Apr 2, 2009

The Unexpectedly Hectic Stroll through Sunset Avenue (aka Goofzilla)

Time ago I drew in my sketchbook some goofy characters in sort of a "naïf" world, which I liked, but didn't exactly know what to do with them, so they were eventually forgotten.

Months later, I found a good use for them while studying light and color, since that childish look was very appropriate for the kind of self-educative illustration I was heading for.

I was messing with this piece for quite a long time, perhaps over 40 hours, since I really wanted it to be useful for my art education, and it has been indeed an invaluable learning tool.

It's all Photoshop. I have the feeling that I went too far with the resolution and some details that are lost in the resized image (the original is near double of this one), but anyway, we learn from mistakes. Finally it was printed jumbo-size for my nephews' room :)


  1. This is awesomeness at its best. By far your best work to my eyes, seriously. Gotta love the naif look of it.

    About your resolution concerns, well, every single art piece should have lots more of resolution than you'd probably need. Being twice the resolution, if excessive sometimes (because of the amount of effort put into adding detail), appropiate, because reducing the image adds to awesomeness.

    If you worked straight in the final size of the art piece, some details might look dull and unfinished, specially on print, sometimes is the extra resolution and the final effect when reduced what makes an art piece look nice. And as you commented, makes up for a good poster!

    Never be afraid of a drawing being too big, unless the added effort isn't worth it.

  2. Dag, this needs an edit button to fix typos I saw after publishing =(

  3. Yay, thanks for your feedback nano :D too much praise for a humble wannabe.

    About the Edit button, I guess the problem comes from anyone being able to post without even logging. Not sure though.

  4. I logged in via my google account... whatever! Seeing these drawings makes me wanna grab my wacom...