My maze for my niece Ashlyn was a hit, and Brienne, her sister, asked for one. So here is Brienne’s maze. After painting Prince Edward (Alissa forbade me to name him Prince Hank), I feared the maze would end up too masculine for Brienne. She likes butterflies, princesses, and the color pink. I then painted the horse trying to make the picture more appealing to a girl in first grade. I think I succeeded making it girlish enough because it reminds me of Trapper-Keeper art. I intend to do a coloring sheet of a dragon stealing away Princess Clementine. Hopefully, the whole package will be suitably girl-friendly.
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Wednesday night I got an email from Philip Chalk. Now first let me say that I am very familiar with Philip Chalk’s work as an Art Director at the Weekly Standard, mainly through the blogs of Thomas Fluharty, Jason Seiler, Gary Locke, and Dave Malan. Still, my email inbox seemed such a foreign context for his name that it didn’t immediately register as the Art Director I admire, and for a moment I thought it was a scam email telling me that a bank representative in Uganda needed help extracting some funds.
He had an assignment to illustrate an article.
I got the AD Sketch on Thursday noonish, and sent him the Final at two o’clock on Friday. I had a little trouble with Mr. Obama’s likeness and for a while his face looked somewhat like a California Raisin’s, but Mr. Chalk nudged me in the right direction, and I think it ended up looking okay in the end. I find it difficult to think critically about a likeness after staring at it for so long. When I woke Friday morning to resume work, every fault stared back at me, whereas Thursday night, I thought it was spot on.
Anyway, it was a great job, I learned a lot, and the deadline was exhilarating.
This piece is for Sebastian Meynard’s awesome Scissorhands20th tribute blog/show. The scan is a bit contrasty and the background looks more patchy than the painting does in real life. I like Tim Burton most in monochrome because it’s in monochrome that he best shows off his German Expressionist influences. So here’s my contribution.
And here are some grainy pics I shot while I was painting it. I tried to make it look like the pictures were taken from a lo-res spy camera as it zoomed past on a train. I think you’ll agree that I succeeded admirably.
Here’s a color comp and final of a book cover I did last month.
Only a few short days until our national appreciation of marmots reaches its cumulative and explosive end. Groundhog day coincides loosely with the Celtic festival Imbolc, which marked a seasonal turning point. The holiday is also said to have its origin in the European tradition wherein a badger or bear was the weather forecaster of choice. It is our uniquely American decision to place the celebration squarely on the shoulders of a glorious land beaver. The clock is ticking. America’s no-holds, riotous, feel good, weather carnival is at hand. Prepare yourselves.