Jun 30, 2007
Milton Glaser put it best...he explained that an idea should start blurry (sketch) and slowly come into focus (final). Once we have the sketch complete, we begin our search for images and textures that we might apply to Jeff and his surroundings. Photos, engravings, scanned corn stalks are all fair game at this point. As we begin to gather "Stuff", we start loosely placing things into the illo. Lets throw some brains on the plants...how about some type? What's his cape texture? Those brains need something else....is his skin too light? I like the sketchiness of his face...maybe it should be a bit more polished?
PLEASE EXCUSE OUR MESS, WE ARE CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
Better late than never....We've been working on last week's challenge "Jeff" and we decided to record our process visually and verbally on our blog.
The first step...the concept. Lets see....Brain child? Interesting....lets go with that. We'll start with Jeff. Add some protective phalange coverings (aka sister's designer yellow mittens), a king's crown, some goofy teeth, a hero's cape (aka an old moth eaten table cloth found in one of grandma's antique rotting dressers), oh yes, and some weird brain foliage sprouting from Jeff's fertile noggin.
Jun 29, 2007
I have had a go with some texture on a relatively smooth original illustration here... added an emboss filter to the texture to try and recreate a gesso look...
I think it gives the illustration a more oldy-worldy feel which suits the image...
Jun 28, 2007
Danny and I did a day of drawing. We ended up on the west side of Manhattan. It was one of those typical vistas that I always draw. I wanted to something a little different with this one. I figured I would attempt to stretch everything out to make it look like it was shot with a wide angle lense. When Danny saw it he asked, "why did you do that?" I just wanted to be different, not always do things the same way over and over. It's not easy for me to change. That goes for my life as well as drawing. When I do though, usually good things happen. I am on my way to Italy tomorrow for vacation. I will try to post next week from there. We'll see how it goes. In a few weeks the drawings I do there should start to show up.
It's been a while since my last post! I've moved back home to Canada from New Zealand and I've been keeping pretty busy!
My work tends to be quite textured so I thought this SFG challenge would be a great opportunity to post a link to my 'virtual' Rhyme Book!
My latest spread is posted below as well! Enjoy!
It happened with this very piece, in fact:
Hey, that remindes me of something...
I've written some articles that might interest other SFG folks. They're about self-publishing, surviving Comic-Con, free software, and stuff like that.
Check them out here.
I've been using texture over my vectors for a couple of years now, so I was excited about this week's challenge. I may post more than one...
I find that texture ups the "vintage" feel that I love so much.
Here's a card I made for my sister's birthday yesterday. The texture comes from a photo of a grey-brownish rock. I used it because it gave the illustration a dirty crumpled paper feel.
For my entry to this week's challenge I have created a piece of work to advertise the major update that I have just completed on my web site, it includes numerous new pieces of work which have replaced some slightly older pieces. You can see my updated web site here: pgarland.com
The new piece of work to advertise the 'update' both here and on other web sites is a simple idea and is somewhat experimental (though I have to admit I quite like the way it's all going.) It is also the latest in my 'Hands' series...
Jun 27, 2007
For you newcomers, the SFG Challenge runs Thursday to Thursday, and was created to offer every member an opportunity to stretch their creative muscles and post their interpretations on a specific theme. It's a lot of fun!
Be sure to label your illustrations with the appropriate labels as well. I prefer you label your entries with your name or screenname, and the challenge label, SFG: Texture
Remember, this is a completely voluntary challenge designed solely to stimulate creativity and promote participation. Please don't hesitate to post your other work as normal.
I'm still looking for someone to help me with keeping up with posting updates for SFG and DI to some of the illustration and design news sites that are out there. Contact me if you're interested in helping out.
I'd also love to see you SFG'ers help to advertise the site yourselves, posting links on your own websites, and talking it up where and when you can all over the net. Help me to build this brand!
The next challenge begins Thursday, July 5th, 2007.
Challenge yourselves SFG'ers and have a great week!
Hold the fort! Von has just graciously offered a special download of ten additional textures to SFG members, click here for the download!
Today while I was outside of my building eating my lunch, I spotted a chipmunk on the sidewalk enjoying the shade. He didn't notice me at first, but then became very cautious once our eyes met. I gently tossed him a bit of my lunch and he didn't seem to be interested until he caught a whiff of the bread. Once he began eating, I quickly took out my colored pencils, being careful not to startle the little fellow, and began to sketch our lunchtime meeting on a piece of cardboard.
This was my angry response to the flight crew on a vacation about 4 years ago. We had been on the tarmack for about an hour and we were told that we'd have to be there for at least another hour. I had my ipod headphones on and relaxed, even though it was about 85 degrees in the cabin. The stewardess kept telling me to turn it off but I refused until we were ready to roll. I was being a prick about it but so were they. Anyway, once we got into the air I did this sketch of the cabin stewards!
Illustration for a warning card that is shipped along with the Seamour toybox.
3D visualisation of a future special USB-powered lamp edition of Seamour Sheep.
Instructive illustration how to switch on the Seamour lamp.
"Art is a lie that helps us to realize the truth." - Pablo Picasso
"Art is the most beautiful of all lies." - Claude Debussy
"An artist is someone who produces things that people don't need to have but that he - for some reason - thinks would be a good idea to give them." -Andy Warhol
"Believe it or not, I can actually draw." - Jean Michel Basquiat
"It's all bullshit, kid." - Marlon Brando, to a 17-year old Laurence Fishburne, on the set of "Apocalypse Now"
Jun 26, 2007
I've been slipping behind on my drawing. I've been very busy at work and it seems there is always something to do on the weekend. My drawing time is suffering. So I did something I usually don't do. I brought my drawing book to a party. I knew it was on a roof with a nice view. But it is still hard to draw when there are people around drinking and expecting you to commiserate. Once I got there I knew I had done the right thing. There was a beautiful view of the Williamsburg bridge off in the distance. The fun didn't get going for quite a while so I was able to get a drawing under my belt in a situation that I ordinarily wouldn't have. Yeah for me.
Coming up with something original for the Burlesque show that is the legendary Moulin Rouge in Paris was a challenge to say the least, particularly as the benchmark was written by Toulouse-Lautrec in the 1890's. After much research and drawing, the idea suddenly came, to use a flower as the dancer's skirt and to attach the stocking tops with a suspender in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. With the subtle use of type I am really quite pleased at how this has turned out...
As of today the Jesus Storybook Bible, that I illustrated for most of last year, has just hit #26 on the MOVERS AND SHAKERS on amazon.com! It's also currently at a sales rank of 433....
I have always thought about a robot smashing a pie into another robot's face whenever I would see PYBOT posted.
Whie cleaning out my office, I found this old piece of brown paper. I decided it would be a great backdrop for my PYBOT sketch done with Sharpie markers. I also accented the pie using a white pencil. I have been really enjoying the freedom of spontaneous sketching this past few weeks.