For whatever reason, I have been very interested in drawing prize machines of late. I wonder if I have that degenerative brain disorder that Maurice Ravel had? Whatever the reason, prize machines are composed of very basic shapes and aid in my practice.
To get a change in my routine, I like to draw these large posters, and try out different coloring and shading techniques. Using a variety of subjects, I get a feel for how appropriate a particular technique might be in a particular situation.
Additionally, this is exercise is a great way to gain perspective (no pun intended) on your art style; drawing an object out of context helps me think about how I render the qualities that go into that object, ultimately helping me grow as an artist (I hope).
If you’re interested in doing a similar project, I suggest getting any large surface on which you would enjoy drawing. Leave it someplace convenient and add to slowly.
I’m pleased to announce that I will be a part of an anthology done by my colleague Lauren Davis. Called SciFi San Francisco, this anthology is a collection of science-fiction comics set in the Bay Area. Lauren has done a great job of curating this anthology, and I cannot wait for it to come out. I do not have a definite release date as of this writing, but I will keep everyone abreast of changes!
My piece is called For Rent, and it is about inter-dimensional realty as a solution to the current housing situation in the Bay Area.
Always interested to try new rendering techniques, I have been playing with the saturation on some of my illustrations in Photoshop. I started with the goal of moving from purely black line work, and that has led me into some interesting territory.
Additionally, I’ve been playing with various methods of applying midtones. In the examples that I have provided, I used a mixture of halftone dots, mezzotint, and pointizing.