Tuesday, October 7, 2014

More Inktober drawings

A few more drawings for Inktober. I think I've just about pushed the limit of what I can learn from doodling with a dip pen here, so I'll try to switch it up in coming weeks. It seems to me the key to Inktober is to try something different and develop skills you'll actually use, so maybe I'll work more on inking over my sketches or something from here on out. We'll see! In the meantime:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Inktober day 3

Inktober day 2

Here's another INKtober drawing. I don't know if I'll do all monsters or creepy things the entire month but so far, so good!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Inktober day 1

So it's October, and that means it's also INKtober! I decided to celebrate by stretching my inking skills a little. Each weekday this month I'll do an original ink drawing of some sort. To kick things off, I figured I'd keep it fast and loose by drawing directly in ink (no pencilling first), using an old-fashioned dip pen. Here's my first attempt:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to school

I recently drew another cover for my hometown alt newsweekly, the Pittsburgh City Paper. Since I work (partly) digitally, I was able to submit the final file with several layers separated in Photoshop. This allowed the art director (the always superb Lisa Cunningham) to easily slip the text in behind or above certain elements of the illustration. I think letting the explosion cover up almost the entire word "City" really makes it pop.

It's always a pleasure to work for these folks, and it's a lot of fun to be able to stumble across my own art at the coffee shop or on a street corner somewhere!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ugly Bug Ball...at last!

Okay, this ridiculous project is finally done: here's the fake cover I whipped up for my proposed "Ugly Bug Ball" picture book. The first six (if you can believe that!) fake pages are viewable in the "portfolio" section over at my website. And if anyone at Disney Publishing happens to be reading this blog: get in touch! I'd love to make this happen for real!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ugly Bug Ball, part 2

Continuing from the last post, I decided it would really give my portfolio some kick if I illustrated several pages of that fake "Ugly Bug Ball" book to show off my consistency and my composition skills, as well as my general understanding of picture-book layouts.

I've added them all to my website, but the horizontal orientation of the 2-page spreads doesn't really lend itself to this blog layout. Instead, I'm just gonna post the second page here, which, like the one before it, is a single-page stand-alone image.

What's next? A cover? Well...maybe.