I had grand plans for this week’s challenge. It had been a while since I took a part in Illustration Friday, so when I checked my inbox and saw that “Breakfast” was the theme…. well I had to go with this pre-existing piece of mine. I liked it because I got my name in the advertisement and it was also a fun piece to create. Doing art for McDonald’s was nothing to sneeze at either!! Reference was easy to find, and this was the first in the 2 for 1 campaign.
Okay, next week it will be ALL NEW! Hold me to it!!
My piece for this week’s Illustration Friday Challenge is rather timely as there are reports of a newly discovered rock climbing catfish. So once again I pulled out my old and dry brushpen. I need to get some more of those. Not that I dislike dipping my sable brush into a jar of india ink–actually it can be a cathartic experience. Yet having the freedom to do some inking while the kids run around me without the fear of a big mess, now that is just priceless!!
Only in New York. Or perhaps–once again in New York, a potentially catastrophic event occurs as a US Airways Jet makes an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Immediately, though not spoken aloud, most thoughts turn to terrorists. In an intrepid display of spirit the fear of many was kept contained. No terrorist cell here, just a flock of seagulls. That inspired this inspired a quick Terror Bird drawing on my part.
Thankfully just another opportunity to illustrate silliness as conspiracy theories abounded on Twitter, Facebook and the like.
This year I resolve to draw more! I’ve spent lots of time focused on color and painting, but I need to get my chops back. I’m looking forward to working with live models, pencil and paper. There is much to be said for the craft of drawing what you see. Most of my work these days has been ‘constructionist’ type drawing. That’s great and all and it does have its place. However, seeing the shapes and forms amidst the lights and darks puts one out on an artistic tightrope. The end result is always vibrant and full of life. It is the process that I miss so much and need to get back to.
Dictionary.com defines a clique as a small exclusive group of friends or associates. I immediately thought of this piece (painted while there were still Soviet generals!). This is mixed media on watercolor paper. I had lots of fun working on this. Hence my submission to the Illustration Friday challenge for the week!
John McCain’s temper is well known among the media and political community. In some instances he’s been peeved by answering certain questions. For some time now I thought that it would make a good image to juxtapose McCain with the Incredible Hulk. After all, Bill Bixby made the famous quote as David Banner: “You won’t like me when I’m angry….”. This was sort of a veiled threat to viewers who eagerly anticipated Lou Ferrigno running around with green paint and torn purple pants (Yes, I was one of them!!!)
So here is John ‘You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry’ McCain!