Monday, November 19, 2007

Strange Business...

I thought I'd post an illo I did last week for The Stranger in Seattle.

It was a pretty straightforward job - they wanted a portrait of M.I.A. with no background, so that they could wrap some text around it.

I was pretty happy with the way things turned out, both with regards to the drawing and the colour. I'm starting to use a bit more feathering in my linework, and I think it's adding some depth to my drawing.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Catching the Wave...

Just did a job for the Miami Herald. It's for the cover of their "Business Monday" insert section. Here's the illo:

I thought it came out really well. I was trying some new things inking-wise with this one, specifically with regards to the water, and I was pretty happy with the results.

Here it is in context:

It's a bit crowded, and they appear to have saturated the colours a bit, but it still came out pretty well. There was a miscommunication in their office about the deadline, so given the timeframe, it could have been much worse.

The article is about how Florida has had to re-invent its economy several times, finding new ways to keep people going there. The wave is possibly about to crush the surfer (economy about to collapse), but also possibility of surfer riding it out (catching the new wave). Some of the other sketches were more conceptual, but this one had the most visual energy, and the art director thought it would look good executed in my style.

I'm working on some other stuff too, but I have to wait until it's published before posting. In the meantime, I hope this is interesting :D -J

Friday, November 09, 2007

More Business Week ...

Business Week hired me again for this week's issue (out today) for a 1/4 page in the News section. Here's the illo:

The story was about the problem with large-scale, organized theft in retail stores like Wal-Mart, Target, etc. Here are the sketches I sent the art director:

I liked the first one because it's more iconic, but I understand that the second one is more clear about the organized crime aspect. I thought the illo turned out pretty well, especially considering that I only had one day for sketches, and one day for the final :)
Cheers -J

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Business Week

I recently finished a job for next week's issue of Business Week Magazine. The job was for two quarter-page editorial pieces for the BTW section. The image above is the final for an article on the rate of workplace injuries, and the one below is for an article on a company that is incorporating Facebook into the way it does business:

It was actually a bit of a trek to get to this stage, as there were a number of revisions with the roughs. I thought I'd put up the sketches for my original ideas, for comparison with the finals:For the safety one, the article is stating that incidences of injury are lower, but that the data may not be accurate. So I want to show a hint of past injury. They decided they wanted to go a bit more straightforward.
For the Facebook one, I originally wanted to go a bit more conceptual, emphasizing the "growth" and "building" factors of networking with Facebook. Again, they wanted to go a bit more literal.

Anyway, I think the finals turned out pretty well, and overall I had a great time doing the job :)

Cheers -J

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New Comics

As I mentioned earlier, I'm working a 12-page comic with writer Ian Daffern. I thought I'd post one of the pages I've been working on.
This page turned out pretty well, I thought. Once the story is closer to being done, I'll be posting a preview of the fully inked and lettered story on my website, along with pencilled pages.

Hope you like this taste :D -J

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Penciled Pages

I finished those pages I was working on a few days ago, so here they are. I think they turned out pretty good.Now that I'm working on my own comic again, I'll post some of those pages when they're a bit more finished.
Cheers -J

Thursday, September 13, 2007

It's been a while...

So, in retrospect, I definately neglected this blog after my last post. I've been working on things, but never felt any of it was something I wanted to post. The next thing I know, it's been three months.

I'm working on a 12-page comic right now with a writer friend of mine, Ian Daffern. I'll be posting some of that work soon. In the meantime, I'm also throwing together a quick two-page piece for an on-the-fly submission opportunity.

I thought I'd put up my linears for the 2-pager. It gives some insight into how I do my comic work, plus I think they're looking pretty good so far.

I draw these at half-size, so about 7.5"x5". It's small enough that it's easy for me to trace, redraw, cut and paste things. Also, my lightbox is small, so it's easier to handle on there. It's easier to get composition and the core elements of the drawings worked out smaller as well (especially perspective), and prevents me from getting distracted by details.

Once they're at this stage, I blow them up to actual size (roughly 15.75"x9.75"), tape them to the back of the page I'm going to draw the actual pencils on, then use a lightbox to work up the drawings to final.

I'll post the pencilled pages when I finish them. It should be by this weekend, as the window for the submission is small.
Cheers -J

Monday, June 11, 2007

Tennis, anyone?

I just finished up the cover for Seattle Weekly:

The cover story is about a Seattle high school tennis coach, but the illo didn't have to directly reference the story.

The art director thought he would want the coach in there, but when he saw the roughs, he liked the one with just the girl.
I think it turned out pretty well. -J

Friday, May 25, 2007

Who wouldn't want more Bjork?

Here is the final for the Seattle Weekly piece. It may get printed in black & white, but the art director said he wanted to push for colour.

I think it turned out pretty well, though you can see the texture of the paper better in higher res/larger versions. -J

Thursday, May 17, 2007


I'm working on an illustration of Bjork for Seattle Weekly. Here are the sketches I did for the art director:
I wanted to make sure to get a likeness, even at the sketch stage, and it was a bit tricky. Basically, Bjork looks different in virtually every photo of her. I think I was able to figure out the distinctive bits.

The art director picked the middle sketch, with the wispy hair. I'll post the final when it's finished. -J

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

More Drawings ...

I've been working on a lot of stuff lately, but nothing that's really at a stage to put up on here. So, I thought I'd throw up a couple of nice warm-up drawings that I did recently.I was focusing on the hair in this one, trying to find a balance between the 2-colour stylization, keeping it natural-looking, and avoiding too many extraneous brush lines. I think it came out pretty good, but the inking is a little shaky overall.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

More Sketchy Goodness...

I'm still trying to get a better handle on the whole "likeness" thing so that I can diversify my portfolio a bit. There was a photo of Dean Wareham in the new issue of Exclaim! that I thought was pretty interesting, so I thought I'd draw him for practice:

I think it turned out pretty well, though it is pretty straightforward. If I took it to finish and worked out the shadows and such, I think it would bump up the stylization a bit. Hopefully this makes up for the three week drought in posts :) -J

PS - The photo was by Michael Lavine.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Small Drawing, Small Post

I was warming up the other day, and I thought I nailed this head. I haven't posted for a while, so I thought I'd throw it up.


Thursday, January 25, 2007

License to Kill

Finally, I finished the Bond illustration. I'm trying to go back to muting my colours a bit more. I also played with the half-tones for a more delicate effect, rather than just a round highlight area, which I also think has been too punchy in my work lately.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sneak Peek

I broke my rule last week and didn't post. The reason is because I didn't have anything to post. I've been trying to get this piece done, and things keep coming up to push it off, so I'm still not done.

However, this week, rather than post nothing, I'm just going to post a piece of the work-in-progess. I'm going to have it done before next Thursday. There! I've said it on the Internet, so it has to be true!


Friday, January 05, 2007

Hammer Time

Last week, I did my first job for Time Magazine, a b/w spot of a warthog for a mock progress report. A quick, fun little job. The piece will run between 1" and 2" square as part of the report logo.

These were the roughs I did: ... and this was the one the art director picked, which I re-drew in ink. They actually were prepared to print the sketch, but I did the inked version as well:That's all for now ... good times :) -J

*Note: The pun in the title is ... unfortunately ... intentional. I'm sorry.