Last Updated on 03/14/2014 by Chris Gampat
All images taken by and used with permission from Marty Cooper aka Hombre_mcsteez
Scribbler and Real FX storyboard artist Marty Cooper has the right idea. He turns everyday things and situations into the extraordinary. And he does it all with a few strokes of his hand and a little help from one of man’s greatest inventions, the Sharpie.
Cooper takes the mundane – cars, grocery store balloons, desks, meals, gas pumps, Starbucks, a half-cut orange, even garbage – and turns them into witty and entertaining vignettes that feature cartoon characters of his own creation by doodling these characters on transparency paper and overlaying them on scenes he encounters everyday.
Of his technique, he tells The Phoblographer,
These were drawn using a sharpie and whiteout on transparent paper. I come up with the cartoons in my sketchbook, some drawings are based on a location I would like to use, and some locations fit the drawing.
Simple enough, when you think about it, right? Well, not so much, because the main ingredient in these, really, is Cooper’s wild imagination. It’s what makes these vignettes worth at least a second look as his characters silently run amok and unleash mischief into our unsuspecting and clearly oblivious world. He fittingly calls them his “doodle ramblings” and we are very impressed with what he’s come up with so far.
They kinda help make the everyday just a little easier, don’t you think? Well, we think so. The best part is he’s not even halfway done…
I’m learning more and more about the medium each day, I think the best is yet to come.