Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fun With Crayons

Choosing a career that you love is great. Choosing a career like Cartooning can be as much fun as a barrel of monkeys!

As an artist, it's important to keep learning and growing. Developing your own style is vital, but doing so requires a lot of play... er, um, work. Seriously, it's important, and a lot of work and time, but there's no reason you shouldn't enjoy it. For The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake, featuring The Inquiring Minds, I wanted to have my character Bobby develop their Pirate Ride with Crayon sketches. That meant that I had to break out my crayons and learn how to put them to good use.

As an artist I've studied and trained with a variety of media, but it's been a while since I've done a pure crayon illustration, and I've wanted to since visiting the Crayola Factory in Pennsylvania. While there I noticed they had some crayon art hanging on the wall, so of course I wanted to create my own.

So, this was my chance. While at the Crayola Factory, I had bought a tin full of crayons that came in some snazzy colors like Wild Strawberry, Hot Magenta, and Laser Lemon. ( I know, they sound like some girls you might meet in New York City) For some reason, those colors didn't work well for Pirates, but luckily I had also picked up some Gold, Antique Brass, and Wild Blue Yonder, which all worked perfectly.

So here are the results, as featured on the next two cartoons for The Ghost Pirate Skeletons of Three Craters Lake. (These two work best as a two page spread, but you can still get the gist of things.) Please let me know how I did, and if anyone knows anybody at Crayola, please find out if they need any cool illustrations for their gallery!

Cheers, JOHN :0)


Brian Hughes said...

That pirate that hasn't had all his skin removed...I'm sure that's Captain Birdseye.

John said...

Sorry, Brian, but that's Bobby's version of Three Craters Lake's very own Captain Joseph leBleau.

Tell ya, what, though... I'll let you name one of the other Ghost Pirate Skeletons... if you promise to keep it somewhat clean. :0)

Cheers, JOHN ;0)

Brian Hughes said...

How about, for one of the skeletons, Captain Jack Sparrowlegs?

John said...


I'm guessing the fine folk at Disney, or their Lawyers, may find fault with that name. Are you trying to get me in trouble. :0)

Capt. JOHN :0)

Aletha said...

I'm not sure how I landed here but this is awesome! Of all the fancy expensive high priced art supplies in this world I've found crayola to be favorite! I've tried A LOT of brands of colored pencils and in my opinion for texture, color smooth writing, coloring, blending and shading they are the best! Now I want to play with crayons!!

John said...

Colored pencils can be fun, too! I've gotten some lovely textures with them.

Crayons are fun, but unforgiving! Like a Pirate, I guess... :0)