Sometimes you just can't keep a good character down.
Socket Head has been out and about......
First stop is playing board games with Sailor Jim:
Then someone, possibly you, left him at home, alone and unsupervised....
Then there was that time when Socket Head wanted to return a gift of inferior workmanship:
And that time when he went shopping:
He has also been to see the chiropractor and the podiatrist,
but those adventures can be shared next time.
You met Socket Head for the first time in the last blog-post.
He has been having a few adventures since then, that I hope you will enjoy.
First he got rescued by Sailor Jim from a shark.
Then he had to take his miserable self somewhere to get patched up.
And now he has been iced (or fridged) by the mysterious Madame Ice.
While there are ideas for what he is likely to get up to sitting (waiting) in the sketch book, I am not sure which one will take on a life of its own next.
It has been some time since I shared the development of a final image.
So here it is.....
It started with some drawings in my visual diary.
Then I started to re-draw my Sockethead character on A4 paper.
After that, the ink work began and resulted in this:
The ink work got scanned into the computer, and then the digital colouring began. And this part was the most time consuming, with many screen hours getting things 'just so'.
But I think he was worth it.
And I can't end without the mini-story that goes with it.
SOCKET-HEAD ! ! !
"If you'll <sniff> notice
he isn't <snort> GROUNDED"
— Electrical Humour.
Ahhh...he 52 Week Illustration Challenge for 2018 is now complete....Ahhh...
And my Calendar for 2019 is done, printed and distributed except for a few left over that are available for purchase.
The theme for Week 48 was Rodent, and if you spent time watching the cartoons on TV in the 1990s you might remember Animaniacs and a show called 'Pinky and The Brain'. This image was inspired by one of those characters.
For Week 49 the theme was Abracadabra, which called forth memories of amazing things that come out of a magician's top hat.
Week 50's theme was Three, and since I had just finished doing a 'special request' pig illustration, the story of the Three Pigs going off to build their houses of straw, wood and brick before the Big Bad Wolf came along seemed to be appropriate. However, you must have land before you can build on it.
The person who put the themes together must have been prescient, because the week was full of storms, and hailstorms too. Week 51's theme was Storm. This image is a reminder that knowing how to read is rather important so that you buy what you actually want.
And the last one for the year, the theme for Week 52 was Bang! for which I drew on some classic imagery from classic comics, fan-art style.
And a sneak peek at some of my 2019 Calendar:
I think that means 2018 is wrapped up. For 2019 I have no idea what to do, and I am open to any reasonable opportunity that comes along. Please send any thoughts or suggestions to me via the Contact page.
It dawned on me that I was swiftly running out of time to update the blog before the month of October ends. So here it goes....
The theme for Week 37 of the 52 Week Illustration Challenge was Contrast. With this one I tried to contrast short and tall, slim and stout, happy and sad, bright and dark.
For Week 38 the theme was Free Spirit, and this was one of those times when the meaning is clearer when the opposite is also present.
The theme for Week 39 was Wrinkle. Where do we notice most wrinkles? Around the eyes. So here are wrinkles around the eye of an alien looking animal.
Of the many things to choose from for the Week 40 theme of Brazil, I looked to the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the great Brazilian city of Rio de Janiero where World Youth Day 2013 was held.
With the theme of Solar System for Week 41 I had a bit of fun. Did you know that solar systems need a bit of expert robot maintenance every so often? Replacing the light bulbs in the suns etc
The theme for Week 42 was Childlike, and I tried something different with this one, by retaining the pencil sketch and not inking over it, and adding digital colour washes. For so many people flying a kite brings back happy childhood memories.
It seems a bit weird that each one of these had digital colour added, but it happens like that sometimes when both time is limited and access to drawing/painting space on the dining room table is limited.
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