Archive for the ‘personal work’ Category

Society of Illustrators Annual

March 8, 2012

The opening on Friday at the Society of Illustrators was wonderful. It was really great to accept the award and Dustin, who is new to the whole “hiring illustrators” thing, really enjoyed the experience. Kudos to him, again, and one last expression of gratitude to the Society and judges involved in the process.

Also, a new image!

“Lords at Odds”

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EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

February 21, 2012

A new image from a pile of things I made a few months back. This never ran and I would love to find a publication to print it…

When “the sky’s the limit” isn’t good enough. Decided to Use the statue as a stand in for leadership.

CHARACTERS

February 1, 2012

It’s not much, but something is better than nothing.

A couple of fellas from one job that will find there way into a new one .

Still life

January 9, 2012

I tend to see my personal work as dark and mysterious and despite their simpleness, these two are no different. The idea of drawing a scorpion and a dragonfly had been on my mind for awhile, but the right idea wasn’t clicking. Somehow when I saw this J.C Leyendecker image a few weeks back the concept of two extremely quiet still lifes came to mind. I think you can sense the compositional and color inspiration.

The Scorpion was motivated by the idea combining innocence and violence.

The Dragonfly is in honor of the upcoming chinese new year, the year of the dragon. It is actually the year of the water dragon, which makes this all the more relevant

Mr. Armstrong Returns Home

December 14, 2011

This one goes out to my Texas Transplant, Clay Rodery (who still owes me a Joker painting!)

Fallen Star

November 15, 2011

The United States…kind of like a celebrity having a career slump…

Aesop Ensemble

June 1, 2011

Just finished this curious cluster of animals and items that can be found within the pages of Aesop’s Fables. I wanted to try an image that was more iconic (?) and less about a physical scene. Hope you like!

The final is very large so below are a few close ups to share the detail. I need to find an excuse to print this sucker out at full size!

WHO’S IN CONTROL OF THIS THING ANYWAY?

April 13, 2011

TAKING THE BULL

February 23, 2011

 

Another image for my never-ending series on man’s struggle in an absurd world. You all know the metaphor…

THE BALANCE OF POWER

January 4, 2011

Hey, its a new year! To start off with some effort I thought I would thematically dissect one of my recent images.

From time to time,  stories can change and symbols can evolve beyond their origins. “The Balance of Power” began as an interpretation of the David and Goliath story, showcasing a small meager man giving the giant his due. The idea was inspired by an old tale set in the Dust Bowl era in which a poor farmer seeks and delivers revenge on a corrupt, wealthy entrepreneur who stole his house and land. The less fortunate hunts down the privileged, making him pay for his crimes.

However, as I kept working, the characters began to exchange roles; this realization brought up an interesting point regarding contradicting symbols. Traditionally, size represents strength; however, high fashion implies wealth, which is a different kind of power. That being said, who, in fact, has the upper hand in this situation? The physically intimidating “Goliath” or the smaller yet well-dressed and arrogant “David”? Is this giant the bully or the victim? While rendering the giant, I began to sympathize with him more so than the brash, young fighter in the background. He looks beaten, broken, and clearly not as affluent as the gentleman he faces. In my imagination, he no longer is the oppressor, but the oppressed on display for the entertainment of the crowd– a freak show, a circus act.

The image raises numerous questions with answers that could go in either direction depending on how each individual interprets what he or she sees.

It is interesting to reevaluate traditional assumptions about size versus audacity. Is it too hard to see “Goliath” as the victim seeking retribution? These questions, which might have not originally existed, hopefully bring new depth to the story and metaphor.

 

Who do you sympathize with?