Sunday, December 30, 2012

At the Mercy of the Mob... black and white final

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And here's the final version of my latest illustration for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine (pencils here).

My goal with this illustration was to create a dynamic black and white composition full of contrasting angles (the placement of the long lights above, the top of the desk, the captive guy's legs, the angle of his torso and arms, and just for good measure the beams of light streaming down from above). I wanted the areas of black to emphasize and play off of these angles even more. I often work my blacks into my illustrations in a free, more abstract way... they don't always reflect the properties of light. In this drawing, the aim is to have the blacks work in their own way, with their own inner logic, to compliment the composition so that when you squint your eyes you get a dynamic, interesting abstract image in its own right. It's also important that everyone's faces are hidden, or partially obscured, to add to the feeling of anxiety and claustrophobia. At the same time, the woman's face is partially revealed because of the role she plays in the story.

Can't say any more than that! Look for the illustration and the accompanying story in the upcoming issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Mag...

As always, Corel Painter 11 + Wacom Cintiq 21UX.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rough Night..

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Pencils, for an upcoming mystery magazine illustration...

Wacom Cintiq + Corel Painter

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lil' Thief

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It was a cold and drizzly weekend in Ottawa... good weekend to stay in and work up my "Lil' Thief" illustration, which continues my fascination with New York's garment district in the 1950's. You can see the pencils here.