Tuesday, June 24, 2008

For your viewing pleasure - Sketchbookblog!

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This is where it all started. Yep. On a Post-It.

The original idea was to have him in full uniform:


When developing a character, I usually do a bunch of loose sketches, then 
refine those into character sheets. Part of the character sheet includes 
creating a base model to use rather than redraw the body over and over. 
Once the model was finished, adding anything more would have been a waste:
Bad ass.


The next few images are from a failed attempt at making a 
ConkBlock Penguin. His legs were too short to make pads look right:

Here are some more jobbers that never made the cut:





The start of the playoffs... the original thought was to make a banner for gameday posts:

It was quite a surprise to blink and be up 3-0 on the Sens. Plans changed very quickly when the call for the sweep pic came over. 
Luckily, this sketch was available for the quick modification and turnaround 
(the broom and helmets were added in Photoshop):
The motivation for creating the Pensblog mascot was so this illustration could be made:
me = stunned when this one started showing up in google searches:
The highlight of the New York Series(and my favorite so far):
The Philly Fat Bastard:
 "My Little Flyers"
This is what happens when you let Charlie design the logos:

Iceburgh was going to be the ref for this one:

Statue Saga - from sketch...
to finished pencil:


Stanley Cup Finals:




Perhaps the calamari was too menacing?


After Game 2, it was time to call in reinforcements:




This was done while watching the cup being raised in the Mellon:


And on the last page of the sketchbook:

In all, a full 100-page sketchbook was filled between January and June.
Hopefully, we will have a chance to finish a few that got left behind.

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Boosh.


124 comments:

Carroll said...

Firstly, I would like to say Stephen S. is amazing!!! You are soooo talented!!

Thanks for sharing.

coffeytalk said...

seriously, stephen AMAZING.

next tattoo, i am hiring you and your pen!

brndlynn said...

great work Stephen. gotta love the Philly Fat Bastard and Rocky KO sketches.

KJ said...

i am totally jealous, i never got past learning how to draw what looked like a circle

JP said...

Dude. Awesome. Ridiculously so.

Steve In Denver said...

St. Stephen

Woooooooooooo

Ryan said...

f'ing awesome

PittHockey said...

SteveS = mad skills

Christina said...

I cannot wait for the day when I open Pensblog and that last image you shared is at the top of the page.

amazing work.

wilsmith said...

what are you using to draw them on the pc?

shawnawwwesome said...

Holy freaking crap. These things should be painted onto center ice.

Well, maybe not the sketches, but the finished products. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEANT.

Stoosh said...

Echoing Coffeytalk's statements, if I ever decide to get a tattoo, I know the first person I'm going to for a design.

Absolutely unreal.

Pensgirl said...

Stephen, do you have any idea how much cblog would be tripping over itself if you auctioned those sketches off on ebay?

And for the record, I like the Conkblock Penguin.

Stilly said...

That sketchbook is all business. Just awesome work. What an artist.

boosh? Like the mighty boosh?

Pensgirl said...

Oh, forgot to mention...your signature is badass. Nothing ruins an awesome piece of art like a lame sig in the corner.

Faceoffs and First Downs said...

Just had to say that your work is amazing and I'm beyond jealous. Doing very novice digital media work, looking at stuff like this makes me want to do a little practicing. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

Joose said...

Fucking amazing.

That is really all there is to say about it.

Just fucking amazing....

Lauren said...

I love that goddamn octopus drawing. I have a soft-spot for cephalpods, when they don't represent rival teams.

Your sketchbook = cleaner than mine. Especially since most of mine is full of figure sketches of people in Philly. WOOOOOO.

Sooska said...

@Stephen S- Thank you so much for that glimpse into a creative mind at work. With GR riding toward the horizon we needed a new hero -someone who will set a standard - (not like we have any standards but you know what I mean.)
I like the Conkblock too, and the first one in the Stanley Cup Finals series-the Penguin skating beside the faceless player. WOW!

eileenover said...

Stephen S. your artwork is phenomenal. I'm so glad you're part of the staff.

By the way, I found someone to work for me on Saturday, so I'll definitely be at Wingblog.

RaCHeLeYoS said...

i'm quite the artist too but those are really good. wish i knew how to color in photos on the computer better.

canaanregulatesblog said...

bamf

debrisslide said...

Badass drawings. I have a doodle of a penguin that I can do, but. . .it's nothing like those, haha.

coffeytalk said...

stilly-

you ever drank bailey's out of a shoe?

dave said...

I have a man crush on Stephen S

Robert Ullman said...

I can appreciate just how difficult it is to illustrate a long Stanley Cup run...great work, Stephen, and here's hoping for a repeat performance next year!

Kat said...

Nice work, man. I still can't get past stick figures...

Colin said...

I got the chills going through this post.

AWESOME STUFF.

Being a goalie, I would buy a bazilion of storeblog shirt is the conkblock ever got completed.

Dr. Turkleton said...

coffey...

just playin'

OR.

my sources...are...CORRECT! :Þ


stephen s...

wicked goodblog

would there be a way of applying some of your artwork to blend in with this?


previous postblog

#10 has been donned by some pretty impressive Pens: 'Lucky' Pierre Larouche, Peter Lee, Gary Rissling, BOB ERREY!!!!!, Ron Duguay, Dan Quinn, Johnny Vermont....if it wasn't retired when Wayne Babych stopped pulling on the ol' One...Zero...how can Ronnie or Gary expect it to be ????


[Caputi]

Stilly said...

@coffey

Some say he's half man/half fish, others say it's more of a 70/30 split. Whatever the percentage.. he's one fishy bastard.

aunt penny said...

What they said.
Cubed.

coffeytalk said...

dr. turk- you can bust my chops any day.

also, thanks for the 10blog. Of course Ronnie is who I associate the number with the most. I totally forgot about Rissling, Duguay, and Quinn!

aunt penny said...

Another version...the penguin at the top....holding Figi water?

Your conks rock.

coffeytalk said...

stilly!! i am sooooooo happy there is someone else out there that knows about the might boosh!!

my brother and his friend sean plan on dressing as old gregg and the crack fox for halloween this year!

Stilly said...

@coffey

Someone posted The Legend of Old Gregg on a forum. I was hooked instantly. haha. I went and watched pretty much everything on youtube. lol.

Joose said...

Turk

That is the most awkward tramp stamp I have ever seen. I spot an unneeded apostrophe on "its." OOOH! There was plenty of room to tuck the butt cleavage in, too. WWJD

slush said...

im with coffeytalk, would make some wicked tattoos. hells yeah.

coffeytalk said...

for those looking for some entertainment tonight, stilly and i give you...

The Legend of Old Gregg

oh those crazy brits and their comedy...

also, maybe old gregg could be a potential prospect. Staff?

Dr. Turkleton said...

coffey....

hey, didn't mean for it to be bustin'....just funnin' amongst tailgatebloggers....


previous coffey talk...
I really DID play with a Bill Coffey in college [no relation to Paul Coffey]...that was NOT a ball buster by any means...

I can't remember Bob Errey sporting the #10 [I had to look some of those up in the Media Guide]...musta been when he was called up from the Baltimore Skipjacks for a cup of coffey

[sixcoffeysinonepostblog]

coffeytalk said...

i've never had my lower back tattoo called a 'tramp stamp' before. it's been referred to as a bullseye, though.

wooo.

wilsmith said...

ohhhh, coffey

coffeytalk said...

turk- i don't doubt your coffey.

that episode of scubs with janitor going around bustin' chops was on this afternoon. hence the frequent use of the phrase today.

Dr. Turkleton said...

joose...

awkward would be one word...

I spotted an unnecessary period at the end of the scripture....

wait..what?...that's NOT a period?

never mind.

jefe penguino said...

brilliant, S.S.!

i knew a girl with a colorful tramp stamp of "in memory of dad"...

wow.

Dr. Turkleton said...

coffey....

okay...you had me scratchin' my head there for a minute.


knifeWRENCH!!!!!
[For Kids! Practical AND Safe!]

Dr. Turkleton said...

how dare I post that without the youtube...

knifewrench

coffeytalk said...

and now i've put that episode of scubs in the dvd player...

thanks, chocolate bear!

Party of Ruutu said...

I love you Stephen S. Can I say that? Awesome work.

dhudzin said...

With Gary making his announcement...... I have to take my avatar in another direction............ ugh ........................................... any suggestions.................?

dhudzin said...

How rude of me... excellent work Stephen S! I made a card for my bosses daughter who has been in and out of the hospital recently, and she laughed at the picture I drew, thinking it was a joke. While it was intended to be what they didn't realize was that I ACTUALLY TRIED. That being said, your touch seems to me just simply UNREAL.

geezer said...

Great sketches with good energy. There is movement in your stuff even when it is a still picture. The sketches show a little more of the energy. Consider using some of the looseness in the sketches when it is a element of action in the final still picture. Thanks for sharing!

Jasper said...

wow, that's amazing tbh!
kudos on a job well done
btw the banner sketch for gameday posts was an awesome idea tho :D
suddenly I feel this urge to start sketching myself, let's see what that produces

eileenover said...

Anyone jobbing Fedko tonight?

GottaHydrate said...

Wow! You deserve to be called Pensblog Steve... really, you are awesome!

cheese said...

think he'll mention GR's departure w/ just a LITTLE twinkle in his eye?

Job Him.

Do it.

cheese said...

i got so caught up in the Fedko, i didn't even mention.....

Stephen S= Artistic God

thanks for the work, man.

becky said...

and/or kakow!

becky said...
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I Have Kasparaitis said...

Stephen S., awesome artwork. You're a great artist ...

Wooo!! I finally managed to get on the internet after getting kicked off for today! Mom = Lame ...

Dr. Pepper said...

I'm kinda new here. Can someone explain to me who runs this site and who "Stephen" is?


Thanks

Flyer Hater said...

I guess this is how Picasso started.

dhudzin said...

Night.

cheese said...

oh Bronson.

failed.

Dr. Turkleton said...

from 1 doc to another....

maybe read this: tPB FAQ

Steven S. = newest member of tPB staff & official blog artist.



[Caputi]

Stoosh said...

@ Dr. Pepper -

On the main Pensblog page, follow the bar on the left all the way down and you'll find the creative forces behind the site.

Stephen S. is Pensblog Illustrator Extraordinaire, occassionally also referred to as Cement Underpants.

Oh, wait...sorry...that's Canaan...Cement Underpants, I mean.

Nevermind.

I need another beer.

Dr. Turkleton said...

Steven = Stephen

-10 for me.

Stoosh said...

Posted on the previous, um...post, I believe by BrndLynn...

PENS MAKE QUALIFYING OFFERS
Posted by mvuk
Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins have extended qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents: Mark Ardelan, Paul Bissonnette, Tim Brent, Patrick Ehelechner, Daniel Fernholm, Jonathan Filewich, and Ryan Stone.

Ardelan, I believe, is gonna play overseas, along with Ehelechner and Fernholm.

Really glad to see Bissonnette qualified. Bissonnette damn near made the team out of camp as an 18 or 19-year old in 2003-04, and then gradually fell out of favor with the organ-eye-zation because his attitude started to suck. When he came back this year, he still had a bit of a tenuous relationship with the Pens and they expected to be playing him to trade him elsewhere, but his attitude improved along with his play. From what Jonathan Bombulie said, the relationship has done a complete 180. If he improves next year as much as he did this past year, he could factor into the big club as a seventh d-man.

Really happy to see Stone qualified as well. I'd love to see him have a good camp because he could very well replace Malone.

That is, if he can hold off the Caputi.


Caputi.

becky said...

@ dr. turkleton

you get a +4 for correcting your mistake. so, still down 6, but hang in there champ!

cheese said...

@Stoosh- i 2nd the Bissonnette comments. he was very impressive at the open skate this afternoon.

Stoosh said...

Ummmm...boosh rhymes with Stoosh

haha

Flyer Hater said...

I think Caputi is more popular than Gary Roberts.

eileenover said...

His name is just fun to say.

Steve In Denver said...

If my wife had that Corinthians tatt, I'd probably be more inclined to read in bed vs listening to music in bed.

Wooooooo

Stephen S. said...

Thanks everyone!

cblog = awesome

Beav said...

Beav=Wishing he was throwing back Railbenders with Stoosh

Beav said...

P.S.

Stephen S. is a legend

Stoosh said...

@ Cheese -

Was Bissonnette really loud on the ice? Every time I've seen him at camp, I always notice two things about him. First, he's louder than hell. He seemed to be communicating with the other players on the ice all the time as play was going on. And two, he was seldom really out of position. His skating isn't the greatest but he reminds of a more physical version of Scuderi because his positioning is pretty strong.

Nasreddine has reportedly signed on to play overseas next year and with Bonvie also hanging them up, Bissonnette becomes one of the "older" WB/S players. I'd love to see him come back and take over that role as one of the top veteran defensemen on that AHL club.

P.O. said...

coffeytalk

how many tattoos do you have??

Stoosh said...

@ Beav -

Unfortunately, I need to put some Railbenders in the fridge, so it's MillerLiteblog tonight...

Shitty day at work.

Annie said...

Amazing, awesome work, Stephen! Thank you so much for sharing. My favorite might just be this one. His top half is all buff and badass, and his bottom half has these skinny legs and webbed flipper feet. I love it.

Someone who's good with sculpture needs to make a 3D version of that one...

This has cheered me up a lot. Throughout the whole day I would periodically remember that Gary is no longer with us, and my mood would drop -100.

Beav said...

@ Stoosh

It's been a varied beer kind of night. Had poker night tonight and drank 4-5 Miller Lites and a Miller High Life Light, got home and am working through the beers left over from the party at my cousin's house including Milwaukee's Best (aka Beast) Light and Ice, along with Yuengling.

Yeah I don't know what I'm doing with my life either.

somechic said...

Stephen you're amazing...as a fellow artist and well whatever i always love the process. In my eyes the rough stuff is better than the final product. Seein the history like that is just great art wise, but also its just a great reminder of the run this team took us on.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

Nothing says I'm religious than a tattoo just above your ass ... *laughs* Imagine her talking with God and him asking about her life ... "Well, all the guys I have been with have memorized a part of the Bible ..." *laughs* That one might send me to hell ...

Why hasn't the official Pens site updated with saying Roberts not coming back next season ... then I realized they have the Tribune Review and Rossi is a writer ...

Beav said...

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/
shutdown_corner/post/Terry-Bradshaw
-was-all-roided-up;_ylt=Ap5mIFuRwKUD
YSvvkp.qAANDubYF?urn=nfl,89945

Yeah I'm real lame, but put said link together and it talks about Terry Bradshaw using steriods

I Have Kasparaitis said...

@beav: I'm defending Bradshaw here (being the Steelers fan that I am) ... first off, steriods weren't illegal during his time, so how can you dock one team while it's very likely that other teams were doing the same thing. Secondly, it isn't released what type of steriod he did in fact used. It may or may not have been anabolic and he says it was used for healing. But whatev ... Bradshaw isn't my favorite Steeler all-time ...

Flyer Hater said...

BARRY BONDS SHOULD BE BANISHED TO THE ETERNAL FLAMES IN HELL FOR TAKING STEROIDS AND PAY FOR HIS SINS!!!



we should forgive Bradshaw because he's a STILLER and he's blue collar tough n'at.

Beav said...

I'm not a Stillers fan, but I wasn't trying to job them. Just thought the predominantly Pittsburgh crowd would be interested.

What do I care, I'm a Raiders fan? We could use some steroids to help this franchise

xuscbausp said...

sketchbookblog is amazing. thank you for posting.

xuscbausp said...

also; couldn't care less about bradshawblog. seriously.

Stoosh said...

@ IHK -

According to what I heard today, Bradshaw said the steroids he took were obtained through a doctor on the doctor's recommendation and were used to promote healing.

That kind of stuff doesn't bother me so much. Most of those guys who played in the 1970s and through the 1980s when I was growing up were probably on something.

Hell, one of my favorite players when I was a kid was Brian Bosworth. Steroids helped destroy his shoulder, which led to the end of his football career, which gave him no reason to continue using steroids, which in turn led to him shrinking down to about 200 lbs. just a few years after he retired from football.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

@Flyer Hater: I knew you would make a comment about it so I did first ... how are your friends doing over there on the Insider on pittsburgh Sports? *laughs*

@Stoosh: Yeah, I heard that on ESPN because I had to sit through it with my brother who was off today ... (apparently everyone loves Melrose there and thinks he's gonna be a great coach.) No doubt tons of NFL players used steriods during that time ...

Stoosh said...

@ Beav -

Lived off the Beast when I was in college. It was about as good a beer as you could get for $8 a case.

If it was the only thing you drank that night, Beast actually wasn't bad until you started getting buzzed or pretty well toosed. At that point, I either had to stop drinking or maybe move on to something a little bit better in terms of quality. Worst case scenario was getting not just another can of Beast, but one that wasn't quite cold.

Beav said...

@ Stoosh

Haha, worst part about tonight, the spare beast were in my car cause I forgot about them, two Beast light, two Beast Ice... SKUNKED.

Killmenowblog

xuscbausp said...

i swear to god i couldnt care less if an overrated QB from 30-some years ago was on roids or not.

sh0ez said...

Amazing work as always Stephen. I got my PC Tablet today and I'm hooking it up now! You are inspiration.

Flyer Hater said...

IHK, WOOOOOO

sirimanni said...

great sketches. the angry penguin face makes me think of the Joker and consequently think of jack nicholson saying "Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?"

rickyaustin said...

From one creative to another - this is great stuff.

Great post.

Stoosh said...

@ IHK -

I'm so excited for the Barry Melrose era. I really mean that. I can't wait.

I could never figure out what makes Melrose so great. The guy coached only three seasons in the NHL and he missed the playoffs in two of them after making it to the Cup Finals in the first one.

In fact, after making it to the Cup Finals in 1992-93, he didn't just miss the playoffs in 1993-94, they won only 27 of 84 games the following year.

It wasn't like he didn't have players, either. He had Gretzky and Kurri still in their early 30's. He had Robitaille and Tony Granato in their respective primes. He had a young defense led by Rob Blake and Darryl Sydor, but maybe that was the problem...his best defensemen were all kids at the time.

Now he's going into a situation where he's going to have a top-heavy offensive team (Vinny, St. Louis and Stamkos), little depth beyond the top line, a thin defensive corps and a relatively untested goaltending tandem. And he's come back to league that has much better overall coaching and a greater emphasis on systems than ever before.

Like I said, I can't wait.

jefe penguino said...

aw man, shaq got his deputy badges taken away because of his freestylin'. phoenix is no longer safe.

I Have Kasparaitis said...

@Stoosh: It's going to be interesting to say the least and I think Stamkos might get to ease into his role because all the attention won't be on him, but Lecavilier and Melrose. I think he's fun to watch because he's so crazy, but I'm not sure how qualified as a coach he's gonna be. He knows the NHL and all, but it still seems weird that a team offered him a job.

@jefe: Also, heard about that ... Shaq dissing Kobe is hilarious. Probably it's more funny to me because I can't watch basketball (at least pro) and I hate Kobe. He annoys the hell out of me ...

eileenover said...

Someone needs to take these honey roasted peanuts away from me. Seriously, I'm gonna gain 10 lbs eating them. Completelyofftopicblog.

spanky kane said...

wow. absolutely amazing. i think about half of those were used as desktop backgrounds for me

kristin said...

seriously amazing stuff from Stephen S.

xuscbausp said...

the wife and i are watching season 6 of the west wing
electionblog. man i love this show

jefe penguino said...

im hungry now. theres nothing to eat. and definitely no peanuts.

im starving for hockey news!

anyway, at least GRoberts didnt toy with us by "testing the free agent market on july 1st", a la Rex Hossa. he just ripped the Band-Aid™ off quickly. even tho it still hurts..

Stoosh said...

Kah-poooooo-teeeee

Stoosh said...

This is what I would call good news for the future of Pittsburgh yard sales.

jefe penguino said...

i was just gonna post that one Stoosh. right on!

Julia said...

that's awesome, I can't draw shit. I see your stuff all over the web on hockey sites (i.e. all over nhl connect)

eileenover said...

Like I said last night, Free Candy is staying.

jefe penguino said...

what HOSSA might be thinking:

Shero, you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?
If you say that you are mine
I’ll be here ’til the end of time
So you got to let me know
Should I stay or should I go?

J-PRAK said...

i read on kuklas korner that toronto is buying out darcy tuckers contract. Thoughts anyone?

eileenover said...

The only thing I even know about Darcy Tucker is that Ruutu beat the shit out of him.

J-PRAK said...

well yeah but you have to give the man credit, he fought pretty damn well. but maybe he could fill in for bugsy in front? cant imagine him being more than 2 million after putting up less than 35 points.

TheFandangler said...

I don't like Tucker... but he could be the kind of guy that Shero would go for. All that I know is it would be a weird conversation between him and Ruutu. "Hey, remember when I caved your head in?"

...GodIHATEtheClashBlog!

J-PRAK said...

im sure it wouldnt be nearly as awkward as the conversation that took place between tucker and michael peca in 2006. in the 02 playoffs tucker hip checked peca and blew out pecas mcl and acl ruining pecas season. then in 06 they became teammates..

eileenover said...

How can you hate The Clash? Blasphemy.

eileenover said...

Goodnight.

J-PRAK said...

oh and this should help you like him more.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_aq3WlwPJM
anyone that has done something like that to a flyer is someone id like to have on my team.

TheFandangler said...

I promise that I wouldn't hate the Clash if they didn't suck and just make it so easy.

Tucker still doesn't tickle my fancy (not many things do) even if he killed the entire Flyers Franchise with a thundering check. I'm glued to internet news about the pens signing players though. Tucker isn't a top pick of mine but he certainly isn't the lowest either. Looking at the LGP forums they seem to think we can only get guys like Todd Fedoruk (Yucky ex Flyer) and Jeff Finger... c'mon!

jefe penguino said...

sooooooooo.

see yinz later.

debrisslide said...

I fell asleep at midnight-ish, woke up at 3:00, and can't get back to sleep. Wooooooooooo. Sup cblog? I don't think anyone is here. . .

Read the most recent article about Caputi. The kid is a beast. I can't wait to see him in our lineup.

justincredibleh said...

Me=stunned.

Stephen S., you are one talented individual.

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