Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Reverb Cover Illustration

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.


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