Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A George Lucas Picnic

I was in my studio today trying to think of something I felt like drawing. I decided to flip through my morgue files for inspiration and I came upon a black and white photo of a really young George Lucas. Perfect.

I started drawing with my fountain pen (one of my top ten favourite possessions) and was initially pleased with the empty contours I laid down. The further I got with the crosshatching, though, the more frustrated I became.

I could not quite contain my diasppointment and resorted to squirting ink onto the drawing with an eye dropper. Hmm...this was getting interesting.

When I had started the drawing, I had been looking forward to drawing George's checkered shirt (yes, I know its lame that I get excited about such things). However, as a result of my frustration I knew I was not going to mentally survive to the point of actually drawing the shirt. In full knowledge that I had already ruined the drawing, I decided to do the next best thing: use watercolor to lay in George's shirt pattern behind him.

Presto! Instant transformation from young George Lucas to the head of John the Baptist placed on a picnic table.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three new published drawings!

I got a morale boost the other day when I opened my mailbox and had the new issue of Drollhouse magazine sitting inside. I had done three illustrations for them about a month and a half ago and the issue has now been printed and is being distributed.

The article I was asked to illustrate was about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' song "Home." The main illustration for the article (the one I included a larger image of on top) is my visual interpretation of the song. Essentially I set my Ipod on repeat, listened to the song about 84 times straight as I was drawing, and this is what came out.

The print quality of the magazine is superb. I was worried that some of the details would be lost but the translation from the printer to the page came of splendid.

I am extremely grateful to Drollhouse for giving me this opportunity. If you like underground humor, you should definitely check out their blog or pursue some of their future publications.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Character sketch (and a warm sweater)

Here is a sketch I did in my studio last night. I am still working out some style issues, but overall I am pleased with how this one turned out.

Besides, it is really really fun to draw sweaters.

You should try it sometime. Really.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Failed Drawing #3

Here is my next "failed drawing." Once again I was copying a Charles Gibson illustration. I do not think you need me to clarify, but the top drawing is my attempted copy of Gibson's drawing on the bottom. If you are new to my failed drawings, you can read my explanation here.

You will once again immediately notice my proportion inaccuracies. I am considering the possibility of sketching out the drawing first in pencil, but since my primary intent is to try and improve my pen and ink technique I am not sure if I want to labor over the initial drawing. I have to think about it.

Aside from this, I have recently discovered that Gibson's original drawings are much larger than I assumed. This is actually quite comforting, because I was beginning to wonder just how he was able to manage such minute lines and cross-hatching. It would seem most of his drawings are approximately 18 x 22 inches, whereas I have been attempting my drawings at about 8 x 10 inches. I am not trying to excuse myself, or to imply if I were to copy the drawings larger mine would be perfect; far from it.

All I am saying is I think I will need to try increasing my drawings because I am beginning to realize that I can not really learn Gibson's techniques when I am having to translate his cross-hatching into what amounts as short-hand. I can mimic value in a smaller drawing, but not the proper texture and complexity. This is a valuable lesson for me, though, as I work on my own illustration projects: draw bigger. By doing a larger drawing, it will look more masterful as it is scaled down.

Something I absolutely love about the Gibson drawing above is how he manages to give so much life and variety in the background wallpaper. While you can not really make out a pattern, Gibson is able to imply one and give depth to the drawing the would be otherwise absent.

I will be soon attempting some more failed drawings copying other artist's besides Gibson. Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Secret Acres

I just discovered Secret Acres this past week and really am loving what they do. They are serious about promoting independent comic projects as well as showcasing a number of great artists.

If you enjoy underground comics at all, you should definitely check out this website. There is a load of free content in addition to the ability to purchase (at reasonable rates) actual comics.

While I have not been browsing the site long enough yet, it appears that they update new comics fairly regularly.

Seriously, check these guys out: Secret Acres.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Child Sketch

Here is another sketch of a child for the project I am developing. I think that the dark green and brown watercolor come together well with the black pen & ink. When you glance at the drawing, you almost do not realize it is colored. This pleases me and is something I will try to remember for the future.

I apologize for my delay in posting new work. It was necessary the past ten days for me to devote my time to a non-art related project. Please look for more updates soon.