I've been playing around a bit with isometric illustration and learning some great techniques from studying Mark Oliver's work (check out his portfolio; it's brilliant). Here are some examples I made for social media pieces for ANSI--the first for robotics in manufacturing and the second for trade in Mozambique.
In undergrad, one of my friends had a cat named Reefer Kat, who was pretty much the fluffiest, weirdest, sweetest cat you'll ever meet. Request #4 was a portrait of his majesty.
Having one of these would sure make life easier in NYC.
Last week, I had the incredible luck to see Sarah Anderson [of the webcomic Sarah's Scribbles fame] at The Strand bookstore. I am a huge fan of the strip and this is a dramatization of what it was like to get my book signed by her:
An illustration I made for an upcoming GreenHomeNYC event on entrepreneurship and starting your own business.
One of these days, when I have a whole bunch of time and don't have to worry about money (when I'm 85?), I'm going to start a webcomic. In the meantime, I've been working on improving my cartooning skills. The first request was a penguin wearing a dinosaur suit.
The person who requested this is fascinated with Russian culture and art, and so asked if I could draw her a matryoshka. Being a bit of a sci-fi nerd, I also thought it would be interesting to apply the traditionally feminine figure to someone who doesn't really conform to that image, Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman into space.
I'm not sure why, but the person who requested this drawing asked for Tori Amos playing piano with a parrot.
Reading the news this morning, I was getting angry about the state of the world so I went a little out of order and did request #4 (an orange with Trump hair).
I also managed to get #2, the Lil' Brudder illustration, done as well. The person who requested this is a physical therapist, so I thought she might appreciate Lil' Brudder getting back on his foot and getting active again. The purpose of this project was to shed on my Photoshop skills, but "sewiouswy"...Homestar Runner deserves the most realistic portrayal possible, and I have to admit, this one was a lot of fun to illustrate.
From time to time, in order to improve my art skills, I like to practice outside of my comfort zone by getting some randomly-generated ideas. For example, in the past I used a random-word generator on the Internet to spit out a word that I then had to interpret into an image. For this particular project, I went onto Facebook and prompted my network to give me simple ideas of something that they would like drawn and I would do the first five. Here are the results:
1) A penguin wearing a silly hat
2) Lil' Budder (the one-legged dog from the early-aughts webtoon Homestar Runner)
3) Tori Amos playing piano with a parrot (this one might be a little difficult!)
4) An orange with Donald Trump's hair
5) A matryoshka (Russian nesting doll)
I have already completed the first piece, the penguin with a silly hat. The woman who requested it is an outspoken supporter of women's rights and the women's march on Washington was just last week, so I thought it was appropriate to give my penguin a pussy hat and have her demonstrating against our new Cheeto in Chief: