Thursday, January 31, 2013

deviant BARK

Fun Character Design

From sheepdogs to wolves to coyotes, dogs are inspirational in their energy and passion for nature and all life has to offer. Join us in appreciation of our furry canine friends with this cuddly deviant BARK tee!

We love creatures of all shapes and sizes. I grew up with dogs and have always loved them as friends and adventure buddies. This concept started out as sketches in my black book, and I worked out many styles.

From foxes to long cats to wolves to simple barking dogs, I was drawing them all  in marker, ball-point pen, and pencil. I liked that each of them had a different feeling that was really accentuated by the choice of drawing tool.

During this process, I went to a drawing party, and there was a fun little canine there named Dexter. I considered him for the piece, along with some other dog friends of the same breed. Using brush pens, china crayons, and thick markers, I ended up with a multi-media piece that I think truly captures this little guy’s attitude.

Sure, it was a fun divergence from the main concept, but it was entertaining to draw!

Ever since we launched deviantART muro, I’ve wanted to draw this kind of dog on another graphic. He’s pretty animated, but not quite the graphic quality I was thinking would be appropriate for apparel. Big ups to Sancho, Ernie, and Dexter for being models for these drawings!

When creating pieces for clothing design, it’s crucial to think simple. I was back to the drawing board many times on this concept, looking for a way to make deviant BARK happen.

During a lecture, I drew a big bone chasing a dog, and it made me laugh. This dog was much more universal and much simpler in graphic qualities. He became the style for the finished piece, drawn with a nod to one of my original compositional sketches. 

This super-graphic dog character inspired me to experiment in 3D to see if the idea could take a different route. I made a little diorama of beasts with the loyal herding dog in the foreground giving a resounding BARK! Ha! The trees on the coffee cup make you really feel like you’re out in nature!

The final piece came together, and our new dog protagonist leaps out at you in front of the deviantART logo.

A bold statement for all those friends of dogs in our community! I hope, at the very least, this design makes your tail wag.To grab one, shop this and the rest of the deviantART T-Shirts & Gear Holiday 2012 Collection.