Friday, February 26, 2016
Ideas, concepts, and preliminary sketches fill the hours of any artist in their studio. The process of taking those ideas/sketches and making them usable or presentable is where the artists skills are tested.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
We are part of a valley community here in Sayre, recently we got all 4 schools together for a holiday basketball tournament. The cover of the program was the challenge. Incorporating, a redskin, a wildcat, a wolverine and a black knight playing basketball at the North Pole seemed like a noteworthy challenge. This is what I came up with...
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Port Allegany 2016
I have to hand it to Port Allegany High School. They have been getting a Senior Poster for several years now. I feel as if their school has figured out that high school is a great place. Their students seem very proud of their school, they all seem very positive about what they have participated in and accomplished in their school. I hope that they enjoy this year's project as much as in past years!
Another challenging request came to me the other day where I was asked to create a "Blue Bomber". It is the mascot of a school in Southeast Pa. They wanted an illustration showing the mascot flying and dropping a message to promote an activity in their school. Seems simple enough, until you try to decide type of plane? look of the bomber? what is he actually dropping? what angle to show the image? etc... This was my start: The next step was to come up with the messages. I decided to get a little creative with the messages, so rather than just dropping sheets of paper...
Monday, February 15, 2016
I think everyone has their own process of creating their "own look" in their artwork. To get there, a systematic, consistent process allows for the work to be recognizable to the viewer. Developing this process sometimes takes years but in the end, it is worth the time if the result is successful. In my work, I do drawings of students graduating from high school that want to be shown in the drawing the way they want to be remembered by their friends. Usually, the classes range from about 90-150 students. To achieve this, each student must be drawn individually, but look consistent with all of the other student drawings. Elements of line, color, and proportion are considered during the process as well as lettering, school colors, and the "look" of the students being shown relevant to the activity they want to be shown doing. My process is as shown above. First a line drawing of the students face is completed. Next, the body is added to show the student interests. Coloring the face brings the student to life and the addition of color to the body and the addition of activities, accomplishments and quotes completes the overall image of the student. It is a long process, but when grouped with the other 100 or so of their classmates, it makes a great piece of art that will make their class be remembered for a long time.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Bringing machines to life
Monday, June 8, 2015
Creating artwork takes many forms for any artist. People assume, sometimes correctly, that you can do anything artistic that they may desire. Works in pencil, watercolor, oils, printmaking, computer graphics, ....the list goes on. However, sometimes individual styles have sub-divisions. Such is the case in my world of cartooning. Cartoons take on various levels of detail. I find that often my "cartoons" are drawn quickly to illustrate an idea or funny situation to make a point and people see the sketches and think that is my style and all my work will look like that. Cartooning to me, takes on several forms by itself. Cartoons, comics, illustrations, caricatures, and graphic art to name a few. Caricatures are a special challenge, not only do they need to be done well, they also need to resemble the person you are representing.