Sunday, August 22, 2010

Michael Cera and Jonah Hill

Continuing to work on more editorial portraits here- thought it would be fun to produce double portrait of these two. I have found it interesting to watch as the two have pursued somewhat different roles since their very successful film "SuperBad" last year. In that movie they both portrayed high-schoolers- an age group Cera easily fits into but that Hillis actually far beyond.
Since that film Cera has continued to appear in all of the Apatow-inspired comedies aimed at a college -age crowd while Hill has apparently tried to branch into more matureroles (such as the well-done "Cyrus" earlier this year). I thought it would be fun to do an editorial portrait portraying these diverging careers with Cera acting the youth and Hill trying to be more mature. For fun I'll go through the process.

I started with concepting and thumbnails. This is where most of my illustrations start- with 8-10 thumbs and a lot of brainstorming. From there I just started working on getting the faces right. I had a particularly tricky time drawing Hill- went through 30 iterations or so.

From there I made a rough sketch that I used for color studies. After these I went to a full-color comp on final pencils.

Unusually, I had a last minute change on this one- I just didn't like how the background elements came out so I switched them out at the last minute. I'm much happier with the final version (bottom). I had a lot of fun with this one, and am very happy with how the colors came out.

Monday, August 16, 2010

New Piece for St. Louis Magazine! *EDIT*

Hello Everyone-
Wanted to let you know about this new piece that just got published in St. Louis Magazine- Can't post the large image yet but I can send you to the right location for it. Click here to check it out on the stlmag website. This was a fun project to work on, and offered a different challenge from my typical work.

UPDATE: Here's the illustration!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Julian Assange

I'm working to produce some faster spot illustrations of current events to keep my caricature and critical thinking skills fine tuned. Julian Assange has been in the news a lot lately due to his association with Wikileaks- and that organization's recent involvement in releasing a ton of confidential information from the Afghan War. I want to more of these current event spot illustrations- they offer a fun, quick challenge. Two versions to this one- color for the magazine and grayscale for the comics. Hope you like it!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Comic Preview- Get yourself ready for Halloween!

Howdy folks- I know I promised some sketch pages- and they are coming soon, but I thought you might enjoy seeing a sneak peek of my upcoming story in "St. Louis Spirits" an anthology I contributed to due out this fall, just in time for halloween. You won't be able to get too much of the plot from these, but I thought you might enjoy checking them out.