June 10, 2008

> Sketch, Graphite on Bond, 5.5 x 8.5", 2008.

A new story arc begins as Pinocchio gives a tour to a mystery guest around New York City.

> New Yorker Target, Graphite and Digital, 2005.

The composition is much like an earlier work I had created for Target. Perhaps the reason for this continuity is that the grid-like layout of the city makes me think of an isometric drawing populated by a menagerie of characters. I've always loved the work of eBoy, and I have a great poster they did of New York hanging in my house.

> Drawing, Graphite and Blue Pencil on Rives BFK, 14 x 21", 2008.

It's not a true isometric drawing, though, as all the perspective is roughed-out and eyeballed.

> Digital Color Process.

My "flats" are on the left, and an early version of the cover is on the right.

> Finish, Photoshop CS2, 7 x 10.5 @ 500dpi, 2008.

After a few layers of texture, some stickers and graffiti, I adjust the colors and control the values to direct the flow of the composition. Thinking about the "traffic" of lines and colors makes me realize that the one-way sign is pointing in the wrong direction, or rather, the taxi cab is driving the wrong way down a street in front of a cop.

I'll be at Meltdown Comics this Sunday to celebrate the release of Meathaus S.O.S. Hope you can make it!