Friday, January 21, 2011

Try Eating This Guy With Melted Butter...

It's been such a long time since I've shared some sketches here on the blog. There was a time when this was a daily sketch blog. Many characters were born here, so it's fitting that January be the debut of an all-new character. Affectionately named Lobster Jones for now (he'll keep evolving), this guy was inspired by an awesome conversation I had with fellow illustrator, Michaele Razi. I found her blog a few weeks ago. Fast forward to last night when we had an amazing conversation about art, tv shows, books and just life in general as an artist. When we were done, I had to run to a life drawing class that I ended up missing because I was itching to draw. Lobster Jones was the result of a great talk with an inspiring artist. Do yourself a favor and follow her blog or check out her portfolio. You'll be glad you did.

And be on the look out for more sketches, because I enjoy the helpful posts I do here, but the sketches help me. :D

Happy drawing,

Dennis (aka tanoshiboy)

29 comments:

Nate Sankey said...

Yes yes this is what I've been waiting for. The return of the sketches! Awesome character man. Seriously you gotta get back into the sketches. Thanks for bringing it back.

Dennis Salvatier said...

Thanks, Nate. I'll try my best to keep a healthy balance. I love the sketches. It keeps me motivated and sane!

Brad Johnson said...

Awesome.

Guillermo Novele said...

Just found your blog. very nice work.

Horacio Orellano said...

i like this character bro!

Dayne Henry Jr said...

Dude! Lobster Jones is the man!! haha... cool name, and super-sweet sketch my friend. Keep em comin!!!

Kate F. Eaton said...

Dennis, what a blast seeing your clever self expressed graphically again! While I find your marketing tips so very helpful and look forward to them eagerly, you are, after all, an artist first. Thanks for the reminder to be true to our passions. By the way, my Karate sensei spouse says he'd hate to meet Lobster Jones in the ring! What a wicked reach!

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Ooh man this is super awesome he he he!!!!! I really like what you are doing with this guy. Hevis. A character for sure. Great job!

Catarina said...

Love the name!!

Makes me think of Larry Tenderloin. His mother owns a large chain of butchers in the United States:)

As a joke we used to introduce a friend of ours like that in the Philippines. The Filipino girls absolutely loved him!!

Michaele Razi said...

He's brilliant! Wow, I feel so honored that I helped inspire a character so flipping awesome! Can't wait to see what Lobster Jones (love the name) chooses to do with his fabulosity. Oh, I can tell he's trouble though and he's going to be fun to watch! Such nice work, Dennis! xo

Catherine Lockey said...

Lobster Jones is more mature and serious looking than many of your other characters. Intense.

Neil said...

I love the new character. Looking forward to seeing how he develops.

Brad said...

very cool! love the sketches! this is a great character and i love the way you have rendered him.

Dennis Salvatier said...

Thanks everybody for your comments. I've been getting a flood of visits on this sketch. I guess I do need to start sketching more.

Keyuri Joshi (on the ball parent coach) said...

This guy looks like he'll eat us! Amazing drawing. How long does it take you to create something like this? With your talent I'll bet the idea comes out of your head and on to the sketch pad pretty fast.

Dennis Salvatier said...

It all depends. Some days I'm on fire and other days it's not so much. That's why this time it was really to Michaele's credit. :)

Susan Oakes said...

Great name and I look forward to see how he develops. It also shows the power of sharing with others as I often find this sparks ideas that I would not have thought of by myself.

New Internet Horizons for Small Businesses said...

We can always count on you to come up with creative titles to match your creative sketches. Always a pleasure to view and read. :)

Jennifer Bower said...

I too love your sketches. Love seeing how you are ispired. Thanks for sharing an inspiring artist as well.

Jeannette Paladino said...

Love your new character Lobster Jones. Dennis, you are so talented. In ancient times (pre-photo shop and other online tools), major advertising agencies such as BBDO had a group of artists called "sketch men" (and they were mainly men), whose sole job was to transform creative ideas into sketches to illustrate to the client what a final ad would look like (the sketch eventually replaced with a photo). Alas, the sketch men in agencies are gone but live on in artists like Dennis.

Sherryl Perry said...

I love your illustrations Dennis. I'm glad you decided to share another one with us to start off 2011.

Sarah Wu said...

Great inspiration always comes out sharing ideas or talks with another creative talent. :P Great drawing love it. He looks mad though, any reason? haha

Janine said...

Loving Lobster Jones!

Rosanne Dingli said...

The lobster claws got me - they're like boxing gloves with attitude.

Dennis Salvatier said...

Wow, I really appreciate the feedback on this post. Who knew a simple sketch would get such a positive reaction. I'll have to share more and show you the progress on Mr. Jones, who is not a good or bad guy, he just goes with what feels right at the moment.

Heather Fonseca said...

Oh my gosh Dennis that's so cool that you find time to draw. I've been so busy with freelance work! It's great but I've never had this much work and I'm kind of delirious. How do you handle it and find time to draw for yourself?

Dennis Salvatier said...

Easy. I don't sleep. :)

Jess said...

Gah, I wish my sketchbooks were as gorgeous as this! :D

Dennis Salvatier said...

What are you talking about? You got great stuff. I really love it. Really fun stuff. And thanks!