Saturday, February 21, 2009

Illustration Friday/ Mother's Instinct

Hello, all.

This was an image I created for my portfolio for a story about getting ready for church on Sunday. It has some proportional issues, but I (and my wife and daughter) still like it a lot. It even won Third Place in an exhibition at the Center for Visual Artists here in Greensboro.

When my daughter was born, my wife was concerned about doing her hair and doing it well. It seemed like an overwhelming task, but of course, Mother's Instinct took over, and she's been doing it every week now for nine years.

Thanks to my wife and daughter for putting up with me and posing for countless images.

Have a great week.


Saturday, February 7, 2009

Illustration Friday/ Hang Time

Hello, all.

This week's topic made me think of sports, which is odd for me, because I only follow boxing as a sport. I just couldn't get the image of "hang time" out of my head.

Ozzie Smith earned the nickname 'The Wizard' for some of the extraordinary athleticism he would display on the field. This was part of a baseball show that was done a while back here in Greensboro to correlate with our new stadium and local minor league team, the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Several of my buddies did great work for the show, including Dave Stanley, Tom Reis, and Marshall Lakes

This image came early on in my endeavors to be an illustrator. It was an okay image, but I have learned a lot since then. The extended arm, for example, should be bigger to heighten the sense of space.

This was my first piece in colored pencil. As I have mentioned earlier, I am color-blind. I remember working on this piece and bringing it in for a critique. One of my buddies noticed that I used green instead of black (or is it black instead of green... ???) on his uniform. I did feel comfortable doing this, though, because I could read the writing on the pencils and organize them in terms of value.
The background is actually an old piece of mat board sprayed with bleach. I had it spinning on a potter's wheel to get the effect. I had the board for almost eight years before I came up with the idea of using it for a background. I was pleased.
Well, I'm off to work on some more art. I will be posting an image of John Henry soon, along with some more figurative studies and a few sketchbook pages.
Have a great week!