Thursday, March 22, 2012

Magazine Cover Illustration/Typography

I am very excited about this image. Ghettoblaster magazine asked me to draw the cover text for their latest issue.

While you can not quite yet buy the magazine in stores (within a week or so) they gave me permission to post an image of the cover.

I had not really done extensive text illustration like this in the past, but I really hope to have the chance to do more of it again soon. It was really a thrill to work this out. I am really grateful for my friends asking me to do this for them.

The black and white inked text (the bottom image) is what I sent them, and then they converted it into that beautifully melancholic orange.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"All night he pawed at the door and yowled."

I had not posted an image from "The Progressive Problem" in a while, so here one is.

If you would like to get a free pdf file of the entire story, or to find out more information about the project, go here.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Illustration Friday: Yield

Here is my entry for this week's Illustration Friday. I am realizing that my schedule may not allow me to submit an illustration every week, but it is a good feeling to know you always have a project on the back table when you want to experiment a bit.

This week I tried something new by adding just a few hints of color on the computer once I scanned in the drawing. I am excited by the potential of working in this way, but I quickly realized that I need to do a lot of experimentation/reading about how to best implement Photoshop to the task.

This drawing also has a secret: there was a whole second half to the drawing that I cut out. I had drawn a bunch of mean looking figures and creatures to the right, who were confronting the little girl. I came to realize, however, that they were only distracting from the girl, so they were reluctantly eliminated. It is a better drawing for it, though.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

2012 Rockford Midwestern Exhibition

While I typically only post my illustration work here on this blog, I received some exciting news in the mail today. One of my paintings (the one above) was accepted into the 2012 Rockford Midwestern Exhibition. This is especially satisfying, because I entered this show several years ago, and was not accepted.

I have a good friend to thank for recommending I enter this show, as well as for his critique and advice on this very painting. Without his prompting, I would not have entered. Without his honesty, this painting would not have been accepted.

I have not been doing much painting recently, but about a month and a half ago I took a break from my pen & ink illustrations and did several paintings within a week and a half. This portrait was one such work.

This painting was done in acrylic, which is odd for me. However, I was actually rather pleased with how it worked with this thick impasto technique. When I have done similar paintings in oil, it takes forever to dry, making alterations/reworking difficult.

I have to say that it was an extremely liberating experience to be loose with the paint. I am realizing that every once and a while, my mind needs a break from the minute pen & ink cross-hatching I usually am working on.