Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Bulldogs: Variations on a theme

May 21, 2008

As I said in the previous post, my pen is now in mascot mode, hence the football-playing bulldogs of today’s offering.

I am experimenting with different approaches to the same character, and I was wondering if you, the reader, had a preference. I feel like the first one is too clich√©, a mere rehashing of the same old bulldog everyone uses. I prefer the second one myself, since he’s a bit more original. I also like his solidity. To me, he looks like the one voted “most likely to take a direct nuclear hit and walk away from it unscathed” by his fellow classmates at mascot obedience school.

Let me know what you think.

Of Mascots and Melees

May 13, 2008

Awhile back, I was contacted by a guy who said he was interested in having me redesign the mascot for a sports talk radio show. I haven’t heard back from him, so I guess they lost interest. It reminded me of my early days when I did a lot of college mascot work for merchandising companies and universities, though, and how much I enjoyed that kind of work.

It wasn’t the sports aspect (I’m not exactly what you’d call a huge fan of any team or sport), but the fun things I got to draw the characters doing. Lots of action and cartoon violence kinda stuff. You know, the kind where anvils, being tied to train tracks, and things marked “ACME” come into play quite often.

So- now that my doodling pen is fired up for some sports mascot action but has been put on standby- what’s a guy to do????

Hyena Death Match

November 7, 2007


I was watching Dennis Miller’s new sports/talk show on Versus last night (and for those of you who know me, pick your jaws up off the floor. No, I haven’t suddenly and inexplicably become a sports fan. But I am a longtime Miller fan). Someone asked him if he thought Ultimate Fighting would eclipse boxing as the popular combat sport within two years, to which Dennis Miller replied that ultimate fighting was ALREADY more popular than boxing, and that he saw it in turn being eclipsed by death matches between hyenas with dwarves strapped on their backs.

[Settle down, he was using absurdity to make a point.]

Now I ask you, me being a doodler and all, how could I possibly let such a mental picture slip by without doodlin’ the heck out of it? I’m almost positive that would have been against the laws of nature or something.