Sunday, April 14, 2013

Original Art Sundays No. 153: placeholder: A Micmac Legend (gouache, collage)

Well, I'm rethinking figure positions on the next Cowgirls page, so either later this week or up for next Sunday's entry.
Meanwhile, here's another unused editorial piece.
This one incorporates illustration as a border element.
There are aspects of this that I really like, but in retrospect, I would have handled the type differently- nothing really wrong with it, but it doesn't have much character.

The illustration is just detailed enough. The layout is intended to draw the reader right into the text. The costuming of the lower figure is authentic, at least according to my research.
As indicated above, this was done at 100% size in gouache with elements (leaves, photos of earth) collaged into it. I'm hardly a huge fan of collage, but in this case it works.
Very hectic week at work coming up, but I hope to make time to complete that page. The top half is already wonderful; I just must make the bottom half follow suit!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Original Art Sundays no. 152: oddment: atsa my girl!

Next Surrealist Cowgirls page is on the boards, roughed out and half penciled.
Meanwhile, here's a VERY old airbrush piece. Yeah, that's right, traditional airbrush.
This piece was inspired by my fascination with that most surreal of bands, The Residents.
I always liked this one, even though it was not without its flaws. I could have popped more highlights to round the eyeballs, and some veins, and another layer to the cityscape would have increased the piece's depth.
The grays ran to the red in the scan, but I was able to fix a lot of it.
Still, a fun, fairly successful piece.
Next week, back to the Cowgirls.
Here's a Residents video to round things out:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Original Art Sundays No. 151: Surrealist Cowgirls, p. 16

I'm going to have to go back and go over the numbering when the story is a bit closer to done.
After midnight so technically not Sunday any more. But I've written almost 3000 words today, and have 4750 to complete tomorrow for a TIGHT deadline, so I don't care right now. Just glad I have something to post!
Here's the next page:
Quite pleased with this one. The center tier/panel could have a bit more weight, so perhaps before going to press I'll pop in an arc of black or some such. For right now, it more than serves.
The Zen Squirrel is not what he seems.
Next week, either the next page or a Blast From the Past.
Thanks for sticking with me!