It occurred to me recently that I haven't posted any work other than the Investing.com comics in weeks. Well, I'm here to remedy that. Every other year, the Prichard Art Gallery does a benefit auction. I was asked if I would be interested in creating the poster for said auction. The Prichard Gallery is a great venue for all sorts of creative and educational endeavors, so I was more than happy to oblige.
As always, I started by working up a few concepts:
The third concept is mostly about the "behind the scenes" aspects of the gallery. I've always heard that the best frame for a piece of art is the one you don't notice. I think the gallery is similar in that respect. You're supposed to notice the art, not the space. And because their job is to not be noticed, I think it can be easy to forget just how hard it can be to run and maintain a gallery as well as the Prichard does.
Concept number four: Continuing with the exploration theme, this one is an attempt to highlight the fact that the gallery and the art contained therein are a kind of portal or doorway to an almost limitless world. Also, it's a double entendre with the whole "space" thing. It's the only one in color because I wanted to be able to depict the stars.
They actually ended up choosing the first concept, which is great because that's the concept I felt was the strongest of the set. I would have been happy proceeding with any of the concepts (I've learned over the years not to present any concepts I wouldn't want to bring to fruition), but the ship concept was the one I was most excited about.
With the concept chosen, the next step was draw the final layout:
This version is a lot cleaner and I relied heavily on reference images to draw the ship. Also, the ship is facing the opposite direction, which was a good suggestion made by the gallery director.
With the layout sketch complete, all that was left was to add a few minor details here and there. You know: outlines, color, shading, depth...the little stuff: