Wednesday, September 5, 2007

"Listen, Sweetie" + The Man In The Boat

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....


thomas pitilli said...

Yeah!!! That "Man in the boat" is sick! I love the experimenting that you've been doing, i need to do more of that. Yr getting a really nice 3d quality with the color on that one and it looks nice against the more cartoony figure and the hatched background. And the content and style of these totally work with the bands that yr promoting.
'Listen Sweetie' is really fantastic as well. The layering was very successful. That background image feels like an old photograph and the line work in the foreground reminds me a little of Raymond Pettibon. Nice work!

H. Stewart said...

I feel a song coming on; "My Chili Pepper Heart". I like 'em both; as Tom said, they show some experimentation, different from your other stuff, for sure.