09 August 2001
I received an unusual assignment this month from a golf tournament organization. This was a combination dual portrait of one of the famous golfers from the tour, and of the South African president who the tournament was named for, and of the setting of the tournament. This one made me very uncomfortable to work on, because I felt I was in way over my head with the assignment. A lot larger than I am used to working, full color, which I don't quite feel confident at yet, and involving a bit of architectural rendering, which always makes me nervous. Managed to pull it off to the client's satisfaction, although looking back on it, I dont' like how much purple I once again used in my color scheme. (seems to be a recurring problem this year).
In contrast to all the wonderfully loose and creative cartoons I was doing for the educational publisher this month, all the scratchboards this month seem rather stiff and lifeless. The illustration above was for a legal newspaper, and I don't quite remember the story angle. Some unusual treatment for the background on this one, and it does seem to help the foreground characters pop a bit more.
A special interest magazine who I'd been doing a bit of work for lately handed me another color cover illustration, this one involving a 'house auction'. Architecture is not my strong suit, unless I have some good photo reference to go from, and even then, I haven't quite worked out the best techniques for showing the different building materials effectively. I once again went to the purple crayon box for this one, and lightened up the background details in order to help with the depth of field. Not bad, but looks a bit stiff and lifeless, as if you can tell how uncomfortable I was in drawing it.
For my east coast newspaper client this month, in addition to the 'pastels' mentioned in another entry, I also had a pair of scratchboards depicting the democratic donkey and republican elephant, playing around with oversized abacus's. No doubt this had something to do with each party's outlook on either the budget or accounting principals.