Sunday, August 12, 2012

Full Court Press

This last week was dominated by my perennial assignment for "Lindy's Sports Annual".  It's always at least two things: 1.) Fun.  2.) Backbreaking.  It can easily be both, even though they seem contradictory, because it's drawing.  And I likes drawing.

Between "Lindy's" and Forex, I worked 60 hours in four days last week.  Amazingly enough, I didn't go crazy and I also managed to draw some things I'm pretty proud of.  So here they are.

This first one is actually the secondary art.  It accompanies an article about the changes taking place in college sports and how those changes are dominated by college football and money.  College basketball (the focus of this entire issue of "Lindy's") is mostly a side-note in this shifting landscape.

Overall, I'm happy with the way this one turned out.  I think the characters are strong and well-drawn.  I would have preferred more time on this (as always), so there are a few things I would have done differently with more breathing room: I would have played with the composition a little more in order to make things less busy visually, drawn the Duke Blue Devil in a less goofy fashion, and made the bus a little more gritty.  Drawing things digitally is great in many respects, but often the product comes out a little too clean-looking, even for a severe type-A personality like myself.  Lines and colors are perfectly uniform by default, so I have to work on re-creating the imperfect textures and edges you see in the real world.  But when the clock is ticking, this part of the process often has to be left out.

Still, like I said: I'm not complaining about this one.  I like it.  And I got to draw a bus, which I don't think I've ever done before.


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