Thursday, May 28, 2009

A CONTAINER OF ACID GREEN CRAZY.

Click Rush.

As a little break, I spent a few hours putting this together for the current Remake/Remodel challenge on Whitechapel. For some reason, I decided a good way to take a breather from the art I was working on would be to do... more... art. I don't know. Anyway, it was pretty fun to work on a guy's costuming and get a little crazy -- but not too crazy -- with the DIY look. This fellow is Click Rush, the Gadget Man. First of all... Click Rush. Come on. Secondly, he's a crime-fighting inventor who loves the color brown and takes orders from a sass-mouth toad. A toad. Mind you, this is a comic originally from the 1930s. Lastly... Click Rush. Read more about this extra-weird character and see other illustrations by visiting the R/R thread.

Also, I added a few more artists to my links section. I have hundreds of artists' sites bookmarked but the ones on my blog are part of the handful I always revisit when I'm in an artistic rut (in other words, half of their page views are from me). I'm not going to point out which ones are new because I want you to see them all. Ha! Dick move!... of kindness.

Also, also, I hope you all have been following Edgar Wright's daily photo/video posts on EdgarWrightHere.com. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is going to be ridiculous. I honestly can't wait. I mean, for fuck's sake, look at this.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

ALWAYS SLEEP WITH THE KNIFE.

The Little Robber Maiden.

Ah! I forgot to post these other illustrations from my Snow Queen book. The first is the little robber maiden, looking all sneaky and extra-prone to stabbing you in the face. You may recognize her from this earlier character design. Maybe not. The second image in this post is the super-bored princess that has read every newspaper in the world.

The Princess.

You've now seen three of seven interior pieces posted on this blog. That will probably be it. I'm confident your imagination can come up with something much cooler than I did for the remaining four.

Also, if you're interested in occasional in-progress pictures and updates, there's been a bit of that going on my Twitter, @anniew. I'll still post sketches every once in a while on the blog, but if I feel like showing a half-colored piece, that will be a Twitter sort of deal. Following me is also a fun way to track my decline into madness and find out what I had for lunch.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

REAL LIFE AWAITS US.

The Holy Mountain.

Click the image for a larger version. Do it. For serious.

Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain (1973) is an assault to the eyes with a story that barely holds everything together. Ancient perverts with glass eyes! A room full of cake-faced Jesuses! Half-bearded men showering you in milk from their screaming cat tits! So yeah, it's pretty much one of my favorite films. My Illustration Concepts II final was a series of magazine ads for the movie. I chose interesting but not super-aggressive images because I wanted something to intrigue, not necessarily shock. The end products are kind of okay; I would have liked to have more time to clean them up. I enjoy the images as a group more than standalones, so that's how I'm presenting them. Here's the trailer, in case you're super-curious:



These were my studio professors for the past year, if you guys are interested in taking a peek at their work: Deanna Staffo, Brian Ralph, Daniel Krall, Ted McGrath, Jeremy Botts (my one Graphic Design teacher this year), Allan Comport (actually, he's an artists' rep; his site is an interesting business resource, as is that of the company he works with, Shannon Associates). Thanks for not failing me.

Also, congratulations to the Class of '09. I got this for you.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

SHE DON'T MAKE FALSE CLAIMS.

The Snow Queen Book Cover.

I enjoyed doing the Virgin Suicides book cover last semester, so when I had to design something for my Snow Queen jacket, I decided to revisit ridiculous hair. I swear I'll back off the swishy hair eventually, but doing that kind of linework with a good DVD or podcast playing in the background is my pathetic version of stress relief. Please note that this piece is meant to be folded almost in half around a book; there's no spine treatment because the book I actually constructed is too thin for it (ideally, this would have been a super-heavy, epic hardcover made from endless layers of actual snow and sheets of ice, but I settled for one of those small, hand-made paperbacks with lovingly hand-torn pages). There's also a bit of hand-lettering in the title because I picked up some gothic calligraphy in Typography class. Thumbs up.

In other swishy hair news, I submitted the aforementioned Virgin Suicides piece to American Illustration, and it has been accepted to their online Tribute gallery. The collection of "Chosen" pieces will be up in November, I believe. Congratulations to everyone that made it into the gallery or book. Double thumbs up.

Classes are over, kids. Next up, Senior year. Crippling doubt and self-loathing at the ready!