Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Old Stud and the Mast

This was a piece for a book cover assignment.  I chose The Old Man and the Sea.  He came out a lot more sturdy than I had intended, my teacher felt he was too good looking.  I kind of agree.  In the story it mentions how his shirt was patched up, much like the mast he used to propel his ship.  I decided to let that be the main concept of the illustration.  

I went back to watercolor for this piece, and it needs more polish.  I just was growing tired of digital work and wanted something a bit more real.  The fact that I had to either scan or photograph the image is why it's not quite as crisp as other images.  Enjoy.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Powerhouses and Hottie Portmans

Here are my latest pieces.  The first was done for an assignment in which we had to illustrate one of two opinion pieces.  One was about Komodo dragon's ability to reproduce a-sexually, and the other was about Democratic leaders called Super Delegates.  Needless to say, 80 percent of the class chose the Komodo piece.  I went for the Super Delegates piece, choosing to portray them literally as their title suggests.  Tongue and cheeky.

It was a fairly easy to make as I wanted to create that old school comic book look.  I used simple colors, simple shades, and allowed the halftone to do most of the work.

The second piece was a Portrait project, our last one.  It was also to be used to make promotional cards for ourselves which we actually ended up mailing to 10 different art directors of our own choices.  I decided to do Natalie Portman for mine, cause if you know me, you know how much I love that bitch.  The final is very different from the initial sketch but I enjoy the final so much more.  Hope you enjoy it as well.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Periscope Cellar

This magically dark little piece was done for an Illustration assignment for a wine label.  The only restrictions were that it had to be in a square format, and that it had to be nautical.  For some reason I came up with this rather dark image of an anchor plunging into the ocean, only to find itself surrounded by floating people.  Whether these people are dead or drowning is open to interpretation, but I just wanted an image that was dreamy and dark.

I'm very happy with the final product.  I think its beautiful and haunting, which was all I really wanted for this assignment.  Whether or not it fits the mood of a wine bottle, well, that's kinda up to you.  My favorite figure is the female in the dress.  She came out the most light and airy (watery?).

The first two smaller images are how the image originally was colored, and a darker, bluer one.  The bottom larger one was the final compromise.  A not so dark, greener one.