Sunday, September 18, 2011

Speaking at The University of Georgia

This coming Tuesday, September 20th I will be speaking to a group of young people at The University of Georgia. The professor has asked me to talk about magazine cover and children's book illustration.

I have some portfolio material I'm bringing, including a great deal of my work on a CD. Having been a teacher several years ago at The Art Institute of Atlanta I'm really looking forward to this.

I illustrated and had printed a postcard that has the above image on the front of it. That card has all of my contact info on the back. I'm going to hand one out to each of the students. I think it's important and could be a good thing for these guys to have a link to a working professional in the business.

....and if any of you UGA kids are reading this now don't hesitate to leave a comment here or to contact me anytime.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Illustration Friday-Imperfect

The word for this week's Illustration Friday assignment is "imperfect." Now I ask you, who or what is more imperfect than the idiots (from both parties) who supposedly represent all of our interests in Washington?...So I decided to show my reptilian version of a typical U.S. political hack.

No sketch prep work on this. I just started sketching on an open top layer in Photoshop. Once I had a decent working sketch I set that layer's (named "linework") properties to "multiply." I then created a separate layer, named it "color" and put it underneath the linework layer. All the color work can be done on the color layer while preserving the sketch on the top layer.

I hope you like it.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Illustration Friday-Obsession

The word for this week's Illustration Friday assignment is "obsession." I thought about Imelda Marcos and her shoes and Howard Hughes with his OCD. I settled on what might be the greatest case of fictional obsession: Captain Ahab from Moby Dick. His obsession with this beast was all-encompassing and would make a potentially fun and interesting illustration. I had fun with this.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Illustration Friday-Gesture

The word for this week from Illustration Friday was "gesture." For some reason the mannerisms that Marlon Brando adopted for his portrayal of Vito Corleone in The Godfather came to my mind immediately. So I knocked out this illustration in just a few hours. This says gesture to me. I hope you like it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Steve Bartkowski

I did this painting of Steve Bartkowski (quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons during the 1970's and 80's) late last fall for a charity luncheon. Bart attended and spoke to several of us Falcon fans. I got to meet him and had him sign a print of this for me. It now hangs proudly in my studio.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Illustration Friday-Stay

The word for this week was "stay." I knew a lot of my fellow artists would probably illustrate the command for dogs or some variation of that command. I went in a different direction.

I thought of that old great pop song "Stay." You know it.....Stay A-a-a-a-ah, just a little bit longer (Please) Please, please, please, please Tell me you're going to....Remakes of this great song were done by several artists and hits came from the versions by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Jackson Browne.

The original hit though that most of us know was penned by a 15 year old Maurice Williams and recorded later by Williams and his group the Zodiacs. That is who I chose to depict in my illustration....Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs in the studio (or on stage singing "Stay." I hope that you like it.