ALWAYS have a problem drawing people in profile, just something about it has always alluded me. Sometimes though, it just clicks, I have that all the time, I try and try, and never get it right, then one day, I start drawing, and BAM! I can do it. That’s not to say I always get it right, I’m still learning, probably always will be, and that makes my work more interesting to do, always a challenge. One of the best books I ever bought was How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, this book is so helpful, it’s an old book, still in print, and for good reason I suspect. I’ve bought many ‘how to’ books over the years, all quite helpful, but the Marvel one changed my way of drawing, I loosened up and most importantly, I learnt how to draw profiles.
Monthly Archives: November 2008
THIS week’s dose of inspiration comes from an illustrator I greatly admire, Brandon Ragnar. With a very retro style Ragnar creates images that leap from the page, his use of white space is just perfect, often leaving gaps in the illustration where clothes should be, instead they are formed with the use of white space.
He has several books available, and I urge anyone with an interest in good illustration to buy them, they are Chromaphile, Vernaculis and Symptomatica, he also published two children’s books called Izzy’s Very Important Job and Got Your Nose, both beautifully illustrated.
THIS was a fun job to do, created for the cover of The Journal newspaper’s School Awards supplement. This part is of a teacher and two of his students, he used rap to teach the kids, great idea! We had photographs of all the award winners and the idea was to have a montage on the cover with the title piece. I’m not a fan of montages so I suggested an illustration. So I created an illustration made up of the winners, this is just a section, will post full illustration when I locate it. It went down quite well, wish I had time to spend this long on every cover, I think it illustrates quite well illustration can work better than photography.
COLOUR, a constant worry, and a constant challenge, I have only recently noticed that I have a set colour pallet. When I put a large body of my work together, there is a definite similarity in the colours, I think maybe that is my style. Rather than have a set way my drawing looks, I think I have a set way my colour looks, and that has become my style. I’ve just finished a job which consisted of around 20 illustrations for a book, flicking through them, they all have the same colours! All this time wondering If I had a style, and there it is under my nose, well, under the layers pallet.
THESE were unused, sometimes you have to create several images to know what you don’t want, these were for a fashion chain, but were deemed a bit old fashioned in style, I quite like the look of these, almost remind me of old sixties pattern packaging. I never discard the unused work, you never know when you might need it, even if it’s just a reminder of a certain style, what’s not right for one job maybe perfect for another, now I just have to wait for that perfect job to come along.
SWISSMISS is a website created and curated by Tina Roth Eisenberg a ‘swiss designer gone NYC’ and is a blog of creativity, it covers everything from furniture to graphic design, always interesting, always inspiring, as Tina herself says it’s archive of things that ‘make me look’, I always discover new things on this site, hope you do too!
SORRY for the delay in posting anything, it’s been an incredibly busy week, deadlines all over the place. Anyway, was created using felt tip pens, I quite like the texture they give, you can see it was done by hand. Computer generated images never seam to have that, never mind how much I try. I’ve tried using Painter, but I just can not get it to do what I want, I should really try and practice with it more. I’ve seen some amazing work done in Painter, very like traditional painting, maybe I’ll get around to trying it again soon… maybe.