Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Drawing In Church 3/25

Dangerous Waters

Got a stellar job which gave me the opportunity to draw the Titanic for the young adult novel Dangerous Waters, by Gregory Mone. (This year is the 100th anniversary of the famous disaster). Once again, my MFA seminar on disasters found me another job as I've become the first call for turning epic tragedies into slightly whimsical ruminations.

I sent these two ideas, the first using the classic image of how the Titanic went down, and tried an unusual point of view for B, from above with dramatic forced perspective.

Going from the rough sketch was going to be tricky without some great reference, so I decided to order a model kit of the Titanic. I put it together with my son on a Saturday. My wife Andrea said "How exactly does this help you make a better drawing?" I was starting to think the same thing while gluing microscopic portholes on this thing. But, handling something in physical space makes it so much easier to construct that object in 2D on paper. Drawing from life cannot be replaced by shoddy pictures from Google. Remember this students! 

...my final sketch with the new reference. 

A few details of the final drawing. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Peter Sagal's Childhood

A new drawing for Peter Sagal's upcoming column "Road Scholar" in Runner's World. Peter's touching piece is about running in the neighborhood where he grew up, and the memories he encounters on his, literal, jog down memory lane. As a kid, he imagines he never would have seen himself as a passionate athletic runner in adult life. So, I had the enjoyable pleasure of drawing a dorky kid in the 70's (see below).

A few of my other concepts before we settled on him jogging by himself and his house.