Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
In my downtime at work (thanks recession!) I've been working on an animated short about a feathered dinosaur chasing a mosquito. Here are some early designs I did forever ago - they've slightly changed since but thought I'd share. Hope to have the whole thing done soon and then, depending what they say at the office, will post it here.
Posted by Chris Purdin at 3:46 PM
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Here's the cover, with special help from Gus himself on the background watercolors. Please let me know what you think, especially you graphic designers out there. I'll be saying this from now until forever, but thanks to Emily for being such a great art director - she's the best pair of fresh eyes I could hope for. I'll let you know soon when I get the whole book together - stay tuned!
Posted by Chris Purdin at 10:58 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Finally! I still have quite a bit of editing left to do, but here's the last page of the book. I'll be posting up the cover soon as well. I've got some ideas for how to compile this and get it on the web - I'd love to hear any of your thoughts on the topic, as well as the usual technical and artistic criticism (that is invaluable to me - you guys are my art directors). Gus is a never-ending font of inspiration for this (both the grumpy pages and the sweet pages!) that I could do this forever - thanks bud!
Posted by Chris Purdin at 11:40 PM
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
It's happy time! We're in the home stretch now, two more postings to finish the pages, then the cover, and then the all-important revisions. Please keep the comments coming, I'm starting to try to gather and organize them to refer to when I go back in. I'm also starting to think about how best to present this when it's all done...
Posted by Chris Purdin at 12:35 AM
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Look, Gus is smiling - it does happen! More smiles to come, promise. Little inside info: the couch texture is actually a closeup photo of our couch. I usually don't like to be that on the nose, but I thought it was funny. I'm using a new font based on a friend's recommendation - look okay?
Posted by Chris Purdin at 1:30 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2010
This is a little more than halfway, and for those that don't like seeing Gus so upset all the time, the next page is when things start to turn around (for the better)! Gus is (over)due for a haircut again and working on this page has helped me put it off even longer.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Just so you know, I'm serious about taking criticism! Here's some revisions I made based on comments from my friend Elli. Changed the parent's shirt colors, colors of the door and room behind the door. Also added an actual Gus drawing "taped" to the door - would like to incorporate Gus artwork throughout. Let me know what you think!
Posted by Chris Purdin at 9:49 PM
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Here's a look into the process, this is the original pencil drawing of page 1 before crazy straw textures got involved. If anybody's interested, I'll try to show more stages of some of these. Should be posting up page 2 & 3 (splash page!) on Monday.
Posted by Chris Purdin at 11:23 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2010
I'm in! This will be a place to share my latest artistic projects and link to other artists that inspire me. My initial reason for starting this blog is as a place to put forth a children's book I'm working on, mostly to teach myself about the process. The book is based on our experiences raising a grumpy toddler named Gus (tentatively titled "Grumpy Gus"). I'm hoping for this to be an open critique forum so my wife, Emily, doesn't always have to be my go-to critic (she has particularly great color instincts!), so please chime in. Also, this will keep me accountable - I will endeavor to post a page or 2 every week. Here's a look at the "in-progress" first page!
Posted by Chris Purdin at 11:52 PM