I haven’t done an illo or a portrait in quite some time and this idea has been stewing in my head for a while. Perhaps I’m late to the party on it but methinks that somehow it’s going to get re-started come October, maybe even well before then. Mealsothinks that somehow this will not be used for his campaign. Maybe because of the colour? I can’t quite put my finger on why not…
i played around with all manner of colouring for this after i brought it into photoshop and while i found certain results interesting, i opted for the most minimal. here were a few of those experiments.
decent contrast here but the details of the original drawing kind of got lost.
i tried to let the background provide some contrast and restore some of the detail.
overall, i actually liked the process that went into achieving the two draft versions but i didn’t like that i lost the detail that i feel needs to be seen. finding that process was a happy accident, just not one that jives with this portrait i think. i guess the lesson for me was that i can’t always be calling an audible on the final output. i should work on planning more…maybe. matt berninger of the national.
portrait of robin pecknold. before i learnt that a certain band’s new album will be released this saturday, fleet foxes‘s new album was probably the one i was anticipating most. i’m currently rotating between in rainbows, high violet and fleet foxes. two out of three ain’t bad, right? maybe if i work on an illustration of the national, they’ll announce / release a new album? at the rate albums are released these days (and i’m not complaining), probably not. but here’s to hoping? i might post the process later but there wasn’t much behind it though a wee bit of “undocumented” thought went into the colouring.
leslie nielsen passed away on the 28th. he kind of fell out focus (at least with me) but understandably so considering how old he was – how many people keep working after a certain point? i kind of grew up on his movies in that his were the comedies that were sort of prevalent / popular when i was young and my dad loved them. and i watched what he watched. who didn’t see airplane? or the naked gun movies?
i had no idea how prolific nielsen was. he was in more than a hundred films and appeared in more than fifteen hundred tv programs. that’s just crazy. he lived a pretty decently long life (eighty four years), has stars on the canadian and hollywood walks of fame, and is an officer of the order of canada. rest in peace. i won’t call you shirley.
i’m still working out the process so i thought i’d take a shortcut and reference a photo i found online (and the purists shiver!). i think i would’ve liked a slightly more textured background but what can i say? i’m still figuring a few things out. i fiddled with this more than i intended to so i just drew the line. elliott smith, hand drawn, then coloured digitally.