JAMES - well, i've got alot of catching up to do! this is the cover to last month's Bold Life - the lead story was on the local 'Toastmasters' group (i never heard of the Toastmasters before this, but apparently, they're all over the world). basically they're a group of people who meet up and give speeches. not the easiest cover assignment.
i was recently influenced by the work of Shepard Fairey after seeing some stuff in Juxtapoz mag (thanks for the subscription, tom!), so i put together this sketch which was very conceptual and ambitious. i drew it on a page ripped out of an old paperback book, and i intended the final peice to be bits of chaos, mixed with fine illustration, with lots of different media used (collage, spraypaint, regular paints, inks, etc.). unfortunately, i think it was too ambitious and it was rejected.
so i came up with these two - the last one being a throwaway, but hey, i was stumped. they liked the idea of mixed media from the last sketch, i think it was the concept that was too vague. so the second sketch solidified it much more, and i was ready to go.
first, i used my last sheet of some really shitty watercolor paper, which i used on purpose. this paper would start to crumble when it got really wet, and especially when i hit it hard with a brush - so i did. over and over, creating lots of layers and texture with watercolors, pencils, charcoal and scratching it up nice with a knife. then i drew all the charatcers on separate sheets of paper (actually three: one for the main head, another for the smaller heads, and another for the megaphone). i lightboxed it onto the messy watercolorpaper with a nice concoction of black india ink and some brown shellac ink i had. then i went over it with some more colors, and chalk, until i felt satisfied.
at the last minute, we realized we were running an article about historical markers and moments from the area - but had no photos for the article (no time to dig up photos from the civil war). so i was asked to do three illustrations for the story, each pertaining to one of the historical tales. i had to work real fast, since the deadline was approaching. they were all drawn on regular copy paper with my pentel brush pen; scanned into photoshop, and colored it up. the whole thing took 3 hours. when i was done, i stepped back and was really satisfied with the amount of looseness that i was able to keep, while still getting the point across. i think if i had more time, i would have gotten much more tight on them, but i don't think they would have been better served that way.
you can read the article here: boldlife.com
next month (technically this month): fencing!