Only the most devilish color combination would do for this poster! I might make a version with the colors inverted, so you can view the same red and blue hovering in front of you as an afterimage.
Herman Melville’s classic tale of office drudgery. Read the entire story here.
These are cover designs/illustrations for The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, one of my favorite short stories. There are a few places to read it online. I like this one.
Oftentimes I wish I could stop at a thumbnail or a rough draft because it captures the feeling of my subject so immediately and succinctly. The most difficult thing for me in producing final work is to not have it appear too labored or stylized. Lately I’ve been trying to draw my final work with a looser hand and illustrating The Yellow Wallpaper forced me to do that— it’s such a raw, disturbing story and I didn’t want to mute any of its emotional power.
I love designing business cards for the challenge of expressing an entire identity inside a 2×3.5″ space. My favorite people to design business cards for are fellow artists, and I happen to have lots of them in my family.
My father’s card was the more complicated of the two. For the front, I took a photograph of the heart signature that he stamps on the bottom of all his pottery, and based the logo and other elements on that. For the back of the card, I photographed a few of his pieces and chose this green vase because it fit the proportions of the card well, and it had a nice warm glow that I was looking for. In fact, I barely had to adjust the original photo. I added a bit of soft reddish-brown to the edges of each side to make the photo and logo stand out more.
My mother’s card was easier to produce. For the front, I used the same fonts from her website. Taking advantage of Moo’s Printfinity feature, I sampled ten different details from her collages for the back of the card. I like to do this for my own cards because it’s like carrying a mini portfolio around. Also, I can see which images people respond to the most.
I colored in this sketch for my first entry to Colour Collective, a weekly illustration challenge created by London-based illustrator Penny Neville-Lee. Find the rules and the week’s color on her Twitter profile. Use your Twitter account to post your illustration featuring the week’s chosen color (last week’s was MINT) along with the hashtag #colour_collective, every Friday at 19.30 GMT— make sure to adjust your time zone if necessary!
Here’s another slideshow for #inkpril, the latest drawing challenge I’m participating in. So far I haven’t been able to contribute daily sketches, but at least I’m sticking to my self-imposed theme this time. Credit goes to illustrator Liz Wong for creating this challenge!
This month I’ve been participating in yet another daily drawing challenge, #inkpril, which has the same premise as #inktober, except it takes place now. I’m a lot busier in April so I can’t contribute a drawing every day, but I am sticking to my chosen theme this time, which is unusual words pulled from The Wordsworth Book of Intriguing Words. So far I have only illustrated various manias, so it’s become an even tighter theme.
Oh no, I just looked at my sketch and their toes are in the wrong order. I blame insomnia for that one. Actually the alternate title of the book I mentioned above is The Insomniac’s Dictionary. It got me thinking about how wonderful and important it is for an illustrator to build up a good reference library. There is something about leafing through a book of obscure words or a field guide to beetles that Google Image Search and Wikipedia will never replace.