Some class sketch work for demonstrative purposes. Kids love that stuff, right? Anyway, working on a story along with my class to add emphasis to the lessons in character development I'm teaching. Tired Swordsman's leg is kinda stumpy, but I'll get to that pre-inks.
This thursday at the 20/20 Gallery (Manhattan, NY)!
Carrier Pigeon: Illustrated Fiction and Fine Art is excited to invite you to the release of our third issue at the Blackburn 20I20 Gallery on July 7.
The accompanying exhibition will showcase artwork done for the first five issues of Carrier Pigeon by artists Frances Jetter, Bruce Waldman, Stephen Fredericks, Ellen Peckham, Avraham Eilat, Jahee yu, Ray Jones, Josh Bayer, Sarah Sears, Rie Hasegawa, Justin Sanz, Max Kahan, Kristy Caldwell, Richie Lasansky, Denise Kasof and many others.
Refreshments will be provided by Voss, GuS Grown-up Soda and the Chelsea Wine Vault.
We are excited and grateful that this publication has provided us the means to curate opportunities for our contributing artists and to host events based on our shared goals and mission. We hope that you can come and help us celebrate the creative process of Carrier Pigeon, the release of our third issue and the many publications and artwork still to come.
Reception: July 7 from 6–9pm Blackburn 20I20 Gallery is located at: 323 W. 39th Street, 5th floor NYC, NY 10018
For more information about issue no. 3, take a look at the press release through the link below:
View the issue no. 3 flipbook at : www.carrierpigeonmag.com.
I promise better blog upkeep in the coming weeks. Been crazy busy juggling band, Carrier Pigeon events and job hunting. NYC is a beast(--- and ridiculously hot over the summer! Aghh!).
Here are a few unused illustrations from the Shark Engine Enigma story featured in Issue 4 of Carrier Pigeon: Illustrated Fiction & Fine Art. I decided to color these initially but a few of the images felt severely disconnected so I opted to keep them B&W. I prefer simplicity.
Still love these as individual images though! I definitely plan to color more of my own work in the future. (Color tends to be on commission. )
This illustration is for another CP story due out sometime in Volume 2. The loose idea of this story is that people of the world start coming back from the dead as an acceptable form of zombie.. even the fish have a hard time dying. An interesting story by Victor Giannini whom I collaborated with on the above illustrations.
Dead Sea (ha)
Buck. He has a hat.
And finally here's an image I illustrated for Esquire Russia. I completed 5 illustrations back in March, here's 2 out of 5. It was a lot of fun working on these paintings. Art director Natasha Vasilieva passed along many ingenius steampunk inspired creative descriptions for these pieces which were composed as the following.
Finding the right balance of black and white was an interesting challenge.
I recently worked with film maker David Jakubovic on a poster for his upcoming feature "The Forest is Red". After several emails, a brief description of the design ("Maybe a dog barking?" "Don't forget the red rainbow!" etc,) and a viewing of several minutes of the movie the project was on its way.
The New York cityscape is an important part of the story. The main character hears voices and deals with a lot of internal conflict and this definitely affects how he views the world. I wanted to express that in subtle silhouettes and distortion. I imagined jigsaw pieces of buildings being forced together but in completely logical ways. Escher landscapes.
David mentioned the psychological aspects of the main character and the importance of the NY cityscape and I wanted to be faithful to that, considering NY is my home/ love/ curse. Tall skyscrapers, decrepit buildings, bright diners, corner stores... there was a lot that I wanted to fit in the NY scenery. I tried to incorporate buildings or places from my usual NY landscape, just enough to feel like I could have visited any of these locations.
The final image was a mix of the last two thumbnails.
This is the end result! I've yet to see the film, but I can't wait.
A few more illustrations from The Shark Engine Enigma, due out in issue 4 of CARRIER PIGEON Magazine. The protagonist is a Surfer, which means I had the chance to ink some waves-- which is always a good time. Water is one of the most challenging elements to capture and it's always fun to create abstract representations of it. That said....