Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Moon Belongs To Everyone

JAMES - the latest Local Showcase at the Orange Peel poster. from what i listened to, the bands had a kinda hippy-jammie type feel, so i went a little psychadelic on this one. i was actually 3/4 of the way into a completely different design when i took a break to do a little freeform sketching. the sketch was way more appropriate for the show than what i was already working on, so i ditched it and refined the sketch to what you see above (and below).

the final drawing was done on vellum paper with a brush for the finesse-y parts, and marker for the big ol' fill-ins. red was all marker. the vellum i just got is from a pad, it's the Pearl Paint house brand. it's pretty weak, curls waay too easily. tho it was relatively cheap and is still better than tracing paper, i'm gonna get more of the good stuff (on a roll, at the local paper store in Asheville) for my future "finals". still, it's better than tracing paper, and more convenient than bristol.

ah convenience, you sneaky bastard. the moon belongs to everyone.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Fuckin' Winter

JAMES - remember what the sun feels like? me neither. if we have to live in a world with global warming, why can't we live in a world without winter? here's to april.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


TOM - I started this one sometime before Christmas, but got distracted with some other things and had to put it to the side. This week though, I started coloring it a little at a time and finally finished it today. This is another attempt at incorporating type into my work. I had alot of fun with this one and really took my time on it. I've been messing around with drawing strawberries for a few months now and don't exactly know why except that they're really fun to draw, especially all bunched up. So naturally, I combined strawberries with the other subject I like to draw, cute girls, and this is what came out.

Here is the Black and White version. I really like keeping certain elements in pencil now. Later!

Sketchbook Drawing

TOM - Picked up a new sketchbook last week at NY Art Central. Handmade paper from South India made from recycled cotton rag. The company is Khadi Papers. I'm into the texture of the paper and the way my pens are reacting to it. Here are some sketches I did last week while James was in town. Top one is of my bro Darren watching TV and below are some studies of James that really don't look like him, but I had fun with the ink wash.

Been thinking about doing some portraits of various people in my life, so perhaps these might come in handy sometime soon.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Philadelphia City Paper

TOM - I illustrated this past weeks Philadelphia City Paper cover. They were holding their annual fiction contest, so I was asked to illustrate the winning story. This was the second cover I did for them, and much more challenging than the first. The concept given to me was pretty whacky, so the challenge was to fit in quite a bit of info while maintaining an interesting composition. Since it was going to be printed on newsprint, I was encouraged to use bright bold colors to avoid a muddy washed out cover.
Here is the final product. All in all, I'm happy with the way it turned out and glad to get the chance to illustrate another cover. If you're into short fiction, check out the story here.