It's been kind of a rotten holiday season and because of the weather and stress I haven't had much time or motivation to do anything, including artwork.
I've continued using cards from the 15th series as reference for my doodles at work and going card by card sketching out each one.
I finished up my version of card #590 (Little-Leak Len/ Snot-Ball Saul). I thought it might be fun to put other baseball related GPK's on the field with him. There were three more I could find in the original 15 series but one of them (#603) was also in the 15th series so I figured I'd save him for later.
#590 Little-Leak Len/ Snot-Ball Saul
#140 Mouth Phil/ Tooth Les
#291 Homer Runt/ Screwball Lew
#603 Mitch Mitt/ Foul Bill
I put the first three in the drawing together and colored it with Photoshop.
I wasn't really very happy with the end result. If I could go back I would have done a team photo with all four cards, the Foul Bill from the giant card series, and the two players from the 15th series card-back "Flick-it" flip book. Who knows, I may do it sometime.
The next card #591 (Frank Footer/ Dog Bites Boyd) I sketched out in ballpoint pen.
I figured I'd just leave this one as-is and not mess with the coloring or background.
I did the same thing with the next card #592 (Extra Dexter/ Flabby Abby). That was a lot of fun drawing all those fat rolls.
I'm still working on the next card #593 (Footloose Fred/ Lucky Lew). It took me three days to draw this one. I kept messing up the proportions somehow and was kind of having a slump. I just kept throwing them away until I felt I finally got it right.
I never thought this card looked much like a GPK because with the animal features it seemed to come across more like a cartoon character. I know the cards were supposed to spoof the Cabbage Patch Kids so I always figured the animal related ones should have resembled the "Koozas" which were animal versions of Cabage patch kids.
I'll finish coloring this one eventually.
I decided to skip to card #595 (Mal Practice/ Intensive Carrie) next because honestly I felt it would be a little bit tougher with all the detail and I needed a challenge.
I drew the original illustration in felt-tip sharpie.
I also decided I was going to color this one old-school with colored pencils instead of the computer. I used the white colored pencil to blend the colors.
I did end up using photoshop to do the lights at the top.
I ask my friend Tim Pieper who is also a cartoonist to work on #596 (Sani Klaus/ Sick Nick). He is almost finished and it's looking good. I'll post a picture of it when he's done.