Sunday, May 25, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

R.I.P. Sketchbook

JAMES - that sketchbook i've been using since the fall...the one with the shitty paper...the one with a TON of pages...well, it's finally all used up. there're alot of great ideas in there, but i'm very happy to move onto my new book which happens to have GREAT paper. anyway, before it goes on the shelf, here's a little R.I.P. send-off of some of the better pages that haven't already been posted.
"Jesus Hits Like The Trouble Bomb" September 30, '07

"Octopus" October 11, '07

"Squirt" October 20, '07

ink warmup January 12, '08

ink warmup February 11, '08

ink warmup February 18, '08

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Solid State Sabotage

JAMES - this was just alot of fun. the only requirement was that it convey 'rock show'. killer-robot, check. marshall stacks, check. oozing slime lettering, check. rock show. #2 brush and Micron markers on 11x17 bristol.
detail shot

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Flame Killahs

JAMES - i know i skipped posting the April '08 Bold Life cover. it wasn't anything special - i'll put up a quickie post soon. this month had a fun premise: the Asheville Firefighter Challenge. instead of picturing the event itself, which i think would be a little confusing as an illustration, i decided to go with showing the heroics of their profession.

the second sketch won, mainly because of the "cute" dog. and i thought it was a good choice, tho i knew the first thing i'd need to do is change that hose nozzle. these Bold Life covers do have to stay kinda PG.

as i've been doing for the most recent covers, i did this at actual size - 11x12.75 on bristol. i realize the proportion of the male firefighter is a little off, his head could be a little smaller - and i know i coulda drawn him a little better. but i think the female firefighter and the dalmation came out awesome. i also knew i was going to try out some new photoshop tricks, so i drew the water with a soft pencil, smudged it out, then went over it with a white-out pen.

detail shot
this is the first time that i feel photoshop was integrated seemlessly into my artwork. i really went to town on the coloring and used alot of new things i learned. i left the texture of the bristol paper in it, and i really tried to be efficient with my use of blue against orange/red, and also the brite-limey-yellow.