Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Girl on Orange

I am not really quite sure what this illustration is, except an exploration. I saw a scene in a movie with an extremely attractive colour pallette and then later that night tried to mimic it in this drawing.

I worked on the drawing several times over as many days, and I am still not sure if I am pleased with it.

In addition to the colour palette, I was trying out some tests using white charcoal on top of the pen & ink. While this does not work everywhere, there are places on the skin that I find very interesting, as the white does not completely obscure the pen & ink lines, resulting in a transparency of the skin that is often lacking in my other illustrations.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Illustration Friday: Fluid

I recently found out about a great illustration website called "Illustration Friday." Every Friday they choose a different topic and then invite anyone to submit an illustration depicting that topic.

It is really great to take a look at how different artists tackle a single assignment. Furthermore, it gives artists a "deadline" to reach toward every week, even if they do not have any other illustration clients currently lined up.

This week's topic was: fluid.

Since there are no requirements whatsoever, nor any clients to please, I thought I would just let myself go and see what happened. As opposed to how I typically work, for this illustration I did not look at any reference material whatsoever. I wanted to see what I would come up without any concrete influences. I was so engrossed, that several hours passed before I knew it. I essentially did this drawing in one push, with only a couple minimal breaks.

I hope very much to participate in Illustration Friday as often as possible. Watch this space...

Monday, February 20, 2012

Wrestling Illustrations

This past Friday night I received a rush illustration job. I was asked to do six illustrations for a wrestling article. I was pretty much given free reign to do whatever I wanted, so I ended up trying something a little different from what I usually do.

I was not sure how the project was going to play out, but after a day and a half the above six images are what I came up with.

Click here for a link to the article with my accompanying illustrations.

I actually really enjoyed doing these quirky little drawings. I realized also that I really enjoyed doing the project as a rush job. I was able to concentrate all of my creative energy on just one project for a concentrated period of time, and it was extremely satisfying.

Within 36 hours I received the job, did the illustrations, and was paid. It was almost as if it did not happen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Illustrations for an Online Tailor Company

I recently had the chance to work on a number of illustrations for a start-up company, which is offering custom suits and shirts online – at a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere. The above small illustrations are just a few examples of the kind of work I did for them.

The company is called Arden Reed, and they have just launched their company via Kickstarter. Their project is quite interesting and can be viewed here. It sure has me thinking that perhaps I need to start ordering some custom fitted clothes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bushy beard

I think this is my favourite portrait in this style so far.

Doing the beard was by far the most fun.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Eustace Tilley Winner!

I was quite excited to hear that my entry into the New Yorker Eustace Tilley contest was selected as one of the twelve winners. All twelve winning entries can be seen here.

I was a bit frustrated, though, when I saw that on the New Yorker site they squashed my drawing in order to make it fit into their format. Oh well, I guess.

I have reattached the original drawing to this post, as it should look.

I must send out a special thank you to Mr. Roman Muradov for making me aware of this contest.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

As the weeks passed, the cat grew thinner and the weather colder.

Here is another illustration from my last book "The Progressive Problem."

While I was overall pleased with the look of the landscape in this one, it was only later that I realized that I left something important out, or rather, drew something quite wrong. Can you figure out what it is?

I only see this error now, whenever I look at the image.

If you would like to learn more about this book, or download a free pdf of the book in its entirety, click here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Newt Gingrich

I decided to try this new style with a political twist.

I am having a bit too much fun with this.

I hate to be redundant, but you should continue to expect more of these.