Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Sparky's Drawings

In honor of Little Sparky. I thought it only appropriate to post some original sketches of the Peanuts Gang.

- Merrill

Charlie Brown

Here is a little story that can be an inspiration to all artist big or small enjoy.

- Merrill

There was a boy nicknamed Sparky, for whom school was all but impossible. He failed just about every subject in the eighth grade. He flunked physics in high schoolwith a grade of zero!

In sports, Sparky fared not much better. He did manage to make his high school golf team, but lost the most important match of the season. He lost the consolation match, too.

While he wasn't actively disliked by the other students, he was awkward socially, and it seemed no one really cared. Sparky never once asked a girl to go out in high school because he was too afraid of being turned down.

There was one thing that was important to Sparky -- drawing. He drew constantly and felt his artwork was pretty good. In his senior year of high school, he finally got up the nerve to submit some of his drawings to the yearbook.
Unfortunately, they were rejected.

Nevertheless, after high school, Sparky got up the nerve again, to submit some cartoons to the Walt Disney Studios.
Finally, the reply came ... Sparky had been rejected once again.

Sparky expressed himself the only way he knew how. He started drawing an autobiography of a little boy who was a
loser, a chronic underachiever, someone who didn't even have the respect of his own dog.

This autobiography might sound familiar to you. It's the story of the Peanuts cartoons, featuring Charlie Brown, a character based on the early life of his creator, Charles Schulz, who was known by the nickname Sparky, and whose work, when he died in February 2000, at the age of 77, had been known the world over for 50 year

Final "Sorry"

No matter what types of mischievous troubles our pets may get into. They are always very apologetic and sorry for what they have done.

This is my fifth installment for IllustrationFriday's topic of the week "Sorry". Let me know what you think.
Also, if you did not get a chance to see my illustration for last weeks topic "Angels and Devils" click here to view.

Have a great week,

– Merrill

To view all the images on Rainey Doodle click here or check out the new and improved LittleRainey Web-site

Friday, May 19, 2006

Final, "Angels & Devils"

It is nice to think that even Angels and Devils can still find Love!
This is my forth installment for IllustrationFriday's topic of the week "Angels & Devils".

Better late than never!

- Merrill

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Final, "Fat"

Which is it you might say "Phat" or "Fat"?

This is my third installment for IllustrationFriday's topic of the week "Fat". This illustration was a prime opportune time to try something a little different. Let me know what you think.

Also, Don't forget to check out the new and improved LittleRainey Illustration Studio Web-site, www.littlerainey.com.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

New and Improved LittleRainey Website

To all the LittleRainey fans out there. Please check out the new and improved LittleRainey Illustration Studios website at www.littlerainey.com.

Patience and hard work really pays off in the end!


Thursday, May 04, 2006

Final, "Under The Sea"

"Under The Sea" — My second installment of the Illustrationfriday's topic of the week. Hope you enjoy!

- Merrill

Ps. Don't forget to checkout "Wood or Not to Wood" below and give me your opinion?

"A good thumbnail can go along way"

A good thumbnail can go along way. Throughout my career, the one thing that I have learned is that when laying out an illustration you really do need to work out your composition. With thumbnails you are seeing the positive and negative space, the different harmony within your shapes, light and dark contrast and much more. All of which, allows you to work out a visually appeasing image. To me thumbnails are the cornerstone of any good illustrated image.

- Merrill

Monday, May 01, 2006

Wood or Not to Wood?

To Wood or Not to Wood? During my illustration career I have always tried to mimic my traditional watercolor/acrylic styles throughout my digital work. Currently I am working on a new project for a client of mine, and I am trying to get that more folk like look. Let me know what you think whether I should use a wood texture to create the illusion of being painted on wood or whether the illustration is strong enough without it.

Or if you have any other comments or constructive criticism about this illustration, let me know.

Thank you for any input,

- Merrill