A collection of doodles with a bit of commentary by RICK GREEN - your cartooning friend

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Jason The Gray

Cathie first contacted me about a Father's Day gift for her husband Jason, but time was too short. So, a September birthday gift became the target. She gave me a list of ideas I could use to create a caricature of him.

She said that he A. loves music and has huge cd collection. (Sorry Cathie, it didn't inspire me.)
B. is a huge Cubs fan (Did that one already) C. and a Celtic fan. (Basketball? That's new, but still it's another sportsie drawing) D. He works with computers. (Yup, been there too) E. He loves to BBQ (Who doesn't?) AND! F. He is a Lord of the Rings fan as well. (BINGO! Something new. Something I can sink my pencil into.)

I suggested that we put Jason into his fantasy world and portray him in the manner of Gandalf the Gray. Cathie liked the idea and told me to go with it.

I know I say this a lot, but... I think this turned out pretty good. I had a lot of fun creating it. In fact, it was almost too easy. I looked up Gandalf and Hobbit images on the internet for some references and inspiration, and then went to work. You can see the results.

One of the parts I enjoyed the most is the "magic" coming out of the top of the staff. It provided a chance for real creativity and color.

Thanks Cathie for choosing me to help celebrate your wizard's big day. And thank you Jason for giving me a reason to play with the image of one of my own fantasy heroes. You look good in gray. And if you're a good wizard, maybe next year we'll promote you to White Wizard!

In other news... Many of you were curious about the symbolism behind the illustration I created for Laura. She took time on her blog to try and explain what the image means to her. You are invited to read that post.

Laura, I noticed that you began to use the doodle as your personal profile pic. I'm honored, but does that mean we're not going to get to see your Mona Lisa smile anymore?

23 comments:

Dawn Colclasure said...

Wow, that is excellent work! Kinda makes me think he makes a better Gandalf. Well, almost. :)

Thank you for the funny comment on my blog. Wrist is doing much better now!

Erika said...

i enjoyed her post! thanks for sharing the link!

JustinB said...

That one is soo cooool!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

love the new drawing and eggy is MAGIC!
ummm that picture of me was so old I am working on a newer one I dont generally like pictures of me so... all in good time... but for now The key is just perfect :)
thanks for the link back and hopefully the curious will be rewarded with the answers to their questions :)
HUGS Laura

Patti said...

I LOVE the Gandalf doodle!!

Tismee2 said...

Wonderful!

It looks exactly like him - well both of them, Jason and Gandalf.

Karen Deborah said...

cool doodle

Small City Scenes said...

You are more a good doodler than 'just' a doodler. HA!
I lived in Bothell many years but not in bothell proper (King County) but about 10 miles north in Snohomish County closer to Everett and Snohomish but still our mailing addres was Bothell--oh to narrow it down--progress pushed out the little farm and it is now Mill Creek.(well part of it) MaryBeth

Brenda said...

That is cool! I may have to do that for my boy's birthday some time. Hmmm. NOw I am thinking!

Small City Scenes said...

No, silly, the fertilizer is up 200+% about as high as an outhouse. teehee. MaryBeth

Cathie said...

I can't wait for him to open his preset. So far he has no clue. The kids haven't told him either!

TheresaJ said...

That's great! I hope you do a post on his reaction. Would love to be a fly on the wall...

Thanks for the link to Laura's blog and the story behind the doodle. I commented on her blog that I loved your doodle at first glance. Like fine art, it provokes emotion. Now I know why...

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Rick,
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment. Gotta say, I'm enjoying reading yours too. I especially liked when you wrote, "That's me, the one in black." Great doodles, great humor. You rock man! xxoo

Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

How fun! Yes, it turned out great ! The subject is easily recognizable.

Cathie said...

you are always welcome to leave comments on my site. His Birthday is actually in October, so it is still a few more weeks until he can see-that is if I can hold out that long!

Dawn said...

Wowza you are so talented, I shall take time this weekend and read your whole blog - looking good; THANK YOU for your comments on my blog too...

KathrynAntyr said...

You are the doodle master! I like the "You're my kind of people" sketch. It sort of reminds me of Ralph Steadman's work.

Thanks for swinging by my little blog and leaving a comment. I sure do appreciate hearing from new folks.

little dalene said...

What an awesome gift! You are very talented.
Thanks for checking out the blog.
Dalene
By the way, you raised an amazing girl! :)

Tonjia said...

I love it!!! Awesome!

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hey there. Thanks for the blogby! You have a cool site here. Talented!

Albert said...

Hey Rick,

Your work always has a feeling of fun and inspiration. You're making a lot of people happy. I love the addition of the little hobbits.

Aleta said...

You did an excellent job! I'm impressed!

nikkicrumpet said...

This is marvelous..he is going to love it!