Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Alfie's Thanksgiving Meal Maze!

Here is the new Aflie cartoon for the month of November for DCM! I made it a maze this time to make it interactive! Help Alfie get to the table scraps for his Thanksgiving treat! And yes, he does have a small plate for himself as well. He LOVES Turkey...actually he likes a lot of people food! Enjoy!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

ALFIE - My Original & Initial Concept Design!

Here is the one of the first concepts I did for the Alfie cartoon. This original version was based more on his personality than his actual look and it was one that I was going to actually go with. He's basically a generic, cute-looking doggie who had appeal for me but there was missing something in the end. It was soon after this version that I would wind up basing the cartoon on the Yorkshire Terrier's actual look since that's what Alfie's breed is. By basing it on his actual look, it made the overall tone and feel completely personal for me and one that I could understand and deal with much more easily when coming up with ideas. I don't know why I just didn't do that in the beginning but design is a process. I like this cartoon version and as you can see, this version has Alfie walking on his back legs like a human. It had more of a Hanna-Barbera simple feel to it, which is nice. This also bothered me though in the end and when I switched my designing process over to drawing an actual Yorkie, I then decided to draw him walking and acting like a real dog would. I did try to have him walking on his back legs when I drew Alfie as you see him now, but for some reason it fell apart in the plausability of it all, so I made him more dog-like. I think this is one of the main reasons that Scooby-Doo was designed the way he was as well. Even though he acts human in certain scenes, he remains very dog-like in his anatomy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

New Alfie Comic Strip for October!

Here's the new comic strip for Alfie this month for DCM magazine. I realize it's not an actual strip, but I got jammed up with Power Rangers and other work. Still a super cute drawing though...which I'll do something else with at some point. Enjoy!

Monday, September 1, 2008

New Alfie Comic Strip for September! Co-starring Penny, the Bassett Hound!

Here is the new Alfie strip for the September issue of DCM magazine! This is the first strip featuring Penny, the Bassett Hound, who lives around the corner from Alfie. When I walk Alfie (in real life) and he sees her in her yard he will sneak under the fence to say Hi. This stuff is all true, people. I'll post some pics of them both together in real life soon! Enjoy!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

More of Alfie's Doggie Dictionary!

Here is the new Alfie strip that ran in the August issue of DCM magazine! I had to do another Doggie Dictionary filler piece due to the HUGE amount of work I have going on right now with the Power Rangers! I plan on having a normal comic strip for the September issue. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Some Days It's Hard To Find A Good Punchline...

Here's the new Alfie cartoon for July's issue of DCM magazine! The top one is the one that's going to print, though the one on the bottom was the original punchline. I changed it late today as I was loading the other editorial to the printer's FTP. I asked a few people when I was having lunch what they thought and they suggested to go with the Scooby line. The problem is that the MacGyver line works better and is funnier, BUT...NO kids (or people under 30) will know who MacGyver was and get the gag unless you watched the show in the 1980's. So much for dated pop culture references...

The Scooby line does work as well in my mind, since it's a tip of the hat to Scooby since I draw that as well, but maybe it means that Alfie watches cartoons when the TV is left on and Scooby is his hero? Hey, it could happen...!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

New Alfie Cartoon for June!

Here is the new Alfie cartoon for June! This gag is based on all the times that Alfie has gotten wrapped around the tree in the backyard chasing the squirells or bunnies and then I have to go out to then untangle him. I have a several more ideas and gags of him being tied up which I'll work out as well into strips. He can sometimes untangle himself but there are times during the heat of the chase he forgets how many times he goes around the tree. The backyard shot is all based on the actual look of it which really does give it much more weight. The bunny's name is Rascal. He's a lazy bunny who likes to collect pinecones for some unknown reason and he has a big ball of string that he keeps adding to whenever he finds a new piece lying around somewhere. The squirrels are Pocket, Tricky and Scooter. I went a bit easier on the coloring with this one than the others I've done simply because of time. It can take me a while to color a strip and get it the way I want it, so while I'm happy with this strip, I may go into in and add more dimension to it with more color tones.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Lazy Sunny Morning...Alfie Style!

Here's Alfie getting up this morning! I was busy getting ready and he was just laying in bed waiting on me to get my act together so we could go out for his walk. It only takes him 30 seconds to get ready for the day! I love the look on his face in the first one. The weather has taken something out of him the last few days so he's been a bit tired and lazy, though he has gotten his normal walks. The last pic of him was him sitting up as he heard something make a noise outside and of course we had to go outside for his first walk to see what it was...

Alfie's Doggie Dictionary!

Here's the Alfie strip for May's issue of DCM Magazine! Another filler strip but one that I will be using in the Alfie comic book to pepper the book up in-between the stories...Next month, I will have a new comic since now I have free time to breathe! I've finally finished the HUGE amount of Disney work I was doing! Whew!

Alfie's Property Rules! Final Color Strip!

Here's the Alfie strip I did for April's issue of DCM! I was so jammed with other work and the Power Rangers I had to resort to a filler text joke instead of an actual comic to get it done in a real pinch. It still reads pretty good though! :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New Alfie art coming soon!

There will be some new Alfie stuff coming soon! If you've read my other blog you've seen all the stuff that's been going on in my life. I'll post some new stuff soon though as well as last month's Alfie cartoon that was printed!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Alfie Comic Strip...out in the neighborhood! Final Color!

Here's the final cartoon! And for any Alfie fans out there, as a bonus, I'm including the final colored cartoon without the word balloons! Sometimes as an artist you spend a lot of time drawing and coloring something that in the end winds up getting covered over by something else such as a word balloon, credit box or whatever else would get dropped on top of it. The good thing that I like most about doing the lettering in the computer is that I can tweak the text at some point in the future or even rewrite the whole gag to make a new cartoon! Remember you can click on the images to see them bigger!

Alfie Comic Strip...out on the neighborhood! Rough Sketch

Here's the new rough sketch for the new Alfie cartoon I did this weekend. These pencils are pretty tight so it was like tracing mostly when I actually inked it. A lot of my work seems like I do the art twice. The whole idea was based on walking Alfie around the same neighborhood for the last 4 years and how, for me, it's the same old, same old. For him, I wonder that it must be the same as well. There are certain bushes and plants and telephone poles that he always seems to stop at. There are loads of wonderful smells for dogs so I guess even though he's walked the same two blocks (twice a day) for the last four years there's always new and exciting smells and sights to see! The familiarity of the neighborhood is what I'm planning to use to help anchor the comic series for Alfie.

Here's a photo of Alfie out walking one morning and he stops by one of his favorite bushes. He usually puts his two paws up on the wood landscaping ties and sniffs the bush a few times. He looks kinda sleepy in this photo. I wanted to post this as well so that you can see that I try to incorporate actual landscapes and the look of the neighborhood as much as I can to base the Alfie cartoon in as much reality as I can. The smallest details can really get overlooked sometimes even when drawing a simple telephone pole so looking at a reference photo always helps. You can see the wood ties and bush in the corner of the new strip!

Next up the color and lettering....!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Alfie in the Snow! Final color version...

Here is the color final art that I whipped out this morning in a rush since the print deadline was today at 5pm and it will be in print early this week! I like the color theory for the strip. I love the first panel and how he sits by the back door. Ha! Just like he does in real life! Enjoy!

Alfie in the Snow! The pencil sketches...

Here is the new pencil drawing for the new Alfie strip I just did this weekend for DCM! The whole gag for this cartoon was based on the last panel which was a sketch (seen below) I drew sometime early on in Alfie's development as a cartoon. It was a moment of Alfie's life that I wanted to capture on paper and I decided that this sketch could be the punch line for the new strip this month.
This whole gag pretty much actually happened as I showed it. Alfie was close to one-year old and he saw his first snow storm and wanted to see snow close up. He was at the back door and he was hesitant to go out and I knew he had to go to the bathroom so I gave him a soft boot out the door. He jumped and landed tail end in the snow and sank like it was quicksand! It was pretty funny. It was a deeper snow than I though it was. Alfie was only 1 pound and 9 ounces at that time so he just tried to swim in the snow to get back inside since it was cold. I bundled him in a towel and then went outside and shoveled him a whole blocked out area that he could roam around in the snow. He then went out and enjoyed the snow which I'll be showing in the future!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Shhh! He's sleeping...

No, I haven't been slacking on producing Alfie since my last post. I've been drawing Scooby stuff since New Year's Day so that has taken a lot of my time. I am drawing the new Alfie strip for the February issue of DCM and I'll have the pencils for you to see soon! Keep checking back!