Thursday, July 07, 2011

"SMILE!"

This is a painting I've been working up based on the birthday card I made for Ronald Searle's 91st. Inspired by the sea-lion colony down at Pier 39 in San Francisco.  I went down to Fisherman's Wharf a few months back to draw these smelly, noisy squatters.
March 3rd was Searle's 91st birthday and I put together a special sketchbook with all the other Pixar artists.  I wanted to make a San Francisco themed image and came up with this gag.


I thought it might make a good subject for a painting and started re-working the composition.

Rough Sketch

11 comments:

Munchanka said...

Nice! I like how you plussed the composition. A shark should be the focal point of any work of art, I say.

UM said...

I love the first rough sketch! No need to re-work it. Excellent.

Megan Nicole Dong said...

This is so charming! The sketches are great too. And I have to wholeheartedly agree with what Austin said.

Jamie Baker said...

I remember those louts. Great painting. but you left-out that eccentric, honking human being who was standing there trying to communicate with them!

froggie said...

awww!!! i love the little foreground squatter...he just makes my day! this is wonderful, matt! :)

kathryn durst said...

ahhh, this is awesome!!

Kristian said...

The rough sketch is excellent. Those Sea-lions sure know how to live.
A wonderful drawing for a fantastic Artist.

Brant Moon said...

Love that shark.

Matt J said...

Thanks everyone!

JP said...

Love it- bet he was thrilled with the sketchbook.

Michael said...

This is awesome man, thanks for sharing!