So, while watching the winter Olympics I misheard an announcer say something and thought he said a skiing bear. My girlfriend thought that was hilarious and that I should do a series of illustrations with bears doing winter sports.
Title: For One Day
This is an illustration I made that will accompany the single ‘Tax Return’ by the band Airgo. The song/illustration is about a woman who only gets to treat herself to little things like Sushi and a nice haircut once a year when she gets her tax return.
I roughed this out in pencil and then traced it using a lightbox with a .05 copics multiliner. I absolutely love the copics multiliner. I should mention I use the more expensive metal ones. While more expensive, they come with replaceable parts making them more reasonable over the long run. I don’t recommend their plastic versions. I’ve found them to be junk… or rather I should say the lines don’t seem to be as crisp and it lacks precision, at least in my experience.
I colored this in Photoshop. I experimented with some new brushes that have a painterly feel. I’m definitely going to use them again, in part because actually painting is too expensive and canvases take up to much space. One day…
I just thought I’d write a little about my process on this.
As you can see I used photo reference to get the body position I was looking for as well a the folds in the clothing. I actually think the body posture in the photo is more dynamic than the final illustration, so I hope I’ll get better about that as this web comic progresses.
The background I did from my head because doing desert style expanses is pretty simple. To get the dust effect under the Grav board I I flicked my brush to get it to spray ink dots, I should use an old tothbrush for this but I don’t have one that will work yet.
Coloring often takes me forever and a day, so I decided in the interest of actually getting this series come out quicker I would mostly flat color this series with a few key areas having gradients or highlights. My hope is that by being carefully selecting really rich colors and occasionally coloring the line art, It won’t be missed. I’ll be doing some additional concept art soon.
Here’s a teaser poster for Mars Lightning. I’ve been writing this for over a year and the script is almost done.
Finally making progress on my upcoming webcomic.
Here’s some new concept art for Mars Lightning. Colors to come soon.
Turns out the world isn’t such a bad place after all.
My new website is up! I built it with Adobe Muse (which was amazing to use). The mobile version is still pretty bare bones but the desktop browser version is almost fully fleshed out.I still need to fix the contact form but hopefully I can do that tonight.
This are my first three infographics. They were a lot of fun to make. It’s always a challenge trying to making something that hits all the marks. That being making something that conveys the information you want easily, making it artistically/aesthetically pleasing and making it something your client will like.
While this certainly isn’t perfect and I’m still new to infographics, I am happy with what I achieved at this point (on the third one) in hitting those three marks.
So for some of this I drew the vector objects myself or used live trace. For a couple things I just used stock vector art. I used stock art for the car and modified stock art for the boat. I don’t know whether anybody looks down on that or not but it’s all about time constraints. I try to compensate by making the layout as interesting as possible.
In terms of the layout I’ve seen some really cool hexagon layouts before and I’ve been dieing to try my hand at it. I wanted it to look friendly but electronic at the same time. That’s why I used lines connecting the hexagons that at least to me look like circuit board connections.