Last week I asked you readers to suggest something for me to draw. I got four suggestions via the comments, and I’m really thankful for all of the responses to my request! I also got two more from my private Facebook-friends when I linked to my blog post, so that makes a total of six VERY different challenges.
In short, here’s a simplified list of the suggestions:
- “Killer coffee!” Literally just these two words…. If you read further, you’ll see in this post how I interpreted it. Submitted by Josh.
- American lady tourist pointing at some goats in the open air area of the Norwegian museum “Maihaugen” at Lillehammer, saying: “Look at the kind of sheep they got here!” Submitted by Persijn.
- Illustrate an abstract idea, more specifically a question like the kind you would find in language learning books. Examples are “Where do you live?”, “What’s your favorite color?” and “How old are you?”. Submitted by Brian.
- “A juice carton going rampage around a city, (a big ass juice carton) and you can see some heads and hands in the air screaming while the killer juice goes “Blubb blubb rawwwr”. Submitted by Mariann.
- “Moose in the sunset”. Submitted by Siri & Kurt.
- “Something related to surfing and ukulele’s”. Submitted by Ole Bertil.
So, I had not anticipated this many requests. Again, I’m really stoked by the amount of responses, but this also means that I had to abandon my goal of finishing all of them by today. However, I’ve drawn three sketches/illustrations, and they’ve all been processed slightly different in regard to time spent drawing and coloring. Here they are:
1. Killer coffee
I went for really simplified coffee-related things and made them anthropomorphic. And they’re ninjas simply because ninjas are very good at killing… right? I think you can safely assume that this is also inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (hence the weapons). This is based on a really small pencil sketch, inked with Sakura Micron pens, which I then scanned and colored with Photoshop.
2. “Typical” American tourist (click to zoom)
There are quite a few stories going around about tourists who’ve said something weird or remarkably ignorant during their stay in Norway. For example “When does the Fjords close?” and “I’ve been ripped off! We went to see the midnight sun, but it’s just the same old sun we’ve all seen before!”.
This is the illustration I spent the most time on of the three I’ve finished today. Both before scanning and doing touch-ups with my Wacom tablet. I actually had to partly redraw the man’s face, because he turned out to resemble how I draw myself (unintentional, of course). I also did some really simple shading with a single grey color.
3. Moose in the sunset (click to zoom)
This was a challenge in a few ways, as I had to illustrate a lot of things that I’ve never had a clue how to draw before. I also worked very small, with the surrounding frame measuring about 16 x 9 cm (6.2 x 3.5 inches). I only colored parts of it because of time limitations.
In an attempt to bring something funny to such a “classic” motif, I added the laptop and hinted to that Mr. Moose M. Bingley just updated his Facebook-status… (not that I think that this hasn’t been done before, because someone must’ve thought of it by now).
To the people whose suggestion I’ve illustrated in this post, what do you think? Leave a comment and tell me what you liked or disliked (or just say “Hi!”, if you want). I hope you enjoyed these, because there’ll be three more coming soon!