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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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DRO72
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Joe Conde said:

FINALLY! Now we can all win too! :-)

joe conde wins at being the most METAL!

DRO72
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thx megan! :-)

belated thx for that totally useful link joe! why did anyone bother making more metal records after reign in blood?

macdoodle
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I love you bye

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Morkki said:

I'm already looking forward to the people offended by the fuck!

first one below. i think my next few designs will be sienfeld-clean. otherwise it's gonna start to seem like i'm just the guy who says fuck.

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vanillablue said:

5ed it. Here is my cat's "whatever why did you fucking wake me up to take a fucking picture" face (sorry I love posting pictures of my cat)

haha, no need to apologize… well perhaps to your cat. ;-)

wullagaru
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all of this stuff is fantastic

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wullagaru said:

all of this stuff is fantastic

'sup wullagaru. thanks man!

BlancaJP
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no still can't do that, there is magic here that I have no powers over - awesomenes that is beyond me

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BlancaJP said:

no still can't do that, there is magic here that I have no powers over - awesomenes that is beyond me

yup, magic

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