Here's a quick sketch of a painting idea from my notebooks...
I always try to take Harvey Dunn's advice and imagine the purest and most brutal depiction of a dramatic moment. If I am lucky enough to get a good clear emotional idea I try to hold it in my mind and get it down on paper as fast and as accurately as I can.
What I like about this image in particular is the framing of the watcher's one eye with the knife, two forearms and the bang of hair. That little vignette of the brutal man's face blocked by his "tools of defense" seems to crystallize the overall idea of the illustration, which is the "blocking off" of the treasure from the interloper. The framed little vignette of the face tells the same story as the overall illustration but in a different way.
Harvey Dunn also said you can't "think up" these kinds of ideas. They just come to you or they don't, and if they do come you better be ready to make a note of them because they only pass this way once!
I think ol' Harvey must've gotten into a stash of Jung or something.
Last edited by kev ferrara; July 11th, 2007 at 06:37 PM.
This is what I have for the cover to issue number 3 so far, but at this point I'm having doubts. Thinking about it...
Just added my original b/w proposal for the set of four covers. You can see that I've already changed my mind once about the cover for the third issue. (Somewhere I have around a piece of paper with about twenty different thumbnail versions of the hanging cover to the left)
I also changed my mind about the cover for the fourth issue. And now I think I'm gonna change it back!
The first two seemed to hit the mark though. See the first page of this thread for the results.
Last edited by kev ferrara; August 1st, 2007 at 12:32 AM.
adore your stuff man, especially your sketches
I like the composition of the cover, yet maybe the hierarchy of values is not as visually manipulative as possible? dunno man, your way ahead of me, wanna leave me a crit? I just posted ;P
hey man, amazing display of skills, love the diversity of mediums and your excellence at ink. Some of your pics reminds me of alberto breccia, don't know if you know him, you should check him out.
Anyways, really cool work man. Thanks for sharing.
Here's a scene where Jacob wanders lost through the desert. I tried to dwarf him with the immensity of his inhospitable surroundings in order to emphasize his smallness and weakness in its presence. The values in the coloring stage were important on this one in order to make the framing center rock come to the foreground.
Feel free to post! Lemme know what you think!
Last edited by kev ferrara; July 12th, 2007 at 02:11 PM.