Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Coloring this drawing was extremely low maintenance. I broke the Alien gangster from a solid black background in Photoshop and replaced my original, hand-drawn typography.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Coloring was fairly straightforward after undrawing and redrawing key elements. I replaced my original typography with ROBO.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Coloring was blissfully easy on this one, even though I took the time to undraw and redraw several elements in Photoshop.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
"The Little Barmaid" was drawn for a presentation that my boss at Musicland was giving to district and store managers. It was afterward that the terror began...
I was told at the time that Disney was notoriously protective of their properties (which is undoubtedly still true). Since the drawing was never intended to be published, I didn't figure that I'd ever be at risk for trouble -- until the head movie buyer for the Suncoast division (for which I worked at the time) decided to show it to his Disney representative. I was told that the rep laughed when he saw it, thankfully. I was also shown several parody video covers for the "Spot" video series done by the Disney artists (e.g., "Spot Bites the Big One"). At the time, the series had been a huge disappointment, sales wise.
Coloring this image was very straightforward. This time I liked my own typography, amazingly enough!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The colored version of "The Magician" represents the most "undrawing" I've done on any single illustration so far. The elements reside on no less than six layers in the Photoshop file and 30 in Illustrator. I extracted the suit elements (Torch, Sword, Pentacle, and Cup), lightning, feather, and lemniscate first. After working on those parts for a while, I realized that I also needed the turban and it's highlights, as well as the brim (of which I had to draw a good portion). Then I realized that I needed the background as a separate element, and then the head and and neck. In all, I spent about 12 hours undrawing and drawing new elements, and coloring this drawing. The original was probably sketched and inked in less than two hours.
Once I had all of the components created and colored in Illustrator, I "turned off" the suit elements and realized that the drawing was finished. I have not been so impressed with the difference that 20 years can make as I have with "The Magician." It's been a very satisfying journey to finish this drawing at last.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Coloring the image was fairly straight forward. The only element that had to be created was the shadow on the earth. The hatching in the clouds of the original just didn't darken them enough.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
When I started drawing the Tarot, I set Cups and Swords as opposites and used bits of Latin in their designs. Many of the Swords are inscribed with quotations from the Requiem, or Mass for the Dead. The Requiem doesn't usually contain celebratory elements, so I employed the term "Gloria" on some of the Cups.
In coloring this drawing, I replaced the original hand-drawn typography with the Omnia typeface since it was extremely close to the original. I also moved some elements in the Queen's face (notably her lips and chin and a slight shortening of her nose). I finished coloring this many days ago but had to let it rest while I decided what color her hair should be: blond or black, but I settled on blond to keep with the lightness of the suit of Cups.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Alas, Musicland is defunct, but my drawings remain. The original was drawn and put on Kathy's wall, but I was so enamored of the idea that I redrew a final version. This is another of those drawings where I was happy with everything but my hand drawn typography. I made two stabs at a "logo" and neither worked out.
I took the time to "undraw" the original typographic elements and replaced them with a real typeface and, of course, added color to the original pen and ink. I'm very, very happy with the result.
Kathy, if you're out there somewhere, this drawing is still for you.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Here is the unedited image: "The Devil."
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
There really isn't anything spectacularly naughty about these illustrations, but I think it's only fair that one is not confronted with nudity unexpectedly, especially if it is undesired.
That said, here is the Five of Swords.