When I get the chance, I like to redo older artwork. Usually I change the colors; sometimes I change or get rid of one little thing that’s been bothering me, like this necklace. This portrait was already available as a print in both my Etsy and Society6 shops, so I’ve updated both listings to reflect the change.
The Society of Illustrators is my favorite place to do figure drawing because not only do they always have live music and a full bar, it’s the only place I’ve been to where the models wear some sort of costume. That means a lot to me because there’s only so many times I can ask my friends and family to pose, and they’re not models, so they twitch and fidget (sorry guys!) which disturbs the intricate, ephemeral folds of cloth, and then I have to erase everything and have an aspirin.
Photo reference books for artists fill in the gaps once in a while, but they’re too static, no substitute for a real person who knows how to sit perfectly still for up to twenty minutes. Always appreciate your models!
A while ago, I designed a new website for a French bakery. They wanted about five different sketches for the home page. We went with one that depicted the bakery’s storefront, a sidewalk scene, with a limited pale yellow and golden brown color palette. I thought this rejected sketch of the counter would look nice with a full-color treatment. N.B.: The background is the same paper I used for my wedding invitations!
I made some new greeting cards and they’re available on my Etsy site! Admit it, for Easter this year you’re tired of having hard-boiled eggs that you have to chop into salad for a week, and you want to avoid all that fattening delicious FATTENING candy. Enter the ecstatic Easter bunny! He’s got what you need to feed your head, along with some special hydroponically grown Easter grass to help you mellow out before and after church.
See it here!
Or if dealing with the Easter bunny and his issues is just too much of a hassle this year, you can have his basket all to yourself:
See it here!
I’m on a retro kick again. I used to collect recipe booklets and brochures from the 50’s and 60’s. A lot of them were illustrated with these simple, blocky collages and when I started on this one, I noticed it was in that style, so I kept going with it.
If I was a professor of design, advertising, and/or illustration, my first project would be to imagine the most useless, disgusting, or just plain ridiculous product, then present it in a way that makes it appealing. 50’s commercial art really does that for me. If ads were still in this style, I’d probably be smoking two packs a day, washed down with rum and Coca-Cola. And woven sisal fibers!
Well, I went straight from moving into a new apartment to the holiday season, but I took a break from Christmas carousing to draw this. Aw, who am I kidding, the blizzard made me do it! It took three days for the plows to come by, and walking around is still kind of difficult, especially when the sun shines on the banks of melting ice. There’s nothing like pretending to be completely snowed in to recover my discipline (that and forgetting to stock up on books and movies at the library…)