"hugging robots" (pen, digital 8.5x10.5") final remember this one? i posted the original sketches back on april 7th of this year. well, here it is...the final, finally! this is a wedding present for my therapist. i got to see him after 2-3 years and actually got to give this to him in person! i hadn't needed to see him in that time as my symptoms had completely disappeared! so it was an amazing session, nothing to say but how fantastic my life has become. it was so good to see him and to be seen by him...and oh, yeah...to finally give him his wedding present! i hope you guys will share a love that stands the test of time, you both deserve nothing less! cheers!
"fast eddie feslon" (pencil, 5x7") 6-19-2022 (for my dad's father's day gift) this image was from the paul newman movie, "The Hustler" (1961). one of my dad's all-time favorite flics. this is the movie that inspired my dad to teach himself how to play pool, and he's fantastic at straight pool. in the movie, ames is the pool hall where the fated match between minnesota fats and fast eddie felson takes place. my dad actually made a sacred pilgrimage to ames! how cool is that? the scene i chose for this drawing is where this quote comes in... (minnesota fats) "Shoot pool, Eddie." (fast eddie felson)"I'm shooting pool, Fats. When I miss, you can shoot." this is such a great moment in the film, cause fast eddie is the underdog but knows he's better than fats. the confidence in this moment kills me. classic. if you look at the original still from the movie and then back at my drawing, you can see i changed the position o
"the hydromatic 7.300" (pencil, 5x7") guessing that's its name for the time being! lol this bot was designed specifically for today which is national hydration day! "WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL HYDRATION DAY: It encourages healthy physical activity We all know how great exercise can be for our health but working out while dehydrated is anything but healthy. Water provides your body with the power and fuel it needs to get you through a workout or a busy afternoon outside. When you’re properly hydrated, you’re able to exercise in a happy, healthy way—and that makes your mind and body happy. It inspires people to make other positive choices When you’re properly hydrated, you may find that you feel a lot better than you do when your body is short on water. (After all, dehydration can cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and feelings of exhaustion.) Getting into the habit of drinking water more often can feel like a victory, and that may inspire you to build other heal
*(just wanted to let you know that robots are everywhere!) sorry, no art this morning...but i did want to let you in on what i'm working on this week. just getting back into my studio schedule after a long weekend of misbehavior and having a blast in nature. but now i'm back to work! one of my top priorities is chipping away at the old knight robot painting. and getting back to this bot has been a blast for me. my approach (in photoshop layers specifically) has changed dramatically since march. so, working back into this image is...weird. "what in the world? how can anyone work like this?" so many improvements are being made and it's interesting to learn how i've grown as a digital artist. so, i am making progress there... i will be working on a small, hopefully, quick piece today for tomorrow's post (national hydration day, june 23rd, 2022) actually, it has to be quick...it's for tomorrow! i have something wacky planned for this image. i'm not goi
the professor's ever-smoking machines (pencil sketch, digital background...7x5") this was the father's day card i gave to my amazing brother this year... and the fact that these machines are ever-smoking well, that's just a fact. but the professor never gives up...he keeps tinkering, taking notes on where he thinks it all went ka-pow and tries again. he's a true scientist! the determination in this lil' guy is something i really admire about him. a mad scientist indeed, and usually very quiet...always thinking about his machines and robots. he's got a lot on his mind... i am really loving looking at all my old zot sketches, the characters and the whole world i have been developing for, well...i'm not going to admit to how long i've been working on this book. but it's inspiring to see everything i have created for it...the amount of sketches i have done for this project is crazy...but i love it! and right now i'm breathing new, and better l
old knight robot - (digital) this piece was created for one of the online character design challenges (#87). (back in march) the prompt was "knights tournament". i had a lot of fun designing this character and it was the very first time that i inked digitally. well, like a week before the deadline, i injured my right hand (thank god i'm a leftie!) turns out it was carpal tunnel. i use my right hand for keyboard shortcuts while i use my dominant hand for my digital drawing and painting with the stylus. so the first version, the top image, is what i ended up having to submit. but the second one, that's what i had done up to that point! i need to get back to him (and i do actually need to name this robot, so if you have any thoughts or suggestions...have at it!) i worked on this painting for over an hour the other day...and man, did that feel good! i'll keep you posted...cause this really needs to be finished!
"lumberjack robot" (ballpoint pen, digital) yeah...i'll return to you again, robot whom i adore so greatly! after some time had passed since i first drew the original i was looking at it again...with fresh eyes. i thought to myself..."oh, i can do much better than that!" and so i started resketching the robot in ballpoint pen. then i took the tree stump, and the fallen tree from the original drawing and combined the two. next, i developed the sketch into the drawing you see here. and i'm not done...many other things will be added when my schedule allows me to return again! (btw...that "thing" hanging from his necklace...it's a key to his own heart. aw. we should all be so lucky!)
"blue beard" (digital) so, is this actually considered fan art? (laughing) i always loved the name "blue beard" and thought it would be groovy to depict this pirate with an actual blue beard. i like the way this piece turned out...for many reasons, but one thing my eye keeps dancing over is the leathery, softness of his hat. (yaaaaaar.)
boom sequence sketches (pencil) this, i found in the sketchbook i was looking at on sunday night (the one i found taffy's paw prints in...) i'm pulling together all the sketches i can find of my book about zot. i have been focusing on the Professor over the last few days...and man, i have missed that crazy lil' inventor. i have given him a facelift over the weekend and soon i will share that with you guys...just need to tweak it a tad, but he's pretty much the true Professor now! (finally, after all these years.)...
taffy paw prints (2001?) i found this last night as i started to reorganize the studio. i pulled it out of yet another old sketchbook... i couldn't believe what i was seeing. i mean, i remember finding it in the studio of that apartment one day and then i thought "that's pretty cool." well upon rediscovering it yesterday, i thought, "..........." yeah, there were no thoughts. just stunned amazement and a very warm, comforting feeling. Taffy was my first cat and i got her from one of my mother's friends back when i was a kid (8yrs old?) she was the best. absolute best cat i had up until then. we connected on the deepest of levels and with just a locking of eyes we could communicate in the most awesome manner. she lived a long life and passed quickly. it was crushing at the time. but right after her passing, i was hiking near that apartment, standing on a high rock face of an old quarry, looking out over the fantastic view. i immediately felt her there.
the new home page for my website! (digital) looking at this when i was making much-needed changes and improvements to the site, i was struck by how much i have always loved this image...previously Zot was Not (ha-ha) on the screen. then the idea was presented to me that he should indeed be on the screen. he is my avatar after all. perfect. done. and so there he sits or is rather being virtually transmitted, as it were. i kinda think this works better as my homepage. its crunchy tech goodness and that's what i'm most known for (i hope) ...so check out the site's improvements. i still have much to do for streamlining its design. i am also quite aware that this will be an ongoing thing...and that's ok! enjoy! Home | maynardjenn (jennmaynard.com)
mother goose - (oil) ya know, if you are looking at the sketches for this idea...i have absolutely no clue as to why i didn't go with the more involved image idea. WHAT...was i thinking? (i can laugh at that now...) another piece i would like to revisit. i still dig the original oil, but i think i could do so much better at this stage of the game...hmmm.
my 2015 vision board (acrylic and digitally printed text) - ha! i pulled this out from behind all kinds of paintings from college (smile) and what a surprise! i had forgotten about this thing. looking at it, reading everything i had put on it, i realized, "hey! i am doing pretty much all of that stuff right now!" so as John Anderson would say "and isn't that wonderful."
"lizard playing a sitar" (original in pencil, wip digital - reworked 4/22) found this sketch a while back and started reworking it, as i really dug the original. i don't have a back story for yaz, i think it's just cause i love both lizards and sitars. but that's just probably an accurate guess! yes, sitar music will be playing throughout the studio today!
one bug's evolution (pencil Nov. 3rd, 2015) yes, indeed another old sketchbook has been found! this was a fun series to revisit, and i especially found it amusing that i landed on a face design inspired by Wilford Brimley! what? hilarious discovery, and it instantly made me laugh this morning. hope you enjoy this progression...it was fun to create, as i look at these sketches, i can tell i had fun. have a great day guys! love you all, more than you will ever know...
this is a relic for sure, hence the poor condition of this drawing. despite its age, this drawing is still a favorite of mine. it was inspired by this song: The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill Hey, Bungalow Bill What did you kill, Bungalow Bill? Hey, Bungalow Bill What did you kill, Bungalow Bill? He went out tiger hunting with his elephant and gun In case of accidents he always took his mum He's the all American bullet-headed Saxon mother's son All the children sing Hey, Bungalow Bill What did you kill, Bungalow Bill? Hey, Bungalow Bill What did you kill, Bungalow Bill? Deep in the jungle where the mighty tiger lies Bill and his elephants were taken by surprise So Captain Marvel zapped him right between the eyes, zap! All the children sing Hey, Bungalow Bill What did you kill, Bungalow Bill? Hey, Bungalow Bill What did you kill, Bungalow Bill? The children asked him if to kill was not a sin "Not when he looked so fierce", his mummy butted in If looks could kill it
“burnt out” – digital (4x7”) did this back in, oh…2002 or 2003 I think. it was to support a friend trying to quit smoking. it didn’t work but it was a good attempt. today is national no tobacco day…I quit a long, long time ago, and man that was not easy! but I did it, and am so happy I was able to… “Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) holds World No Tobacco Day on May 31. Their goal is to spread awareness about the risks of tobacco use and how we can make the world tobacco free. Roughly 6 million people die from tobacco-related ailments every year. And that number is projected to rise to over 8 million by 2030. But this is by no means a guarantee. The Sustainable Development Agenda aims to reduce deaths from noninfectious diseases by a third. Diseases linked to tobacco are on the list, so if we hit the target, 2030 will be a year to celebrate (oh yea!)—not only for our health, but the size of our wallets. Your average smoker drops around $4,000 on cigarettes annually. Imagin
“simon the brain tumor gets the eviction notice” concept sketches (4/15/22) lol, if you guys ever really read my notes you truly know i cannot spell…and i’m ok with that, at least in my sketchbooks. some of you know where this idea spawned from, and for those of you who don’t, well that will just have to be a tale for another time… (oh, the suspense!) this is me trying to attain accountability here from all of you. i am going to give inktober another go this fall. i’m gonna do it! follow through, follow through! but this time, i’m more determined than ever. here is the plan…i am going to make “simon the brain tumor” into a comic strip…not sure how long or any of those things. i know nothing about any of the comic strip technical terms. but have been studying “calvin and hobbes” and other great strips to learn more about all of this. cause its magic right now. the first strip (or whatever it’s called) will be about simon getting a surprising letter in the mail, an eviction notice…(snick
gondola creature concept (pencil, ballpoint, brush pen) so, as it happens, i decided to pull out another old sketchbook yesterday and these sketches, this concept was in there...this is an oldie. not sure from which version of me it spawned. truly. i thought excitedly to myself..."hey, wait! i did a pencil sketch of this, the version i decided to use when i finally get around to doing the painting. um...hmmm. didn't i put that on the bulletin board?" pushing aside art receipts and tax crap, i unearthed that very sketch. "huzzah!" as anyone who knows my work knows that this is another style, i haven't messed around with in years. many years. i actually think it's quite healthy to have different styles to play around with. some might disagree, i don't know... for me it brings new opportunities to explore my creativity. gives me new chances to experiment. gives me new ways to have fun. all that is freedom i wholeheartedly welcome into my creative life.
meditating robot sketch (ballpoint pen) as i got back to my buddhist practice more recently this idea came to me. i thought, hey robots must really need to meditate, they think way too much! so this is my meditating robot. this image has a lot of buddhist symbolism (if you check my notes, you can see my thoughts on what i want to include in this painting). i was going to put him under the cherry blossom tree...where he could gain enlightenment...but looking at this sketch now...maybe this is a cooler layout...i don't know. maybe he hasn't gained enlightenment yet and so he wouldn't be under the bodhi tree...(hmmm). the painting will be more vertical in the end, and i'm thinking of adding floating lanterns around him to give a cool lighting effect. the candle he's holding in his left hand will also throw some warm light under his face, so we will be drawn to it. oh and of course a big ol' moon behind that tree (can you make it out in the sketch?) lots of stars. m
mammal studies (pencil) couldn't resist sharing some animals today, and so i chose some mammals. love them all, but you know i dig big cats, so i suppose i most enjoyed drawing the lions. as a dear friend once explained to me: "all animals are cool to me". and i concur. enjoy this day guys...it's fantastic outside and the studio windows are wide open! be well...
random kid studies (pencil) from the sketchbook of...me. these, like all other studies, are total fun for me. i definitely need to do more of these kid studies very soon. they are so very important for a children's book illustrator, and quite frankly i don't do enough of them! hope you find a way to revert to that wonderful child's mind, first today, but later...forever...be well.
"the dalai lama" (pencil, 5x8") continuing on with these sketchbook challenge portraits. being a buddhist, the dalai lama was an obvious choice for me. the dalai lama was on my list and for some reason i instantly wanted him to be next one. not sure how i know what's next, but it's apparently clear to me at decision time. the dalai lama portrait took me a while. over two or three days. i had many distractions during the process and i kept wanting to get back to it when i had other things that just had to be done. it was simply killing me! (ugh, attachments) but sometimes that's just the way it is. it probably took like 2 or 3 hours all said and done. this is becoming a common time for me when doing these portraits. a great practice. (see what i did there? buddhist pun). i know who is next, but i'll keep that a secret for now...i'm planning on taking a more whimsical, caricature approach. i have a few reasons for this upcoming style change and i'