There a lot of songs that will always make me stop what I'm doing and take notice. The Rolling Stones' Sympathy for the Devil is one of them.
Charlie Watts' tribal drums and Mick Jagger's howl, drag you down into it's satanic history lesson, as the Stones musically illustrate the devil's hand in some of the most horrific events through the ages. The pounding piano is hypnotic as it whirls around the bass and drum lines, as the lyrics remind us that evil is in each one of us. If songs could physically wrap themselves around, this would definitely be one of them.
This also was created in ArtRage... first, on my ipad and then brought into ArtRage on my iMac for some finishing touches. I purposely left the sketch lines in. I've done this in the past and it seemed to get more "likes" than usual in the past, so I thought I may keep doing this for awhile for my newsletter sketches. It gives the design a sort of organic feel, which I find interesting.
Two other things I experimented with, I started this on a colored background, instead of white. I saw some of my cartooning peers do this, and I really liked the look, so I decided to play around with that some more. Lastly, I wanted to play with some of the tools in ArtRage that I wouldn't normally use, (Roller, sprinkles, etc), and see what I could do as far as adding a textured background.
I hope you like it. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
The Martytoon Newsletter
The Thoughts, Designs & Process of Marty Qatani aka MartyToons.
Hi and welcome to the first blog post / newsletter of the all new revamped MartyToons website. Where to start ? I suppose a quick intro is in order for those of you who may be unfamiliar with me and what I do. I'm a cartoonist / character designer/ humorous illustrator. That sounds like a lengthy title, but none of those by themselves seems appropriate enough by themselves to describe what I do.
If I call myself a cartoonist, people tend to think I create a comic strip.... not true. If I call myself just a character designer, it seems a little limiting to me. I like to think I do a little bit more... make people think... wake people up, help someone remember a happy thought.... maybe even put a smile on people's faces.... hopefully. Calling myself just a humorous illustrator, just doesn't seem to have any "punch", "pizzazz", "sparkle"... you get the picture. I do like the sound of "Creator of Visual Enhancements for Artistically Challenged and Cartooning Impaired." It has a pretty cool ring to me, but it's a little hard to fit on a business card and still look cool.
What can you expect here ? How's a little doodle sound ? A little peek into what goes on in my working process and maybe even in my thought process ? That's my plan... I hope you enjoy. So let me dig into my archive, maybe shed a little light on happened and then invite you to comment. Sounds good ? Good... then lets get to it.
This is an early sketch of one of my favorite designs I'm working on. It's inspired by one of my favorite music artists, Cat Stevens, who know goes by the name of Yusuf Islam https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_Stevens . Check him out if you get the chance and are a fan of 70's "Soft" Rock, and especially if you're a fan of songs about being positive, hopefullness, and becoming a little wiser.
Music is playing more and more a part in my designs. I love many styles of music and I always have it playing in my studio while I'm creating. Alot of times I let the music direct what I'm going to sketch when I intentionally sit down to sketch, sometimes I'm not planning on sketching at all, but I hear a song and an image will just pop into my head, and I have to get it down on paper. I believe that's what happened here, but to be honest, I came up with this sketch several years ago, and I can't remember the exact circumstances that gave birth to this.
So there you have it. I hope you enjoy it. Got any questions ? Feel free to comment below.