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how to make my subs (latest: a cat)


Process: “Careless Whisker
1. first I did some research, indulging in a formidable cat gif binge - not sure exactly how long it took, but at least enough time to finish a bottle of $4 wine and an entire sleeve of thin mints. my first concept sketch attempts to illuminate the nearly invisible thread I detected running through the source material.
2. next I had to find a pleasantly (yet thoroughly) insouciant cat to use for reference. Luckily, the first one I came across happened to give precisely zero fucks.
3. the technique I decided to use for the finished design was a sophisticated paring down to the essential geometric structure - similar to what toddlers do with their first set of crayons.
4. reflecting the following morning, I felt that ultimately the result was but a single step in the artist’s journey - namely, the search for truth, understanding, and a diner that offers free coffee refills.



Process: "Not Cool"
1. an artist can utilize the preliminary sketch stage to address issues of composition and proportion… I really should try that one day
2. every era has it's own mythology (Star Wars), and the artist can use the latest scientific discoveries (Monster Quest) to make the stories real for his or her contemporaries
3. a great work of art is built from basic shapes and gradually refined. Finally, a dumb joke is written directly on top of it.
4. eventually, art becomes the property of the public and it is theirs to judge, interpret, celebrate and "pin" uncredited on Pinterest



Process: "That Sinking Feeling"
1. behind every so-so idea is 11 that were worse
2. thorough research that had little to no effect on the way I drew it in the end
3. here, I demystify a process that mystifies no one
4. it finally happened. I am literally drawing stick figures now



Process: "For the Record"
1. the sign of a great illustrator: needing to write "newspaper" on your sketch of a newspaper
2. it's easier to draw. don't judge me.
3. execution. try to keep up.
4. I may or may not have created this while listening to iTunes



Process: "Purrfecly Honest"
1. cats are huge on the internet. I'm capable of drawing a cat
2. looks more or less like a cat, right?
3. I recycle my drawings because I care about the environment
4. hello? internet? is this thing on?



Process: "That's a Releaf"
1. rough sketch
2. photo reference
3. execution
4. note to self: start referencing movies that are less than 15 years old



Process: "Mozzarelativity"
1. rough sketch
2. research & reference: don't worry, I remember what it looked like
3. execution
4. I'm bloated, I think I researched too much



Process: "Myth Understood"
1. research continuously starting around age 5
2. rough sketches
3. execution
4. hope that no one mentions the far more plausible long-necked pinniped theory, which would render this remnant plesiosaur illustration obsolete



Process: "Feeling Down"
1. if you're too lazy for a 10 second sketch, you can work out the idea this way
2. no, that looks more like a like a light switch
3. good thing I took all those drawing classes
4. done. what's crackin on Tumblr...



Process: "A Fruitful Admonition"
1. idea, rough sketches, "research"
2. based on my research: narrow at the top, wide at the bottom
3. spend more time on the title than on the design
4. take your place among the masters



Process: "A Stirring Exhortation"
1. idea, rough thumbnail sketch
2. research, reference
3. execution
4. go around telling people it's actually harder to create a simple design



Process: "The Prawn Principle"
1. idea, rough thumbnail sketch
2. research, reference
3. execution
4. await Nobel Prize



Process: "Consider Yourself… Warned"
1. idea, rough thumbnail sketch
2. research, reference
3. execution
4. a design that will only appeal to 19th century peasants with a time machine and internet access



Process: “Sweet Talk"
1. rough sketch, reference: use live model (for chocolate bar)
2. execution
3. finished design
4. nine “likes" on Facebook



Process: “The Red Badge of Discourage
1. get your work in a group show, avoid all human contact at the opening
2. idea, rough thumbnail sketch
3. execution
4. finished design



Process: “Cold Comfort
1. idea, rough thumbnail sketch
2. research and development
3. execution
4. finished design, research will be ongoing



Process: “The Pugly Truth"
1. get a pug, name him Otis, go easy on the discipline
2. idea, rough thumbnail sketch, reference 2 of the 400,000 photos you have of Otis
3. execution
4. finished design



Process: “Spread the Word"
1. idea, rough thumbnail sketch
2. research, reference
3. execution
4. ok, what else can i draw a face on?



Process: “Talking Penguin"
1. idea, rough thumbnail sketches
2. research, reference
3. execution
4. what am I doing? I’m a grown man



Process: “Missing Person"
1. player hate these guys
2. idea, rough thumbnail sketch
3. execution
4. finished design



Process: “Bigfoot Has So Many Haters"
1. do the best drawing you’ve ever done
2. concepts, research, google “toilet paper"
3. ruin the best drawing you’re ever done
4. fail to go viral

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Theo86
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really dig all you work!

goliath72
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Thanks for sharing this is awesome

PeculiarTiffany
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Your original sketches make me happy.

Musarter
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Puntastic. All of these make me happy.

jamesnotjim

Wok tall is legendary!

Chayground

I loved all of these when I saw them on the scoring. 5 5 5 :)

DRO72
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thx for commenting guys, especially baka for appreciating my incredibly skillful, da vinci-like sketches!

BeanePod
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3 designs submitted - Score now!

Threadless would be a lot more boring w/o DRO72 :)

fightstacy
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This is all good, good making maker!

jamesnotjim

@dro72 thanks for the comment I'm glad someone else found banners pain funny and not just me! When's wok tall printing?

DRO72
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beanepod is kind and mechanicalrobotpower is profound.

james, this is me when my subs don't print:

blackhand_
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Needs more eating research.

BlancaJP
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1 design submitted -

:D :D :D

DRO72
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just added 2 more answers to the question "How'd he do that?" which nobody has asked.

palitosci
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Awesome!!

PeculiarTiffany
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I love that fainty looking pear, ahaha. I want a little zine of your initial sketches for me to giggle at.

These tutorials are obviously very effective from what we've seen. :-P

DRO72
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thx baka, that's kind of a good idea... will file that for future reference. :-)

and yes, if i can help just one child do weak imitations of my work, then it's all been worth it.

El-Be

This really made me smile, thank you, I needed that!

blackhand_
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You must be very confident to give away all your secrets like this.

For your design, "A Fruitful Admonition," how did you come to the conclusion that pears are narrow at the top and wide at the bottom? Some might find those conclusions racist or discriminatory, especially fruit that is top-heavy.

soloyo
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No wonder I have been seeing DRO72 look alike subs for voting lately

DRO72
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thx palitosci! glad to hear it, El-Be! :-)

kuro_te, some of my best friends happen to be pears, so...

soloyo, if you collab with that guy i'm never speaking to you again. ;-)

unaifg

Nice work and helps a lot to see how it's made, thanks!

DRO72
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thx unaifg!

Elma e Francis

great! I tink some of that can win the Path thing

DRO72
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middle initials ftw! (thx elma e francis and chuck p comics!)

soloyo
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DRO72 said:

thx palitosci! glad to hear it, El-Be! :-)

kuro_te, some of my best friends happen to be pears, so...

soloyo, if you collab with that guy i'm never speaking to you again. ;-)

LOL, collab???!!! with this awesome tutorial I could sub my own designs "making new account under the name DRO72CLONE

littlem
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beanepod is kind and mechanicalrobotpower is profound.

james, this is me when my subs don't print:

*rips pants

littlem

jk

*rips fart

littlem

jk

*rips art

littlem

jk

*drinks more caffeine

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soloyo said:
DRO72 said:

thx palitosci! glad to hear it, El-Be! :-)

kuro_te, some of my best friends happen to be pears, so...

soloyo, if you collab with that guy i'm never speaking to you again. ;-)

LOL, collab???!!! with this awesome tutorial I could sub my own designs "making new account under the name DRO72CLONE

that dude is DRO73, you can be DRO74. In fairness tho, dude has a few newer subs that appear to be going in his own direction.

DRO72
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littlem said:

jk

*rips art

i can't believe you managed to bring that back around... i think u deconstructed your own joke and then constructed it again. that's some other level shit

FROYO29

I thought this was a thread on how to make hoagies...very disappointed. I am now in despair, and life IS gruel...;D

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FROYO29 said:

I thought this was a thread on how to make hoagies...very disappointed. I am now in despair, and life IS gruel...;D

DRO72, is this your wife?

DRO72
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kuro_te said:
FROYO29 said:

I thought this was a thread on how to make hoagies...very disappointed. I am now in despair, and life IS gruel...;D

DRO72, is this your wife?

i should be so lucky! she has her priorities in order: food first

littlem

yeah, get your priorities straight!

macdoodle
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Mmmmm...process

DRO72
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you guys GET IT.

now THAT is a lady

JLBradford

Hey DR072, thanks for sharing your process. I looked back through all of your submissions. Very cool stuff. Kind of wish more of those were printed...

goliath72
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Thanks for sharing awesome stuff

DRO72
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Hi JL! Nice to meet you - you are kind. If you get your kind-of-wish, I'll be ok with it. ;-)

DRO72
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sup goliath72! see above gif.

blackhand_
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Cryptozoology is serious science.

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