Monday, April 23, 2012

Dostoyevsky

Here is something completely different. I just finished reading The Brothers Karamazov and decided that I wanted to try and design a new book cover for it.

I first drew the heads and did the lettering by hand using pen, brush, and ink. I then scanned them into the computer and played around with the colours as I arranged them in Photoshop. Whenever I do a project like this I am quickly humbled by how little I know about Photoshop. I can make something work, but I go about it in a rather gruesome way. I need to check out some books from the library.

Overall, though, this was a good experiment in combining both freehand and digital work.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Cover

This is a book cover illustration I was commissioned to do about a month ago.

The book is fictional fiction, but asks important questions about humankind's tendency to exhibit morbid curiosity in other people's tragedies.

I do not have a hard copy of the book yet, but I am eagerly looking forward to seeing how the cover turns out.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Book Released!

I am smiling as announce to you that my latest book, entitled Crosswalk, has been released. Anyone can download a free pdf of this book by subscribing to my mailing list here.

The book follows the story of a man named "Harold" who occupies a fairly meaningless life before he decides to become a school crossing guard. Unfortunately, the children develop a certain revulsion to Harold, which leads to things I will not mention here.

If you would like to find out more information, see select images from the story, or to buy a physical copy of the book, go here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New Beginnings

This is my contest entry for Bluecanvas' current competition. The objective was to illustrate your own interpretation of the phrase "New Beginnings."

As with most of my illustrations, the end result does not really resemble what I imagined. Sometimes this is hard to accept, but I suppose it is simply the reality of translation as well as a lack of effort to start over. I did ultimately, though, go through some harsh edits on this drawing, cutting out a bunch of unnecessary information. My inclination is oftentimes to over-clutter my drawings instead of giving them the space to breath that they need.

The creepy "corn fetuses" did not turn out nearly as creepy as I hoped they would. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Turtleneck

"He had on an obscenely large green turtleneck, which did not fail to annoy the sensibilities of anyone within visual proximity."

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hair

This was really just another experiment with hair. I did not mean to take it this far, but it kept growing.

The more I draw hair, the more I realize how much I do not understand it, and consequently how much more I need to practice drawing it.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Analysis

Just trying something different...

Please do not ask me what this picture means.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Beard

In case it is not obvious, I was primarily interested in just drawing the beard. His face just tagged along for the ride.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Frizzy Hair

My scanner died on me last week, so I have not been able to post any illustrations for a while. I just got a new scanner hooked up, though, and am excited about some things I will be posting over the next few days.

Here is just a pen & ink portrait drawing I did last week.