w32 2021 – Ole Hippo

I’m a big fan of old Hanna Barbera and Warner Bros Animation art. While drawing I have all sorts of art from Flintstones/Jetsons/YogiBear/Tweety/MarvinTheMartian/… in rotation on my secondary monitor. It’s both motivating and disheartening to have those artworks open, these artists were so damned good!
Today I drew my own cartoon character in the spirit of these old cartoons and mocked up my own model sheet for it.

Harry Mack – Omegle Bars Tribute

I don’t know when exactly I discovered Harry Mack. It wasn’t too long ago but before the pandemic. I saw one of his Guerilla Bars videos and followed his channel on youtube. But it was only when the pandemic hit and he started a series called “Omegle Bars” that I became a big fan of him. The concept of the show is that Harry chats up random people on a chat-roulette site called “Omegle”. He offers to do a freestyle for his chat partner based on random words they provide.
Harry is marvelous in his freestyle performance. But the series really shines because you can see and feel Harry lifting the spirits of the people he encounters. And that positive energy is so strong that with every episode I can’t help myself but be happy myself, for Harry, his chat partners, everyone.
I had the opportunity to join his HappyHour stream a few months ago. Here’s the time-stamped link to it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HViiFqbGD2g&t=2523s
I think you can easily see just how happy I was!

A couple of days ago I was feeling anxious. There’s time-sensitive bureaucracy I have to deal with so I can freelance again. A job that would have been beneficial for the aforementioned bureaucracy just fell through and I was putting myself under pressure to produce portfolio artwork that I didn’t really want to do but which would make it easy to get some quick jobs.
I wasn’t in the best mood or mindset and I was spiraling down fast.
So I stopped my “work performance”, turned on a Harry Mack video, and let myself be uplifted. This then turned into me being motivated to draw something Harry Mack related. It turned into a sketch and the sketch turned into an illustration.

w30 2021

I am excited, hopeful, fearful, anxious, energetic, motivated to start freelancing again on August 1st. I will take some time to adjust, it has been almost 4 years of working solely with/for KARAKTER after all. I will take one step after another to see where this change leads me. I put up a website (link above or bagatzky.de ), though there is nothing new on there since I can’t show any of the work I was involved in with KARAKTER yet. I started exercising my draftsmanship again which I put up here in the past few days already. While I have projects ideas to explore, I will start small with individual images first. One step after another.  

Drink & Draw daily challenge 02

There’s not much I can say in regards to these other than that I’m continuing my daily practice. Sometimes it’s easier, sometimes the head gets in the way. Even though these compositions utilize value groups, I often draw a rudimentary sketch to bring down my idea first. Even after all this time, I’m primarily a draftsman rather than a painter.

Drink & Draw practice

On thursday I joined the Drink & Draw livedrawing twitch stream. Unfortunately I was quite late and only managed to catch the very last pose of the drawing session.

I then learned that they also run a discord on which I discovered a daily challenge. I decided to join in since I need the practice. Here are my first two days of composition practice.

w25 2021

Hey everyone, after enjoying some great opportunities with KARAKTER, I decided to start freelancing again beginning 01. August 2021.

I am currently working on a website, but content is limited to only a handful of projects that I want to show (despite them being years old).

I’m looking for projects that allow me to continue fulfilling some of these following roles: Director, Coach, Moderator, Sounding board for ideas, Teacher, Communicator, Confidant, Promoter, Catalyst, Stylized artist (character and background art), Maker, Problem solver, (Dad-)Joker, Talent facilitator.

I’d like to be involved in opportunities that allow me to take the idea of a thing and exaggerate it to the point that you can’t look at it without shaking your head while also smiling. I would like to turn things on their head, to find visual solutions that lead with an emotional response rather than their groundedness in reality. I would like to explore the creation of “world reality” based on artists’ perception rather than the common understanding of believability.

Additionally, you might find this list of games that caught my eye from this year’s E3 trailer parade informative: Aragami 2, Dodgeball Academia, Trifox, Kena, Omno, Ratchet & Clank, Sable, Unexplored 2

If you read until this point, thank you. I appreciate it. If you think you know someone who would benefit from my involvement, ask that person if you are allowed to share their contact info with me and I’ll reach out to them once I’m free to do so.

For recruiters:I am not interested in opportunities as an Art outsourcing manager to check incoming deliveries! And no UX, no UI. Also, I am not a hard surface 3D artist.