I’m teaching my first illustration class at Pratt Institute’s Associate Degree Program this fall, and I’m having a fun time trying to get my students excited about the illustration biz.
One of the things I knew I wanted to do right away, was to arrange some video chat interviews with illustrators in their studios. Our own Stuart Kolakovic was my first willing guinea pig, and agreed to be interviewed over Skype.
I was able to record the audio of the interview on my iPhone, but I do apologize for the crummy quality. I cleaned it up some, so it’s decent enough to hear everything. Please ignore my honking guffaws, which are way too loud. I pledge to use higher production quality next time.
Thanks for helping me out Stu!
…for an album column about alternative country/americana music, featuring the likes of Radar Brothers, Puerto Muerto, Murder By Death, Mark Pickerel And His Praying Hands. You can tell by the amount of “panels” I’ve been drawing recently that I’m pretty keen to start on my comic…
A double page spread for El Bosque magazine. Some of you might notice I’ve drawn this instrument being played before, a “Gusle”. Except this time I’ve tried to show what the musician is actually singing about. This image is for a themed “Forests, plants and flowers” issue.
The past couple of weeks have been a drag, doing real bland corporate illustration work. To keep myself from going insane I’ve tried to find enough time to sketch some of the other ideas that have been bouncing round my head for my new graphic novel, which I should hopefully be starting in the next fortnight. Hopefully.
You can learn more about my comic plans at an online interview with comics Brainiac, Matt Badham here.
Illustrating an All Girls Skateboard Competition at a skatepark in Manchester presented itself as welcoming break from the other heavily art directed illustration I’ve been doing, and was fun to do. It finally gave me the chance to play around with some hand rendered type and to indulge in some 50’s/60’s surf style graphics. The hardest part was trying to come up something that wasn’t sexist, or even just plain girly. I dared myself to use pink, is that p.c. these days?
This is an image for Hong Kong’s “The 1&Only Magazine”- the Love Addicts Issue.
The image is available as a handsome wee baby framed 4″x7″ print, a limited edition of ten, from my online shop for only $9. The mini comics I have featured on Invisibleman are also available-
“A Gosling” -16 page A6 size full colour comic,laser printed onto Heritage White 200 gsm paper, machine stitched with a 260 gsm dust jacket. $4
“Ja Ljubav Te”- 42 page full colour wee tiny mini micro comic, machine stitched and laser printed onto Five Seasons (100% recycled) paper. $2
Cheap as chips.
If you didn’t figure it out already, a disproportionate share of the Invisibleman crew met each other at Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, back in the early 90’s. In my last year in the illustration program, I was lucky enough to land in Roger DeMuth’s class, which set me on the course I am now traveling.
Roger is a man who has abundant shares of talent, craft and shrewd promotional savvy. These of course are the skills a freelance illustrator needs to be successful, and they have served Roger well.
This summer my wife and I dropped in for a visit at Roger’s house in Cazenovia, NY where you’ll find his enviable art-filled studio attached to a beautiful home nestled in a lush garden of his own design.
Roger binds his own miniature sketchbooks (painted with equally small watercolor sets, usually using a bottle cap with a little orange juice as the medium). He also builds precision custom drawing travel kits that tuck away all the required implements for drawing in a handsome case, replete with handsome stamped leather detailing. Tucked into shelves you’ll see hilariously cheap chinese novelty toys, frog popup books (lots of frogs), a sizeable stash of antique pen nibs collected from ebay, and dozens of clever mockups for toys and such delights as the Kitty Condom.
Read on to see a slideshow of our visit.