JAMES - so i was doing some sketching, and i had a long weekend coming up, which allowed me some time to work on some illustrations using techniques i wanted to test out. then Tom Dash emailed me about some shows he needed flyers for, can i do them? for the Spider Bags, hell yeah! plus Glenn Mercer (ex-Feelies). put 2+2 together, and i have some incentive to work on those illos.
the top sketch is a riff on a panel in one of Alex Toth's comics (i can't find it again, or i woulda posted it). originally i had the idea to do the illo just like that, in one color ink. then another illo right on top (in different color ink) with the characters in a different pose. with the bottom sketch, i hit a nerve somewhere and i went with it.
"Listen, Sweetie" obviously ended up very differently. i just kept layering paints + inks. brown shellac ink, black india ink, watercolors, acrylic matte medium, yellow, white and red FW inks, many brushes, all on vellum bristol (which stayed pretty strong). at the end, i put a piece of clear acetate over it and painted the lettering on that, so the illustration is separate from the text.
with 'The Man In The Boat', i was keeping Mike Sniper's posters in mind when composing it, and got real fancy with the #2 brush when inking. i liked the colors on the original sketch, so i just used the same markers to color it. then a little post-production, to take it further than i usually do with these style illustrations. a louch of watercolor, lots of pencil over the inks, white paint, white crayon, white chalk, and finished the details with some Micron markers (#0.2 + Permopaque). same thing with the lettering on a layer of acetate.
they're both 8.5x11. i did them both at the same time, and pretty quickly too, considering that i did some extra steps to preserve the un-texted illustration. what's next....