/Lowbrow

    ...

    I am not accustomed to begging, so I will have my cat do it for me.

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  • MustangMustang Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    That's not begging, that's a trap! Cleverly disguised as a cute moment that will induce a belly rub, once hand reaches belly the trap is sprung! Claws and teeth then grind away and hand and arm until blood spews forth. I've got the wounds to prove it.

    Voted

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  • MossMoss Registered User
    edited September 2008
    That design would be so much better if the animal outline weren't so blotchy.

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  • GrennGrenn Registered User
    edited September 2008
    I checked out the work on your site Edman -- great stuff, I like it a lot. The various monsters attacking cities and the Cthulhu '08 stuff are my faves. :rotate:

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Moss wrote: »
    That design would be so much better if the animal outline weren't so blotchy.

    I can see your point, but I really like it still the idea is just awesome.

    But Moss knows threadless and tee-shirts more than anyone on this site, so yeah, maybe listen to him

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Moss wrote: »
    That design would be so much better if the animal outline weren't so blotchy.

    I wanted to abstract it a bit from a straight outline, and actually went through several iterations, including a fully-filled bull as well as just outlines. The inspiration came from some aboriginal rock art I saw a long time ago. Basically, they blew paint through a tube and used their hand as a mask, creating an early "stencil" effect.

    Anyhow, it's good to hear something from the Threadless master.

    (On a side note, did you ever find out what was up with those Cafepress ripoffs of your design I emailed to you a while back?)

    And Grenn - thanks! I used to be into screenprinting a while ago, and seeing your stuff really makes me want to find a local spot to start up again.

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  • MossMoss Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Nah, I wasn't saying you should go for a straight outline. I was thinking that the strokey style of the text from the earlier iteration would have been better.

    But maybe it's the contrast of the white that's throwing me off. I think it makes the characters and the cave art a little disparate. I don't know. It's a sweet idea.

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  • DeeLockDeeLock Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Voted so hard.

    I like.

    :D

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  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots perth, ausRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Yeah I like the idea but the white outline is just so... fat and messy? I guess that's the point, but there's something about it that just doesn't sit right. Might be the lineweight used for the dudes versus the art. In terms of colour I think the white reads too clean; I would have gone for a tan colour, so it was lighter than the shirt and the dudes, but still felt organic and 'cave'ish.

    Good luck :D

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Moss / Desperate:

    Both points are very good, and I like the idea of toning down the white into a tan. I can definitely afford to add another color to the mix.

    If the design ends up not doing so well on Threadless, I'll probably end up reworking it in the future for some other purpose. (...and I'll likely make the changes then.)

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited September 2008
    True confession:

    I've been a digital native for most of my life. Drawing on a tablet is my most natural medium, right next to sketching with pencil. However, after seeing guys like jibjib, earthwormadam, and grenn, I've really wanted to get into drawing something in ink...I guess it's the immediacy and the fact that I don't have to take it to Kinko's for it to be really "done."

    That, and I really like the look of the dipped pen and ink, and have never had the guts to give it a real try.

    So for an early birthday present, I picked myself up some smooth bristol board, Windsor & Newton india ink, and a dip pen with nibs. This is my first terrible drawing ever with it! (I used a hunt 102 nib if you really wanted to know...)

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    I know I kind of jumped the gun on erasing the pencil, because I smeared the ink in a couple spots. Man, I feel like a total noob drawing like this. It's fun, but really frustrating.

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  • GrennGrenn Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Looks like a good start to me -- keep 'em coming! Lines drawn in ink just take on so much character, I love 'em.

    Grenns' Pro-Tip: Don't do your final inks over your pencils right away. Instead use a cheap fineliner to ink in the lines, let it dry, then erase the pencil lines and then use your brush/dip-pen to ink over the fineliner lines.

    That way you never have to erase over your final inks, and they stay lovely and opaque.

    Also, doing a bunch of lines and exercises (as you've been doing already it seems) will get your hand warmed up and give you a bit more control over your lines.

    If you start playing with brushes and ink, you might enjoy trying out a Pentel Pocket Brush pen, btw, which is what I use. Has the same feel of a brush but no ink dipping!

    Looking forward to more from you mate. 8-)

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Man, I looked all over the local art supply for a brush pen of any kind, and specifically a Pentel brush pen. No luck. I think I"ll probably end up having to order one on the internet someday.

    For the time being though, I think I'm really liking the whole "scratchiness" of the nib pen.

    And that is an awesome tip. I will definitely use that.

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  • GrennGrenn Registered User
    edited September 2008
    The Pentel ones seem notoriously difficult to get hold of.

    I got mine (and a tonne of refils) from here:

    http://www.cultpens.com/

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  • EdmanEdman Registered User
    edited September 2008
    Thanks Grenn, I may have to track those down at some point.
    I'm going on a bit of a vacation from my regular internet stuff, so that I can focus more on actually drawing.

    So I leave you with the new AC Challenge thread, and a picture of a toad I found on my porch last night.

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    I named him Bufo.

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