Lacking other content for today--darned if I know how Ryan manages to put something up every single day--I, your faithful intern, must resort to ego-centricism and show off my strange fan art. That should be enjoyable for everyone, right? I mean, my mom likes it, anyway...
I'm not much of an artist, and as anyone who has ever tried to draw a Muppet knows, they're not easy to capture. I try to get around both of these things. For one, I use Paint--no, not paint as in the stuff you apply with a brush, but Paint as in the crummy little program found on all Windows PCs. An odd choice, perhaps, but it works for me. My other trick is that I don't start from scratch--I sort of trace an existing picture of whatever Muppet I'm "drawing." I'm not quite sure how else to explain it, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, let's start showing, shall we?
You may or may not know that Robin is my favorite Muppet, so naturally the first bit of fan art I did was of him. I started with this picture here of cute little Robin sitting on the floor backstage at the Muppet Theater. Then I completely removed the background and sort of re-colored Robin so that he no longer looked like a photograph, but more like the sort of "shading" I can do in Paint on my own. Then I moved him around a bit and put him on a rock in the middle of a river, so the final result looked like this:
Note to self: Running water is really, really hard. Somehow, I always forget that.
Next was Miss Piggy. I started with this screencap of her when she's just won the beauty contest at the Bogen County Fair. Then I took out the background, moved her over a little, and put her in the wings of the Muppet Theater, just about to come on stage. We can see Kermit in the audience--the only one in the audience, apparently. But this one just sort of kept getting more complicated on me. So there's also a big hole in the wall behind Piggy, complete with rubble on the floor, a broom next to it waiting to tend to that rubble, and a couple of chickens strolling through that hole. And above the hole, there's an exit sign with an arrow pointing somewhere else, but someone took some black spray-paint, crossed out the original arrow, and made a new one pointing to the hole. Nice and Muppety, don't you think?
Note to self: I hate hair.
Note to self: Clothes are always a lot harder than they look.
So that is my fan art--or at least, the stuff that's worth looking at. Enjoy!
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier