Wednesday, March 5, 2008

"Blind Devotion" + "Kissin' Cousins"

"Blind Devotion"

"Kissin' Cousins"

JAMES - two recent posters for the Grey Eagle, one commissioned from the club, the other from the bands. with the first one, "Blind Devotion", i continued my more recent efforts to concentrate on composition and arranging elements in an exciting and stimulating way, then let the details just happen. but i also managed to return to the recurring themes of dismembered skull-n-bones-type figures (am i overusing this theme? too many skeletons?). if i had alot more time, i probably woulda tried something a bit more elaborate with the lettering of the band names.

a week or so later, Sean of Nevada contacted me about a poster for their show with the Houstons. i knew that both these posters would be hung up in the same places for at least a couple of weeks. so it became my main focus to do something COMPLETELY different. i asked the band if they had any requests - they mentioned a western/outer space theme, but said they trust me to do whatever.

so originally i went with a style that, for me, lends itself much better to full color. but the poster had to be black and white, and i really tried to make it work. i pretty much finished this entire poster in a few hours (see the photo), but after stepping away from it for an hour or so i realized it was essentially a peice of shit.

so back to the sketch book to revisit a few of the other sketch themes i was working on for this particular poster (i had about 6 themes total). i decided on the couple kissing, and then decided to take it back to the 'comic book' style i haven't done in awhile, and also used alot of 'dry brush' to gain depth. thus "Kissin' Cousins" was born.

Pedal To The Metal

JAMES - James Flames Bold Life cover #12!
So, as usual, there wasn't much time, and at the last moment the cover story changed. The publishers settled on a story about a local British Car Club to be the theme of the cover image. Did alot of research on classic British cars, and then did alot of sketching, in which i came up with these two ideas.

They couldn't decide between the two, so they left it up to me, which was kinda cool. i chose the second one for two reasons: 1) it'd be a little easier since there were less 'special fx', and 2) after some talks with tom about lots of stuff, i felt compelled to do a good ole' brush/ink/photoshop jobbie.

everything came together really naturally and it was alot of fun to play with the hatchings to create motion and heavy light. i did the drawing at actual size, 11" x 12.75", with a 4B pencil on bristol, then #2 brush and finally a pen nib for most of the hatching.

a bunch of photoshop hours later, i got this. big thanks to Mary, one of the publishers, for suggesting the font we used for "The British Invasion" words, which really brought it home. the issue printed so well - in fact, so exceptional, that the red logo and blue background are noticible from a block away, no joke! haha. kinda cool how after a year of covers, i kinda brought it full circle with the first one i did.
next month is the magazine's 5th anniversary issue - gotta figure out how we're tackling that one.