Monday, May 29, 2006

The Wild West

This week we're doing one of Peter's topics... and that topic is "Wild West."

So DRAW, you flea-bitten varmints!

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Sorry it took me so long to get this done. But now you know what I do on Saturday nights. Get me a life, somebody!


Part Carpenter-Ant, part Mountain Gorilla, the Carpenter-Ape, with arms capable of lifting 35 tons of weight over it's head, and mandibles capable of crushing soft metal to pulp, he is the new reigning king of the jungle.

Friday, May 26, 2006


After a freak accident involving Photoshop filters on the border between the African jungle and prairie the Gorafinocerous was spawned.

Three times the fun wrapped up and rolled into one.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rudolf's Waldeer

When Rudolf's nose went out unexpectedly in the middle of a holiday snowstorm, a walrus nurse nourished him back to health before he was recovered three weeks later by Santa's elf recovery squad. By then, a romance had blossomed between the shining Rudolf and the infatuated nurse, so they brought her to the North Pole and they were married.

If you thought Rudolf's ridicule was severe, imagine how all the other reindeer treat poor Rudolf Junior. Santa very graciously offered Rudolf Jr. the coveted job of Sleigh-bearer alongside his father (Only out of pity), but the struggle goes on every Christmas eve as many deer (and some reports say Santa himself) have secretly complained about difficulties "seeing where we're going because of that fatty in front of us."

Flying Utters

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Warthawk

Look out, canary -
there's a new king of the skies!

Think about it for a bit...

When you figure it out, please accept my apology.


Maybe not so scary as the Killer Whagon or creepy as the Ape-worm (Hmmm I wonder if this is why my daughter has a tummy ache?), but it is a crossbreed. Actually, this is part of job I just recently finished for Innovative Kids. I had to do ten different farm animals that could be taken apart and rearanged. Pretty fun really. I also did a small board book that goes along with them. After the book gets published I might post some more of the mixed-up animals, but until then enjoy the Cow-pig.


I really don't know what to say about this one. Although I'm feeling like asking my doctor for an intestinal flush.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Killer Whagon

The most fearsome creature to roam the seven seas, and all of landlocked Eurasia. Half killer whale, half dragon, all evil!

There are two things different here than I originally planned. First, I was going to put a cardinal on his back called the Red Ryder. Second, I was going to just leave the drawing in black and white. But instead, I decided to give you a...

...painted whagon.

Monday, May 22, 2006

New Topic: Crazy Crossbreeds & Update

From the list of Taylor K., here's this week's topic... Crazy Crossbreeds! What unnatural combination will you come up with? How should I know!

If you haven't read our new topic policy or sent me your list of topics, CLICK HERE to read more.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I Will Work Harder

Whew! Sorry I was out of town last week. Boxer's maxim was "I will work harder," I guess I need to adopt that myself!

"Four legs good, two legs better!"

Napoleon excercising the pronouncement in Chapter 10 "Four legs good, two legs better.". On reflection I should have made him fatter.
By now he's taken up residence in the house and is eating all the best food in the house (including his fellow creatures-- that's my interpretation). His clothes and powdered wig are more 1800's than what's described in the book-- I thought it was befitting his character.

Friday, May 19, 2006

New Toon Club Procedure

Greetings, all! Shane and I have been talking, and have decided to make a small procedural change in the way Toon Club topics are posted. Everyone is still going to get their turns in the order designated, but we are making the following change:

1. All Toon Club members need to e-mail Adrian 5-10 topic ideas. (My e-mail address is listed on my profile. You can click on my name to the left and it'll take you there.) Then, Shane and I will post one of your topics, in random order, on the appropriate Monday. This is to eleviate some of the stress we've been having with not knowing if someone will be around to post a topic when it's their turn.

2. Throughout the year, especially around special holidays, we will pepper the topics with a few special ones that we have thought up for your enjoyment. This will not count as someone's turn. We just think it would be nice to have special themes for Halloween, Christmas, etc...

3. The order of topics is as follows: Adrian, Shane, Joe, Seth, Jed, Swanimator, Taylor, Peter, Ken, Guy, Chad, Hallettoon. We have closed membership invites for Toon Club, as we feel 12 is a good solid group. At some point we may start a second group, but please don't ask us to invite anyone else unless a spot on the roster opens up.

Thanks! Great stuff this week, especially from Makenzie! We are very pleased to have such a solid group of contributors, and we want to make this the best club it can be. Be sure to get those e-mails in a.s.a.p, especially Taylor! It's your turn next, T.K.!



Boxer always seemed like the saddest part of the story. He works so hard just to be sold to the glue factory. I spent some time trying to get him to look strong, could have spent a little more on the gulible part.


"There was a farmer named Ben. He had a lot of chores to do."

We have a guest illustrator back by popular demand (see her debut at my blog). Makenzie, my little Kindergartner, was excited about drawing an "Animal Farm". This is her entry. I may have to start Makenzie her very own blog.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Most Equal

Well I don't remember much about the story, but I bet one of the pigs could've looked like this...

Old Major's Plan

I love the part of the book when Old Major basically invents "animalism". It's a great setting, and quite clever. This is a detail for a larger picture I'm trying to do with all the animals in the barn listening, but I decided this was all I had time to do for Toon Club this week. If I get the rest of the image done, I'll update the post. I wanted to give it a Golden Book sort of feel, even though Animal farm as a Golden Book would be horrible.

Leaving the Farm

The reign of the Pigs comes to an end.

Step Aside Christopher Robin!

I know I already posted but I kept having this vision of another well-known pig character as dictator. Finally I just had to try it even if it was a quickie. So here they are catching the vision.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Well, you at least get what I was going for.

O Brother, What Art Thou?

Eventually the animals couldn't tell the difference between the humans and the pigs. Can you? Clearly I can't.

Monday, May 15, 2006

All der Hanimals ist Hequal, but der Shvine ist der most HEQUAL!

All I recall about Animal Farm is that the pigs established a dictatorship over the other farm animals. I believe Orwell was mostly warning about communist dictators but I couldn't resist doing a take-off on good ol' Adolf.

Saturday, May 13, 2006


Okay, so it won't be as funny as useless super heros, but I think we could get some good design exercises out of this: This week's topic is George Orwell's Animal Farm.

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

I think it'll be fun. Plus, the book is so dang satirical, you could find lots of funny material.

Friday, May 12, 2006

The Final Battle

I still have a lot of work to do, but I wanted to get this up.

Jungle Book Villains

At the end of The Jungle Book Shere Khan fights against Mowgli AND Baloo AND several vultures. That's a victory? I say even up the teams. How did King Louie never ride Shere Khan's back while using Kaa as a lasso? What are they, idiots? It was so obvious!

10 years later, Mowgli still hangs around the Village

I didn't post last week so I decided to kind of combine the ideas to make up for it.

Baloo, Bagheera, and Mowgli

In the book Baloo is this cranky old teacher, and not the free spirit we see in the Disney flick. So I made him look like the stern tutor he is. I like his lips.

Enjoys the Bare Necessities

I was always drawn to the Tail Spin take on Shere Kahn. The whole Lex Luthor, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel imposed over the suave tiger

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Baloo 2.0

Here's my redesign of Baloo. Definitely doesn't hold a candle to the original, but it was fun to draw something while whistling "The Bare Necessities."


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Fun at the Office

This was a hard topic to think of what to draw. (I assume you all feel the same way as it is Wednesday, and this is the first thing up!) So, I went with the old standby... Joe and Adrian.

Monday, May 08, 2006


Hey, everybody! I just talked to Swanimator, and he told me to post the topic for him. This week's topic is....

...drum roll...

...The Jungle Book!

You may begin your drawings... NOW!

Thursday, May 04, 2006


That red hair does it every time...


She was the Jetson's housekeeper. Basicly the perfect woman. A little vaccuum and a whole lotta va va voom.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Sheila from Dungeons and Dragons

Okay, I'm hoping at least one person remembers the old CBS Dungeons and Dragons cartoon from the '80s. Sheila was the fiesty redhead who played the role of the "thief". The title came with a power... She had a purple cloak that could make her invisible so she could swipe stuff from the bad guys.

I was almost done sketching out my original idea for this week's post when I remembered Sheila, and I knew this was my one chance to have a reason to draw her. She's no Slue-Foot Sue, but I think she's kinda cute.

Failed Delivery

Until I met my wife, I never thought I'd get over this.

I only have eyes for Snake... Eyes.

So, when I was a kid I loved G.I. Joe. Not like that, but come on, you're telling me you wouldn't want to have a meal with one of them? Maybe Snake Eyes is a bad choice, but he ain't bad to look at! Ok, now it's weird.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Penny Gadget

Penny Gadget was way hot when I was 5. Plus, she's tech savvy, is a good spy, takes good care of her idiot uncle, and can understand what the heck Brain is always growling about. What a woman.


Okay, so I took some liberties, but she may as well have looked like this.

Slue-Foot Sue

This was an easy call for me.
In the words of Pecos Bill:
"Sweet Sue... I love you!"

Monday, May 01, 2006

And the new topic is...

First it was going to be Daphne from Scooby Doo, then Poison Ivy, then Belle, then Wonder Woman, but I just couldn't decide, so I'm going a little broad here with the topic of Cartoon Crushes. C'mon, you know you've had one. Who's that special two-dimensional lady that captured your interest when you were just a lad? Even if you never had one, just pretend you did. CARTOON CRUSHES EVERYBODY!

Captain Hand Puppet

I've been invited to participate in the Toon Club. Thanks guys. It's a honor to hang with such talented people. I hope I can regularly put stuff up. I missed the last topic by a smidge, but I can't miss the opportunity to post useless superheroes. It's like my favorite thing to draw. Something about superheros that serve no purpose is soo funny to me. This is an old one, but it is still a useless superhero. When you fight crime with hand puppets the world is your stage! (It's just tiny-- a little puppet theater.)

I like the new topic. I'll need to think about this one... hmmmmm


I was doing finals last week, trying to cram everything and finish all my projects, thinking there was absolutely no hope, and just when I was about to break a window out of frustration, Geek Man appeared.

"Have no fear," he said in a pinch-nosed voice, "I gan help you with all your final-ish needs." He adjusted his glasses and made the pose you see here. "I know how to build a computer, get a hundred lives in Mario Brothers, and I can beat Super Metroid in under four hours."

I scratched my head and said, "begone, yellow-caped man, I don't need any of that right now, I'm just doing this project and it doesn't even involve computers."

"Well, when you're done, come over and we'll play Smash Brothers. Up, up, and away!" And he broke through the window on his way out.