Monday, December 28, 2009

The Spirit of Christmas

This here's an illustration I did fer a friend o' mine. He and I are zombie enthusiasts and I thought he would enjoy an illustration depicting him in a zombie apocalypse situation. I was right. I wish I could do this kind of illustration all the time. I had an intense amount of fun drawing this one and I think it shows in the final result.


This isn't something I would normally do, but over Christmas (feeling restless but unwilling to do actual work), I did this sketch based on Odysseus. I've been re-reading "The Odyssey" and am again struck by how well the characters translate to comic book style illustration. Everyone in the book is either a god or god-like. No Woody Allen-esque men included, even for comparison.

There's a scene in "The Simpson's Movie" where Albert Brooks' character says "I want 10,000 tough guys and I want 10,000 soft guys to make the tough guys look tougher." Apparently, however, Homer ("Odyssey" author) was unaware of this technique. Shame, really.

Cartoon Character Final

Project "Q" character. His name is, as you might already have surmised, "Chink". Disclaimer (CMA): This is not a name chosen by me. It is also not based on the racial epithet, but another genesis with which I am not familiar.

The character is a raccoon with a proclivity for marijuana and snackie food. I'm a particular fan of the surfer's poncho (also not my idea, but a superb touch nonetheless). It's reminiscent of "The Dude" in "The Big Lebowski". I'm not sure why this particular article of clothing carries with it such specific connotations, but why question it, really?

Boise Weekly Illustration

Here's the latest for "The Boise Weekly". The story deals with the Idaho legislature's lack of funding for the upcoming year. The idea of the state government holding a bake sale to raise revenue is particularly attractive to me.

As far as the illustration is concerned, I've been more mindful of composition lately. I've been experimenting with various techniques and placements of elements in order to draw the eye to focal points. Ultimately, however, I can't be sure how the viewer will take in an illustration. There are theories as to how the average viewer's eye assesses a picture, but it seems unlikely to me that any blanket statement can be made regarding how people look at anything.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

New Concepts for Decagon

Here are several new concept drawings for a project with Decagon Devices. These will eventually be a set of illustrations to be included in a manual. The illustrations show placement of grounding rods and wire in relationship to sensors and the data logger to minimize the risk of lightning strikes.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Card Design

Here's a design I did this morning for an all-purpose card (mostly for thank you and note cards, really). The design, for anyone who has seen some of the print books I've made, will look familiar. I like the simplicity and elegance of this style so, for now, I'm going to stick with it.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Now playing on Behance...

Howdy. I now have a portfolio on a site called "Behance", which is a venue for creative professionals. If you have a minute, go over and check it out. If you're generally familiar with the work on this blog, there won't be much over there you haven't seen, but it's a slick new context. Also, going to the site gets my numbers up and makes me feel good about myself.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Card

Here's a quick little drawing for a Christmas card. The animal is a Fennec Fox, which has an unmeasurable cute factor rating.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Speling: Not my strong soot

Remember how I said I was always wrong about gauging the final iterations of my projects? Well, I'm not sure if you can see it in the last post, but I spelled the word "charcoal" as "charcole". Blogspot has kindly underlined the misspelling for me in this post, but there's no such luxury in Photoshop (that I know of). Which is odd, considering its a $300 program. At any rate, it was easy to fix and it helps me to remember what a genius I am.

Art Auction Poster

Here's what I hope will be the final version of the art auction poster (or at least something close to it). Typically, whenever write a post about the final version of a project it turns out not to be the final at all. There are small or sometimes large revisions to be made after I've proclaimed the project to be complete. I'm not a superstitious man, but maybe my usage of the word "final" or any synonym thereof is a jinx.

At any rate, here it is. I drew inspiration from any number of sources including Jon Foster (general inspiration), Al Dorne (the hands in particular), and Frank Frazetta (lighting and figure). I'm really satisfied with the way the illustration turned out. I also paid particular attention to the composition and the way the viewer's eye might be lead around the poster. I'm not exactly sure how to measure my success in this endeavor, though.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gumbo, Rounds 2 and 3

Remember Gumbo? Several weeks back, I posted a sheet of concepts for this character (part of "Project Q", my illustration venture with MI6 and Howard Hughes). After the client saw these concepts, there was some rumination and eventually an executive decision to try again, this time with the character as a Hispanic man with effeminate features. (I'll post the original set here as well.)

So, here are the results. I wasn't thrilled with outcomes, so I decided to keep at it. I sketched out three more alternatives, this time basing the characters on Prince, George Michael, and David Bowie from Labyrinth (none of whom are Hispanic). This time, I'm more satisfied with the outcome. Granted, it's easy to draw a character based on a real person who is already essentially a cartoon, but nonetheless, I think they fit the bill nicely. We'll see if the client has the same level of satisfaction.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

New Thumbnail

A concept for the art auction poster was chosen: the caveman. I tried to nudge them toward the Napoleon concept, but they were firm. I think it's for the best, at any rate. The Napoleon concept (a parody of an iconic David painting), while snigger-worthy (in my opinion, anyway) didn't leave much room for creative license in the imagery. After all, what could I possibly add to a Jacques Louis-David painting other than an auction paddle to improve it?

I spent some time yesterday playing around with various layouts and compositions and have decided on this one. The text layout is likely to change slightly, but I think this positioning of the various elements provides the best vehicle for the information and the visual elements.