Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Wonder Years


I was a pretty happy kid. With a spring in my step and a big, fat smile on my face, there was nothing that a 50/50 bar or some Mexican candy couldn't cure. Whether we spent an entire day skateboarding at the school or bodyboarding at the beach, life seemed so damn fun and carefree. Growing up in laid-back, sunny San Diego doesn't hurt either. With all this happiness around every corner, you would think it would be reflected in my artwork from way back when. Maybe paintings of unicorns and happy trees. Haha, not so fast mi amigo! Here's some illustrations I dug up from a children's book I put together when I was a goofy - and very twisted - teenager. From what I remember, it was a little non-fictional doozy about the day our rabbits got massacred by a pack of wild dogs. Yup, that fuzzy little fella's getting his arms ripped off. Where did it all go wrong?




14 comments:

Craig Mackay said...

Love the traditional airbrush look and the bold line use. I just can't get over the fact a pack of wild dogs killed your rabbits. It obviously left an impression on you at the time!

Tanner said...

Thanks Craig. I'm glad you noticed the airbrush. Before Photoshop made it possible to do in no time at all, that effect used to take me hours and hours!

nic said...

what is wrong with you.

:)

Tanner said...

Nic, EVERYTHING is wrong with me!

Mauricio said...

Hey, Eric. I really dig these drawings, as well as the "Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones" postings. You've got good stuff, and I hope we run into each other again. I gotta get practicing again so I can compete with guys like you, but I'm too busy enjoying my term off, haha.

PKayne said...

I am sorry, I am not an advocate of cruelty to animals. But the illustrations coupled with your blog write up just had me in stitches.

But level of talent for a teen is awesome.

Drop said...

hello Craig!!
I'm here just to say how much I love your work!
Have a look at my blog if you want.. my work is a bit different from yours.. ahah ^__^
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