Friday, February 27, 2009

Starcraft Origami

Here is the beginning of my post. And here is the rest of it.

Wally Wood Goes PLOP! Funny Fantasy in The King of the Ring

Wally Wood King of the Ring 05 detail wizard volcano
Wallace Wood was in his waning days in the 1970's, but that didn't keep him from pumping out a comic book classic from time to time!
Wallace Wood King of the Ring 01 detail wizard
The King of the Ring was Woody's wonderful (and loving) Tolkien spoof, and it appeared in DC Comics' PLOP #23 Sept-Oct 1976. Here are a few previews:
Wally Wood King of the Ring 03 Plop detail
Wally Wood King of the Ring 05 detail pizza spider
Wally Wood King of the Ring 05 detail elf goblin

I hope that was enough to convince you to download these pages below.

Wood was so much fun when his heart was in it...and this is one of my favorite Wally Wood comics!
Click on any of the thumbnail pages below to open up a ridiculously HUGE hi-res
comic book scan!
Wally Wood King of the Ring 04 detail pow gun
Wally Wood King of the Ring 01 Plop Wally Wood King of the Ring 02 Plop
Wally Wood King of the Ring 03 Plop Wally Wood King of the Ring 04 Plop
Wally Wood King of the Ring 05 Plop Wally Wood King of the Ring 06 Plop
Also: nice bio on Wally Wood at:
and there's always Wally Wood's
22 Panels That Always Work by Wallace Wood Wally Woody
22 Panels That Always Work

Animal humor-Raiding the box


Humor in uniform-Funny drill


Thursday, February 26, 2009

24 Clever Advertisements

This post features 20 clever advertisements from around the world.
Nivea Advertisement
Monster Advertisement
Drive Carefully Advertisement
World No Tobacco Day Advertisement
Australia Post Advertisement
Martial Arts School Advertisement
Heinz Advertisement
Hot Wheels Advertisement
Noodleslurper Advertisemen
GTA 4 Advertisement
Sony Advertisement
Mini Advertisement
Heinz Advertisement
VW Golf R32 Advertisement
Nerolac Advertisement
Bose Advertisement
Sony VAIO Advertisement
Anti Censorship Advertisement
Nescafe Advertisement
Adidas Swimwear Advertisement

We Start INKING in Adobe Illustrator Process Video #4

Video #4 - Let's Start INKING!
SpongeBob inking Adobe Illustrator tutorial video by Sherm Cohen
Click on image - video will open in new window
(There's also a smaller version at the bottom of the post in case you have trouble watching the large video)

Okay, this is what we've been building up to!

In today's video, you can watch as I start inking the SpongeBob illustration in real time. All of these videos were recorded while I was working on the new cover illustration for Nickelodeon magazine -- so you're seeing all of the actual work that went in to creating that image.

There's no retakes here -- everything is live -- just as it happened. The only thing I trimmed out were the pauses.

SpongeBob inking tutorial Adobe Illustrator corners

Using Adobe Illustrator for inking and clean-up has allowed me to take on jobs that I would have had to turn down in the past. Getting a piece of art to look this cleaned up would cause permanent injury to my hands and my wrists if I had to do it with regular pen and ink and brush. It also would have taken forever and a day if I were using traditional materials.

SpongeBob inking tutorial Adobe Illustrator cleaning mistakes

One of the unexpected benefits of inking in Adobe Illustrator is that my line has become a lot more spontaneous -- I can be a lot more fast and spontaneous with the brush since I know that I can press "undo" if I make a bad line.

SpongeBob inking tutorial Adobe Illustrator outline

I'm hoping that once you see this in action, you'll be inspired to give it a try yourself. If you already own Adobe Illustrator as part of one of the Adobe suites, you really owe it to yourself to make the most out of your investment. If you don't own Adobe Illustrator, but you'd like to learn... you can download a free 30 day trial from the Adobe website.

Here's a smaller version of the video if you're having trouble loading the big video:

The next video might be a little bit boring, but it covers some very vital topics. Even though it appears to be focusing on Adobe Illustrator's ellipse tool, it will also show how to copy, paste and reuse drawing elements to save you time and effort. I will also be demonstrating how to use the Illustrator pencil tool to reshape a technically perfect shape into something more appropriate for a hand drawn image. See you then!

If you want to keep up with all the videos,
here's where to find the first three lessons:
here is an updated list of the
Adobe Illustrator
Cartoon Inking tutorial videos:
...and of course the completed Nick Mag cover art is at:
SpongeBob and Patrick Blowing Bubble Gum Nick Magazine Cover art by Sherm Cohen