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
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
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.