Friday, July 30, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Freddy Krueger

Here's the line work for the next Durkin's Dragons parody, Freddy Krueger. Thanks to Loco for the idea. Color coming soon!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dinoboy "Fan Art"

Regular visitors of this blog are familiar with Dinoboy, a character created by my son, Alex. My buddy and amazing artist Keelan Parham did his version of Dinoboy and posted it on his blog.Click Keelan's blog link to the right to see the post. Thanks Keelan for encouraging and inspiring Alex. You rock!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What's the deal with the dragons anyway?

When I compiled my first Durkin's Dragons book, the dragon on the very first page was this one:I drew him one day a while ago just for fun. I liked him so much I kept drawing dragons until I had enough for a book. I'm not obsessed with dragons at all, they're just one of the many thousands of things I like to draw. At least that's what I thought...

My mom sent me a few things to remind me of my lifelong interest in dragons. The first picture is of a dragon costume I made, probably when I was about 12 years old or so. I think one of my sisters had the task of being the rear end.The second pic is of my old pinewood derby cars from when I was in Boy Scouts. Note the dragon on the green one!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Buzz Lightyear

A few days ago, I posted the black and white line drawing of the latest Durkin's Dragons parody, Buzz Lightyear. Here he is in color.I plan on appending the Durkin's Dragons: Parodies and Tributes book that I sold at MegaCon this year, and want to make it available at IndyPlanet. I've done a lot of dragons since then to more than double what was in the original book, but I need 3 more dragons to make it the proper number of pages. Any suggestions or requests?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Norman Phartephant and friends voted best toys for toddlers.

Norman Phartephant and his friends from Fierce Fun Toys has been voted among the best toys for toddlers. I've illustrated three Norman books, designed Ben and Harry (seen above), have designed many other characters and am currently illustrating another book for Fierce Fun Toys. Check out the link to the story here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Scraps 24: Scraps and the Deathly Hallows

That's 24 pages of scraps. Time to start thinking about a book of these things. Anyone interested?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Disney Vinylmation Caricature

The designer toy craze has hit Disneyworld in the form of Disney Vinylmation. Designer toys is a term used to describe toys and other collectibles that are produced in limited editions (as few as 10 or as many as 2000 pieces) and created by artists and designers. In Disney's case, the vinyl toy is shaped like Mickey and like most vinyl toys are sold both as limited edition designs...
...and as "blanks" which can be personally designed by the consumer.

Last night I drew Tyler, and after his caricature, he wanted to know if I would customize his Disney Vinylmation character as himself. I jumped at the chance.I can not begin to tell you how much fun this was!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sarah-catures: Princess Sarah

Here's the latest caricature of one of my Animal Kingdom co-workers Sarah. She requested to be a princess, and I was not content in drawing the usual princess I always draw.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Buzz Lightyear

The next Durkin's Dragons parody is of Buzz Lightyear. So far, I've completed the line drawing.

Man, I can't wait to color this one!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Scraps 23: Scraps and the Temple of Doom

One more scraps entry, and I have enough pages for a book. Hmmmm.....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Alex Durkin's Star Wars Dino Boy.

In anticipation of Star Wars Celebration V, Alex has depicted his character Dino Boy in a Star Wars theme. Alex not only drew the picture, but digitally colored it all by himself. Excellent work, my boy!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Slave Leia (in color where available)

As promised, this is the Slave Leia dragon and the accidental squishing of Jabba the Hutt in color.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Kit Baxter

Alex Durkin is our guest artist today, drawing a Durkin's Dragons tribute to my character, Kit 'Blue-Eye" Baxter from Black Cat Bone! See if you can notice the Kit references in the dragon. Thanks Alex!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Jett pic of the week: Duck and Jett

I love this picture. This one is of my good buddy Michael "Locoduck" Duron and Jett's first meeting. Someday these two are going to run a country together.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sarah-cature: Born to Run.

This week's caricature from Animal Kingdom is once again of Sarah (a Sarah-cature, if you will). It's the result of an anecdote she told me, and I just had to commemorate it in this caricature.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Slave Leia

This is the latest Durkin's Dragon, Princess Leia and the (accidental) demise of Jabba the Hutt. Color coming soon!

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Join the Durk Side" Stuff!

Just in time for Star Wars Celebration V, is the "Join the Durk Side" line of merchandise and apparel. Go to the store by clicking here, or to the link on the right.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Join the Durk Side

This is the final piece of artwork with the three dragons I showed earlier. This is a promotional piece, I will be putting this image on t-shirts and other merchandise, and will let you know when they're available. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 09, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: The Blues Brothers

Those of you who know me well could probably figure out that it was only a matter of time before I drew a Durkin's Dragons version of the Blues Brothers. Here's Elwood and Jake.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Darth Vader

This is the third and final dragon in the next series of Durkin's Dragons. It is of course, based on Darth Vader. This one, as well as the previous two are to be incorporated into a larger design, which I will share here as soon as its finished. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sarah in the Happy Helmet

Here's Sarah from Animal Kingdom yesterday. She's wearing Stimpy's invention, the"Happy Helmet".

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Scraps 21: Scraps and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Remember, previous "scraps" can be seen by clicking the scraps tab to the right.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Jett: "The Elusive Smile", or "How to be Outsmarted by a Four Month Old."

I don't have very many pictures of Jett smiling.
It's not that he doesn't smile, on the contrary, he's a very happy little boy and smiles quite often. It's just that taking a photograph of him smiling is nearly impossible. He's such a fast mover that most pictures are blurry...
...or he seems to know when he's "on camera" and stops smiling...
...or he can't help but smile, but tries to hide it.

I guess I'm going to have to be more sneaky.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Durkin's Dragons: Emperor Palpatine

Yesterday, I posted the line drawing of the Emperor Palpatine dragon. Here he is in color. As I mentioned before, this dragon will be incorporated into a larger image. The third dragon will be posted here soon. Stay tuned!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Emperor Palpatine Dragon: Line

The other day I posted a Durkin's Dragon based on Darth Maul from Star Wars. In that post, I mentioned that it was actually a part of a larger image. This is the second figure in that larger image, based on Emperor Palpatine. Today I'm posting the line work. Tomorrow, I'll post the Emperor in color. See you then!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The ball is back.

Thankfully, I have a lot going on right now. I'm drawing a couple of caricature commissions, illustrating a children's book, and working on a self-promotional piece. I also have to go in and work tonight. I'm pushing that big ball of stuff up the hill right now, but I'll be back tomorrow. Stay tuned!