Friday, October 28, 2016

Financial Comic Dump!

Hiya.

So...I've been super remiss in my posting as of late. This is partly because I've had all sorts of things a-goin' on and partially because I'm focused elsewhere in the media landscape: Illustrationnk on Facebook, my new website (NoahKroese.com), and an illustration newsletter called "Illustration Monthly-ish" (sign up here).

But I'll still be updating this blog occasionally. And this is one such occasion.

So, if you like financial comics...this is your lucky day. 'Cause here's a bunch.


These were drawn over the last six weeks or so for Investing.com and Altair Advisers.

Welp, that's alls I gots for now. Until next time!

Cheers.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Investing.com: Back to school

Hi ho.

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's topic is the relatively-tame Summer markets and the potential return of market volatility in September. As always, the topic and subject were the work of the crew at Investing.com. I was only responsible for the drawing part of the equation.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:

Until next week,

Cheers.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Investing.com: Jackson Hole!

Hiya,

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's subject is the upcoming economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. More specifically, it's about whether or not Janet Yellen will be hawkish or dove-ish in her remarks. Yes, nothing quite spells excitement quite like an economic symposium. As usual, the subject was the work of the team at Investing.com. I'm just the guy who draws what they think up.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:

Until next week!

Cheers.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Investing.com: Rio and Central Banking

Hiya,

Here's the latest financial comic for Investing.com. This week's subject combines central bankers and the Rio Summer Olympics. As always, the subject was the brainchild of the crew at Investing.com. I just drawed the picture.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:



Until next week,

Cheers.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Diver

Hullo.

Here, at long last, is my most recent poster illustration. I've been working on it for what seems like eons. You'll see why in a minute.

The genesis of the illustration's subject (an old diver and an ornate Art Deco background), came from a few things: my love of old diving helmets and gear, a fascination with shipwrecks, a mild obsession with Art Deco style, and a love of the video game franchise "Bioshock".

And this is what emerged.

Here's the sketch:


So...remember when I said it felt like it took ages to draw?  Could have had something to do with the level of detail. I'm a huge fan of detail. To me, it's a massive component of what makes an illustration worthwhile (both to draw and to look at). It helps to flesh out a world. Helps to give it gravity and make it more believable. And it makes it fun to draw. Or at least, it has the potential to do those things.

The design on both the diver and the background were pretty time-intensive. I went through several versions of both and hundreds of reference images.

Here's the outline:


I'm still including the sketch lines in the final illustrations to try to give them more life, energy, and character. I used to outline my illustrations and then erase the sketch lines, but I think it made them look too clean. Even with the sketch lines included, it's interesting how much the outline clarifies the drawing. Even with all the detail, the outline was easily the fastest part of this illustration. Possibly because it required the least amount of thought. Thinking always slows me down. Stupid thinking.

Here's the final, colored and shaded:


In addition to being a fun excuse to draw old timey diving stuff, Art Deco style decor, and pay homage to Bioshock, this illustration was also very much about textures and surfaces. Rust, barnacles, corrosion, tarnished metal, broken glass, slime, etc. So, on top of drawing all that detail, pretty much every level of said detail needed extensive surface treatment. Mostly in the form of a TON of shading.

You might have noticed I left out a few things from the sketch and outline, like the little octopus outside. Originally, there were also going to be rocks, another giant gear, and buildings outside the porthole. But, amazingly enough, I decided it looked too busy. I also originally had more text below the porthole. It was something like, "Brought to you by Dr. So and So's indestructible porthole gaskets", because I can't really take anything too seriously. And this seems like a pretty serious drawing tonally. But with the diver sitting in front of the porthole, you couldn't see half of the words and it didn't make sense. So I axed it.

Overall, I like the way this piece turned out. It mostly accomplishes what I wanted it to. Granted, I literally just finished this piece an hour ago after working on it for a couple of months, so I can't really see it anymore. I THINK it looks good.

I will say one thing: It turns out I have my limit on the level of detail in a piece. This piece reached that limit. And then went past it. I do love me some detail, but this one got a little bit tedious. But, overall, I think it's a solid illustration and I'm glad I did it.

Welp, on to the next thing.

Cheers.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Investing.com: We oil fall down

Hello.

Here's the latest comic for Investing.com. This week's topic is the recent re-plunge in oil prices, possibly encouraged by policy decisions by the Saudi government. As always, the topic and subject matter were chosen by the crew at Investing.com. I just drawed the pictures.

Here's the sketch:

And here's the final:

Until next week,

Cheers.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Investing.com: Tech Stocks Up and Down

Howdy!

Here's the latest financial comic for Investing.com (about the ups and downs in the tech world):

Sketch:

Final:


 Until next week,

Cheers.