Sunday, July 31, 2011

Collaborative Illustrations

Did these this afternoon...each person worked on an image for 3 minutes before passing to the right.  It's an interesting process, we wind up with illustrations that none of us would have done on our own.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another Art Order Challenge

Book Illustration, judged by Irene Gallo from Tor books.  You really want to do this one...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

realized I never posted my final Grimm's piece.

Pen and acrylic ink on 300lb hotpress watercolour paper, with a *tiny* bit of post-work in photoshop.

Valiant Little Tailor

So, this was supposed to be my submission for the Art Order thingie, I didn't make the deadline, but I'm kind of happy with how it looks.
Cutout paper + photoshop

Monday, July 4, 2011

Next "assignment" from Cloudscape comics.

Here's the blurb from Cloudscape:

For our upcoming "urban fantasy" anthology, Giants of Main Street, Cloudscape is looking to include a beastiary of fantastical urban creatures at the back of the book. This is a terrific opportunity for existing contributors and for other NEW artists to contribute to the book. We are looking for finished art, inspired by the examples attached, but with your own unique twist on the concept. Think of it as a detailed drawing created in the field as part of a catalogue of newly discovered creatures inhabiting a city in a fantasy world. Each creature should fit within 6.25 inches wide by 4.875 inches tall including ample space for text notes around the creature. It should be sans background and float on 100% white (If you need advice on how to get that pure digital white, just ask!). Submissions should be 300dpi greyscale.

Each creature should be accompanied by two to five point form notes or sentences about the creature's physical attributes, lifestyle, or character. Keep these separate from the illustration because the editors will be reworking your words (and writing up the final copy) to give the beastiary a feeling of unity. Also include the approximate size of your creature because we are going to have a size comparison chart, like you see in dinosaur books or whatever. Don't forget to name your creature.

As usual, we can only accept submissions from artists who have lived or currently live in British Columbia, or from existing Cloudscape members. The deadline for submissions is August 3rd.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Well, odds are, I'm the only one doing this...not to guilt anyone, but my friends appear to be focusing on other things this summer...

So, for the next challenge, I'm going to piggy-back on this:

Join me if you're inclined.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The next assignment

Well, I know people have done some of these, even if they haven't posted any of them, so I'll keep posting up "assignments", and at least I'll do them...

Assignment #3:  "The Struggle Between Law and Chaos"

This assignment can be done in any format, any media, any size.  Would love to see some sequential stuff as well as posters, or spot illustrations or whatever.  I think I may do mine on the back of a skateboard...

Due Date:  May 27th, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Social Illustration - Assignment #2: Cartoon Network Poster

Ok, here's the 2nd assignment:

Create a poster for Cartoon Network, with one or more cartoon character, in the style of Art Nouveau.  Any size, any aspect ratio, any media.

No Disney characters ;)  I suppose that anime is ok, given that it's been shown on CN, but I'd rather see some good old fashioned Hanna Barbera thing, or something newer and Western, like Power Puff Girls, Samurai Jack or Adventure Time.

Deadline is Friday, May 13th.

Obviously, I recommend looking at Alfonse Mucha, but Gustav Klimt, Emile Galle or Antoni Gaudi might be good to check out as well.

I hope this one gets a bit more interest now that school is finished, and I really am looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sisters of Stone Death - Acrylic Ink colours

Here's the "final" painting, after about 3.5 hours of painting.

Sisters of Stone Death - Inks

Here are the inks from a 2nd M:tG card, given that I had over an entire week left after the goblins, so I figured I might as well do two...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Goblin Commando - acrylic inks

Here's the new image for my first M:tG card "Goblin Commando"

I may make more changes to it, and given that I have a week and a half until the assignment is closed, I might very well do another one this weekend.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First Assignment! - Magic Card

Ok, I've talked to some people, and thought about it, and here's the first "assignment" for this group - Redo the art on an existing Magic: The Gathering card.  Can be any style, any medium, size is a ratio of 1.76x1.38 (in other words, maybe 1760x1380 pixels) has a list of every card ever published, you can use this for inspiration if you'd like...remember, no creating a new card, work with existing text.

Assignment is due sometime on Friday, April 29th, posted here on the blog.

Have fun!

EDIT:  I changed the aspect ratio, I believe it is closer to the actual cards now.

Process question...

How do you guys want to work out the 'assignments'?  Do you just want me to post up topics to work on, do you want to take turns?  I'm going to have the first assignment due on the 29th, given that we're mostly done everything this week, and that will give us 9 assignments before school starts again.

I was thinking of doing assignments of about the specificity of our Iconography class, but I can be more specific and make it about particular topics...would you rather have "Create an illustration for a magazine article", or "Create an illustration for a magazine article on cyber-terrorism"?

I'll probably post the first topic later today or tomorrow.