Tuesday, December 29, 2009
For the last couple of weeks I've been working on various versions of this magazine cover illustration (sans the masthead), all of which I hated and wanted to smack the fellow in the ilustration. Finally after much failure, I think I'm coming up with something that is working. Light broke through early in the day.
This style is quite different than what I usually work in. In this case, I did the sketch by hand, scanned it, traced and dropped in flat colors in Illustrator, then photoshopped the rest. What is working for me is the eyes, and the textureyness of the image. I still have some tightening up to do, but hopefully I'm going in the right direction here.
i have a much harder time adapting my natural creative bend away from monsters and super heroes toward real world subjects like business and whatnot.
Anyhoo, i usually have to delve deep into the well of inspiration and find examples of what the final illustration should "feel" like. in this case, I referenced 2 illustrators whose stuff blows my mind: Eric Tan of Pixar and Paul Conrad also of Pixar/Big Idea.
For the most part, Eric's poster work inspired me at the outset, and Conrad's work drove me home in terms of executing and style and coloring.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
My apologies for the lack of updates for the last week. Christmas stuff and I'm in the process of penciling the last few pages of my graphic novel. Once I get the last few pages penciled in, it's time to tighten everything up and then start to ink again (which is my favorite part). Here's a shot of my drawing table right now, which is in absolute creative process disarray.
...and here's my little buddy who hangs out with me while I draw into the wee hours of the night.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Recently purchased manga Studion 4 and have been pleasantly surprised at its capacity to simulate pen and ink. I may be ignorant, but I haven't had a whole lot of luck with Photoshop in simulating say, a brush stroke. But this software does a great job.