‘Bass In Your Face’ is an illustration of one of my all-time favorite bass players Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five. The title is from a track of theirs called ‘For Those Of Y’All That Wear Fanny Packs’
In doing this illustration I wanted to achieve a few things. The first is that I wanted to really push myself on drawing exaggerated perspective because awesomeness. Two, I wanted to capture the kick-@$$ energy of the way Sledge plays (to the best of my ability) in the way I inked and colored it.
When I inked this I used 0.3 Copic multiliner for the face because I have trouble with likenesses and I didn’t want to screw it up with a brush. I then used a brush with India ink for everything else.
I made a GIF of this as you can see as an after thought mostly because I’m trying to figure out how to make GIF animations that don’t suck(it’s a work in progress).
I’ve been doing a bunch of illustrations lately of my favorite musicians and I’ll do a Darren Jessee and maybe another Ben Folds one at some point. Next on the agenda though will either be Jack Conte or The Moody Blues.
Here’s a sneak peek at the album art I’m making for my band Airgo. This is just all the flat colors. It’s feeling very 70’s to me for some reason.
Ben Folds, Darren Jesse and Robert Sledge were all very kind and signed 2 prints of the Illustration I did for the Do It Anyway single. Thanks so much to them for making my year! I’ll post the other print in a little bit.
I made an extended version of the cover illustration for in case they decide they want to make a T-shirt.
Here is the cover art I did for the cover of the Ben Folds Five single Do It Anyway. This started out as me doing some fan art with the hopes of helping the guerrilla promotion of their new album, then Ben Re-posted it(blew my mind) and finally Ben’s manager got in contact with me about making it the cover.
The challenge with this ended up being that the original drawing was more for a poster and was not the square shape of albums. Fortunately, I had the original Photoshop file saved. So I went about using various selection tools and cutting out the figures and instruments and shifting them around to condense everything to fit in a square. This was a challenge because I had so much visual information that I wanted to still be clear but also make a good composition. I have another version of this made up that I will post later. It’s a version with no borders that could be used on a T-shirt if they decide to make one.
One thing I would like to add is that I am very much humbled and flattered by the band liking my picture enough to want to use it for their single. As a huge fan I consider it quite an honor.
Here’s a review of the song that includes my illustration. http://diffuser.fm/ben-folds-five-do-it-anyway/
Just a teaser for something I’m working on.
Ben Folds extended the deadline so I made some alterations.
So Ben Folds is having another competition for the logo of his new label. There’s a lot of really good submission sooooooo we’ll see.