Friday, April 30, 2010

What I Do To Relieve Stress

I have multiple projects in the pipeline right now, and they're all stressing me out.  So I decided to draw the Dalai Lama.  I know, that's weird.  XD

Actually, I should do a few more of these by next week because I'm going to be sending samples to magazines.  Three or four of these political figures will look good beside some of my recent editorial illustrations.  

P.S.- find some videos of the 14th Dalai Lama, just to hear and see the guy speak.  He's around 75 but he's still a dynamo.  

Thursday, April 29, 2010

To Texas: Don't Mess with Education.

Here's an illustration about the recent Texas Curriculum changes.  You know, the ones where creationism is to be taught alongside evolution and Thomas Jefferson's writings are cut in favor of John Calvin (founder of the Protestant movement of the same name).  I'm also disgusted at all the recent additions of prominent conservative figures at the expense of reducing Latino historical figures.  There is a clear political agenda here and I'm afraid that since Texas is the largest consumer of textbooks, these changes might have far-reaching damage.  

Now that my ranting is over, I like this illustration for the figures and the perspective.  At first I approached this in a straight on, flat angle.  This has more dynamism.  Darwin's pose looks a little off, so I'll work on that in the final.  I still haven't decided if this should be a borderless illustration. 

Underneath, fun with historical figures!  Darwin's my favorite, I should make a three-dimensional version of him (plush Darwin, anyone?).

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

David Bowie Painting- 2hr

Working on the more simplified, comic style rendering with my editorial illustrations made me want to do a digital painting.

I've spent the longest time starting a painting with the airbrush tool and then building the contrast. I found I don't like working that way; I like to squint or stand back and see basically the finished painting before I clean it up. I started this painting like I would an actual painting, blocking in the values and colors. I have everything about where I want it now, so I'll start to smooth out the transitions in areas.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WIND!!! (Captain Planet Reference)

I enjoyed reading this editorial in Newsweek about how individuals should take action if they want to save the environment and get rid of deadwood politicians.  I'm very satisfied with the color key for this one, as well as how I resolved the windmill mess.  The subtle texture is acrylic gesso on board.  Hopefully it translates as wind.  I also added pinstripes to the politician's suit to emphasize the sleazy-used-car-salesman type he might have been.

Editorial work isn't my favorite, but I did enjoy executing this one.  I'm thinking for the next one I do, I let my love of fantasy and horror come out.