Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Work product

There is no real overarching theme to this post other than the question I get at times, "What have you been working on?" A lot of things. I used to worry that everything I did needed to have a distinct style. This has always been at odds with my love of illustration and all it's styles and opportunities and that I love to tailor each illustration to reflect a certain style, motif or vernacular. Hell, it can be fun just to switch tools! So, I stopped thinking in that limited way and it is very freeing.Others may still see my/a "style" in all this. If so that's fine. Two of my favorite artist's are Al Parker and Bernie Kriegstein, both know for a mean style switch up. So, hey that's fine company by me!

This is a page from a 30 page comic. All the art was done in Painter 9 at my record pace of 3 pages per day.
A web icon with active and inactive states.

Cartoony illustratioons for Washington State D.O.T. All vector.

This is a game card illustration. Straight up ink on Bristol board.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Big Boy Drawing!

I should be here…as in the above pictures, of my relatively new drawing table. It's the Alvin:Ensign or Workcenter, I can't remember which. If you need to know email me. It's a really good table, and thanks to all the illustrators I asked about what table they had. Alvin has been a nice company to deal with. There is one bolt on the left leg/foot that won't thread completely, but DIZZAMN, the table is so heavy that it doesn't matter! The top moves with a hydraulic assist (suh-weeet!). It came to me all the way from Italy. I get romantic about that because I spent three weeks there hanging out in a castle in central Italy, driving an Alfa Romeo. These shots are of my cockpit after we remodeled earlier this Spring. I still get sentimental about my old oka table, sniff. But now I have a big boy drawing table!
By the way, one of my current crushing deadline is another story for Graphic Classics. A 30 page story and I'm turning around three pages per day. That sloshing sound is ME MIGHTY INKING BRUSH!!! Actually, I'm inking it in Painter. Another story I did the same way received a favorable mention from sequart.org
And I proudly quote,
"Moxon's Master", about a robotics experiment gone wrong, is one of the best-looking stories in the book. Stan Shaw's scribbly-yet-elegant line serves the darkness of this story well, but it's not difficult to predict what's coming
Yeah! scribbly yet elegant! That's how me roll! Now it's back to work.