Thursday, December 29, 2011

An Experiment in Color & Value

I wanted to create a piece reminiscent of the old Universal Horror Films. While entertaining, the new "Underworld" films can be a bit tedious with all the latex & "Matrix"-style gymnastics and editing ("30 Days of Nights" was brilliant, though) and wanted to do something in the "Classic" vein, so to speak.
Started as a full color piece, about halfway through I began to wonder how it could look in black and white. Keeping that idea in the back of my mind I proceeded and finished the piece in glorious, if subdued, four color.
After a short break I removed all the color, tweaked a few areas by punching up the values and then punching up the contrast on a few others.
I was pleasantly surprised with the final result and decided to add them both to the website for a side-by-side comparison.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The New & Improved Site is Finally Up!

After several false starts the site is up. I'm very pleased with the quantity & quality of the illustrations I have on display. It's always tough to narrow down so many pieces into a very limited amount of space but I think I managed to get the right images in the right places.
I have a section each for Print Illustration, Film & Video Concept Illustration and Flotsam & Jetsam Illustration (which is a bit of a cheat as it's basically a catch-all for pieces I like but am not totally sure where to place them).
No doubt I'll be making some adjustments to the site over the next couple of weeks but overall it's good to go!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Site ready? Almost there...

So I've been spending the past ten days or so working on the new Illustration site.
I really haven't had a site devoted exclusively to "Illustration" and it was tough pulling the trigger on a few pieces. While many have special places in my heart, quite a few of those weren't appropriate for the site. I didn't fell they best represented my work.
It's tough to delete so many of the older pieces, too. I kept a couple in the "Flotsam and Jetsam" section (basically a catch-all for pieces too tough to categorize otherwise) but for the most part I left out anything older than six years or so.
It'll be going live by the end of the day today (I'll post the link when it's ready) so take a look when you get the chance and let me know what you think.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Been gone too long-

It's been a crazy -what? Year? 18 months?
Writing, illustrating and promoting two books (in addition to all my other, regular work) has kept me away for quite a while.
With the new year right around the corner I'll be turning a new leaf, putting on big-boy pants and start to add regular, proper posts to this site.
See you soon-