Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Spike Lee! (March 20th)


I've dropped behind on the birthday sketches, so here's one, I'll do another tonight to try and catch up. Spike Lee directed 'Do the right thing.' probably his best work to date in my book, and a must see movie!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Al Jaffee!!!


This is oil on board, 11'' x 12''. It's fun working with oils again, there'll be another following very soon.


Al Jaffee is one of the 'Usual Gang of Idiots' that have made MAD Magazine what it is today. Al is famous for his ingenious 'fold-ins' on the back page, which kept myself and my brother entertained as kids. Happy Birthday Mr Jaffee!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Two Obamas and a Hillary!

These are two illustrations I've done using mainly the same reference for Obama. I would normally avoid this at all costs, but I think as long as the results are different for each piece, it's acceptable. The reference is really just a guide for lighting, and most of the time I work from two or three references. In this case, the lighting happened to suit both compositions. The first piece above was done last year for the Radio Times, and the print size was really small, so I didn't worry too much about the detail, the key issue was fitting everything into the composition, and still have it stand out when reduced.

The second piece was done yesterday for the Weekly Standard, another quickie, less than 24 hrs, but this time I had the Friday night free as well, often I've had a piece to do for them on the same day as a gig, giving me even less time. So it was about 14 hrs total.
The art director added the finishing touches to the text (see below).