This week I finished another self-generated editorial illustration. This piece is about the severe overfishing of the bluefin tuna. We may not be able to save it at this point and for what? Sushi?
Today I finished the first draft of my new spooky, all-ages comic that I’m creating over at Illopond.com. You can check out my process so far here. Obviously, I’ve got lots of people to help critique the work as I go, but if you check out the process and have any suggestions for me, please come back and let me know! This is my first longer form comic, so I have lots to learn. You can see some of the other characters here.
After coming down off of a few big projects, I decided to give myself an editorial assignment to help keep me thinking critically and to help beef up my portfolio.
This piece is very personal and reflects my current attitudes about having a baby. Many of the people I went to high school and college with have multiple children already, but we are nowhere near ready for that. We both have a lot of things we want to do and accomplish before a child comes along. In fact, sometimes we think about whether we should have a child at all, but we know we would probably regret it if we didn’t.
I’m experimenting with some new illustration techniques and this was my first attempt at using pencil lines instead of inked lines. For future pieces, I want the pencil lines to be even sketchier. I drew this piece out in blue pencil and then went over it with regular lead, so it lost some of the looseness it had in the beginning. I do like working with the pencils though. I find it’s easier to let the texture of the paper remain as part of the illustration which is an effect I’ve been trying to create artificially.
This piece is available as a print on Society6.
Right now I’m working on another short, all-ages story for a scary anthology at Illopond called “BOO!” I worked with some of the same contributors on “8: A Kid’s Book Anthology” and some are new to the site. Check it out if you are interested in collaborating with other artists or want to start your own.
My story is called “The Detention” and you can see where I am with the process here. Below are two of the characters that my protagonist will encounter while he’s in detention. Feel free to critique them since the story is still in development.
This is shaping up to be a pretty great week for me. Along with the Village Voice piece, I was also asked to create an illustration for a business article entitled “Are You Covered?” for HOW Magazine. The art director, Bridgid McCarren, was great to work with. I had more freedom than I’ve had with other illustrations and I’m thrilled with how it came out.
I’m also using this piece on my new postcards, which I post photos of tomorrow.
Recently I was asked to create an illustration for the all-illustration issue of The Village Voice in honor of MoCCA Fest. The issue is out today! If you are in New York, grab a copy and check out the restaurant reviews to find my piece. The art director, John Dixon, was great to work with and I hope I get more opportunities to work with him in the future.
If you’re going to MoCCA Fest, have a great time for me! Wish I could be there!
Last night Gary Baseman was here in Denver speaking to the AIGA Colorado crowd. It was a great presentation and listening to Gary speak about his work was really inspiring. He brought an extensive slideshow of his work and performances. I’ve never seen such a direct correlation between things an artist had as a child and the things they paint as an adult. Gary also creates a very strong mythology that goes along with his characters which made me enjoy his work even more.
After the lecture, Gary came out to Sputnik for drinks and food and everyone was invited. I was fortunate enough to be at a table with him for much of the evening and had the opportunity to ask him questions and just hang out. He is very friendly and gives freely of his time (which he attributes to all the hours he spends alone in his studio when he’s home). Below is a little sketch he drew in one of my sketchbooks.