Monday, November 29, 2010

The Ghost of Christmas Present

Concept and process sketches for the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Concept sketches

The Jerry Garcia look.

Final approved sketch

Black line art

Color pallet

Complementary color pallet

Add background color

Add basic figure color

More figure color

Foreground color

Candles and torch

Add glow

Face color

Rim light

I then took the illustration to my compadre, Sterling Hundley, and told him that something was really bothering me about the illustration -- that the head seemed out of place. He looked at the printout and drew a little sketch below and suggested that I tilt the head back more.

Which I did. Drawing of new head as suggested by Sterling

New head painting

Added holly highlight

Final illustration

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jandos is back as AD of the Washington City Paper

The production of The Washington City Paper is back in DC where it belongs and Jandos Rothstein is back as its art director. Jandos along with Pete Morelewicz, who also served as AD for the City Paper, are two of my favorite Art Directors. Their comments are never compromised by personal taste, always enhance the concept, and have always made my work better.

Just Like Old Times at the Washington Times

Client: The Washington City Paper

Art Director: Jandos Rothstein

I was glad to find out that Jandos is back in the drivers seat and happy that he contacted me for the cover image of his return issue. The concept sketches and final illustration for last weeks cover are attached. The story is about the fall of The Washington Times -- The Capitol City's outspoken voice of conservative politics and leading example of yellow journalism.

sketch 1: The Rev. Sung Myung Moon "The King of the Ocean" in a paper boat going down with his ship.

sketch 2: Rev. Moon going over a cliff riding the Republican elephant.

sketch 3: A “yellow journalism” clenched fist holding a rolled up newspaper has fallen from its pedestal.

sketch 4: Moonies morning a dead paper.

sketch 5: Dog urinating on a copy of the Washington Times.

sketch 6: "Timber" the newspaper falls.

sketch 7: Pushing a paper boat on fire out to sea.

sketch 8: Good night Mr. Moon!

The Final Illustration