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you sick liiitle monkeeeey! » Oodles of Doodles

you sick liiitle monkeeeey!

March 1, 2009

1 minute Patrick

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 4:26 pm

a quick little sketch while I was watching TV

Patrick Star

March 12, 2007

Drunkey the Cat and Weird Creatures

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 12:38 am

This is Drunkey the Cat, drawn during my Paltalk meetings with Jon, the former Creative Director. The thing on his chest is supposed to be the Paltalk logo.

Drunkey the Cat drunk cat doodle Paltalk mascot

Biomorphic Abstractions weird alien shapes
I don’t know what the hell these things are, but I’m calling them “biomorphic abstractions” for lack of a better classification, a term I learned in high school art class. Reminds me a little of the art of Takashi Murakami after I looked at it again.

Dinosaur holding a lunch tray sketch doodle

This is a happy little dinosaur/amphibious monster guy walking with a breakfast tray, one of my less sinister-looking doodles. Looks like he’s having some juice or milk and a bowl of cereal. I can’t remember.. I drew him on the way home on the train a few months ago.

October 30, 2006

Political cartoons from my college days

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles, Artwork & Designs — zi @ 9:24 pm

I did these senior year, with the intent of submitting them to the Wesleyan Argus, but never did. I chose the name Helvetica, though I can’t remember why.
multicultural milk

This one is probably a comment about the overly-PC climate of the US at the time, or of Wesleyan. Mjölk is Swedish for milk (I lived in Stockholm for a semester).

Wesleyan Weshop dream political sketch

This one is of a girl dreaming of the impossible. Weshop is the campus grocery store, run by Aramark, where everything is priced at 2-3x what they cost in the real world. It is the only place for students to shop for food and supplies, since we were all required to participate in the meal plan. The alternative was to spend real dollars at the Stop ‘n’ Shop, which was several minutes away by car. The walls indicate that this is a student in the Butterfield dorms, though I never lived there.

October 6, 2006

Koge-pan.. da!

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 12:33 am

My brother brought over some things from his house.. hand-me-downs and stuff he didn’t need anymore, including 2 Kogepan books, to my surprise. I didn’t think he would have Japanese children’s books. Before I went to Japan, I had come across a small figure of Kogepan (a keychain or something) in a Chinatown Sanrio gift shop. With his big head and round, pupil-less eyes, I thought he was some strange alien.

Kogepan is a San-X character. I always assumed San-X was an imprint of Sanrio, given the similarity of their names, just like Touchstone Pictures is an imprint of the Walt Disney Company, created to produce all the films deemed too risque for the parent company to produce, howevre San-X is, in fact, a totally different company.. Sanrio’s characters are too sanitized and cutesy.. decidedly uber-G-rated stuff that would even make a nursery school teacher gag. San-X, on the other hand, has a real assortment of colorful personalities: little punks (Batz maru), lazy bums (Tare Panda, Relakkuma), Afro dogs.. characters that like to drink beer (Beer-chan), lie around all day and sleep. They’re all insanely cute.

Today, I brought one of the Kogepan books to work and my Creative Director asked me what that was. I told him it’s a San-X character. Then I looked him up on Wikipedia and followed the link to San-X, where to my shock, I found out that I’ve been living in the dark all these years. San-X and Sanrio are actualy two completely separate companies!

Here is my version of Kogepanda.. an oyaji gag (Japanese version of a really corny joke). This is also one of the few times I’ve had the patience to fuss with Illustrator’s Mesh Gradient Tool. I never bothered to learn it until a few months ago.

Koge Panda

Looks a little like Tare Panda.. and if i had made his mouth any bigger, he would also look like Namacha-panda. Maybe I’ll call him Choco-panda.. choco-pan is chocolate bread in Japanese, and panda is… you guessed it: a panda!

Here’s another really LAME and old oyaji gag. “Take” in Japanese means bamboo, but it is also slang for expensive (shortened form of “takai”). Kansai-ben (dialect) is now very popular with young people in Japan, so you’ll hear a lot of kids saying “sugee~!” (awesome/super/cool) instead of “sugoi“, and “kimoii!!” (nasty/gross/creepy/uncool) and “omoroi” (interesting/funny) instead of “kimochi warui” and “omoshiroi“.

Today, I looked through my server logs and found that a 10 year old Dutch girl has hotlinked this image on her site! I’m guessing she’s 10. I can’t read Dutch.

October 3, 2006

More subway doodles

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 6:54 pm

This, ladies and gentleman, is a beavoon. Not quite a beaver, not qite a racoon, but something in the middle.. and a very sloppy eater.

a beavoon doodle a beaver raccoon type thing
oishii = dee-wishes. He sure likes that apple.
elephant doodle
elephants are damn easy to draw. Think I’ll color him and call him yellophant..

September 28, 2006

Me being sick

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 11:14 pm

Although this could apply to how I feel right now at 1 in the morning, soaking wet after a night out on the sauce, Wacom doused in an unexpected downpour, it’s actually how I feel about Jon Chang, after he gave some questionable art direction (art below).

This is Jon Chang, the Creative Director at Paltalk, who sits next to me. He’s half Chinese, into Japanese heavy metal, anime, and guns. A Tritium-powered rifle scope came for him in the mail the other day. I have him here with camo fatigues and a beater, speaking his mind on the CADPAT contraversy, a reference to the CADPAT-MARPAT intellectual property dispute. If you saw him in real life, he looks exactly like this. MRE = Meals Ready to Eat, Army food. Tofu = tofu. Chang is a vegetarian.

This is the Matt, VP of Marketing, after having an “accident”. He, on the other hand, looks nothing like the real Matt. Both illustrations done in Illustrator CS2 (PC), with a Wacom 9×12.

Here’s another crappy drawing of the pair, after Matt ordered Pantone books for us. This one’s extra-craptacular cuz I used the paintbrush in Photoshop.

PMS = Pantone Matching System, a total racket, if you ask me.

CS2 doodle

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 11:19 am

an Illustrator CS2 doodle. kinda looks like what’d happen if Alfalfa and Conan O’Brien mated

here’s what the original sketch looked like (on the back of some Paltalk spec document)

September 27, 2006

Drawing Money

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 8:21 pm

I’ve been meaning to scan this in for a while now. I drew this a few years ago as a prank. My cousin (maybe 14 at the time) asked me for some money as a birthday present, so I drew this, stuck it in a red envelope and gave it to him. United Boogers of Victor.. Immature, I know. It’s the same size as a real bill and still stands up pretty well as a drawing.

fake dollar

Looking back at it today brings to mind a documentary I saw many years ago about an artist who drew money. He was able to get stores to accept his drawings of money as payment. Google helped me find out that his name is JSG Boggs and that show was Nova (one of my favorites as a kid — I was a documentary junkie).

Obviously, this guy got into a lot of trouble with the government, but the story is an interesting discussion on the concept of money, the meaning of value, and the nature and value of art.

Here’s a Wikipedia entry about him and a brief ArtScene article with a few pictures of his drawings.

boy eating ice cream

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 8:06 pm

This boy has popped up in a few of my drawings now. I like drawing pudgey kids more than skinny kids, and I hate big-ass anime eyes. I like little blinky dots for eyes.

boy with ice cream

He kinda looks like Ness from Super Smash Brothers. Drawn on the back of some scrap print-out from work. Gotta clean it up a bit.

more sketches

Filed under: Oodles of Doodles — zi @ 7:52 pm
everyone's favorite italian
got milk?
brains?
brains!…
Got bored on my 45 train commute home. Dunno what inspired the zombie. Probably cuz I watched Dawn of the Dead several days earlier at work and had the undead theme still in my head. Noticed the movie motif and how I accidentally drew Shaun’s costume from Shaun of the Dead, so I tried to give my zombie a goatee.
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