Thursday, February 20, 2014

Finished Illustration

Hey here's the final result of that piece I have been working on for my book:

Orange sunset in an orange world.
Since you saw it last I added color to the sky with watercolor washes and pastel rubs. Then darkened some shadows, and added reflective orange highlights to their gray skin. Then I scanned the piece in and did some digital levels manipulation to save the shape of the silhouette. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Progress and Process (on my book)

Here's some progress and process work for the latest piece I have been working on for my book.
This is the drawing from my last post with light india ink washes put over top. I do this to build up/establish my values, and to reinforce the drawing:


Next I added watercolor washes to the areas of color:


Then I start adding highlights and form to the colorful areas with pastels and Conte pencils:


It's coming together guys! Here are some detail shots:



Next up: I'll tackle that sky. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Back to Normal (and back to work!)

Well, for those of you who follow my blog you are probably aware that I recently moved back to Portland after a few months in Richmond, VA. In Richmond I was attending The Art Department, an art education institution with a student body almost as inspirational and talented as it's awe inspiring and humbling professors. To the student body and the professors, thank you, you are rock stars.

After coming home I had to get my life back in order. Between the holidays, paying bills, moving furniture, seeing friends, setting up my etsy store, moving more furniture, getting through a doozy of a cold immediately followed by a week of crazy weather I have had my fair share of set backs. But now I can finally report that things are as they should be. I have finally been able to establish some normalcy and routine to my life. As a result I am actually able to get work done!
I for sure ate all but one of those cookies today. And that mug of tea is as big as my head. Things are swell...

It feels great to have some control over my work flow again. This is the piece I worked on today:

work in progress...
It's a work in progress for the book I am going to be shopping around to publishers real soon. This page is going to be almost completely monochromatic.The children are sitting on a junk heap of abandoned orange objects and they are watching a brilliant sunset. More updates to come on this piece.