The Man from E.G.G.

A place to put my time-wasting doodles, based upon the exercises outlined in the "How To Draw Animated Cartoons" book by Preston Blair.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

NickToonz Will Be Calling!

Sorry, Bobby Square Sponge, there's a hot, new cartoon characer in town!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Mariel was "acting up" at the dinner table a while ago. Her punishment was "no TV and no computer games!" So, we ended up drawing at the kitchen table. Here is what I drew for her:

Yeah, this was part of her punishment.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

September Song (Swan Song?)

Here are a few of the hen-scratchings that were hatched at our kitchen table this past month. They're all doodles that were done to entertain my four year old daughter. The mediums used were pencil, water color, colored pencils and discarded copy paper.

Look! Veggie Tales, the whatzis and a genetically weird TeleTubby all on one page. I added the watercolors during one of Mariel's painting sessions.

Mr. Puppy and Mr. Other Puppy are in the lower left corner while Tiger and Kipper discuss taking medicine up top. Mariel had to take 10 days' worth of antibiotics this month, hence the dialog balloons. Bob the Tomato with Larry the Cucumber are shown in the lower right hand corner. Who is that in the center, I wonder..?

Kipper and Tiger discuss an important clue in the search for Black Beard's treasure.

Various character scribbles for the princess. Yes, that's Mister Bubble...

Now here are two from Mariel:

1. Bob the Tomato with "too many eyes!"


Saturday, August 30, 2008

August Doodles

Gosh, August is darn near kaput and I haven't wasted any bandwidth on this 'chere blog!

At left, we have a little crayon doodle of a character I've decided to call "Whatzis" for obvious reasons.

I was intrigued to the point where I tried to draw him in several different poses. Each sketch seem to water down the spark that appealed to me in the first drawing, as is so often the case.

Still it afforded me an excuse to try drawing a character in different poses...

In the Father-Daughter Doodle category, Mariel drew the character on the left, below:

She determined that this character was named "Puffy," again, for obvious reasons!

Finally, here are some stomach-churning VeggieTales and "My Little Pony" sketches, drawn for Princess Mariel's amusement.


"See you in September..."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Doodle Archives

Here is a sheet of "Little Puppet Boy" doodles I did some time back. I had a sheet of paper by my computer and just scratched out thumbnails while waiting for downloads, talking on the phone or amusing Mariel.

Speaking of Mariel, here's a daddy-daughter drawing. The medium is crayon-on-ripped-construction-paper.

And, just to round things out, here's one of Mariel's cartoon characters. Blobby body, beady eyes and a large honker. Daddy likes!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


One of Mariel's favorite cartoons has been one called "OKEY DOKEY DONKEY." This is a late fifties Paramount cartoon that features a donkey named Spunky. I think Spunky came into being as half of the Hunky & Spunky team in Max Fleischer's "Color Classics" series.

'Mariel doesn't care about that stuff. She just enjoys the cartoon.

One day, when we had the construction paper, glue stick, google eyes and craft jewels out, I cut out a horse. It was kind of an amalgam of Pokey and My Little Pony.

Mariel decided it was Spunky.

OK, so I made a donkey instead of a horse.
She had fun gluing on an eye and some jewels.

As four year olds will do, she asked me to make another one.

And another one.

And another one.

And... you get the idea.

She had a big envelope full of these things.

Every so often she'll ask to "make some more the Spunkies!"

(Actually, she isn't "asking!")

Yep, the herd just keeps a-growin' and a-growin'...

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Kris 'n' Victor

This is a rough series of sketches to try to map out an idea I've been playing with.

I was thinking of coming up with some li'l boy and girl comic characters. Their names are Kris & Victor. Their Mommy and Daddy are Mr. and Mrs. Church. My thought is to illustrate simple Sunday School lessons.

Why do we pray? What do the Ten Commandments mean? Stuff like that.

My long layoff from seriously trying to cartoon has really hurt my sense of construction and posing. I have still not mastered how to draw hands!

If I can get off the dime with this concept, I think this would be a rewarding (and fun) project. My life-long problem with cartooning has been that, while I like to draw, I don't know what to do with it!

(Note: The characters' names are a play on the name of the church we attend: Christus Victor Lutheran Church. Get it? Kris & Victor Church! Um...)

Oh, yeah! I mentioned "Spunkies" in the previous post. I'll explain later.