Digital illustration of a few samples of north american wildlife created for Red Wolf Sanctuary. This art will be produced as wine labels for bottles of wine which will be sold and the proceeds used to benefit the sanctuary. This has been one of my favorite projects to work on. I appreciate the work the sanctuary does to preserve and protect our North American wildlife.
An illustration I created for Jack and Jill magazine for their “Pen in Hand” department while I worked as their art director. This was a reader-submitted story that we illustrated and published in the November/December 2013 issue.
One of the requirements was to incorporate some kind of activity into the illustration. For this one, we asked that the reader find the six hidden hockey stick shapes within the illustration. Can you find them?
We finally got Kash the kangaroo fleshed out and finalized. This is the mascot for a local bank who wanted to use Kash on their promotional and marketing materials. This is a good demonstration of character consistency and action poses for character development and illustration.
As most freelance artists do, I sometimes find it necessary to take work that’s off the beaten path (in terms of my normal subject matter and style) in order to help make ends meet. The house rendering below is one of those jobs, and one that I hope will become fairly regular.
I’ve been working with house designer Dan Jones, of Dan R Jones Design, to develop a style for rendering his custom house designs for presentation to his clients. He provides the elevation drawings, and I add the fluff.
If things go well, this could turn into repeat business, which is good. I’ve developed a digital but artistic style that I think works well for this application. I’m working in Adobe Photoshop, and I’ve created multiple custom brushes and stock landscaping elements to help expedite the process. I’m also working on multiple layers so that I can make color changes and other modifications without too much trouble.
You saw the sketch of this in my last post, so here is the full-color version. I illustrated this for a children’s book spread with an 8 x 10 inch page size. I’ve also included a version with the text mocked up so you can see how the composition has to allow for narrative text.
The creative process differs somewhat from artist to artist, but here is an example of mine. I’ve chosen the story of Little Red Riding Hood to work with to demonstrate my abilities in conveying narrative, action, emotion, and consistent character development in my illustrations.
These are different from some of my other sketches as these have been created digitally in Adobe Photoshop. So far, I think I like the digital process in my sketch work. I notice that as I go along, the sketches are getting tighter and tighter. That is fine for me for now as I don’t answer to a client on this one. Generally, of course, I would submit rougher sketches, much like the second image with Red and the wolf in the woods. I would get approval on that before moving forward with tighter sketches.
The VERY rough sketch below is an example of the first step in my creative process, using traditional pencil and paper. I scribble out these just to get a basic idea of what I might want the characters to look like and what scenes I might want to include. These are so rough that they would never be seen by a client.
Keep tuned in to see how the work progresses from here.
I finally finished this illustration. This one was a bit of a challenge just because of the abundance of subject matter. It was created at poster size, so there was a lot of room for “stuff.” That being said, this is also the most commercial use of the “Celestial” style of illustration that I’ve done to date. I plan to continue creating for more commercial purposes. Again, I’m trying to get a more marketable portfolio put together, and showing how my illustration style can be used in specific venues is important.