I recently came across a really great blog called 'Planet-Pulp'. Each month there is a theme posted, and then the artists involved post their art, based on that theme. If you are familiar with 'Art Jumble', it's kind of the same thing. Only instead of weekly topics, it's monthly. And I think they are more selective about their artists. I submitted a request to join, but haven't heard back yet, so who knows.... Oh well, it doesn't matter. I decided to play along anyway. Especially since this month's theme is 'Disney Villains'. I wanted to pick a Villain that wasn't one of the more popular ones, and for whatever reason, I happened to think of Madame Medusa from 'The Rescuers'. Once I started sketching, I knew just how it needed to look. And she is right out of the 1970s, which is so awesome.
My goal with this piece was to keep it simple, and to time myself on it. I have the problem of spending way too much time working on a piece, even ones that should be done rather quickly. So this one was done in about an hour & 40 min. I could have spent more time on it. I actually had some great ideas about making a diamond patterned background and maybe adding her pet gators. But maybe that will come some other day. This timing exercise was inspired by Shane at 'Horror Business' and his Poison Ivy post.
Since I'm on the topic of Disney, I'm going to continue on here a bit. I love Disney, or at least the Disney that I grew up with. And I love Disney fan art. It's very interesting to see different artists, who work in different media, take on established cartoon characters.
I've been wanting to pick up this book:
I found out about it awhile back, and put it on my Amazon shopping list. Today I found this great video of someone flipping through their copy, and now I think this book will be moving up on the list.
In the meantime, if you want to look at a LOAD of Disney fan art, go to deviantART. There is good stuff, there is bad stuff, there is bizarre stuff. Search 'Disney Fan Art', 'Disney Retro', or type in the name of your favorite character or movie. Heck or for that matter, just type in anything you like, and see what comes up. I discovered Andrew Barr's work for the first time while searching 'Manos: Hands of Fate' and found Leigh Young by searching 'The Young Ones'.
That website is my favorite time waster. (Even though I have my own page there, I don't update it very much). And I'm on there everyday, because I signed up to follow this 'BBC Sherlock' fan art group, and they post like 300 things a day. So I have to go through every day and weed out the ones I don't want in the watch folder, or it will get out of control!
Maybe you'll get another Disney Villain out of me before the month is over. Right now I've got to work on some other things. Definitely go check out Planet Pulp's Disney Villains!