Thursday, October 16, 2014

DJ Drez, drop dat beat!

This piece started out as a quick sketch I did at Wanderlust, a yoga festival in Whistler. I was fortunate enough to take a yoga class from MC Yogi, and DJ Drez provided the music! It was great fun! As I have with sketches of other celebs, I had DJ Drez sign it, and told him I would send him a copy of the finished illustration. I felt the sketch called for a high degree of finish. I had time at the festival, so I started the finished version on my iPad in Procreate. You can see the video here, It was a while in between start and finish but I think it turned out well and does the subject justice. Procreate took some getting used to for the line work, but of all the apps I have tried on the iPad, it has one of the best inking tools and drawing feel.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Potential of Us

This is a animated version of the short I did for Verizon Wireless earlier this year. In this video I used the type which was not used in the final  piece. Put this together in AfterEffects, but the final is planned to be a digital book with narration and different type added. In the meanwhile there is this to enjoy!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Wedding Comicbook Cover

Every once in a while a things line up perfectly on an assignment. The right client, the right subject, the right style, the right amount of time and the right amount of dollars. Illustration is a business. This illustration fit all those slots. Just as I was finishing up a bunch of loose ends, I got an email asking if I would do a cover for Visit Seattle, The Official Destination Marketing Organization, that showed a Gay couple that has won a wedding package in Seattle. Part of that package is a comic book cover, since as it turns out they are both comic book fans.
Drawing the couple was fun. I got to return to a style that is easy and exciting for me. I had to focus a bit on the hands. I can still hear my mentor saying, " What's with the big papery hands!?"
The challenge was the background, yet another drawing of Seattle. It took a bit of discipline to stay dedicated to that. What helped was deciding to play around with shapes and highlights, to create that glowy Emerald City at night feeling.  You can see it when you're there but it's not easy to capture in a comic. But I'm happy with the results! As I hope the Groom and Groom are.