Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flynn Flam

This is a character for a new promotional piece I'm working on at the moment. Eventually, it will be a very brief fairytale about the difficulties of freelance work (all very tongue in cheek, of course). This character is named Flynn Flam. He's a carnival caller and con artist.

It was brought to my attention recently that rams/goats/satyrs have been showing up a lot in my work. It's true, but this is partially coincidence. The rest has to do with a fascination I've always had with the faun/satyr character. I believe it started out as a pagan symbol and was eventually co-opted and then demonized by religions like Catholicism (this is hardly a scholarly postulation, so feel free to weigh in if you so desire). Initially, however, this figure was hedonistic and more of a celebration of life.

In this particular instance, I'm tapping into the bawdy and also mischievous characteristics of the archetype for plot purposes. This is an exciting piece because I've begun to us gouache again, only this time I'm mixing it with watercolor. It creates a much more vibrant and solid field of color. I love it and can't wait to push it further.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Latest Boise Weekly

This is last week's illustration for "The Boise Weekly". The article deals with how media consolidation is forcing beat reporters out of work, leaving their beats (specifically local government offices and departments) to communicate with the public on their own (typically through web-based tools). I decided to focus on the scarce or extinct beat reporters themselves. Being a newspaper ex-pat myself, I can sympathize with the difficulties within the field. The archaeologist is based on Howard Carter, the man who discovered Tutankhamen's tomb.

To date, this is probably my favorite Boise Weekly illustration. Aesthetically, it's in a style I've been working on lately (one between cartoonish exaggeration and a more graphic novel-style approach). I even like the drawing itself, which is very rare. Overall, it was a fun and exciting assignment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

T-Shirt Designs

These are designs for an engineering company in Boise. It was a fun project. Challenging and out of the ordinary for me. There are two versions of both the main art and the front pocket design.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Camperdown Elms

These are a few quick drawings of some hybrid elm trees I did for a friend. They're visually interesting enough that I thought I would share them. If you find them dissatisfactory, there's a Boise Weekly piece coming up and a few other cool sketches on deck, so stay tuned.