Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek of a commission I had recently. It's the biggest illustration I've done to date (1.8 x 1m) and it was a quick turn around.

The client made me alter the expression from this, to be more engaging, and it turned out well but I do prefer it this way.

I was a bit freaked out about the level of detail I would have to include at this size, but it turned out not to be too big of a deal. I'll post the full image once the client gives me the go ahead.

Ye Olde Way.

I did a pro bono job for a local community group recently and I afforded myself the luxury of illustrating with brush and ink, the old fashioned way! As much as I admire fine brush work (I'm a great fan of the loose lines of Bill Watterson) I've never really used it in my own work either because of deadlines or a fear of it looking shit.

Well I did it for this job and I had a ball! I think the results are okay and I really impressed myself with how natural the lines look and the little nuances that the brush gives the line weight. I used barely thinned india ink and an old rigging brush that I had lying around.

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Matilda Cartoon Competition 2009

It's on again, the cartoon comp. As well as organising my entries to try and win some cash, I was asked to do the promo illustrations again and below is the main logo caricature that I did.

Last year I put together a Kevin Rudd and this year I went for Obama.

I was happy that the client went for this idea, because I thought it was damn funny (not always how the client sees things...), and they thought it would be good to give some flack to Obama as he hasn't seemingly done much wrong yet. It's a digital piece put together in about 12 hours or so. I would have liked a bit more time to work on the hands but it was a tight deadline and the final image was going to be scaled down and only 72dpi anyway.

I'm thinking of putting up a piece by piece of how it came together but we'll see how I go.

Head to to check out the comeptition heats and some good old fashioned web based journalism.

Some More Live Work

Another day another wedding, I managed to keep up the pace of the last live post I made, which is a good sign that it wasn't a one off. I might slow down next time and add some more detail, but we'll see what happens when the pressure's on!