Illustration focus, progress 4

Busy, shoulder issues and a bit of a cold have hung me up a bit, but I’ve got the last illustrations for Primp and one for In Search for the King to share!  Both let me play in InDesign and learn about wrapping text. And both laid out really well, Primp is a perfect three pages with both the header and spot illustrations and In Search turned out precisely one page. Continuing the paper cut out style I wanted for Primp, I made two figures, referencing from my hilarious 1979…

Illustration focus: progress 3

BAM, ‘nother one done. This is the title page for Primp, which is set in a semi-Victorian world. So I wanted the illustrations to reflect Victorian paper cut work. Only I am a lazy thing and am not going to actually cut that paper.  But! The image is created in a way that it could be a whole piece of paper, without loose bits. I drew half of the dressing table and used the lightbox to mirror it, filled in most of the blacks by hand then my big pen…

Illustration focus, progress 2

Woo, still going! All images link to Flickr where there are more shots and info. This one was the title page illustration for Morningstar, if it were part of an old sf mag or a short story compilation. I looked up a lot of pictures of hanging meats, making my search history even creepier than it normally is.  I made the basic sketch on some cheap-ass typing paper because that is how I roll. And then the paint went on in the dry brush way that I am growing to…

Illustration focus, inspiration

I just uploaded a bunch of small scans of illustrated double-page spreads from 1980s’ Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. There’s a bunch in my Flickr set of scanned radness—which is actually pretty heavy in the sf illustration that I love so much—but here’s three I like quite a bit. July 1982. “The Jarabon” by Lee Killough, art by George Barr. July 1982. “A Thief in Ni-Moya” by Robert Silverberg, art by Janet Aulisio. July 1982. “Green Mars” by Kim Stanley Robinson, art by J.K. Potter.

Illustration focus, progress 1

HA. Oh man, I cannot believe I finished an illustration already.  I do plan on scanning some of the stuff I’m using as reference/illustration, but you’ll just have to enjoy some process pictures and finished image until then.  All images link to Flickr where there are more shots and info. Splash page for end of Morningstar. First Chase helped me get a reference shot. I kind of hate using myself for reference shots because my frame is weirdly proportioned and I always have to draw on more weight. But my…