Sunday 17 January 2010

Twisted Creatures part the 7 "The Giraffe."

Well I've been playing hooky from my book project today in order to get out the next twisted creature, a project I share with my esteemed colleagues Messrs Morgan and Levell. Phil's last choice of animal was the giraffe so I present my little sketchy bit of fun. My twisted train of thought stopped at long neck, guillotine and French Revolution so what could make more sense (??!) than a long necked aristo ready for the chop. Please tell me if the frog is one step the wrong side of racist... I was thinking lion or cheetah as a possible revolutionary but, rightly or wrongly, the frog just seemed to fit.

For reference my first port of call is always a google image search but I just wasn't getting the costume pictures I wanted for the revolutionary and the aristocrat. In the back of my mind was the sublime Blackadder, and the "Nob and Nobility" episode in Blackadder the Third with the French Revolution storyline. In the end I thought why look elsewhere, so I put on the DVD, sketched costume reference straight into photoshop and had a fun few minutes laughing and drawing. Clothing is always a constant bind for me to get right in my work. Pardon the pun, but I always get wrapped in in my shorts over the the details. Collars don't fit in with my character design or pose, what side are the buttons on, how many buttons... and don't get me started on having to work out hairstyles! Long story short I didn't follow the Blackadder costumes exactly, I felt the revolutionary needed the blue jacket and stripped pantaloons to be more peasant like, but the whole Blackadder exercise was fun and productive. Enough rambling, as always thanks very much for looking. The next twisted creature will be a Mandrill (pretty unusual to start with!).

additional: arrgh, all I can see now is the frog's terrible weight distribution... why doesn't he fall backwards, is he nailed to the floor!!! It's only a bit of fun, let it go Matt...!


Phil Toodle said...

Lovely work M. Dawson. The giraffe is brilliant, and the frog's pretty darn good too. One of your best twisty creatures yet.

Asja said...

I think all of your work is simply brilliant! Your characters have so much personality and all of your effort and energy you put in your work is apparent.

Chris Kennett said...

I love this piece and what a great source of inspiration!

Abz said...

love the giraffe! good work my friend. ;)

Kev Levell said...

It's great Matt. A winner, straight out. Well done.

It has a lovely quality to it, flavours of Alice in Wonderland, traditional kids' book illustration, hints of political cartoonists too, all told, simply wonderful...

I'd like to read the whole story!

Oh, and Frogs have got sticky feet* - there!

* I can't back that up with actual scientific evidence, some species, somewhere, might have though!

Francisco Martins said...

Wow! love this one...very good job! :D

Cheers from Portugal,

Francisco Martins