Monday, January 17, 2022

A DreamWorks Animation Christmas

 I was invited by the fine folks in Digital Marketing at DreamWorks Animation to create a drawing of my choice for them to showcase on social media for Christmas last year. They said it could be anything of my choice but had to be something in the spirit of the season, and if I could fit in some DreamWorks characters, that would be great.

I had recently acquired an iPad and this was one of my first drawings on it, learning Photoshop for iPad as I went. Here's what I came up with:

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It was a fun drawing to do, and even more fun to see the fury I created in the Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram threads by choosing to put Megamind on the naughty list. To be fair I did debate this a little but ultimately decided it was more on-brand for his perception of himself. I wasn't entirely sure how this drawing was going to be received by followers of DreamWorks, but I was happy to see this nugget generate some engagement for the Digital Marketing team.

I was also happy for the people who picked up my little nod to Dave the Octopus from Penguins of Madagascar (who will always hold a special part in my heart since I put so much work into rigging him many years ago).

And apologies for those who were upset that I did my own Santa Claus design instead of using North from Rise of the Guardians. I definitely considered it, but ultimately didn't want to worry too much about doing justice to another artist's character design, and wanted to focus on doing an original Santa design of my own. This also helped me complete the project as I had a lot going on the end of last year.

Anyway, that's my little story about this drawing. It was fun to try out new workflows, and use the iPad to get it done quicker than my typical digital painting workflow. 



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  2. Hello, Evan. Great blog! Hope you can visit mine too.