Thursday, December 9, 2010

Maggie sez ah-menna-say...

Finally, I finished a piece on Sir Bobby D. My friend, Eric and I were singing Subterranean Homesick Blues in the car awhile ago and as fast as that song is, we knew enough of the words to get nice patterns of lyrics right. Every now and then, in between the fumbling and the mumbling, we'd synchronize the right words. We'd bloogyblah our way through sections only to reconnect on the "look out kid"s and the "pumps don't work."

We thought it would be funny/fun to make an illustration addressing that fact. There are portions of that song everyone knows and usually end up singing in unison. And the rest? Well, that get's left up to interpretation.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Chanel Does Louis.V

Still on a fashion high. Thought I'd have some fun with lap dogs and starlets affinity for the wee things. I was going for something fun, silly, but still dashing and stylish. You can't see it, but the collars of the dogs are the Chanel CCs and Louis Vuitton LV. It's not even a third read, more like a eighteenth read as you'll never be able to see it.

I hate how badly blogger compresses my images. I feel like they used to be a lot better at translating my images onto their network.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Smokey Eyes and Legs For Days

Does anyone else find that blogger makes their colors duller when they're uploaded to this damn place? Maybe it's just my screen but I find that blogger makes my colors less vibrant and "happy." It's quite a nuisance.

Any way, this is continuing the series of fashion-y fun illustrations inspired by mis amigos. If you can tell who this one was supposed to be, you get points. HINT: He can be sassy, brassy, classy, and I love his lovely dancer's legs.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Using Friends as Inspiration

I've got a nice little momentum going here, let's see if I can't try to upload weekly. Or...almost weekly at least. That would be nice wouldn't it?

So, when I said "fashion illustration" I meant something more along the lines of this. Something fun, stylish, fashiony, and fun. Instead of using models or model types in pretty settings, wearing pretty things, why not use my pretty friends to inspire me? My friend Sandy inspired this piece, and I found it hard to achieve a likeness after removing so much about her that makes her...her.

You take away the hair of someone and it automatically makes it harder to achieve an exact likeness. Take away familiar articles of clothing, give them different (and extreme) make up and they look different. If you know Sandy, hopefully this reads somewhat as her, but even if it doesn't, I am surprised at how quickly I was able to bang out this piece and still be happy with it, likeness achieved or not.

I guess inspiration is a swift mover.

(I don't know why, but it uploaded kind of rough :()

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Too Much Project Runway and Mad Men Does This:

The titles sums it up. I've been itching to flex my fashion illustration chops, and while these aren't really what I had in mind when thinking "fashion" and "illustration," I couldn't help but indulge myself a little. Mad Men is clearly a big influence, especially in the first line. If every woman could be a Joan...damn...

It would be great to revitalize the fashion illustration industry. Gone are the days of Gibson girls and Vargas pinups. Once photography took over, no one thought to use artists to help launch fashion movements. If you're as into this idea as I am, let's do the damn thing.

Kudos if you catch the Mondrian shoes.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

We Love Sketchbooks!

There's something so fun and raw about the drawings done in a sketchbook I constantly wonder if this isn't the way I should be drawing. Is this my unadulterated, unaltered, unconscious, untampered way of drawing? Should I be trying to harness this look into my finished pieces? I love the spontaneity and style that I get out of my characters and lines in my sketchbook. When I take many of these things to finish I get too controlled and too worried about anatomy or perspective or perfection that I lose the loose and creative way I came to these ideas.

The first two images were sketches done for The Great Refusal, my thesis project; the first is character study for Charlie Sinclair. The rest are just fun doodles.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Honey Pie

This next piece was for a short story by Haruki Murakami. It's called Honey Pie and it's part of his anthology, After the Quake. The story follows three friends - Takatsuki, Sayoko, and Jun - who go from college to adulthood with each other. As a trio they thrive and grow but when broken down, they get messy and function less smoothly. Of course, both guys fall for the girl, and the more successful, charming, and bold man (Takatsuki) gets her. It was a really sad story about unrequited love, courage, safety, and reliability.

I chose to focus on all that for my illustration, using body language to show these people's relationships to one another. Takatsuki is shown holding her hand, but he's turned away from her, representing his disinterest and lack of investment in her. Meanwhile, Sayoko and Jun stand side by side, almost touching - their wardrobe mimicking each others. Their hands are ever so subtly gesturing toward one another's.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Posters Galore

Two latest. One is a character I'm working on, the Great Dantalion, master hypnotist and mind reader (with his knock-out damsel, of course). The other piece is a piece I did for my sister. She needed a Lakers championship poster for her friends birthday, but I decided to depict the celtics instead.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Doc Who

Here's a mock DVD cover I did on my own for the most recent season of Doctor Who, with newest lead actor, Matt Smith. This time I decided to include a little bit of my process for those few of you who are even interested.

The top image is a mockup of the front of the dvd cover. If I could change one thing, I would shift down the entire foreground figures so that they were better spaces below the title. Bad layout by me.

Then, there's the initial sketch. Not much changed from it to the finale except for the removal of most of the rinkydinks and doodads floating around the characters. Then, there's the layers I work in outside of the computer. I usually have a layer of just the linework that's done on vellum, and a layer of textures that are ink washes done on bristol board. The swooping brush strokes below those two is a separate scan that I used for the cosmic background.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Shake, Rattle, n' Roll

Here are two different versions, plus a detail, of a poster assignment I had to do. I did Clue, one of my favorite cult classic films (maybe even films in general) and while I had a lot of fun doing it, I don't know if i love the way it came out. I played around with two different ideas, and the first one works a little bit better I think. Wish I could worked Tim Curry into it. Love that bastard.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Music is My Hot Hot Sex

Pictured above:

Ms. Janelle Monae, funk voodoo goddess of my life in all her glory.

Lady Gaga, the epitome of too muchery. "Everything But The - "

Some more sketch pages. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My Newest Minions

Charlie Sinclair:

A recently reformed demon, Charlie Sinclair must feed on the souls of others for sustenance. Once a carefree rogue, consuming negligently at will, Charlie allowed his inner beast to overcome him, and accidentally killed his love, Aki Lenore. Not long after, Charlie changed his ways and limited his feeding to a life of vigilantism, only consuming the souls of those he deemed corrupt and unfit for their lives.


Young protégé to Charlie, and fellow demon in hiding, Ocho differs from his mentor in many ways. Where Charlie is cool and collected, Ocho is hot headed and ill tempered. Where Charlie seeks redemption for the sins he feels he’s committed, Ocho revels in his power and abilities. He now works with Charlie to unmask and destroy the unknown murderer of his own long lost love.

Aki Lenore:

Aki Lenore exists, now, only within the mind and heart of Charlie Sinclair. At one time, the two were lovers, and although Charlie accidentally killed her, Aki continues to come to him in his visions and daydreams. She guides him through hard times and helps keep his head level. Whether she is a ghostly specter haunting her old love, a figment of his imagination, or even Aki at all remains to be seen.

Joel “Chacho” Solis:

Joel Solis is the unofficial go to man for all trades considered sinful. An arrogant and snarky bottom feeder of sorts, Chacho, as he is better known by his peers, is somewhat of a crowned prince of the Seraphine underworld. He works as an informant for Charlie and Ocho, dealing them the dark and criminal targets they must eliminate.

Roman Sicard:

The Seraphine Police Department’s best detective is Roman Sicard. At one time a man passionate about his job guarding the streets of Seraphine, now as the lead officer on the case of “The Sin Eater,” Roman’s passion has turned into obsession. He tirelessly pursues the elusive vigilante serial killer of his city, a slave to his contract with the Mayor to catch the perpetrator once and for all.

Zoe and Rosalynn:

While the underworld of Seraphine calls them “The Twins,” the origins of Zoe and Rosalynn are shrouded in mystery. Serene and otherworldly, the Twins are often called upon because of their uncanny ability to see glimpses of the future - though they each see different flashes that are alternate versions of future events- and only one is the correct timeline.

Solomon Thorn:

Mayor Thorn is known to his city as a strong and independent leader. But to everyone that knows him he has unreadable eyes, and unpredictable responses. Up for re-election, Thorn must utilize the abilities of both the Twins and Detective Sicard to help keep his image pristine. Mysterious and cunning, entrancing and manipulative, the motive for Thorn’s quest for power in Seraphine is yet to be seen.

4 months in the making:

The city of Seraphine is a world of grays. Nothing is black and white. The places and people are hardly ever what they seem. The beauty and splendor of the grand skyline and the energy and frantic pace of the streets belie a world where evil must be controlled, and it is - by the highest bidder. A hotspot for the supernatural and corrupt, Seraphine operates as a booming metropolis, and an underworld market for death dealing of every kind. Charlie Sinclair and Ocho are collectively known to the everyday public as “The Sin Eater,” a crime lord hunting serial killer being pursued by Seraphine’s finest, Detective Roman Sicard. To the underworld they call home they are a demonic duo of hit men, working to somehow rid the city of the evil they call their brethren.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sketchbook Series

I constantly am trying to reconcile what I feel is my inherent instinctual style and mark making - with what comes out (perhaps forced) for finished pieces. Slowly but surely the way I am naturally inclined to draw is pushing over into my overall voice. I've really been having a blast drawing exactly what I want to draw in my sketchbook and I've been pleased with the results.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Preview

My current crop of characters. Color is a bit off, it's actually much more vibrant.

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