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Disney Surfers - Jim Hawkins by davidkawena Disney Surfers - Jim Hawkins by davidkawena
David Kawena, 2007
Painter Classic, Photoshop CS
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When I first saw this, what struck me most was the originality of the drawing. I'd never seen anyone make a collection of Disney characters with surfing as a theme. The whole series of surfing disney characters is great and strung together well.
The color scheme of this drawing is amazing; everything is so vivid and bright. The splashes of water, the texture of the palm trees, the highlights of morph, are all incredible.

One thing that I would recommend improvement on is the movement of the water; most of it is very impressive in its realistic motions but there are some parts of it that don't fit. For example, in the upper right hand side of the drawing the waves rise up towards the sky but some of the lines cut off abruptly and new lines are created to continue the curve. Another example would be near the middle of the drawing where the wave starts to fade from view; the texture suddenly changes into a more cartoon version of water. Here's a tutorial if you need any extra tips on the waves: [link]

The shading is very good, shadows appearing where they should. I particularly enjoy the way the color fades with the sunlight in the background. The only thing I'd suggest for this aspect is to make more shadows against Jim's stomach to give more texture.

His expression is fantastic; most people have trouble creating emotion when drawing cartoon figures but this artist is definitely an exception. He looks very determined and mischievous and even Morph is expressive, his admiration and glee showing.

The border for this piece of art is well made, the wood design very realistic. The white on the outer rim of the drawing is also a nice touch. It's not a necessity but it makes the theme even lighter than it already is.

The one thing I can't quite decide my opinion on is the color of the words 'Disney Surfers'. On one hand, it's great that they match the tone of the rest of the drawing with it's light colors and fluid writing. On the other hand, the blue and the texture of the word 'Surfers' blends in a little too much with the ocean's waves. The outlines of the words definitely attempt to avoid this problem but I'm not sure it quite works for the lower half of the 'S' since the waves there are darker and therefore make the outline less pronounced. I'd suggest either changing the colors of the words or making the blue of the waves lighter so the outline has a greater contrast.

All in all, this is a beautiful piece that only has minor errors. Despite these details, this artwork is incredible and is definitely one of my favorite drawings based on 'Treasure Planet.'
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TygerCat16 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
QTcomics Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
awesome just the name Disney Surfers sounds like a great movie
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
jessab20 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
I used to love him!!!
TombRaiderShock Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
please do more, it's amazing!
pinkypiejr12 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student General Artist
 so hot! *dies*
laurahawkins Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Filmographer
i think this pic is cool i could see jim as a surfer, SURF'S UP!!
Tita2001 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Writer
That. Is really good
QTcomics Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
horseloverXXxx Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
wow suits him cause he has his, i think its a glider, and his great at that....Love ya Jim always have always will XD
ToonSage Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always thought he would be a surfer on Earth.
Tita2001 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student Writer
Me too
tezthemanguar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Gorgeous. Love Jim Hawkins.
yukisohma4life Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ohh yeah...happy now..
anastazie-1 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My brain just exploded O.o Thank you for blowing up my head!!!!!!!!!
WinterPhoenix80 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love him surfing. great work
DaisyGirl3000 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
dediha Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
we all knew that he was secretly a surfer, the way he rode that glider? no way he wasn't... <3
kennycheer Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Artprincess247 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
This is exactly how i see jim hawkins of treasure planet, just a dude who likes to do extreme stuff and had some mis-understandings. I will admit, i do LOVE treasure planet, its one of my guilty pleasures ^.^'
Sel-Lit-Noeud Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
matty4z Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
lol cool play on treasure planet
nice pic
Asianninja11 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
LOVE THIS!!!! Awesome work!!!
NinjaOftheKeyboard Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I just died. Someone bury this picture with me.
Susanita172356 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
wow this is very awesome! o.o :icone-hplz:
you're an amazing artist
NoLongerInvisible Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
YES!! *Aproves*
tsukikalynn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ive never been so attracted before to a disney character in my life o.o
KFArtyLover Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
It's amazing!! :) And there's also Murfito! :heart:
Animist Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
nothing short of genius :D
SweetVenom94 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
so awesome ^^
VoyagetoDiscover2013 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Jim Hawkins :D
StarSpinner678 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Way super cool!!
JotterTrotter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student
coorocooro Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Filmographer
he invented that xD
Stacey104201 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Student Writer
What movie is Jim again? gosh hez hunky.......................>.<
AzraeldiGabriel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Treasure Planet. 8)
Ravenwitchypoo13 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Writer
great work!
GlorX17 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg omg omg yesssss jim hawkins rules!!! i love how i can feel the fun hes having!! ^_^
OriginalMangaEpic Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Love the feeling of this - makes me feel summery inside despite the crap weather :D
And what could be better than surfing Morph!? :heart:
technicalDino Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It's so bright and colourful. I love it :)
lisajong2 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love the way you shaded this! it is beautiful!:love:
pretty-unicorn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
omg i loved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [link]
musclequinn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
i love your disney surfers collection!! :D
KarisPlayground Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
This is wonderful. Jim Hawkins is one of my favorite characters, and I love this playful side of him that you've portrayed.
Caelra Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
haha very befitting! ;)
KadajKaiba Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing!! I love this.
moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Go Jim!:iconcheerplz:
Sefriu Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Nice! Love his expression and pose!!
SethGregory92 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
This Is sweet! Love it! Your Disney Heros are AMAZING as Well... please do more! Or you could draw some of the Disney Faries... Oh Terrance from the Disney Fairies could be one of the heros... just a thought!
KAMdemonium Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
The colors are so vibrant and beautiful! Great job!
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