View Full Version : Franjo the Wild

03-15-2009, 12:41 PM
Well, initially I wanted to make a little 30min painting...
Then I wanted to make it another crayon art project piece...
Then I used chalk and a pen...
Then I had too much fun...

...and then Franjo the Wild was done:

03-15-2009, 01:26 PM
Hah, great character Taron. Reminded me a bit on Gollums dancing at mount doom, but Franjo seems to be more addicted to rock music. Great one, very well done.:):):)

03-15-2009, 01:27 PM
oh wow! great one, fantastico!!

03-15-2009, 02:31 PM
Very nice....The birth of a new critter....:):)

03-15-2009, 02:39 PM
Wow.. the textures on the tongue, head etc. look great, nice character

Mairzie Dotes
03-15-2009, 03:32 PM
Geemonie crickets!!! I wish I knew what you eat because then I would
immediately switch over to your diet in hopes that I would, at least in a
small way, acquire your unleashed artistry and unbounded imagination.
"Franjo the Wild" is out of the ball park, insane, off the charts, wacked,
demented and absolutely raving wonderful! Funkyfantastic! :)

03-15-2009, 06:30 PM
I want what ever he is having! :):):)

Always a pleasure to view your paintings.

03-15-2009, 06:52 PM
wow, he's a great little monster there. Looks like he's having a good time :O)

03-15-2009, 07:11 PM
Great character. Really fine artistry. Looks like 3D.. excellent stuff. :)

03-15-2009, 08:23 PM
I've just remembered why I've always loved being around all of you, creating freely and posting wildly. Even when I'm in the best spirit you guys lift me up a few more notches, haha!


I've noticed a few sloppy things that are just too sloppy about him, so I might continue a little, but then again I'm glad, too... don't want him to look too 3d either, haha. It's a good contrast study for sure. I really went for the places that had to be significant and gave them strong contrasts, while respecting there depth.

Alright, he's updated. Maybe I'll post a little series. I've kept a set of earlier stages. Okilidokily, make that a definitely... this shows the fun approach I took for it. Remember, I've started out wanting to make a 30min sketch?!

- make wacky vignette like background with crayon and scratch around in it a little. I've added a few complimentary smudges of green and blue to make it not so monochromatic. Picking colors is a vital part of it all. I lay down a soft stroke of color, pick the inbetweens and keep rubbing it into the image for softer transitions. Color picking repeats until it feels like a soft enough gradient.

- laying down a silhuette of my crazy guy. I was listening to some of my last songs (it's been a while since I made a new one) and the upbeat touch made me do a dancing little lunatic. I swear it's pure coincidence that the same discription applies to Golum... but then one doesn't always know what the subconscious picks up on...hmm.

- Without much thinking I then just drafted a face over the head. I had a rough feeling of the orientation of everything, hows the head rotate, where do the limbs go. BUT I wasn't sure about everything, which is why I later changed his left leg.

- After only having done the face I went into lighting/coloring it. Initially I used the brightest color of my background to introduce light, but gradually deviated from it with more red hues.

- The rest of the body was completely freeform with me just going at it. I almost modeled it with the light, coming up with phony anatomy for him.

- Adding some bounce lights with the stronger hues of the background and raising contrasts where they felt better marked almost the end of the process

- Today I just noticed a few sloppy things that I simply neglected (corner of mouth, left arm. But then I felt like he'd need some company and added the ominous observers in the background! :rolleyes:

...that's all. Oh, for the wip I had to reconstruct the first pure outline a little bit, because I had saved over it, but it's only been the head and left leg (which I began lighting/coloring with.)

03-15-2009, 08:34 PM
Awesome creation Taron. I am as impressed by the artistry and imagination behind this as I am a little freaked out by it. Great!

03-15-2009, 08:42 PM
Awesome .....Love the texture.
i can see the wildness in him ...great work.
I am always flattered by your works ..the characters you make are so perfect!!!
Excellent work... :):D

03-15-2009, 08:51 PM
He is so fantasticly painting. He's wacky, he's cute and hey he's having a great time. Well done

Mairzie Dotes
03-16-2009, 12:16 AM
Thanks so much for the "how to" on painterly conjuring up Franjo. He
is, without a doubt a swinger, loves music but instead of dancing solo
he might turn around and ask one or more of those four ignored "wall"
flowers to accompany him. ;) :)

03-16-2009, 12:58 AM
WOW Taron! An incredible blitz by You! A superb gift for our view and an exciting lesson of style and how-to-do!! Welcome back, dear master!!

03-16-2009, 01:08 AM
My pleasure, Mair and Ceasar! ;)
Thanx for all your sweet comments! :)
...let me extend the thanks real quick to everyone else above, too!

I don't mean to make people freak out a little, haha, but I guess my creations sometimes want that all by themselves. However, I've just encountered a giant locust in my garden and took a bunch of pictures of him and must say: Nature likes to freak us out a little every now and then, too! ;)

I can really recommend to make quick raw shapes with a big brush to follow simply what comes to your mind. They are not meant to be inconsidered, but lose and free with less concern. You should keep in mind what rough subject you are thinking about. Then use everything you know about it, but only quickly and simplified. Like in case of a figure, know if it is supposed to be complete (head, arms, hands, legs, feet), feel the pose you want for it and just doodle it in there with broad strokes or blodges. You may even circle them in. Choose either a dark or mid tone for it so you can still go up and down with the light and shadows. I lean toward the darker shades and try to make them work with the colors of the environment as if it was illuminating the blobs. Then you can either start lighting the blob right away or sketch in details to refine it. You can always erase around the outline to refine the silhuette.

I'm saying all this, because of your wonderful feedback in regards to artistry and creativitiy. I know that we're all on the same track and just want to open up my methods to you, so that we can all explore a bit more what's the method to the madness, hehe. But, frankly, I'm still a bit shy when I read your reactions, because I can't celebrate myself that way just yet (over 20 years of professional artwork havn't done enough to convince me, haha, and I'm not saying this to brag, but rather to assure you that I honestly am humbled by your sweetness and still feel like I have to live up to it, really!).

Alrighty... I should start a new art project: Ready... Set... Blob!

D Akey
03-16-2009, 02:43 AM
Well, it's clear you can do anything now, hahah. :D

I remember a series of models from the Rat Fink line. And this is almost like a rendering of those cartoony guys who were insane behind the wheel of a dragster or custom whacky car like the Munster Mobile -- only more exaggerated. They had names like Digger and Daddy.

You painted this like there is actually a race of men who share those attributes. Their family trade has historically been modeling, and can be traced back to the Middle Ages in paintings by Breughel and Bosh. Nice to see they're still working, although I wonder about the inbreeding.

03-16-2009, 06:39 AM
This is great--funny, imaginative, and just plain well done! Thanks for sharing your workflow with us!

03-17-2009, 12:18 AM
He is so self-enjoyable. I like his big "smile" and his teeth. Make me smile.

03-17-2009, 02:36 AM
I bet he's ticklish, but I don't think I want to take a chance on it. He has GREAT personality.