Monday, March 31, 2008

A Harder Hill To Climb

This is my most recent Viewpoints cover illustration. The original was a woodcut that I struggled with because I haven't done one in a fabillion years. From this woodcut came several less-than-stellar prints which I chose the best of, scanned into photoshop, let it be it's less-than stellar self in black, and then made a layer beneath, increased the levels and noise, and then changed to sepia. Ultimately, it didn't turn out too badly...for a woodcut/photoshop hybrid.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Memphis Sport Cover

This is the original version of the cover I did for Memphis Sport Magazine. The idea was to portray Memphis Tigers player Joey Dorsey as a "monster on the court" by kinda sorta ripping off this Hulk cover. Ultimately, we 86'd the lava ink spatters and went with something cleaner. These things are on stands all over Memphis and they're pick one up!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Comic Goodness part 1

Comic Goodness part 2

So...this is my second Holiday edition of my C.A. comic Drawing from Life. We're not counting the Halloween Fiasco because it was just that. Originally, I wanted to do an 8 page story featuring only the Sky Pirates, but we opted against it. I managed to work a little of it in this story, but hopefully...hopefully, I'm going to make my own comic of it next year. Woo hoo!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Rocketeer...

But which one should I finish for the Dave Stevens tribute over at Project Rooftop???

Woah...what's this? I'm blogging two days in a row? Fancy that!

This piece was for the sports section a few days ago. I'm not usually keen on the sports illustrations for several reasons. One of which is that I'm not actually a big sports fan. The other is that most of the guys in the sports department (bless their little hearts) aren't exactly what I'd call "thinkers outside the box" and do most of their thinking on the literal side. You know the kind of people I'm talking about. They work in Photoshop elements and think it's the same thing as actually working in photoshop. Their idea of being creative is to take some text and get crazy-go-nuts with it by...wait for it...wait...wait for it...making it diagonal. Now, I'm not saying the world doesn't need people like that. It does. They're called accountants.
Ok...enough sports department bashing. They're actually trying harder these days to get creative (for reals) and we've had a couple of productive brainstorming sessions. Enough of my jibber jabber, though. I'll tell you a little bit about the illustration. The column was about the Memphis Tigers basketball team and the challenges they face as...apparently...the rest of the sports world hates them and thinks they're thugs and whatnot. They wanted to go with a "Memphis vs. the World" kind of vibe so of all my sketches they liked the Atlas reference and that's what we went with. I couldn't be more delighted that I didn't have to draw an anthropomorphic tiger...again. This was a pencil drawing that I scanned and worked my secret magic on in Photoship...or as lamen and experts at typing like to call it...photoshop.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Remember me? It's Christmas!

Ok...I lied. It isn't really Christmas. But it's close enough when you consider I'm about to shower you with gifts.
Ok...I lied again. I'm not really showering you with gifts. I'm showering you with long overdue blog posts. But those are like gifts, right?
So...let's get to it!
This was the image for the Christmas Party invite I sent to most of you, but later found out you didn't see. I waited on my stoop, but nobody came. Pout.
Not really. Some of you did come and it was awesome. We'll do it again this year!