What's all this, then?

Since I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do with this blog right now, I've decided to post some of the strange doodles and drawings I've kept in boxes, folders, and cabinets these past 30 years. A lot of these things were done while on the phone, or while testing pens, or out of sheer boredom. There won't be any rhyme or reason to these drawings. I'm just grabbing stuff from off the piles, scanning it, and adding it here. Think of it as a game of cartoon Russian roulette. The neat thing about the drawings is that each one has it's own history and background story. There will be plenty of bonus posts and topical additions as the mood strikes. Forewarned is forearmed.

All artwork copyrighted 2007/2008/2009/2010 Martin A. Devine.

Please do not link to or use images or content without permission from the so-called "artist". (So there.)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Goofy #94 - Desk

It's very early Saturday morning, I haven't had my coffee yet, I didn't get paid yesterday, I have to go to work in a couple minutes and then I have to attend a funeral. I found an old doodle that matches the mood. This is from 20 years ago, I would guess judging from the equipment and my lack of glasses.
(Felt tip on scrap paper.)

Friday, April 13, 2007

Goofy #93- Cannes

Today is a rough sketch for an illustration I did about 20 years ago for a local video rental business. The company specialized in foreign and art films and they needed a humorous illustration for their catalog. If I remember correctly, the gist of the drawing was "experience the Cannes film festival without leaving home."
(Rotring drawing pen on drawing paper.)

Goofy Bonus #23 - CGS Episode 300 Poster

Another bonus image for your ass! Here's a faux movie poster for Episode 300 of the Comic Geek Speak podcast. For more info go here or here. (Revised 4/16/07)
(All Photoshop baby!)

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Goofy Bonus #22 - Grendel-Prime Commission

Hey, more commission sketch bonus goodness! I was asked to draw a humorous version of Matt Wagner's comic book character Grendel-Prime. Unfortunately I was totally ignorant in all things Grendel. After much research, I found a point in the story that I thought could be made humorous. This sketch depicts Grendel-Prime on the run with the boy he is duty-bound to protect. Kids being kids, I thought it would be funny to show the moment nature calls.
(Micron pen, brush pen, brush and Sharpee on Bristol board.)

Goofy #92- Loud Boy!

A relatively new doodle today. While driving around in the car with my buddy Vince, we tend to scream and yell a lot. All that shouting led to the creation of a character named "Loud Boy" by Vince. Since that moment all the screeching was done in the voice of the fictional Loud Boy. This sketch was my initial attempt to capture L.B. in all his deafening glory. Check out Vince's wacky Marvel podcast with David Price at Bullpen Bulletins.
(Felt tip pen on scrap paper.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Goofy #91 - Game Show Hostess

About 12 years ago, the company I work for attempted to break into the educational CD ROM market. We delivered a lot of text-based content peppered with sounds, video and animation. It all looks very crude now, but back then it was cutting edge. I was able to do a bunch of cartoon characters that appeared here and there on the disc. One of the characters was a Vanna White type game show hostess. I made a ton of sketches and a handful made it onto the disk. This image is a scan of an old wax-print proof, the only sample I have from that project. Of all the hostess sketches I created, the few that were selected had to have the tops of their gowns redrawn to show less (more like NO) cleavage. Go figure.
(Rotring drawing pen on drawing paper, scanned and colored in Photoshop.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Goofy #90b- Pumpkin

The second of the pumpkin doodles. I don't know if it's customary everywhere else, but here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Halloween jack 'o' lanterns eventually end up smashed in the street. If not thrown there, they're placed there by rascals to be run over by cars. I give you the day after Halloween from the pumpkin's point of view.
(Felt tip pen on scrap paper.)

Monday, April 09, 2007

Goofy #90a- Pumpkin

A two sketch series to start a new week. I did these doodles about 20 years ago right around Halloween time. I wanted to examine the holiday from the poor helpless gourd's perspective.
(Felt tip pen on scrap paper.)

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Goofy Bonus #21 - Punisher/Captain America

As a special Easter Sunday bonus, here's a sketch I did in the wake of events in Civil War #7. After Captain America surrenders to the authorities, he removes his mask. In the issue, Frank Castle (aka. the Punisher) picks up the mask, fueling speculation that he would don the red, white and blue. With that in mind I quickly drew this sketch. After seeing some of the promo images from the future issues of Punisher War Journal, I wasn't that far off.
(Micron pens on scrap paper, scanned and colored in Photoshop.)

Goofy #89 - Three Kings

I don't have an Easter specific doodle to post today, but I do have one for Christmas. Close enough. This doodle was done for an acquaintance serving in the first Gulf War. This was well before the movie of the same name.
(Felt tip pen on scrap paper.)