I have been looking at a lot of work from Paul Ainsworth and trying to pick up on some of the details in his work. I used one of my favorite characters from one of my favorite movies to try and experiment with it. I will be trying some of the more detailed aspects of the style like vector cross-hatching next. “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or
I had some fun with this passion project. My oldest Son will be turning 6 next month and wants a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed birthday party. Casey Jones is one of my favorite characters from the original series and was a blast to illustrate. Even though this illustration will not be used in the party invitation, I may use some of the style.
My Son is into monsters this year and had some great feed back on his invitations and present. Initially he wanted a skeleton asking people to come to his party, that soon changed to a pirate with a skeleton crew and a werewolf with chainsaw hands. After several nights of sketching he finally approved one, but was upset that the skeleton with the chainsaw hands wasn’t put in the invitation. What he and I decided to do was create a t-shirt instead and 2 comps later we had our final. The main illustration in the invitation was based off of a piece by Von Glitchka.
I have been working the past few nights on a illustration of one of my favorite Chris Farley characters “Tommy Boy”. This illustration actually illustrates both the boat and the flight attendant scene. The wide-eye shock expression from Chris Farley is his most comedic. During this illustration I concentrated on the eyes using Salvador Anguiano (hyperactivo) work as inspiration.
I have been paying attention to the popular vector and Photoshop brush style that has been popularized lately. This style has been used by James White (http://blog.signalnoise.com/), Shepard Fairey (http://www.obeygiant.com/), and Olly Moss (http://ollymoss.com/). My studies were heavily influenced by these guys and meant to show appreciation for those guys, not to rip off or make any money off their style.