I've been working on improving Ketchup's design, and have decided I don't like how the paws appear a bit like hooves. Originally I wanted Ketchup's design to echo that of Squibble, who has no fingers or toes and is all round shapes. However, this approach doesn't seem to work on a cat's paws! Here are two versions of Ketchup with and without toes. There are also some other character development sketches on the same sheets.



This week's sketch is also part of the same project as last week's (Nearly) Daily Doodle. As such the final image in the progression you see here is still not finished. I did a lot more work on the monkey image when it was incorporated into the final painting! When I am happy with my pencil sketch, I go over it with markers then scan it as a black and white image at 600dpi. I then import that scanned image into flash and clean up the lineart. While I am in flash I colour the lineart and add flat colour to the image. This acts as a guide for base colours when I import the file into a program like Painter or Photoshop in order to paint it.


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I am hoping to upload the complete painting in a week or two, and there should be another Teacup LOLcats comic in the works over the weekend.

This week's chosen doodle is something a little different:


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This started out as a doodle for a larger project but I decided to start colouring the doodle and it is going rather well. The original was a pencil sketch and I am currently using Painter to colour it. If all goes well, I will finish it and add effects in photoshop. Stay tuned!

I am trying to improve my drawing, so have decided to start a drawing notebook. I thought posting a doodle every day might become a bit much, so the aim is to take stock of the drawings at the end of each week and then post one or two of the best. Here is the first offering! I really need to practice drawing hands so I will try and do as many as possible over the next month. It will be interesting to see how much I improve!

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From now on the weblog will be integrated with the website! You can still find the old website here:


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It will now be easier for me to write articles and update the site with useful information more frequently!