09/12/2014 — Daily #drawing JV
Lazarus 11 hits stands today from Image Comics and with it the “Conclave” arc begins with the emergence of another Lazarus from the family Bittner and growing shadows of doubt haunting Forever’s past, present and future. Written by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Lark with Tyler Boss, colors by Santi Arcas, lettering by Jodi Wynne, Designed by Eric Trautmann and edited by David Brothers; I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated team to work with.
I’ve included a small process animation layering steps from brush and ink drawing through Photoshop, as well as cover sketches for different approaches to Bitter and Carlyle’s icy introduction. A preview of Michael’s epic opening pages for the issue is available here.
09/08/2014 — Daily #drawing Princess Marie
I really enjoyed illustrating this weekend’s New York Times Book Review of Ben Lerner’s second novel 10:04 with AD Joele Cuyler. Visually reinterpreting another’s creative work via the interpretation of a third reviewer is often a telephone game-like experience, but in the case of a story that itself cites coconstruction and shared experiences of art, the layered/perception sketches below came together quickly.
I’ve included something that I don’t always mention but is integral to most illustrations I work on: inspiration beacons. After I’ve worked out the content of the illustration in sketches, I reach for the shelves and folders of art books and JPGs and usually unconsciously pull a few that serve as these beacons. I place them next to the reference on a second monitor to play the role of corner-men, long lost teachers, or idea-maps to something I’m fixated on at the time. In this case, they happened to be a collage by Josep Renau, a book cover illustration by Mitchell Hooks, and a photo by John Cho.
09/05/2014 — Uniform brush pen #sketches
09/03/2014 — iPad sketch from the road
09/02/2014 — Run #drawing with @kyletwebster’s great PS brushes
09/01/2014 — Daily #drawing “Gunshots at the Nobel”
08/30/2014 — “Going home” painter/PS sketch
08/26/2014 —Daily #drawing spoiler alert