Monday, December 22, 2008

Johnny Cash

I love it when Jose Reyes, Art Director of Paste Magazine calls, he always drops the sweetest assignments. He has a gift for matching the illustrator to the right project. In the November 2008 issue, Paste Magazine reviews Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition, and Jose wanted a full page portrait of Johnny Cash illustrated from that era, circa 1968.

I drew up a few pencil sketches. I wanted to provide Jose with different moods for this illustration, so he could have a choice.

Here's the Review page as printed, with all the graphics and logos. To make the illustration really match Paste's page layout, I sampled the aqua color from the "R" logo and painted the background behind his head with a bit of it. I also sampled the light red from the same logo and used that in the center of his face. With that done, I was pleased with the way it all turned out.

$65 includes shipping within the continental US, prints are gently rolled in tubes and shipped via USPS, signed and titled by the artist.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

NPR 2009 Calendar

It was a great honor to be one of 12 selected artists asked to develop a piece for the NPR 2009 calendar. Meghan Gallery, the Director of Creative Services was a treat to work with, and I finally got to see what studio 4A looks like.

Henry Butler - Pianist. From his live interview in Studio 4a. Ink on paper 11 x 14.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Life Drawing Workshop

I've been spending my Thursday nights at Jacqueline Nicolini's studio, brushing up on my life drawing. These drawing were done in colored pencil at 18" x 24" and take about 20 - 40 minutes each.

Life models: Teresa, Cecilia (circus girl) and Myra.
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