Illustration Roundup: September 2015

I've been changing up my digital drawing strategy for the last couple of months, and feel like I'm starting to get a better handle on what exactly it is that I do stylistically. There has always been a little disconnect for me between the way that I draw and paint in my sketchbook, and the way that I work with vector. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I think it comes down to the fact that when I make my 'finals,' I am basically copying something that I have already drawn once. Since I'm not making decisions on the fly, as I do when I'm building up something in graphite or ink, one little detail at a time, the results sometimes feel a little flat. And, a lot of times, a design decision that makes sense in a line drawing doesn't really have the same punch in flat color shapes. So, as much as possible, I've been trying to save all the fun for my finals, and resisting the impulse to make my sketches stand alone a pleasing little drawings on there own. (Not that they were masterpieces to begin with, but, you know what I mean.) Now it's "just the facts," then add the razzle-dazzle (such as it is) in post.

My Brain: The All-Hands Meeting The New Yorker AD: Deanna Donegan

My Brain: The All-Hands Meeting
The New Yorker
AD: Deanna Donegan

The Green Printers Print ad for Jakprints AD: Ted Barnes

The Green Printers
Print ad for Jakprints
AD: Ted Barnes

Dictionary Grudge-Match Mental Floss Magazine AD: Lucy Quintanilla

Dictionary Grudge-Match
Mental Floss Magazine
AD: Lucy Quintanilla

What's (one of the) the Oldest Words in the English Language? (A:Two) Mental Floss Magazine AD: Lucy Quintanilla

What's (one of the) the Oldest Words in the English Language? (A:Two)
Mental Floss Magazine
AD: Lucy Quintanilla

What do you call the metal part of a pencil? (A: Ferrule) Mental Floss Magazine AD: Lucy Quintanilla

What do you call the metal part of a pencil? (A: Ferrule)
Mental Floss Magazine
AD: Lucy Quintanilla

What do you call the arm hole in a shirt sleeve? (A: Armsate) Mental Floss Magazine AD: Lucy Quintanilla

What do you call the arm hole in a shirt sleeve? (A: Armsate)
Mental Floss Magazine
AD: Lucy Quintanilla

What do you call the holes in Swiss Cheese? (A: Eyes) Mental Floss Magazine AD: Lucy Quintanilla  

What do you call the holes in Swiss Cheese? (A: Eyes)
Mental Floss Magazine
AD: Lucy Quintanilla

 

A huge thanks to Deanna Donegan, Ted Barnes and Lucy Quintanilla for the great assignments!