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Hello, it has been a few weeks since I last posted a blog, which leads me to share a few new sketches here at Don’t Pick the Flowers. It’s easy to catch them going through your news feed if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest. Some of the sketches end up on the Don’t Pick the Flowers Facebook Fanpage, but not all of them. I like to post them here to archive artwork from my personal sketchbook, and in case, you did not see them or would like to view them again.

 

OreoCheesecakeFirst, you may be wondering why there is a picture of a delicious piece of cheesecake. I recently created artwork for a cookbook featuring Suzanne, Vincent and Duck with a recipe with fellow cartoonists at GoComics Sherpa with their respective characters and recipes. The book is being compiled as we speak, and once it is published, I will make sure to post a link here and via Social Media so you can purchase your own “comic” cookbook. You will have to purchase a copy (at a low and reasonable price) to see the finished work. Believe me it is going to be worth it, and maybe I will post part of the artwork as a teaser.

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The first sketch is a cartoon-ish version of Robert Smith with a stick figure of Vincent based on a song by The Cure called “Lullaby”. I really love this sketch as it has a fairy tale feel to it.

 

 

 

 

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The next sketch is of Vincent and Duck, which I am calling “Wonka Style”, and based on Tim Burton’s movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

 

 

 

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Painted Eggs from this years Easter holiday. I wanted to create something a little different and special, so I painted Suzanne, Vincent and Duck on Easter Eggs. I love these eggs, but hey they have been eaten by now.

 

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Last but not least, this is a humorous sketch comic I did for Earth Day. This is based on planting a piece of Robert Smith’s (The Cure) hair into a flowerpot. And what do you get . . . Bob Flowers! You may be familiar with The Cure album “Blood Flowers” . . . heehee, right?

 

 

 

 

I want to thank you for stopping by Don’t Pick the Flowers blog and I hope you have enjoyed reading and looking at the artwork. I do have a couple more pieces of guest comic art to finish for fellow cartoonist and will be posting those within the next few weeks. Until then, thanks for stopping by, and I will see you soon. David Hurley

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Lego’s, Robert Smith, Tom Waits and The Sakai Project

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Lego mania has hit the land, and like so many other cartoonists, I could not pass up the opportunity to make my characters into Lego toys! As an extra, I created this to share via social media and it’s about time I added it to the collection here on the blog. Now if I can get real Don’t Pick the Flowers Lego toys to own myself, I will be one happy camper!

 

 

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As you may know, the band “The Cure” is one of my all time favorite bands. I came up with this little cartoon version of Robert Smith dancing with cats, a little homage to the song “Love Cats”. Since Love Cats is a happy and fun song, I wanted this drawing to represent the same whimsy. And to keep in the spirit of “Cure” artwork, I drew the text in the style used for the single release.

 

 

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Another one of my favorite musicians is Tom Waits. I have wanted to draw a caricature of Mr. Waits for some time, and I was finally able to do it. I don’t draw caricatures like this very often, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did drawing it.

 

 

 

Last but not least, here is tribute art for Stan and Sharon Sakai. This artwork was created for “The Sakai Project” which you can read all about here at Dark Horse: www.darkhorse.com/Blog/1581/dark-horse-announces-sakai-project  Stan’s wife Sharon has been battling a deliberating brain tumor; she is at home but in need of 24-hour care. Medical bills are mounting and the comic community is more than happy to help with what the Sakai’s insurance companies do not cover.

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Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but I hope you created fun memories with a special someone, spouse or friend. You may even be glad it’s over, but one memory that sticks out as a kid are those fun little Valentine Cards you received at School. This year I created Valentine Cards and shared them via the internet to boost those fun memories. I’ve gathered them all here at Don’t Pick the Flowers blog if you would like to look at them again or if you completely missed them. I hope you enjoy these fun little cards as much as I enjoyed making them. Until next time, indulge in that left over Valentine Candy!

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Top Row: Valentine Cards featuring Claudia, Suzanne, and Duck.

Middle Row: Bob, Edwin, and Valentine Promo.

Bottom Row: Vincent and Julian.

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The Crazy Verse: Fan Art with Jon Esparza

I have a special treat on today’s blog. The always fun Jon Esparza, creator of the comics “Mike and Mindy” and “Bubble Fox”, and I have exchanged art. Jon is posting guest art on his blog The Crazy Verse, which I am a participant, and he has wonderfully sent a fun comic with my characters Suzanne, Vincent, Claudia and Duck. Jon has dressed my characters in Mike and Mindy’s clothes and Claudia in a Picpak costume (from Kim Belding’s comic PicPak Dog). If you are not familiar with Mike and Mindy, the laws of gravity do not apply and being inflated or having an anvil dropped on them is extracurricular fun. I hope that helps explain both of the comics posted today. Until next time, enjoy the comics and check out Jon’s fun filled world of comics at the links below!

Jon’s Crazy Stuff:  jonscrazystuff.blogspot.com/2014/02/david-gets-crazy.html

Bubble Fox: bubblefox.webcomic.ws

Also, check out the Kickstarter from Jon Esparza and Kim Belding: www.kickstarter.com/projects/picpak/crazy-in-pink

Art work from Jon Esparza:

Comic from Jon Esparza featuring Suzanne, Vincent, Claudia and Duck (in Mike and Mindy/PicPak attire).

Comic from Jon Esparza featuring Suzanne, Vincent, Claudia and Duck (in Mike and Mindy/PicPak attire).

Artwork by David Hurley for Jon Esparza:

My artwork of Mike and Mindy with Suzanne for Jon Esparza.

My artwork of Mike and Mindy with Suzanne for Jon Esparza.

 

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Sketchbook: Extra’s and Warm-ups

Today’s new blog post features sketches from over the last couple of weeks I have done, plus an extra artwork and an archive sketch.

To start with, the artwork right below, “Snow Monster” was created as an extra to post via Social Media and used as a banner for the website at Don’t Pick the Flowers. I love this drawing showing Suzanne with her Snow Monster creation. You will notice characters, which have been in a few of the comics in the past, plus a new one “Bob”. I thought it was time to integrate these characters back into the story line and plan to use them on a regular basis. Don’t worry; the focus is still on Suzanne, Vincent and Duck.

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Top Left: This is a warm up sketch from one morning of Benedict Cumberbatch or Sherlock Holmes.

Top Right: Late night sketch of Suzanne, this was done with a brush pen.

Bottom Left: Another warm up sketch, this is Siouxie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees. I think she is playing dead in this picture.

Bottom Right: From the archives, I did this sketch of David Bowie last year (2013) on his birthday. I thought it would be cool to post this and may pull some more sketches from the archives on a later date.

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Keep sketching and creating, take care everyone, David Hurley

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