Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Second Sleigh Swap Concept

Ok, here's the revised version of the sleigh swap promotional piece. I'm not as happy with it as the first initial (is there irony in writing "second initial"?). The first was too complicated for the client, though, so thems the breaks. Hopefully this one will be approved. Otherwise, the piece will have to be completely redrawn. The condition of the bristol is, at this point, less than ideal. Erasing, while picking up most of the actual graphite, leaves the gouges created by the pencils. And, truth be told, I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

Initial Sleigh Swap Drawing

Here's a bad reproduction of the initial drawing for the Sleigh Swap promotional project (I'm in Phoenix right now, which accounts for the infrequency of my posts and the digital photo rather than a good, clean scan). I was satisfied with the lettering (done painstakingly by hand) and the composition. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Neither the lettering nor the layout was to the client's satisfaction, so I'll be re-doing the lion's share of this one. C'est la vie.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Concepts Continued

New Concept Drawings

Here are several concept drawings for a new commission (it's a charity event sponsored by a car dealership). Admittedly, I have a problem with posting concept drawings. By their nature, they have to be rough given the amount of time (or lack thereof) in which they get turned out. They're also about the exploration of ideas rather than finished products. That having been said, I'm a real perfectionist and would prefer only to post polished, completed illustrations. Ce la vie.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jazz Fest Drawings

A few years ago I was commissioned to draw a few instruments for a music festival program here in Moscow. I was searching through some old files today and I happened across these, so I thought I'd post them.

Monument Renderings

These are a few graphite drawings of monument styles for a stone finishing company in Chicago.

Recent Commission

This piece was commissioned by a Diabetes treatment center in Boise, Idaho. Although it was a fairly fast turnaround time (three or four days), this is a good example of a seamless commission. The clients were a pleasure to work with (they had pretty thoroughly thought out their idea before contacting me and we were able to communicate well to bring their idea to fruition without having to make too many alterations), I had a great time drawing it, and they seemed very happy with the result.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Landscape Concepts Continued

And here are the rest...

Landscape Concepts

Here are eight very fast mock ups (graphite and watercolor) for a possible upcoming landscape commission. The colors are based on the fact that the commission will eventually be rendered with copper paint (oxidized and non-oxidized). These are mostly for layout purposes.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Design Work

For the last several days, I've been designing logos to include in a mailer for a sculpture studio (the sculpture studio is my steady income source). Because I'm an illustrator, I'm somewhat insecure about my abilities to design (these are actually my first attempts at logo work). I wonder whether or not my design makes professional designers wince. Nonetheless, I think these pieces will do what they need to do.