Such fun! This was a piece I did for my brother as both a birthday and Christmas gift, I believe. Mind you, his birthday is in JULY. Obviously, it took forever to try and get finished, but the end product was worth the wait. All the text is hand drawn around the playtime-ready Dalmatian at the center.
Have to admit, the hardest and funnest projects I take on are those for family and friends. With all those inside jokes and stories from 20+ years of being together, it’s difficult to pick out the ones that would make sense thrown together in a single image. I eventually managed to combine a little splash of myself along with plenty of him into a piece that was very well received.
Even if it is very yellow.
A delightful little Work In Progress my father helped title for me. Just a silly little something I look forward to turning into a poster once it’s colored and ready to go! Who doesn’t love a line of prancing poodles?
note: So everyone knows, since this photo is smaller than the original for copyright/protective reasons, the mouse at the end has a cotton ball on its tail and an upside-down bottle cap for a crown!
Like every artist, I have a variety of projects I’ve been working on as of late. Three different book projects, plus a comic book/webcomic and an illustrated quilt. I don’t have much time to work on any one for very long, but I wanted to toss a few little snippets up here to kind of show everyone that I’ve been working hard and am, of coarse, still trying to work my way into the world.
The first four snapshots are of a pair of posters I’ve been working over for my webcomic, Tricks, Twins & Thieves, to get the ball rolling on possible merchandising material for the future. Each original drawing is 11×17 inches, and they will be colored eventually! The bottom two shots are little illustrations for a poem/book “This Is A Poem For You”. It’s a personal venture and will be kept between me and the one who wrote it (most likely) but I’m putting a fair bit of effort into it and look forward to showing it to everyone else once it’s complete!
I was right to be super excited about this assignment I set up for myself! It’s been a rocky road thus far, after taking several pages of thumbnailing before finally setting on two designs for my Star Trek: Into Darkness Poster Set. Once I’ve finished Jim Kirk, it’ll be time to play around with some charcoal and texture before assembling and coloring the 24″ x 36″ poster. I haven’t started on the “Enlist” poster yet, but I have the idea down so it’s time to start once this one is to a comfortable spot. Both need to be finished by Friday, so I’m working as hard as I can! It doesn’t look like I’ll have the popcorn bucket and cup done and ready for display by the show date, but I’ll work on them for the end of year– for myself if no one else.
I’ve also got tickets to see the premier of the show two days before the actual release date, so I’m just about as excited as possible!
Enjoy the little picture of me tiredly enjoying myself!
Guess it’s time to get back to work now! Graduation is creeping up so fast.
Nothing feels quite as good as completing a piece and being very happy with it.
This is one of those pieces!! Finally, I’m beginning to feel that my traditional work and Photoshop are beginning to work together for the better of the piece. This poster was an exciting challenge, and I’ve enjoyed doing it! Now it’s time to take a nap!
After spending a week trying to figure out what exactly I wanted to do for a promotional poster for the opera “Don Giovanni”, I finally sat down and just… Listened. As I got into the feel of the music and the visuals of the actors on a variety of different performances, I finally fell on an idea. I fought doing something that was very well done– Everyone depicts Don Giovanni right at climax as he refuses to repent for being a womanizer, and I was really trying at first to stay away from that.
However… I realized that when promoting something like an opera or a musical, it’s those climactic points that draw people in. So… I ended up going with the end, in the end, and I’m happy thus far with the idea. It’ll take a lot of work, but I’m sure it will be more than worth the time and effort once it’s complete.
Now that Don Quixote is just about complete, it was time to move onto idea number two. I had decided in January to do “Music Through the Ages”, focusing on a variety of tshirt designs and a poster primarily. I find it interesting that, while music has progressed, from LPs to Cassettes to CDs to MP3s, it has started returning to LPs as their popularity has been re-discovered. The concept is that each of the four characters is listening to the next evolution in music, until you get to the MP3 player-person, who’s headphones’ cord will wrap all the way around the back of the tshirt and connect into the back of the turntable on the other side of the shirt. By the end of this, I’ll not only have a neat poster, but five tshirts– one with all four and one for each select person.
Anyway, these are the sketches. It has already moved into finalization, so I’ll have pictures of that up before long. 🙂