Sunday, December 31, 2006

Hippo Pun

Happy New Year, everyone! Hopefully Toon Club will come out of its holiday slump. I miss it. Later!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Drop the Cookie!

Merry Christmas everybody! Hope you're having a better holiday than ole' S. Claus.

This is an older piece, but one I haven't had the opportunity to post before now. Opportunity knocked, so here it is.

Consider this my personal Christmas Card to all the Toon Clubers and those who stop by Toon Club for a visit. Merry Christmas and happy holidays! God bless us everyone!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Year End Topic

So, here's the deal, chappies. If you're done with Santa, you can move on to "New Year", our last topic of the year. If you are still working on Santa, keep on it! You have until Christmas!

Happy Holidays!

Santa's Bad Year

Call me grouchy, but it seems like when I go Christmas shopping, there are an overabundance of unruly, apparently parent-less kids running through the store, screaming and leaving a trail of destruction.

So, I got to thinking that maybe Santa's "Nice" list has been getting a little smaller each year. In fact, most elves have probably been downsized. I don't know why Santa looks so upset in this picture... I'd be happy if I got Christmas Eve off.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Santa's First Christmas

I always liked the "old school" Santa. More then the one Norman Rockwell helped Coke make famous.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

10th Lord A-Leaping

I'm not sure what this has to do with Christmas. I think it makes a crappy and disturbing present for the 10th day as well, but whatever suits your fancy. Am I right?

Monday, December 11, 2006

Eleven Pipers Piping

Here's my 12 days of Christmas drawing, 11 Pipers Piping... Sorry no color!

New Topic: Santa Claus

Continuing on with the Christmas themes, this week's topic is Santa Claus.

If you've got a 12 Days post percolating, try to get it in today (Monday). It's going to be fun to see everyone's take on the Jolly Ol' Fellow!

(Or is that King Cole? I can never remember.)

The Baboon

Five Golden Rings

In the 16th century there was a samurai named Miyamoto Musashi. He wrote a book called "The Book of the Five Rings." It is one of the most read books on samurai life to date.

Anyway, I wanted to draw this samurai panda I saw on a desktop background more then I wanted to draw something Christmas-y. So here it is... the Panda Samurai Book of the Five Golden Rings.

At least it's snowing. I'm a nerd.

Three French Hens

That's right. French hens. Three of them.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Four Birds Calling

Birds with phones. Kind've makes you wonder.

I thought I'd better get something up before the deadline, so here's my sketch. I'll see what I can do about splashing some color on this soon.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Toon Club Changes

Well, as most of you have figured out by now, Toon Club has entered the "2.0" phase. You'll notice now that you can now look at posts by date, artist, or topic, which was the exciting new change I alluded to last month. We think this is going to be a positive move for Toon Club, and a big THANK YOU to Shane for doing the majority of the sorting work.

Sadly, it seems that no change comes without a price. It seems that our upgrade is preventing some members from posting. Oops. If you aren't able to upgrade your account to a Google account, as needed to now post here, please e-mail me and let me know. I'll reinvite you. Then, when blogger gets around to your account, you can merge them back together again. (I know this works.. I've done it myself.)

In the meantime, if you have something to post and can't, please email it to me with the text you'd like to go with it and I'll post it in your name.

Thank you for your patience, I think you'll all be happy with the new site once we work out some of these bugs.

Have a great day!


Monday, December 04, 2006

New Suprise Topic: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Great work last topic everyone! Here's a new Holiday themed surprise topic:


Have fun!

The Baboon
Here's a couple of ToonClub mentions that I thought you might be interested in seeing:

Tiki Talk
Dave Johnson
Toys R Evil

Also, if any of you have any art relating things to shill, now would be the time to tell us! It's Christmas, after all! Maybe someone wants a J-Rex tshirt!

Sea World

This is more in concert with Shane's explanation of the origins of the mermaid. This is what the less drunk sailers reported after an encounter with the manatee, I mean mermaid. It's also what the more drunk (apparently women and children, according to my drawing) report seeing at Sea World.

Sorry I ditched TC for a while. Thought I'd check in.

Christian Mermaid (better late than never)

Since humans have become too advanced for religion it falls by the wayside - into the hands of previously pagan societies, and begins anew.

P.S. Sorry about the lousy pic, she's drawn too big to scan.

Frostina the Arctic Mermaid

In a tragic twist of fate, a young merbaby is abandoned and swept down current to the South Pole. There, she is adopted by a kindly penguin family and raised as one of their own. The only clue to her true heritage is the tiki necklace she wore as a child.

Yeah! I got the mermaid and tiki topics covered, and I got to draw more penguins! Woo hoo! I am back!

Sea Shells and D Shells

I wanted to have some mermaids framing a sign or a compass rose like you might see on an old pirate map, but this is as far as I got. It was fun though. How could mermaids not be fun to draw?

Sunday, December 03, 2006


This is the side of Mermish society you don't get to see very much-- geeky mermen don't get enough exposure, so here you go.

Okay, I realize the topic is "Mermaid", but just this once I had to go against the grain. Hope you'll indulge me this time. I'll try not to let it happen again.

Pixel Mermaid

Allow me to indulge myself, I've been doing some pixel art lately, and I thought I'd show what that looks like... Really lo-res, but I kind of like the way it communicates despite its blocky edges.

Friday, December 01, 2006

What we see...

What a Mermaid sees...

Chicken of the Sea anyone?

In some of the old tales of Mermaids they aren't such nice creatures as Ariel. They were feared creatures of the sea. This is a pretty quick rendering-I would have liked to spend more time on this one but today was the last day on this topic so what you see is what you get.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mermaid Doing Nothing

I dug up some old mermaids studies from the past. Nothing great. Someday I would like to do a real mermaid painting. I thought this topic might get me motivated but it isn't looking very good. Oh well, someday.

Hmmm, maybe the girl on the bench is underwater... or maybe she is a mermaid of the legged variety...or maybe she was just on the same piece of paper and I'm too lazy to crop.

Monday, November 20, 2006

New Topic Time

Thanks for everyone posting! You still have the rest of the day to get your drawing in... I know I'm going to take advantage of that this time.

This week's new topic is Mermaids. We'll see how it goes with the Holiday weekend, and everyone drive/travel safely if you're off to see family somewhere!

-The Baboon

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Curse of the Tiki

A tiki's inability to move its arms for swatting or wiping combined with the company it shares with tropical birds equals "the curse of the tiki." (That's not sun screen).

Tiki God

This guy wakes up on the wrong side of the bed...everyday. He likes stepping on people, except they're slippery - like banana peels.

Tiki drink

So, this guy enjoys a refreshing beverage before rituals and stuff. As Homer Simpson says "Alchohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of lifes problems!"


This nontraditional "Sketch" was made with Legos. I dug them out of cold storage today after considering how best to make a Tiki. Legos! Of course. And it gave me an excuse to play with Legos again. It's been a while.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Professor Hubert Whitehead

Is this too obscure? It's probably something that would get spoofed on The Family Guy. But it's the first thing I thought of, after the Enchanted Tiki Room of course.

Monday, November 13, 2006

New Topic and Baby Seal Update

Well, a mere 14 minutes before I took the baby seal behind the woodshed to fulfill my promise, Ken Chandler posted the eighth post of the week. Thanks, Ken. I don't think I could have lived with myself...

Okay, buds, this week's topic is "Tiki".

Don't make me have to threaten baby animals again.

Wake Up, Kill food, Find wife.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Gronk Has Second Thoughts

Gronk, tired of nearly being eaten by the large predators he's been hunting, decides to go for some of the smaller less intimidating animal life, and discovers irony.

Apologies. I meant to get this colored, but have run out of time. Hope the sketch will save the baby seal.

Please Pick Up After Pet

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Caveman's First Flight

11:00 AM

...And so, the concept of roller skates took a back seat for a few million years.

I'd like to thank my daughter Kenzie for the background of this picture. What a lovely volcano! She says it errupts at 11:00, so I guess we know what time it was here.

Viva la Toon Club!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Makin' Fire

I combine the Illustration Friday topic and the caveman topic and got this. Not very finished. Work is keeping me busy.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Maximizing the Caveman's Day

What Day? Friday!

I was thinking of what day in the life of a caveman would be most interesting... Then I realized it would be Friday. That's my theory, anyway. *pushes glasses up*

Fruity Pebbles!

They get paid?!!!

Monday, November 06, 2006


Okay, here's the deal, kids. We're gonna post on this topic if it kills us. You have until Monday of next week, and then we're moving on. Let's consider this the Save Toon Club marathon.

If we don't have eight posts by the end of the week, I'm going to kill a baby seal. Don't believe me? Well, post a drawing and find out!

Thank you so much for all the work you did in October, and I continue to appreciate your support, but I think we're at a crucial cross roads for Toon Club... Let's keep it alive!

There are some incredibly cool new features coming to Toon Club if we make it to December, including the ability to browse by topic. And we're gonna have a contest after Thanksgiving, too! So keep those drawings coming and let's start bullying each other for not posting.

Take care, my friends.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

New Topic Time

Hey, everyone! Looks like Toon Club's been struggling a bit... I know I've been bad, but at least I was out of the country on business, so ha ha on you!

The next topic is "A Day in the Life of a Caveman".

And I have every intention of catching up on the ones I missed! It's time for the baboon to cowboy up!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wolf? Where? Er, I mean Werewolf....

It finally dawned on me that I was planning to post this for a Halloween topic on the 'club, but I totally spaced it the entire month of October. Okay, I know it's a cheating a little, but I've still got three more topics to catch up on! Give me a break already!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Halloween Stuff

Okay, Shane, I'll throw a couple of things into the ring. First-a product of medieval torture, this zombie was stretched on the rack a little too long. Second-I'm calling this guy the King of the Ghouls for want of something better.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Toon Club is Dying

Hey, I just got home from a week in New York City, and I see that we have no new topic... proving my theory that Toon Club is dying. So here's the deal... I guess:

From now until Halloween, everyone just post whatever spooky, gross, Halloween-ish stuff you want to post. We'll go with the very vague topic of "Halloween" until the first of November when we'll try to get Toon Club back on its normal track. Hopefully it won't be too late to save poor Toon Club.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Halloweenies: Robert Zombie

Dracula and the Undead Billy the Kid

In researching the last subject I came upon the Dracula v. Billy the Kid,, I thought it would be cool to have Billy kill the Vampire with a silver bullet. But when I missed the deadline I decided to have Billy the Kid be undead. To make matters more complicated, silver bullets kill werewolves not vampires, So what's a undead gunslinger going up against an equally undead monster going to do with a silver bullet?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Living Dead Caricature

If you have green hair....that means your dead.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

This is an old one that I dug up from the crypt. I didn't have time to draw a new one, but it's too good of a topic to pass up.

Leave Your Body and Soul at the Door

So, it's another dead man's party! Who could ask for more? These were concepts that never got "fleshed" out, but what can ya do? I've had lots of experience with the living dead though. I was an animator on The Polar Express.