How To Draw A Cartoon Cat

We move from 3D witch sculpting to 2D cartoon drawing this week. A simple How-To-Draw tutorial that’ll take you through the steps of drawing this cute little cartoon cat.

This is more or less a recreation of a short presentation I did with some girl scouts over a zoom conference troop meeting. I had to do a “how to draw” segment, and this cartoon cat was what I decided to use. I worked digitally (in Clip Studio Paint) but the exercise could be done with pencil on paper as well.

I tried to keep it pretty basic — simple shapes, not too detailed — and if you follow along, yeah, in the end, there should be a cat on the page (or monitor) in front of you. But from that starting point, you can experiment, change, alter, or even forget everything in this lesson, and create a cat that’s personal to you.

It’s a pretty short video, and easy to follow. Hope you have fun! -v

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Toned Paper Drawing

I haven’t attempted a toned paper drawing since it was forced upon me in tenth grade. The teacher was trying to teach us about the three values (dark, midtone, light) but I used it as an excuse to goof off and phone in the assignment. I regret nothing.

But I did think it was about time I revisited the toned paper. So I picked up a pad of Strathmore tan toned paper, grabbed some soft lead pencils and a white charcoal pencil and tried to figure out what my high school art teacher had been patiently trying to convey to me all those years ago.

For my subject matter, I picked characters from one of my favorite horror books, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (the fact that I just bought a Mr Hyde action figure might have also figured into my decision). And I talked to my friend  RunRedRun about Jekyll and Hyde, toned paper drawing, and my awful tenth grade art.

All in all, for only my second time with this medium, it didn’t turn out too bad. Here’s the video. No rest for the wicked.

Sesame Street’s Count Von Count! (My First Mini-Painting)

Most of the time, when I’m working on art, I’m either sitting behind my computer working on something digital, or sitting on the couch, sketching with a pencil. Bottom line, there’s a lot of sitting going on, and that’s not gonna change anytime soon.

But what WILL change is the medium I’m working in. I found an old mini-canvas in the ArtBin I used during my college painting class eons ago. It was still sealed in plastic because I’ve never done a mini-painting. Until now.

This week, I finally broke open some old acrylics (and that mini-canvas) and decided to try my hand at a mini-portrait of one of my favorite Muppets, Count Von Count. You can watch the video down below to see how it went, and listen to me talk to RunRedRun about Sesame Street, vampires, and my college painting course.

Anyway, here’s the video. One! One painting video! Ah Ah Ah Ahhhhh!

Building My First Haunted House

Figured out what to do with all the extra foam and cardboard lying around my studio. Built my first haunted house.

Yeah, I know we already built a witch house. But this is a haunted house. Totally different. And I did it on my own while Run Red Run was busy working on her own projects.

It’s not a long video, but I do take you through my entire process (at breakneck speed) from the rough sketch to the finished house. And since it was my first, I was kind of learning as I went along.

Enjoy the vid and don’t let it spook you.

How I Illustrated My Holiday Card This Year

And we’re back from break! I sent out New Year’s cards this year. Not many. Just enough to make sure all the people who sent me Christmas cards didn’t think I was a complete jerk.

But while I was making the card, I also took the opportunity to record my process and talk about it with my friend, RunRedRun. I might not be a complete jerk, but I’m also not gonna pass up the opportunity to generate some fresh content for my YouTube channel.

So we uploaded a video where I discussed not only my illustration process for this cute little hamster, but also name-dropped the many various tools and materials I used to create the card — from the sketch stage right on up to me dropping it in the mailbox.

Enjoy the video. And Happy New Year!

My Illustrated Christmas Tale About Starsky and Hutch Action Figures

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I figured I’d post our latest, holiday-themed video to the process blog. I recently told a story to Run Red Run (on our YouTube channel) about a coveted toy from my childhood: a Starsky & Hutch Action Figure.

The tale begins with a grade school Holiday Gift Exchange and ends in heartbreak (as any story worth its sale often does). I illustrated this miserable memory with some digital illustrations. And, since I’m all about process, I also included some footage of the drawings being created in Clip Studio Paint.

Maybe this story will trigger some pleasant memories of your own childhood Christmases. Or maybe you’ll just enjoy joining in my misery. Either way, the video link is below.

Happy Holidays, everybody!

Sculpting The Zombie Lovers (Parts 1 & 2)

It’s nice to take a break from 2D work and just mess around with clay now and again. RunRedRun and I had some fun sculpting little zombie lovers. As a way to learn a new medium, you can’t go wrong starting with zombies. Any mistakes you make can be attributed to grave rot.

And when we were done sculpting the figures, we modified some cheap, craft-store coffins to give our zombies customized resting places.

We used Super Sculpey for just about all of this, and split the project up into two videos, both of which are below.

Inking the General Mills Monster Cereal Mascots (Franken Berry, Count Chocula, Boo Berry)

Last week we had another Halloween Leftover. The General Mills Monster Cereal Mascots!

I wanted to have a little fun with them, so I made them just slightly creepier than they appear on the cereal boxes.

We’ve done a few videos since then (subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date) but here’s Franken Berry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry getting the ink wash treatment:

The Fly: Ink and Watercolor

The Fly has always been one of my favorite horror movies since I saw it on TV as a kid. That giant fly-head freaked me out then and it still freaks me out now.

So I illustrated the monster in ink wash and watercolor, and played around a little with masking fluid too.

You can watch my process in the video below, and listen to Run Red Run and I gab about the movie.

Inking The Sanderson Sisters (from Hocus Pocus)

Would you believe I’d never seen Hocus Pocus until this past Halloween? The movie’s 27 years old and I guess it just slipped under my radar somehow.

But this year, Run Red Run made me watch it because it’s one of her favorite Halloween movies. And you know what? I liked it. Liked it so much I inked this illustration of the Sanderson Sisters while we discussed the movie.

Here’s the process video of this Halloween Leftover.

And if you enjoyed the witches of Hocus Pocus, you might enjoy this creepy old witch house that Run Red Run and I built a few weeks ago. It’s our very first build like this, and we had a lot of fun. We’ll probably be doing more of these.