Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Gordon Brown

Started this as another speed painting exercise, but I'll probably finish this one off, been wanting to get around to drawing Brown for a while.

Speed Painting

Just trying out a custom brush in Photoshop, painting quickly onto dark background without a sketch. The Ozzy took around 45 minutes, and the House took roughly 20-25 minutes.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Barrack the Wizard

Got a call late Thursday night from the AD at The Weekly Standard, with this little assignment. Of course Washington are 8 hours behind London time, so it was only late afternoon there. The deadline was again short, and I had a gig Friday night (tonight), so I didn't want to be still working on it Friday afternoon. I've therefore had only 1.5 hours sleep in the last 48 hours. Call me crazy, but I stayed up till 10am Friday morning to finish. So from call to delivering artwork, this was a 12 hour turnaround. I even managed to stay awake for the gig. Woohoo!

The illustration is to accompany an article about how Obama is casting his magic spell over the American public. When they said they wanted him as a wizard, we both were thinking of a Fantasia wizard, as opposed to Harry Potter. They wanted a more quizzical, but purposeful Obama. He's often drawn smiling, which is great because of the teeth, but this was an interesting challenge, considering the expression and 'camera' angle.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Twelve Angry Men

Finally finished the 'Twelve Angry Men' illustration. Lost count of how many hours I spent on this, but I'm happy with the end result, so it was worth it. The overall time spent is around 2 weeks solid work. I could probably have re-made the film in the same time. It was fun doing the reference shoot for this, climbing around my living room, sprawling over the coffee table etc.

Here's some detail: