Friday, December 31, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Day 122: Calvin, Hobbes & Hudson

The last of my custom gifts is for my nephew Hudson. Hudson has a unique sense of humor and is very imaginative.



custom gifts by Chris Schroeder

I'm positive he will enjoy the pages of Calvin and Hobbes.

custom gifts by Chris Schroeder

Here's a custom bookmark to solidify the bond.

I am a huge fan of Bill Watterson so I was a little reluctant to copy his art. The challenge was not so much copying, but to draw Hudson in the same style as the art. If you're familiar with Calvin and Hobbes you may recall the characters having a simple appearance, so in order to draw Hudson in the same way, I had to simplify his features while staying true to his likeness.  I had a fun time trying!

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Merry Christmas! May your holiday be filled with joy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day 121: Rev'n Evan

When I think of my nephew Evan, I think of cars and mud. The combination is simple, so I thought I'd add a surprise to the mix...

Custom caricature gift by artist Chris Schroeder

Custom caricature gift by artist Chris Schroeder

My wife and I bought him this way-cool monster jam car. It's sure to make his day, but where's the mud?

Custom caricature gift by artist Chris Schroeder

Bingo! Car + Mud + Evan = Perfection. His world is now complete.

Stay tuned tomorrow for another exciting gift idea!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Day 120: Techno Temple

Say hello to my nephew Temple. Temple is into music and art, so an explosion of abstract techno art might put the Merry in his Christmas!

custom gifts by Chris Schroeder

custom gifts by Chris Schroeder

I had a lot of fun with this one. A little cubism makes for a great way to end the day. Hopefully this is inspiring to him. If anything, it'll make for a good laugh :)

custom gifts by Chris Schroeder

Stay tuned tomorrow for another exciting gift idea!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Day 119: Horsing Around

My second gift is for my niece Chloe.



She loves horses, but probably won't get one for Christmas. I suppose you could call this the "mess-free" version!

custom caricature gifts by artist Chris Schroeder

I had a lot of fun with the exacto knife, and spent a lot of time bent over. I now sorta relate to an elf at Santa's workshop...

custom caricature gifts by artist Chris Schroeder

Over time I've come to appreciate drawing hair. It is full of details and makes for a nice way to add personality. That being said, both sides of the figure can be equally important.

custom caricature gifts by artist Chris Schroeder

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Stop back tomorrow for another gift idea :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 118: Uno!

So I decided to go shopping on the Saturday before Christmas. Looking back at it, I'm not sure why I procrastinate buying gifts. This doesn't happen every year, but it happens enough that I think it may be part of my destiny to combat the harsh realities of an impulsive, irrational, and down right irritated mass of people.

The place was insane! While dazing into space I noticed that I shared the same expression of three other dads. We all stared blankly at an explosion of colors emanating from the toy aisle.

Choices. choices. choices.

I personally can't stand the neeeeed to buy, its contrary to real meaning of Christmas, so I came up with the idea to add a "touch of personality" to some of the gifts I bought. I've done this over the years for many relatives, and now would like to share the tradition with you. My first gift is for my cousin Tristen. I bet he'll be excited to have his own card game! He may be the UNO one!

personalized gifts for Christmas by artist Chris Schroeder from Erie, PA

personalized gifts for Christmas by artist Chris Schroeder from Erie, PA

Stay tuned the rest of this week for some of my other gift ideas.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 117: A Poodle... A Doodle... A Noodle!

imaginative doodles and illustrations by Erie artist Chris Schroeder

For all you "What About Bob" fans :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day 111: Geeked Out

Erie artist Chris Schroeder

Brush Tip Pen

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 104: Twisted & Tangled, Tongue-Tied Toikeys!

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.08" Prismacolor pen / Copic Marker / Eraser dust.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 102: Make a Wish



Dried out Prismacolor Marker / Copic marker (flesh tones)

Inspired by a stock image I found online.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 101: Where Robots Find Their Energy



It's been too long since I last posted, but I'm glad to be back. The past year has had some huge landmarks: Going full-time with my business, having a baby boy, and moving! That being said, I haven't had too much time for personal doodle time. But I'm giving this another shot.

After a long period of silence, here is day 101. I was inspired to draw this after playing with my nephew. Kids are so creative. This is completely from his own imagination!