Friday, April 18, 2008

Samuel Sketch

I have a few issues with some of the anatomy of this sketch, which I intend to correct when painting. Firstly, the right eye (our left) is pulling outwards too far, sending it back into the temple area, and secondly, the nose needs some restructuring. I can see a few other things as well, but it's all minor stuff. I'm looking forward to exploring the anatomy further.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Harry the Vulture- Weekly Standard

I had soooo much fun with this one, and the process was so much smoother than last week. For starters, Harry Reid has got an amazing face for caricature, also, there's so much more scope for adding atmosphere with this concept. There were three main stages. First was the sketch to determine exactly how much of his face was going to be 'vulturised', if at all. You could say we were 'trying on the beak for size'.

Then the AD sent back a composition suggestion that he wanted me to stay as close to as possible.

Then it was just a case of rendering. I started with the moon and sky, then pretty much worked down the page. Rendering time was around 11 hours.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Snow Day in April!

Believe it or not, this picture was taken today from my back window. The UK is having thick snow in April? Wierd!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Hillary's Last Thread

Another spot illustration for the Weekly Standard. Got the email for the job at 2am GMT on Wednesday night, again I was up. I think I'm getting a sixth sense for these.

This one went right to the wire. The premise was simple, and I think I was deceived into thinking it was going to be a simple job, Hillary hanging from a thread, how simple can it be? Turns out, not so simple. It would take too long to list the changes and progressions, so to cut a long story short, the final I submitted had her arms behind her head, with the thread coming out behind her hair. All was fine, until the editor pointed out that it reminded him of a noose. This was a couple of hours before deadline. Changes were made, all are happy.
The changing continued to the end. Just got the page back, and they've decided to rotate her and reduce the thread.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Zorn Palette

This was done using the Zorn Palette, named after the Swedish painter Anders Zorn. It's a limited palette of ivory black, white, vermillion (or cadmium red light, but I used vermillion), and yellow ochre. Many colours can be achieved just through these four,such as mixing black and yellow ochre to make green, and so on.