Friday, October 20, 2006

Variation on a Theme

The tragic couple.
How did they die?
And more importantly,
I'm wondering, "Why?!"

Their lives snuffed out,
So sad is their fate.
Curse death!
Who needs it?
Even dead people date.

Don't they?


When I did the sketches last week for Toon Club (see post just below this one) I drew a dancing couple, really liked their concept, but didn't care too much for my execution of it. This week I've been trying to catch it a little better. I like it, but I'm still not satisfied. One of these days I'll get it! You'll see!

74 comments:

S.D. said...

Very nice despite your unsatisfaction ;)

Makenzie said...

Probably the spider bit her and she died. A certain kind of spider that could make you die probably? He died with a knife in his back. ewww I don't want that to happen to me. Way way way to scary! hahahahaha
How many laughs do you think you would do if you were dead? hahahahaha I also love Kendyl's new blog and I always love your blog Daddy.

David Malan said...

I think this is a great drawing, I like the shpes a lot. how did get the felt texture?
Good luck ever being satisfied as an artist. I think it is like the carrot on a stick for us artists always close but too far.

Taylor Krahenbuhl said...

Beautiful design and color Seth, I love it.

Joe said...

Wonderful!

Alexiev said...

oooo...

I love your work...

Congratulations...

best regards...

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Jo Bling said...

Seth, methinks you'd have given your eye teeth for the character design gig on CORPSE BRIDE. Some lovely designs here, fella, good work!!

Hans said...

Great stuff Seth! Besides your awesome designs, I've noticed you consistantly prove your flair for silhouettes and great use of negative space, which makes your poses and story-telling very strong and clear. Really nice coloring too btw.

Take care,

Hans

Druie said...

awesome halloween theme sketches here on your blog!

Mark Behm said...

Nice one! Love her hair.

Alina Chau said...

WOW!! AWESOME design!!

moverlow said...

Thanks for the comments on my IF entry this week Seth. There's nothing more gratifying than getting compliments from someone of your caliber. Your work absolutely amazing.

justannax said...

Oh my goodness this is simply divine!

Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Amazing! What a great pair of characters! Visually rich and rich in story too!

Ken Chandler said...

Either women decompose more gracefully then men (most likely) or he's been dead longer. I suspect the latter. Beautiful image Seth! Her hair and dress are to be envied! His 'stove pipe' hat is terrific too. Aint love grand? Even in death they're still lovers. Oh death, where is thy sting?

Anonymous said...

Nice work, I like your demented Dracula too!

S.T. Lewis said...

I love it, Mr. Hippen! You're an amazing fellow. It's like the sketches you did before but better... and more color... and you're the greatest, sir.

Martin Hsu said...

beautiful designs! The dracula is awesome, too!

Ryan Wood said...

Really nice piece! I love the little details like the knife & the spider. Really neat shapes too, nice!

marcobucci said...

Glad I found your blog. Very good work. I love this illustration!

Barry Zundel said...

Great stuff Seth. Unlike me, you keep getting better and better :P Keep it coming...it's inspiration to me!

sage said...

really awesome!

GhettoFab said...

inspirational stuff!!great movement to these characters and your vampire pieces are phenominal. I wish I were you..

flipstudios said...

these are awesome seth. great characters. so full of life ... er, you know what i mean. love visiting your blog.

Andrew

Sebastien Gallego said...

I really like your character design Seth. These are awesome!

derhay said...

Megan and I just saw the trailer for Surf's Up. I am so excited for it. We went and saw The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D (and color!!!). It was awesome, I only wish we could see it with you and yours. Here is hoping you guys are well. You're the best.

Roc said...

Very nice work u got here!

The Lady Laura said...

I fell in love with your entry for black and orange the second i saw it! Can't believe you weren't happy with the execution... It sounds lame, but I knew you'd win.

Then i read you did animation for Monster House! My boyfriend and I saw it in the theater and loved it! The animation is really different.. keep up the great work!

Ryan Wood said...

Hey Seth, congrats on the Orange&Black honors! Really nice work, man!

Dave McClellan said...

Man, that is a fun picture!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

congratulations on the orange and black win. excellent work

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Penelope Crackers said...

Good job on being a winner in the "Black and Orange" contest with this one honey! I love it! I think we should use it as our Halloween card next year. Of course that means we'll have to start sending out Halloween cards. Sounds good to me. :)

Adam Ford said...

Man, these rock! Thanks for sharing the greatness.

Kaden said...

Hey Sethers, we saw the trailer for Surf's up as well- we can't wait to see it, it looks so great! You're art is incredible!
Krisser

Todd Harris said...

seth, this is great as always man, wow amazing everything. great job.

Goro said...

wonderful illustration! everything looks just right!

S.T. Lewis said...

HA! You won the Nighmare Before Christmas fan art contest with this thing! I just found that on a link from Animated News (posted the 23rd). What did you win in that contest? Congratulations. You're amazing, man!

Anonymous said...

Your style is so cool. These are so loose and free.Great Stuff.

Seth Hippen said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone! I really appreciate it. Shane, to answer your question, I won a big cardboard cutout of Jack Skellington, the DVD, an "inspired by the movie" music CD, and a Tim Burton signed movie poster. Cool, huh? How did I get so lucky?

Alikins said...

again, wow. super super cool!

oh and, by the way, i think he died because someone stabbed him in the back with a big knife ;)

great stuff here!!

beaux said...

nice stuff

adrian said...

This sight is awesome!The vampires are wicked!! I'll be back again and again.

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