Technique: Lines and Roosters

When I was very small, I created a cartoon character named Mr. Turkroost.  I created many adventures and friends for him, and would draw lots of cartoon strips of him.  One of these days, I need to visit my parents and dig through some boxes and scan some of my early artwork. (I won’t kid anyone — most likley it will all be garbage, but still, for posterity’s sake it should be posted, and it would at least reassure my art professors in college that, yes, I did learn something from them.)

My father always supported my artistic endeavors, and to this day he’ll ask me if I’ve drawn any Mr. Turkroost’s lately.  So, this “Modern Turkroost” is for my dad.  My cartoon is all grown up and abstracted. I really wanted to play with patterns, line texture, and repetitive composition on this piece. Enjoy!

Created in ASketch on iPad with Nomad Brush.

Inspiration Station – James Hance, Relentlessly Cheerful Art.

Anyone who has been in existance since 1980-something and has had visual awareness of the world around them needs to go to this site: James Hance, Relentlessly Cheerful Art.

You will find your chlidhood, slightly modified and kept with artistic integrity.  You will find wonderfully crafted sketches and doodles.  You will be filled with squee’s of artistic glee.

I recently stumbled upon James Hance on Facebook via another friend, and I am SO GLAD I did!  WOW — talk about modern art that is wonderfully on point, technically crisp, beautifully colored with tongue-in-cheek wit and hue.

His Wookie-the-Chew series is a delightful romp through pop culture… the pormonteau’d results of A. A. Milne and George Lucas’ love child.  Images such as this tickle your funny bone and also allow you to give an inner “Dawwwwwww…”  (And really, who couldn’t use more of that?)

Image Copyright James Hance:


I would challenge anyone to go to his archive linked above and NOT find something you remember.

Go forth, artistic adventurers! Find James.  Find your own inner, relentlessly cheerful doodler artist, and start a sketch quest.  May the force be with Chew.