Posts Tagged ‘illustration’
Monday, September 30th, 2013
This spring & summer I had the privilege to illustrate a literary novel! It’s been a really wonderful experience working with the editor, Jason, to add interior illustrations* to Corey’s richly-textured novel of Beale Street, Memphis, and the mythology of the blues.
Corey’s prose is full of rich character, and it was really easy to find images to go with it. Jason chose a scribbled black-and-white style of mine for the illustrations, and I did 9 images total, sprinkled throughout the book. He’d pick a story and have me read through it, then either ask for something specific, or something that went well with the story. I tried to keep everything as loose as a good blues jam, and capture the feel of each story.
The whole novel fits together to tell how a community went from its height of mythic glory, dipped down, and started building itself back up again. Everything is steeped in the language of the era and the feel of the blues, and I hope you’ll head on over to Ampersand Books and give it a shot!
Above, you can see a woman chilling at the bar, enjoying a legendary cocktail, helping to set the scene for the book. Below, I chose the author’s favorite of the group. I’ll let you read the book to find out how the werewolf ended up in the jar.
If you’ve got a project that you think needs my illustrator’s touch, I’ve got info here about how you can hire me.
*Their designer did the cover, which is rich and red and beautifully sets the mood for the prose within.
Categories: Completed Commissions, People, Figures and Faces, Series and Books, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: all rights reserved, book illustration, commission, illustration, pen and ink
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Saturday, May 19th, 2012
I actually drew this little guy on my whiteboard a few weeks ago, and I was so fond of him I redrew him in Illustrator and put him on a t-shirt. Personally I have enough t-shirts to choke a small elephant, but I might have to buy one of him anyway, since there are just a lot of meh days to go around and my sad panda shirt can’t do all the heavy lifting.
meh Puppy, Adobe Illustrator & Wacom tablet.
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
I drew these a while back as a set of clip art for a project that never got off the ground. I always did enjoy adding little illustrative touches to my designs, and of course I swear I covered half my notes in high school with drawings of roses. One of the dangers of being a young Goth, I suppose.
I really do like the brush pen work here, full of quivery, half-there lines that give a real sense of texture and delicacy to the flowers, leaves, and stems. Something good to remember next time I’m inking!