Hello! I thought I'd break radio silence with a pretty cool project. Last week I was asked if I'd be interested in doing the cover illustration for "Reverb", a music insert in the "Seattle Weekly" and I was all like, "Uh-huh." My eloquence, I'm sure, contributed greatly to their confidence in my abilities.
The feature is an interview of Hisashi Iwakuma, a new player on the Seattle Mariner's team. The interview is conducted by John Roderick, a Seattle musician (if you're not familiar with his music you might recognize him from his duet with Jonathan Coulton on "Nemesis") and columnist for "Reverb".
Rather than a traditional interview, though, Roderick answers some fairly straightforward questions with some hilarious, long-form answers that sometimes disregard the original question completely. The style and tone of the interview are Gonzo-esque, and I was asked to create an illustration that reflected the style and paid homage to the artwork of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and the legacy of Ralph Steadman. And I was all like, "Uh-huh."
SO MUCH FUN. I love (almost) every kind of illustration. But this project is a great example of my favorite kind: Funny, dark, and detailed. I love drawing faces, expressions (particularly the eyes), hair, teeth, glasses, and smoking. I'm not sure why, but I've always loved to draw people smoking. It's a kind of old-fashioned characterization, I guess. But since no one smokes anymore, I rarely have the opportunity.
Favorite part of this illustration: Probably the hair. Hair is a great way to add both texture and depth to an illustration. God only knows how many individual hairs I drew for this one, but it was worth it.