Sunday, May 13, 2012

Joe Jetpack

Like most of my illustrations, Joe started out as a sketchbook doodle. I did a quick little sketch of an alien with holes in his head and light shining from the holes. Originally he was just standing there, but I thought that was too boring so I gave him a jetpack and put him in a flying pose.

Usually when I draw an alien I give them detached pointed ears. I thought I'd try something new this time and draw ears that are built into his head.

I had a lot of trouble coming up with a suitable color for the sky. No matter what color I tried, some part of Joe's body would blend in with it. I finally quit worrying about it and made it green already. Now that I step back and look at it, I think the clouds are too much, or maybe there are too many of them. I might go back and fiddle with it later (I always say that, but I never do it).

Update! I revised Joe and fixed a couple of things that were bugging me.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

Here's the sketch I did of Joe. Don't worry, I remembered to call the dentist. No emergency, just time for a checkup.


  1. HA! He's great! I love the light spilling out of the holes in his head! How do you come up with this stuff??!! Cool ears as well!

  2. Thanks, Dawn. How do I come up with this stuff? I don't know. I get bored and I start doodling with no particular idea in mind, and before I know it things like this come out onto the paper.


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