Art (slash) Illustration for a Magazine Cover
Magic carpet ride over bookish buildings
Kids having fun with a reading theme
I was excited to take this job. I was happy to draw
this fun assignment: “Kids having fun
with a reading theme”. It was a lot of fun to come up with the whimsical idea of a kid all freaking out on this wild magic carpet ride while his dog is hanging on like a pit bull and he little sister, or brother, not at all afraid of the potential danger all around, just curled up with a good book and having a great time.
My transition to digital phase
This was done during my “transition to digital
” phase. I started my transition by saving time just going into Photoshop
to crank out a quick back ground. Just spray in a gradient and print it out on good paper and vuala! Most of the boring part done. So this piece was a little painful because I produced it 100% in acrylics
. Not because the client wanted it in acrylics. Not because I had more time to kill, but because my printer has finally given up trying to please me. We are no longer friends and I have banished it to the garage….And then we moved, and I hope that hateful printer is still in that garage thinking it will still have a life someday, and wondering why I haven’t come and apologized and plugged him back in. Sense any hostility?
100% ACRYLIC PAINTING ON PAPER, THE OLD FASHIONED WAY.
So it was back to my old fashioned way of painting with acrylics
. Tone the paper and painstakingly dry brush a gradient back ground and then finally get to the painting. Eventually, even that became too painstaking for me, and I have pretty well converted to 100% digi. (That is short for digital, I think) Ho the dread learning curve. Now I’m happy I made the switch. lol
Editorial Piece about Women Climbing the Corporate Ladder
editorial illustration from over a decade ago
Originally printed for Hispanic Magazine.
One of my oldies that I painted
the old fashioned way with real acrylic
paint and real brushes
. Now days I do most of my artwork
using pixels. Digital art work is just faster and… well you’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear it again. I am not dissing on traditional painting
, in fact I love the real stuff. And I encourage every artist to learn to manipulate real pigment.
Looking at this takes me back. If you’ll notice, I would paint or tone the canvas or paper, with a rather dark color, and then paint lighter colors on top and slowly build up the painting with a very dry brush. Leaving a lot of the toned background to show through. In a nutshell, that is my acrylic painting style