Wednesday, October 29, 2008

More Promotional Work

Though the myriad of posts pertaining to self-promotional materials and illustrations might seem evidence to the contrary, I don't really like talking about myself all that often. Self promotion embarrasses me. On the other hand, being self-deprecating and humble doesn't sell illustrations, so I'm not left with too many alternatives. With that caveat, here's the latest in a string of self-aggrandizing pieces. The illustration itself was fairly straightforward, but combining the elements together was an exercise in Photoshop layers and patience. In the end, though, I'm happy with the way it turned out. And isn't that the REAL truth? The answer, is no.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gimme five bees for a quarter, you'd say...

Here's the last of the concepts for the cowboy mascot (which seems like it should have two 't's on the end of it). I should mention that, when you upload images into posts, it puts the images uploaded last on TOP of the post, because...uh...why wouldn't you do it that way? So the first concept drawing (above post) is actually the last one you'd see scrolling down the page. Got all that? Freaking technology. Why, when I was a kid we just taped pictures to the fridge. That was the first blog, y'hear? None o' this fancy interweb doin's. And ANOTHER thing......

Sound and Fury

I've spent a decent amount of time over the last two or three days attempting flesh out a cowboy mascot for a real estate auction company. After 15 or 20 different concept drawings (each of which was altered based on sometimes contradictory client information), they decided it wasn't working out and canceled the project. They were, however, polite without exception and a pleasure to work with. It's always frustrating when a consensus isn't reached and a project falls through, but nonetheless, it happens. I'll post the concepts in order of their...uh...conception? The first (on which I had the least amount of guidance) is my favorite. I based him on Sam Elliot, of "The Big Lebowski" fame. Cheers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Holy Diver

This illustration is a re-do of an oil painting I did years ago. A friend of mine always wanted to buy it from me and I had finally decided to give it up. But when I took a second look at the painting, I couldn't stand to give something so terrible to a friend (in the interest of full disclosure, I typically only like my own illustrations for about a week after their completion. The oil painting, being several years old, had no chance). At any rate, here's the new version. It's watercolor, ink, and colored pencil on Bristol.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Boise Weekly Illustration

Here's the latest illustration for "The Boise Weekly". This is how the illustration was intended, but if you pick up the issue in which this illustration printed, it will look different. The silhouette of the woman's body was considered "distracting" and removed (not by me). So it may look a little odd.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I wish I were Sipowitz...

This is the latest "lunchtime" ballpoint (I only work on them during lunch, which accounts for the infrequency with which they arrive). It's a drawing (with a decent amount of artistic license) of a man I saw standing on a street corner in Moscow, Idaho. He was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and not one but TWO shoulder holsters, both containing heat.