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, May 05, 2007

Goofy #114 - WOW!

To some folks today is Cinco de Mayo, but more importantly it's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007! To honor the occasion I'm posting what's probably the oldest doodle to date. This sketch was done almost 25 years ago when I worked at my first ad agency. I used to listen to the radio as I worked at my desk. Every so often, this annoying local ad guy would start off his commercials with a scream. That annoying fella inspired this doodle.
(Rapidograph and Sharpee on scrap paper)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Goofy #113 - Big-Headed Baby

This is the kind of doodle that comes from a long and boring staff meeting. It's a tradition around here to try and make the guy across from you at the meeting table laugh. I don't know what prompted it, but it's as silly today as it was 10 years ago.
(Felt tip pen and Sharpee on note paper.)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Goofy #112 - Marty as Hellboy

Wow, a brand new drawing for today! I was goofing around and thought I'd do an avatar of myself as Mike Mignola's Hellboy.
(Micron brush and Pigma pens on drawing paper, scanned and colored in Photoshop.)

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Goofy #111 - Soviet Fleet

This sketch is another one of those done back in the early 80s when the Soviet Union was still the "Evil Empire". Back in those days, the Red Fleet had a series of naval accidents and disasters that were reported in all the papers. I thought, "What would a Russian Navy recruiting poster look like?
(Rapidograph and colored felt tip on scrap paper.)

Goofy #110 - Boob Guy

This last two-fer should compensate for me taking last weekend off. This sketch is one of those that I do when I'm on the phone and on hold. What prompted me to do this is long forgotten, but it amused me so much I kept it. Man-boobs are as funny as they are disgusting.
(Felt tip on scrap paper)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Goofy #109 - Hank the Fetus 2

This sketch was done way back when I did the original "Hank the Fetus" sketch (see Goofy #54). This is the kind of stuff Hank would be doing if he were in a daily comic. In this panel he's calling out some Iraqis during the first Gulf War.
(Felt tip pen on scrap paper.)

Goofy #108 - Nipple Head

Another piece of doodle idiocy for today. Lil' Jimmy emerged from one of our lunch time "scream in the car" sessions on day about 10 years ago. Look at the lil' guy . . . ain't he cute. Remember, this was done years before "The Oblongs" even existed.
(Felt tip pen on scrap paper.)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Goofy #107 - Muscle Man

This sketch was done to illustrate setting goals. My editors thought showing a 98 pound weakling longing to be body-builder would be a good concept. This drawing was my solution.
(Rotring drawing pen on drawing paper, scanned and colored in Photoshop)

Goofy #106 - Parachute Tester

Okay, I didn't post anything this past weekend. To make up for it I'll post a couple things today and two more tomorrow. This first cartoon was done to illustrate a story about quality control. Back during WW2, it was rumored that the women manufacturing and packing the parachutes for the Army were so confident in their craftsmanship that they would be willing to test the chutes themselves before they were sent overseas.
(Rotring drawing pen on drawing paper, scanned and colored in Photoshop)