Sunday, November 27, 2011

Radiolab's " The Loneliness of the Goalkeeper"

A while ago, I heard this great podcast that struck a chord with me enough that I had to illustrate it.  It was about how soccer goalies feel isolated from the rest of their team, and are often are very introverted people. I found it to be eerily accurate, and oddly beautiful.  I myself was a hockey goalie when I was younger and loved it, I wouldn't dream of being any other position.  I found this podcast to be great for my own self reflection.

  I'd love to go into it further, but I feel like I would just cheapen it with my heavy handed words so you can just listen here!

It's about 20 minutes long FYI, just incase you're in a rush. 

This is the first mock up. Love the colors, didn't feel like it worked for the atmosphere I felt. I respect Goalies and the kids who dream of growing up to be one so much that I didn't want to cheapen this subject with my often overly fun colors or a concept so clever it's takes away from the simple feeling.

This was my second color mock up. I liked it more but it didn't exactly feel like mine yet. I ended up deleting the rendered net i had drawn in favor of the charcoal one, it just had a better heaviness to it.

I added a soccer ball to make the composition more balanced.

Hope you enjoy! Thanks to Skip Sterling for pointing out the podcast too me!
You can check out his illustration here -- >

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tom Waits for Ammo mag

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Dave from Ammo Magazine to participate in their Black and White issue being put together.  Initially I was excited but a bit stumped as to what to do in black and white.  I had a list of illustrations I wanted to do in queue, but they either heavily depended on color or I worried they might not really connect with Ammo's UK audience.  Eventually I decided to do a painting I had done in the past of Tom Waits as a drawing so it could fit into my portfolio.  I ended up finishing this one with a mix of ink wash, a bit of charcoal and digital.

The majority of my Illustration tends to be extremely bright and vibrant. The challenge of doing a black and white piece for Ammo presented an opportunity to push myself past my prior limitations when it comes to the use of value, and to refine my additions of texture. I quickly found that my work in black and white required a more subtle balance to create atmosphere, and I look forward to bringing more of that into my color work in the future.