Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
I've been working this summer on a faith-based project, which initially had me a bit intimidated.
Drawing the Holy Family and the earliest saints presents both a challenge and a sense of responsibility. Some of history's greatest works of art depict the nativity, the ascension, and other biblical stories. Sadly, some of the worst art seen by human eyes has attempted the same.
Knowing my own limitations, as well as the limitations of the project (this is for very young children), I set a few easy guidelines for myself and discovered a few things along the way.
First, it's always well and good to draw inspiration from the masters, but when researching costumes and garb from biblical times, it's sometimes better to look elsewhere.
inspiring work by Caravaggio:
Helpful still from the Mel Gibson film "Passion of the Christ"
Second, you gotta loosen up. I started with loose sketches of ordinary folks in ordinary situations, like the ones at the top of the post and below. Some of these are mere warm-ups —expressions with beards, but I fully-intended to work a few into crowd scenes. Ordinary people can be turned into saints easily enough. After a few hours of looking at pictures, and free sketching, I felt as if I could move on.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Had a little time for doodling this afternoon. I've always wanted to sketch my own version of a Chinese Dragon. Now I just want to make more.
Tonight ends the year of the rabbit and begins the year of the dragon —the luckiest symbol of the zodiac. In Chinese tradition, dragons are charismatic, aggressive and succeed at everything they do.
Here are a couple more:
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Hahana Beach is a local restaurant, a bar and the premier venue for professional sand volleyball in Cincinnati. I was brought on by Parkey Design to inject some personality and primal savagery to their identity. Together we combed through images of retro tiki signage, tribal tattoos and authentic artifacts from all over the South Pacific.
The client wanted to include a sun/moon motif to emphasize the fact that Hahana Beach caters to leagues during the day and only gets livelier when the sun goes down.
My favorite attempts were based on Maori facial tattoos and had a real savage quality to them, I thought they were very descriptive of sand volleyball —especially the spiking.
After the logo was finalized, I was asked to design their menu —a rewarding task which allowed me to use some of the Oceanic design elements that didn't make it in the logo.
The menu has been changed a bit since it's creation. You can view the current version here.
Hahana Beach opened on Wooster Pike late last summer. Check them out now, and you can say you ate there during their first full season!
Monday, July 18, 2011
I recently finished another shirt design for Troop 820. (This year they are going to Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan.) I felt that including an actual sleeping bear was too obvious, but I didn't want to omit it either, so I made him drooling (a bit obvious again).
Once I came up with the utterly infantile idea of fish being lured away from the standard bait by the bear's dribbling loogie, I knew I was done.
Once again, I'll leave with a hearty recommendation for the
T-shirt Co. They always do a fantastic job!
Friday, July 15, 2011
I wasn't sure I'd ever get around to posting this, but Potter-mania caught up with me.
This is a cartoon I did for the Spring issue of California Magazine. They have a running feature called "Twisted Titles" where they invite readers to put a spin on a well-known book, and then they pay illustrators to pile on added snarkiness. The winning title was Hairy Potter —Hippie Ceramicist. A parody of Ghost was indefensible yet inescapable. I just needed the perfect fill-in for Sam. Dobby seemed a natural choice —he has Swayze's eyes.
Here are some sketches:
First take: Harry as a stoner-type. I rejected this one myself.
Obviously, you can't do a tiki mug on a spinning pottery wheel, but who cares. Who wouldn't want a Voldemort tiki-mug?
Here's the chosen concept:
The final page (click to enlarge):