Thursday, August 6, 2009

M.S.S.E.S.D. (Make Something Shark Every Shark Day)

Over on Flickr, Jublin (aka Justin White, a Flickerite of fame and reknown) challenged everyone to draw a shark a day for his ongoing "Make Something Shark Every Shark Day" group. I'm not going to be able to draw one every day, but I thought I'd try a couple.
This is Mel Sharkelton. As you can see, Mel is a ticking time bomb of hate and anger, and is easily agitated.

Mel was drawn in about an hour, in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.
Here's the sketch I did for Mel. Most of my sketches and doodles are done on paper, but this was a rare electronic sketch done in Photoshop. I like the way the sketch came out, and for a minute considered just using it as is, without cleaning up the lines.
Mel is based on a drawing I did way back in 1994. It's odd that I know where to find a specific piece of paper I scribbled on 15 years ago, but I have to search the house for my car keys every morning.

The drawing's stiff and lacks energy and there's absolutely no variation in the thickness of the line. I was also deeply entrenched in my cross-hatching phase back them. Still, there's something in it that appeals to me and made me want to take another shot at it. I'm hopeful that I've improved a bit as an artist in the past 15 years.

He was drawn with an ordinary ball point pen, which would make my art professors' hair shoot off their heads like cartoon porcupine quills if they ever found out. I know there are better drawing implements out there, but I could never get the hang of inking with a brush or a nib pen, so I've pretty much always used ball points. I say use the tools you're comfortable with. And end as many sentences as you can with prepositions.
This is Abe Finnstein. Now that Abe's retired, he's migrating south to Floridian waters with his wife Muriel, where they'll swim 15 miles an hour in the fast lane and enjoy the Early Surf Special.

As usual, Abe was drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.
Here's the sketch for Abe. Again, this was a Photoshop sketch, instead of the usual pen and paper kind.


  1. Hi Bob, Love your sharks! Would you mind if I used Abe to make a birthday card for my Shark mad son please?


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