Friday, March 22, 2013

Fan Art Friday


Today's first piece of fan art comes from James Lien. It's his hyper-stylized take on Eep. While the simplified shapes, 'flat' coloring, and blocky pose are reminiscent of the classic UPA cartoons, James also managed to bring a futuristic flair to this drawing with his subtle use of CG shading.

I really dig the rawness of his Eep. James is one of the few artists who made the wild and dangerous cavegirl look like...well, a wild and dangerous cavegirl! Oh, and Eep's crooked eyes and exaggerated overbite? They make this one unforgettable image!

To see more of James' art, click here.


Next up, a delightfully loose drawing of Chunky the macawnivore by Kendra Meder. This pic has got it all -- great colors, a perfect pose, a fanciful facial expression and a wholly unique drawing style. Still, what wows me most about this pic is what it DOESN'T display, yet somehow IMPLIES. It's that ever-elusive bit of artistic magic that even the grand masters sometimes missed: While looking at Kendra's drawing of Chunky, you find yourself imagining what the macawnivore is thinking. On some sub-conscious level, Kendra's made you believe that a DRAWING of a MAKE-BELIEVE CRITTER is alive and capable of rational thought! Utterly amazing.

To see more of Kendra's art, click here.


This next sketch is a best-selling beach towel waiting to be printed. Think about it. Wouldn't it be cool to walk up and down the beach with this wrapped around your waist? I AGREE!

Artist Kiersten Toye has distilled EVERYTHING that is adorable about Belt into this one deceptively simple drawing. Look at that stripped-down shape. Those complimentary colors. That shaggy fur. Those GLISTENING GREEN EYES. It's all too cute! Nice, nice, nice.

To see more of Kiersten's art, click here.


Okay, so this is kismet. I couldn't have planned it any better. Today's last piece of fan art -- i.e. THE LAST PIECE OF FAN ART THAT I WILL BE POSTING BEFORE I SEE THE CROODS -- is by the same gal who contributed the FIRST piece of fan art to this blog's FIRST Fan Art Friday post: Cody the Maverick. Cody's animated 'favicon' of Chunky the macawnivore has graced this blog's tab for over a year. I LOVE IT. And now...gosh, I'm getting a little emotional just posting this...well, this morning Cody sent me the above drawing with following comment:

"I drew you a Chunky for this special day!"

"Special day," indeed! Thanks, Cody. That was incredibly sweet!

To see more of Cody's art (and her obsession with Wreck-It Ralph), click here.

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