Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop Up Display 2

Another pop up display of my artwork is up at the Coquitlam Public Library. This time it is at the Poirier Branch. Check it out before the end of the July!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Team Canada Men's Hockey Cartoon - Toews, Tavares, Crosby, Duchene, Price, Subban, and Benn

Oh Canada, I drew some hockey players for you! It took me ages (the full sized drawing is the size of a large movie poster), but I think it turned out pretty well! I feel like I'm now an expert at drawing teeth and hockey hair, ha! Please click on each of the drawings for a larger view.

If you are a Canadian you probably already know that both Canada's men's and women's ice hockey teams won Gold at the Sochi Olympics last month. There was no way I had enough time to draw the whole team, so instead I opted just to draw my friends' fav players. From left to right in the group shot: Jonathan Toews (from the Chicago Blackhawks), Jonathan Tavares (from the New York Islanders),  Sidney Crosby (from the Pittsburgh Penguins), Matt Duchene (from the Colorado Avalanche), Carey Price (from the Montreal Canadiens), PK Subban (from the Montreal Canadiens), and Jamie Benn (from the Dallas Stars). I think my favourite to draw was Crosby because he looks like Clark Kent, ha.


Tavares and Crosby
Subban and Benn
Toews and Duchene
Price

Mainly from CBC and Zimbo.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Wonder Woman (as played by Lynda Carter) Comic

I don't normally think of my drawings as "fan art," but I will make an exception for this one since I'm a big Wonder Woman fan. Wonder Woman (aka Princess Diana of Themyscira) is my favourite comic book hero and I think she's a feminist icon too (DC actually has a lot of strong female characters -- I love Batgirl, Zatanna, and Catwoman to name a few). This drawing is based on the Wonder Woman from the 1970s Lynda Carter TV Show. 

This comic drawing took several days, but was a lot of fun. I did a lot of experimenting with the line art and tried out different colouring techniques, working from greyscale to full colour. The rope looping in the background is Wonder Woman's "Lasso of Truth," which forces anyone it ties to obey and tell the truth. Original photos from Pinterest. click on the comic for a larger size.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o Drawing

Lupita Nyong'o is a Mexican-Kenyan actress and director, who just received an Oscar nomination for her breakout role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave. She is also a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. In addition to being incredibly smart and talented, Lupita is a total fashion icon. I can't wait to see what she wears to the Oscars! Good luck, Lupita!

Original photos from here and here.  




Monday, February 03, 2014

Pop up Exhibit

If you happen to be living or visiting the Coquitlam area, why not check out a small display of my art and little paper dresses at the City Centre Branch of the Coquitlam Public Library (1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, Canada)? It's called "Pop Goes the Library: The Pop Culture Inspired Art of Jamie McCarthy" and it runs until the last week of February. All the works are based on movies, TV shows, or books. Here are a few photos:




Monday, January 13, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence Drawing

Congrats on your Golden Globe award last night, Jennifer! This was the third time I've drawn J.Law, but the first time as a blonde, ha. She's beyond great! 

Original photo found on Jennifer Lawrence Daily.



Friday, January 03, 2014

Emilia Clarke Drawing

I went H.A.M. at the Mac Store yesterday and bought the new Wacom Intuos Pro tablet with all my Christmas money. This drawing is my first go at using it and I must say that the Intuos sure does speed up things (it only took a few hours)! The express keys and touch pad are simply amazing. I'm also extremely impressed with the pressure sensitivity of the stylus (It now makes me feel like using the Bamboo was like drawing with a bunt pencil, ha).

Okay, so who is this young lady you ask? Why it's British actress Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen (aka blonde lady who likes dragons) on Game of Thrones. She also currently stars in the movie Dom Hemingway, which also has Jude Law and Richard E. Grant in it, and looks quite funny. Fun bonus fact: Emilia is three days older than me. Original photo from British Vogue, taken by Boo George (love, love, love Boo's work), and found on Fashnberry

(Click for larger size)


Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Hey everyone, welcome to the year 2014! May the year be full of only awesomeness! 

What a Kerfuffle turns 9 this year. Here are my drawing goals for 2014:

1) Make more animated gifs (see below).
2) Try drawing a narrative comic strip (I've been toying with the idea of illustrating Charles Brockden Brown's epic and freaky novel Wieland for years).
3) Experiment! Experiment! Experiment! (AKA Learn what more buttons in Photoshop actually do!)
4) Get better at drawing dudes more realistically (Oddly, I used to find women harder to draw and now it's the opposite, ha).

A question for 2014: Any suggestions for who I should draw this year? List some folks in the comments section and I'll see what I can do :)



Please Note: This animation of a Jack Russell Terrier dancing is viewed best while listening to Katy Perry's "Roar" or Bruno Mars' "Treasure" or Lady Gaga's "Do What You Want."


All the best!
Jamie

Monday, December 09, 2013

Lily Collins Comic

I just recently upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud, so I decided to use this drawing to experiment with some techniques I've been reading about in ImagineFX. I tried out four things here: 1. I created animated rain using about 8 frames, 2. I first worked in greyscale and then colourized it afterwards (the highly saturated, sunny colour of the original photo wouldn't work with my idea for the animation), 3. I merged my line art with the greyscale underpainting into one layer and then coloured on top of the same layer (This means that some lines have more depth than others, while others blend in more), and 4. I tried out a comic book inking technique on the hair.

Now something a little more interesting: Who is this Audrey Hepburn-esque girl you ask? Why it's the talented British/American actress Lily Collins from The Mortal Instruments series, Mirror Mirror, and the Blind Side. Lily's dad is the singer/drummer Phil Collins, which in turn made me decide to listen to "Sussudio" while animating the rain, ha.


Original photo from British Glamour found here.

The drawing without animation.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

The Blacklist Cartoon and Animation (James Spader as Raymond 'Red' Reddington and Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen)

The best new show on TV right now is NBC's the Blacklist starring James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington and Megan Boone as Elizabeth "Lizzy" Keen. The show is about a criminal mastermind named Red, also known as "The Concierge of Crime," who suddenly surrenders himself to the FBI with an offer to help them catch terrorists under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth Keen, a young FBI profiler. Of course, Lizzy does not trust Red at all, however, it is broadly hinted that he may just happen to be her father (DUN DUN DUN!!). The show is awesome and both Boone and Spader kick ass (it's also really funny). As a side note, I have been told that I look like I could be James Spader's daughter, so it was odd drawing him, ha! Photos from the Blacklist Facebook.




And just for fun, here's my first ever animated gif. I tried to mimic the Blacklist logo/opening credits that become distorted at the end.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tom Hiddleston and Michelle Dockery Cartoon

Here is some Lady Mary/Loki crossover fan art, just in time for the start of series four of Downton Abbey on PBS and the release of Thor: The Dark World in theatres. Okay, I'm joking! This is actually based on a cute photoshoot/short film Tom Hiddleston (who plays Loki in Thor/the Avengers) and Michelle Dockery (who plays Lady Mary in Downton Abbey) did for TIME Style & Design by the wonderful photographer Jonathan de Villiers. Michelle and Tom have previously worked together on two shows, Return to Cranford and The Hollow Crown - Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. I think they are both very talented and lovely (Also, Lady Mary rulez!!).

For the cartoon, I made a few changes to the colours, angles and facial expressions to tell a different story than the original photoshoot. I was going for more of a stylish 60's romantic-thiller narrative, along the lines of Stanely Donen's Charade, which starred Carey Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

Click on the drawing to enlarge.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Endeavour Cartoon/Graphic Novel Page - Shaun Evans (Morse), Roger Allam (Thursday), Jack Laskey (Jakes), and Sara Vickers (Joan)

Endeavour has to be my new favourite show! It is beautifully shot, compelling, and very well acted. It's produced by Mammoth Screen and aired on PBS Masterpiece Mystery in North America and on ITV in the UK. The show takes place in Oxford in the mid-1960s and is about the young Endeavour Morse (it's a prequel to the Inspector Morse series starring John Thaw and the Colin Dexter books). From top to bottom, left to right: Morse (Shaun Evans), Fred Thursday (Roger Allam), Peter Jakes (Jack Laskey), Morse again, and Joan Thursday (Sara Vickers). The quote in the final panel is from the episode "Fugue." Click on the page to see it bigger!



Here's a close up of Morse holding an umbrella, which was based on a scene from the episode "Girl." Shaun Evans was a lot of fun to draw because he has giant eyes like David Tennant, ha!

Fred Thursday and Endeavour Morse. Photo from PBS.

Here's one of my favourite clips where Joan and Jakes are doing hilarious 60s dancing and Morse seems confused.




Monday, September 23, 2013

Bates Motel Comic/Cartoon (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke)

Who watches the totally creepy and wonderful Bates Motel on A&E? My sister and I sure do! I thought the cast of the show and the totally spooky Bates home would make an excellent pre-Halloween cartoon. Bates Motel is a re-imagining of the Norman Bates books by Robert Bloch and the Hitchcock film Psycho. The show is about a teenage Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), his troubled mother Norma (the brilliant Vera Farmiga), and his bad ass brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot). My favourite Norma Bates quote: "Why do crazy people keep gravitating towards me?"

This first started off as a simple cartoon of Dylan, Norman and Norma, but soon spiralled out of control into an homage to 1960s movie posters (e.g. those by Robert McGinnis and Bob Peak) and an experimentation with different line art and colouring styles. I was also going for a bit of a narrative, comic book feel for the bottom half of the image. Hope you like it and happy early Halloween!



Picture from: http://flicksandthecity.com/

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cara Delevingne Drawing

Cara Delevingne is certainly on the It list. She is a popular British model and has the most coveted eyebrows in the biz. She also has a popular tumblr and is rumoured to starting an acting career (I read on Videogum that she may be cast in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, ha!). The photograph is from the September Issue of British Vogue, available on Zinio. P.S. I love those dogs!
 


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Katy Perry Drawing

I was very excited to finally see the lovely Katy Perry on the cover of Vogue. I've drawn her once before and also have replicated many of her outfits on my other blog. Photo scanned from the magazine.

This is my first drawing using my uncle's iMac. I've always been a PC person, so it seems very odd using a Mac. I will admit that the iMac runs Photoshop a heck of a lot smoother than my rubbish laptop. The monitor is also seven inches bigger than my old one and gosh darn it, a lot nicer. This was also my first time using Photoshop CS 6 -- can't say I see much of a difference between 5.5 and 6, though. Here's to learning new things.