Thursday, November 17, 2011
I think I've got the colors where I want them. Posting a few color options, and I'm trying to decide between a simple 2-color version or a 3-color version which enhances the detail, just a bit. I don't know -- I think I like the 2-color version better, and I wanted to depart from my usual method of cluttering things up with too many colors and just let the detail of the black and white illustration bear the brunt of communicating detail. Since this was originally supposed to be a shirt design for the solidly fantastic band RED FANG (and still might be), I played around a bit with some logo placement just for fun.
This design was originally going to be a submission for the recent t-shirt design contest put on by one of my favorite bands, RED FANG. Alas, deadlines and such got in the way, and paid work always takes priority over contest submissions, unfortunately. I've been working on this in bits and pieces when I've got spare time (which isn't often), but I've finally got it inked and ready to color!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This was a very exciting project to work on, and I had a great time working on it. Art director extraordinaire Jon Schindehette for Wizards of the Coast (the folks that own Dungeons & Dragons) commissioned me to do some character production artwork for, arguably, their most popular character Drizz't Do'Urden, who was created by R.A. Salvatore, one of the most prominent fantasy writers in the biz. Anyway, they wanted to turn one of the designs I was working on into a shirt design for their upcoming clothing brand, so I reworked the layout and colors, and added some design and text elements, and this was the result, which they released at an R.A. Salvatore book signing. Hopefully, I'll have some news as to the greater line launch soon, and I also hope to be able to share the rest of the artwork soon.
This posting is a bit late, but I was recently invited by J. Chris Campbell and the fellows at Wide Awake Press to contribute to this year's Halloweirdos blog, where different artist provide Halloween-spirited artwork. I decided to work up one of my old Beast du Jour sketches and give it a polish and a fresh coat of paint. He's called "The Hovering Spenk", and he's a very mischievous alien from a planet where intelligent life evolved from pumpkins. His low-grade telekinesis enables him to hover around about two feet off the ground.
This was a lot of fun to work on, and I'm going to be taking a few more of my sketchbook beasties to final illustration stage very soon.