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 21, 2007

Goofy #101 - Ack!

A Saturday morning quickie! This was done back in 1990 when I used to have to wear a suit to the office. Ain't all my self-portraits handsome? The influence of Bill the Cat from the Bloom County comic strip is pretty apparent in this one.
(Sharpee on note paper.)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Goofy #100 - Flyin' T-Squares, Version One

To celebrate the blog's 100th Goofy entry I'm digging up an old project that I've decided to refurbish. When I was fresh out of school, I was trying to decide what I wanted to do. One of my thoughts was to do freelance art exclusively. You may have seen some of my earlier efforts to establish some sort of identity for the business. This idea was based on the Flying Tigers AVG Squadron from WWII. I imagined the logo to be like nose art you would find on old bombers or painted on the back of leather flight jackets. I thought it was pretty cool that Flyin' T-Squares sounded close to Flying Tigers and this was my first attempt. It has original drawn artwork combined with computer graphics done in on ancient computer art program called Arts and Letters. This is a scan of the original pasted-up mechanical. More work in progress (versions) to follow.

(Rotring art pen, Rapidograph pen, scanned with computer text added, pasted-up and stated.)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Goofy #99 - Punk

An bit of an oldie for today. This doodle was done on the back of a notepad over 20 years ago when I was still in college. I managed to fit most of my favorite bands of the time in there. The Ramones are top and center, as they should be.
(Felt tip on white chipboard backer board.)

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Goofy #98 - Ironman Redesign

Here's a recent project. Last year the CGS forum issued a challenge to redesign Ironman's armor. Instead of just redesigning the armor, I thought it would be neat to make Tony a one-man Avengers. I crammed a load of old and current Avengers into the armor. How many can you find?
(Micron and brush pens on drawing paper, scanned and colored in Photoshop.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Goofy #97 - Ken O'Brien

I know it's baseball season here in the US, but I can't help what I snag from the pile 'o' drawings. The subject will help date this doodle. Back in the early 80s, the NY Jets had Ken O'Brien as their starting quarterback. He had some pretty good years but he was never a superstar. Once back in that decade (85 I think) the Jets jumped out to a sizzling start for the season. Then the wheels fell off and the Jets just barely made the playoffs. A lot of folks laid the blame on Kenny O'Brien, so I guess that's why I did this drawing. Note: I think the hand that's holding the football is another left hand . . . dumb-ass kid artist.
(Felt tip pen on drawing paper.)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Goofy #96- Eggvis

What's that? You say you want more Elvis? Well OK! Another King doodle done about 10 years ago. I loves me some Elvis.
(Sharpee on the back of a large envelope.)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Goofy #95 - Breathe

Here's another sketch done years ago for a local charity. There was a fun run/walk for the Lung Association and they wanted a "Breathe of Fresh Air" cartoon for T-shirts and other media. Hey, I'm always game to use my pens for a good cause. I think the image was used reversed with the guy facing to the left in most of the media.
(Rotring drawing pen on drawing paper.)