Saturday, December 13, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Rambunctious"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Rambunctious" I was feeling kinda retro.   So I went with Mr. Daddy-O, hanging out in the lodge and slurping down some dirty martinis.  The more he drinks the more rambunctious he gets!  I also sent this image through the "Machine Wash" to give it a little texture.  I couldn't think of anything that exciting to use for text, so I just went with what this illustration is for.  It took about 3 hours and was done in Illustrator and PhotoShop.   

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Balloon"

For this weeks Illustration Friday I with a balloony panda. It was done in Illustrator and took about 4 hours.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Opinion"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Opinion" I went with something I just finished up for Valentines Day.  It's going to be in a children's puzzle magazine.  When doing illustrations with this many people (this is only half of the whole image) I come up with my own little stories that are going on with the characters.  In this one- the popular girl with all the valentines day cards has the "opinion" - "It's all about me!"  For some reason she looks like her name could be Britney:)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Pretend"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "pretend" I went with an image I just recently finished up for Halloween.  It's part of a larger illustration done for a children's puzzle magazine.  I don't know what it is, but it's fun drawing witches in striped tights and big hats.   When my son Max saw this image he said, "Hey look,  that's Ronald McDonald!".  It's not- maybe I was hungry when I was roughing it out:)  The whole illustration took about two days.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Vacant"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Vacant" I went with an empty or "vacant" crib.  My mom told me of how when I was a baby, she would come in to get me from sleeping and the crib would be empty- and that freaked her out (wonder why:).  Apparently I used to climb out of my crib and start playing with toys when I was supposed to be sleeping- go figure.  This illustration started off as a boy in a blue room, but got changed about half way through.  I was going for something less freaky this week.  My last weeks post kinda freaked my wife out.  She said the "Repair" illustration reminded her of one of those Hannibal Lecter movies-ewhh!  This took about 4.5 hours.  

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Repair"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Repair" I went kinda Halloweeny.  I got slammed with work this week (totally busy) and wasn't going to do an illustration- but while giving my kids a bath last night I did a quick sketch of this little evil scientist "repairing" his super evil brain.  AND THEN I woke up at 3:30 am and couldn't sleep.  So... I got up and started finishing off this illo.  It took about 3.5 hours and was done in Photoshop/Illustrator/and sleep deprivation.   

Monday, October 20, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Late"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Late" I went with that rabbit from Alice In Wonderland who kept saying "I'm late, I'm late!"  It took about 2 hours and was done in Illustrator and Photoshop.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Strings"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Strings" I went with the phrase "Look mom, no strings!".  I love the show Heroes and have been wanting to illustrate the cheerleader (Claire Bennet) for a while.  (Save the cheerleader, save the world!)  In this image Claire finds out her new guy friend has the power of flight and takes her for a ride around town.  I don't know where the expression "Look mom, no strings" came from, but that's what inspired this illustration (he can fly without strings).  It took about 6 hours, 3 slices of pizza, and a Pepsi:)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Sugary"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Sugary" I was going for cute and morbid.  The whole idea for the illustration started because I just wanted to draw a witch in tights with red and white stripes.  That's how it started but it went in a different direction.  It took 5 hours and was done in Illustrator and Photoshop.
  The second image I did earlier this week when I was waiting for a couple of roughs to be approved.  I have robots stuck in head.  So here's my version of Lost In Space with little Will Robinson.  I changed up the robot, but also kept some of his design from the TV show/Movie.  It took about 6 hours and was done in Illustrator/Photoshop.  I might have spent too much time on my own illustrations this week, and not enough on paying jobs- but sometimes it's just too fun to stop:)

Jerry Maguire on Illustration

This is kinda random, but here goes.  I have movies playing as background noise most of the time I'm illustrating.  I heard a line in Jerry Maguire that I think applies to what Illustrators do.  Jerry is talking to Rod Tidwell and dialog goes like this...
  "I'll tell you why you don't have your ten million dollars yet.  Right now you are a paycheck player.  You play with your head, not your heart.  In your personal life- heart!  But when you get on the field it's all about what you didn't get, who's to blame, who under threw the pass, who's got a contract you don't, who's not giving you your love.  You  know what? - That's NOT what inspires people.  Just shut up and play the game!  Play it from your heart!  And you know what?  I'll show you the "quan".  And that's the truth- that's the truth!  Can you handle it?  It's just a question between friends.  You knowwww?!"
  So here's 2 things he said that I think can make an illustrator more successful AND happy...
1) "Don't be a paycheck player/illustrator"  Don't make it just about the money.  Make it about the pure enjoyment/fun/passion of creating with your own unique talent.  If you're enjoying what your illustrating it's gonna be WAY better than if it's just a paycheck.  And the better work you do, the more work you will get.
2) "Play it/illustrate it from your heart".  Illustrating from your heart is different for each illustrator but so important.  Art Directors (and you) can tell when you just "crank" it out and when you illustrate it with passion and heart.  The more heart you use in illustration the more people will want to use you- because people who have passion and heart for what they do "inspire people".  If your clients are inspired by you and your work- you're most likely building a strong "personal relationship" that will lead to more work opportunities.  And that's my random thought on Jerry Maguire and illustration...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Packed"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday I was totally stumped!  I couldn't come up with anything I really wanted to illustrate.  So after scribbling out some loose ideas  I remembered an episode of Star Trek where Captain Kirk and the Enterprise were "packed" full of these little furry critters called "Tribbles".  (I had to google "furry space aliens on Star Trek" to find out they were called tribbles.)  I love google- it's so awesome for getting reference- I use it all the time.  In this episode Captain Kirk wore a green shirt and the tribbles didn't have eyes- so I changed it up a bit.  Anyway.... This is as close to "Packed" as I could get.  It took about 4 hours once I figured out what to do.  

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Island"

  For this weeks topic of "Island" I went with the show Fantasy Island.  When I was a kid, every Saturday night after "The Love Boat" this kinda edgy show came on- Fantasy Island.  At the beginning of each episode this little guy named Tattoo would climb to the top of this tower, ring a bell and yell the words "Da Plane...Da Plane!"  For some reason Tattoo yelling that really bugged my dad- so we had to crank up the volume so he could hear it no matter where he was in the house:)  It was d0ne in Illustrator and Photoshop and took about 4 hours.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Clutter"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "clutter" I went with E.T. (The Extra- Terrestrial).  I've been on a 80's movie kick lately.  I remember E.T. getting drunk while Elliot was at school, and making a mess (that's the clutter:)  The second illustration was inspired from Indiana Jones, Raiders Of The Lost Ark.  I took some liberties with Indiana (wasn't going for a total Harrison Ford caricature).  I did it for a portfolio piece- and cause it just seemed fun.  Both illos were done in Illustrator and Photoshop.  

Friday, August 29, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Memories"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Memories" I went back to a 70's TV show, Land Of The Lost.  I think it was on TV for one season, maybe two.  Anyway I remember I watched it on Saturday mornings because my brother (who was older and larger) wanted to watch it.  I kinda liked the show- but was more into cartoons.  Anyway the green characters are called "Sleestacks", the little blond girl was Holly and the furry little guy was named Chacha.  I saw online that they are remaking Land of the Lost with Will Ferrell- should be funny.  

Friday, August 22, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Routine"

For this weeks Illustration Friday I went with...  Darth Vader doing his morning "routine" to get ready for the day.  I remember when I was a kid and saw Empire, I was wondering if he slept with his helmet off or just took it off for an occasional breath of fresh air.  Anyway I haven't drawn Darth Vader in  long time and it seemed like a fun illo to do.  I was also going for a Vader you might want to win once in a while.  My 5 year old son Max helped me with the skin tone and light sabor color- he was my art director on this.  Max wasn't completely happy with the finish- said Vador looked too much like his younger brother Titus:(  Enough rambling.  It took about 5 hours and was done in Illustrator and Photoshop. 

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Detach"

  For this weeks topic of "detach" I was trying for something kinda random and retro.  I love that old school gouache story book stuff, so I've been trying to figure out how to duplicate it digitally.  For the story, I was thinking of a robot tea party that went bad.  This was done in Illustrator first (for the colors) and then finished up in Photoshop (for some texture).  It took about 3 and half hours.  

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Poof!"

For this weeks topic of "Poof!", I wanted to try and keep it simple.   I'm not sure if you get "Poof!' out of it, but it is what it is.  Maybe one of the rabbits is named Poof- I'm reaching:) took about 3 hours and was done in Illustrator and Photoshop.  

Friday, July 25, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Canned"

For this weeks Illustration Friday I'll share a spot I finished 2 weeks ago.  I was going to do a new one but this worked out perfect for the topic of "Canned".  It was done for curriculum for a 2nd grade english book.  It's one spot in a series of spots for a crazy story about a mom who keeps her kids in a can of peas- kinda freaky huh?  I also attached the rough...and I don't know why.

Here's the rough (note the text) -man I have horrible handwriting.  Being an illustrator shouldn't I have nice designy handwriting?  If it weren't for fonts I'd be in a bad place:) 

What I did this summer, so far....

WOW!  It's been a crazy busy summer and the summer isn't over yet.  Here's some of the projects I've been working on these past few months....
-The 2 top images (rat and rat with cat) were conceptual images done for a pitch I didn't get:(  But I had a blast doing them and like how they turned out.
-The hockey image is for a children's puzzle magazine. 
-The girl holding the news paper image is for Sunday School curriculum.
-The last image, the grasshopper and ant image is for 2nd grade english curriculum.

Here's some vector images from a few different clients.  The first image is for a Dental website- not sure if they have it up and running yet.  The second image is a poster for some Sunday School curriculum.  The last image is a 6 foot tall stand up to be used in a VBS (Vacation Bible School) setting.  They are going to have it were the kangaroos and koala's faces can be pulled back and kids can have their faces showing for pictures.   I love how easy it is to make corrections and also send vector files.  

That's my summer so far...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Primitive"

For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Primitive" I wanted to do a cave dude (I made him an artist- of course).  I wish I had time to take this to color but it's one of those crazy busy times- so I'll just call it a "concept" drawing:)    

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Fail"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday topic of "Fail" I was inspired by some old school retro animation stills I saw online.  I think this is kinda like a self portrait- well, at least the grade is- maybe the nose too?  It was done in illustrator and photoshop and I used one of those cool filters (on the background) I have on the Machine Wash disk.  It took about 3 hours.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Save"

Wow!  This image really disturbs me.  For Illustration Friday and the topic "Save" I made up a very short story.  Here it is...  Little Billy Martin liked to cut the heads off of his sister's dolls and SAVE them in empty pickle jars... The End.   Don't know why I added the rough- but here it is.  It was done in Illustrator and took (from rough to finish) about 4 hours.  

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Homage"

For this week's Illustration Friday I wanted to pay homage to Sponge Bob paying homage to his spatula or "Spatchy" as he calls it.  I have two kids so I know WAY TOO MUCH about Sponge Bob- but I love it.  Sponge Bob was done in Illustrator.  The background was done in Photoshop.  The sand is taken from a photo- in the show they like to use real objects and place them into some scenes.  It took about 4 hours for this. 

Children's Puzzle Magazine Cover

  I finished this illo this week for a children's puzzle magazine cover.  I spent a lot more time on it than I thought it was going to take.  It was done in Illustrator/Photo Shop.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Pet Peeves"

For this weeks Illustration Friday I had like a bazillion ideas for pet peeves (speeding fine doubled signs, the way too happy psycho kids on Barney... and the list went on) but I went with something I battle every summer-dandelions killing my grass:(  I did the illustration from the grasses point of view.  It's done in gouache (still learning) and took about 6 hours.

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Construction 4-Man

I did this image for fun and promo.  I was going for an old school jazz record album cover.  It's not a real band- but it seemed like a fun name.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Heavy"

  For this weeks Illustration Friday I was inspired by one of my son's toys.  He has a Wonder Woman action figure (he also has lots of male action figures too:) that I stole from him to finish up this "Heavy" Wonder Woman image.  Most of my paying jobs I do in Illustrator (vector stuff) so I thought I'd do this one in that too.   I think I spent just under 5 hours on it.  

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Garden"

For this weeks topic of Garden I came up with what might happen underground with the carrots- in my world:)  This was one of those illustrations where about 3 times I was really struggling with it- wanted to quit.  But I also had worked on it for a chunk of time and didn't want to give up.  So this is where it ended up.  It was done in gouache and took about 8 hours, 4 cups of coffee and all my purple gouache.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Leap"

For this weeks topic I wanted to do leaping, dancing, singing and working the percussion bird.  I think it's a "leap" from the topic but here's where it ended up.  It was done in Gouache on black paper and took about 7 hours.  

Falling in love...

This image was for a buddy of mine who's working on a 3D animated feature.  It's a falling in love sequence. ahhh:)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Multiple"

At first this Illustration Friday illo started with a cowboy at the saloon with the bartender serving multiple drinks to him.  I didn't like the design of the cowboy and liked the design of this guy- so I simplified it down to just him.  He's serving multiple drinks, with multiple bottles behind him- I think I over explained it again.  I did this in gouache. 

Friday, February 15, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Theory"

This weeks topic "Theory" made me think of an evil scientist coming up with a theory to take over the world.  So I came up with this image.  It's painted in gouache- I'm still trying to figure out how to paint (I'm usually illustrating on the computer.).  I spent about 6 hours on this and had a blast:)  

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Choose"

  This is what came to mind for the topic "choose".  I love food and really love dessert- so here's a French looking waiter guy offering some desserts to "choose" from.  (I probably just over explained it:)  I painted it in gouache and used some color pencils too.  

Children's Magazine Cover

Friday, February 1, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Blanket"

Above is the color sketch I did and below is the final.

Here's another try at painting (gouache).  I was thinking of how kids hold onto their blankets when they're scared.  I think I like the color sketch better than the final.  I cut out the painting and put it on a black background in Photoshop.  I'm still trying to figure out if I like this???

Friday, January 25, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Tales and Legends"

Here's my attempt at actually painting something for this week's topic- I'm not sure how I think it turned out.  My dilemma with me painting is not knowing what is loose looking and what is just sloppy.   I guess I'll just keep at it- that's all I can do:)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Plain"

  A lot of the artist I like have done an "old school" take on a cereal box, so trying to follow in their footsteps here's mine.  In my head I was trying for something a little more retro, but this is what came out.  

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Stitch"

When I saw this weeks Illustration Friday topic "Stitch" I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  For what it's worth I worked at Disney's Feature Animation Studio Florida for 9 years, and worked on the Pleakley/David unit on Lilo and Stitch.  I think Plealkey is close to model but I guessed a lot on Stitch.   It's been a few years:)

Children's Magazine Cover

I just finished this for a Children's Puzzle Magazine.  The art director had me take out the paint under her feet, but I kept it in on this version- helps make her shoes read better.