May 30, 2006
I have five black and white drawings in a show at Compound Gallery in Portland, opening this Thursday. I was asked by Chris Stevens to illustrate the title pages for a comics anthology he had written but has yet to be published. The original artwork is ink and acrylic on bristol, 9 1/2" x 12 1/4" for $800 each. Please contact the gallery @ 503.796.2733 for scans of the original artwork and to purchase.

> I tried to keep my approach simple, since I didn't want the art to compete with the interior art. These illustrations are meant to evoke the feeling of the story but not repeat the imagery drawn by each cartoonist.

> I was happy to draw an introductory spread to a story by my old friend, Farel Dalrymple. I thought I had drawn those buildings loosely, but they turned out to look overly photographic.

> These drawings were all blocked out in Photoshop, just rough shapes to establish the black and white. I lightboxed the shapes onto bristol and painted without much sketching, unlike my usual process.

> I had some trouble with this particular piece because I used matte medium to seal the drawing in, whereas the other pieces were sealed with gloss medium. Consequently, the blacks weren't as deep and crisp and didn't scan very well.

> The ear is my favorite part of this drawing. I had complete freedom with these title spreads, and it was a pleasure to loosen up and keep things simple for a change.