Apologies for the delay in postings recently. There were a couple of reasons: 1.) I'm working on several projects that I can't really share (for now) and 2.) I was a little burned out. I think there were too many plates spinning for too long and I just had to step back from a few things temporarily.
But now we're back on the (internet) air.
Here's a piece I've been meaning to post for a while now. It was a private commission for a friend.
Here's the layout sketch:
It's always a pleasure to venture outside of my usual style. Much of the work I do is cartoony and exaggerated. It's a fun style to work in and people seem to like it. But it's also enjoyable to have the opportunity to explore different approaches to illustration. Projects like this one are ideal for that kind of exploration: plenty of detail, dark/creepy subject matter, and no particularly deadline meant I could really sink my teeth into it.
It's similar to the technical illustration I do in that it's challenging and it feels like stretching muscles that I rarely (if ever) get to use. Projects like this are enough of a departure that they should be scary or intimidating to tackle, but they're not. At this point, I have enough experience and confidence and curiosity that my response is usually, "Well, let's try it and see what happens." I wish I were that brave in every aspect of my life.
At any rate, fun project. Fun process, good result. Feels like a success.