Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Samurai Fox

A rare two-color sketch that I hope you'll like.

DFW Sketch 027

Yes, I know, apparently this looks like one of the characters from Monsters, Inc. However, the resemblance was not intended, and I never saw that movie.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

DFW Sketch 020: and yet again, Further Shapes


This is the first in a series of chimeric creature sketches. A chimera is a monster made up of the parts of several different animals, although traditionally it had the head and body of a lion, with a goat head sticking out of its back and a snake for a tail (or a tail which ends in a dragon head). Although the lion head has a mane, they are traditionally thought of as female. One of my later DFW sketches is of a chimera, but you won't see that until much later this year.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

DFW Sketch 014

He's kind of a scorpion-tailed, snail-eyed kind of thing. He also enjoys margaritas.

At the Water Cooler

I've mentioned to a few people I'm making an ABC book for my son out of my sketches. This picture is a little bit more what the book will be like--animals in a shirt and tie--not the monsters I've been posting.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

DFW Sketch 013: Shapes

More Norse Mythology

These are two perennial favorites I also drew yesterday, Fáfnir and Fenrir. I wasn't really happy with how either of these turned out, but here they are anyway.

Monday, January 12, 2009

DFW Sketch 012


I drew this one today. This is Yggdrasil, the "world tree" of Norse mythology. The nine planes of existence are on the tree. At the top is the unnamed eagle, and at the bottom is Níðhöggr, the dragon who eats the roots of the world tree, and running between them is, of course, (as I'm sure you all are quite well aware) the squirrel Ratatoskr. Around the central plane, our world (Midgard) is the world serpent (or Midgårdsormen) Jörmungandr.

But I'm sure you already knew all of that.