Monday, January 22, 2007

Illustration Friday-Super Hero

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's topic "Super Hero"!

I was less than thrilled with the chosen topic. I don't do character stuff, but I really admire those who do. So, what the hell, why not try? Anyway, I thought of my idea, which I hope you think is funny. (I hope you get it, period. It refers to a relatively current series of tabloid episodes.) I drew the shapes in Freehand and colored and shaded in Photoshop. Created specifically for this challenge.

What do you think??? And let me know if you "got it".

***Addendum: In recents weeks and months, numerous young female celebrity females have been graphically photographed (and posted to the web...) getting out of limos while NOT wearing underwear. So I created Underpants Man ready to provide underpants to those who have forgotten theirs, thus making the world a safer place for the rest of us.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Illustration Friday-80s Part Two

I was inspired to do a second illustration for Illustration Friday's topic "80s". There was an artist in the 80s called Patrick Nagel who created images that typified the 80s, at least for me. His stuff seemed to be everywhere for a while. Very stylized. So this is an homage to him. I also used the Olivia Newton John "Physical" cover as inspiration, so this is doubly 80s! Two for the price of one. I aim to please. This was created specifically for the IF challenge. I drew everything in Freehand, but colored it in Photoshop. It might look more like Olivia with lighter hair, but it seemed like Nagel nearly always had black on his models.

What do you think?

If you didn't see my original Mac illustration, check out the previous post. The IF thumb nail feature wasn't working when I posted it...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Illustration Friday-80s

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This is my entry for IF's topic "80s". And yes, I dropped the apostrophe to be grammatically correct. Only use the apostrophe here if 80s would be possessive. It's a common mistake, sort of like misspelling apostrophe, which I did...

Anyway, I was just at Macworld in San Francisco. It was very fun. My client,, had a booth there so I worked at the booth. It was a great experience, but very exhausting to stand all day for a week talking to customers for the entire time. I talked more in one day than I usually do in an entire week. Lynda has really great training for things like Photoshop, Painter, Illustrator and much more. Check it out! You can have access to the entire online library for only $25 per month, with no contract! Even if you've been using Photoshop your whole life, you'll learn even more! See

The first Mac was sold in 1984, so this was a likely choice for me. I created this illustration today, Sunday, specifically for the challenge. I drew everything in Freehand, including colors and shading, except for the drop shadows. I then brought it into Photoshop for just a little tweaking. The first one is my original drawing, then I posted a couple variations using filters.

Your feedback is welcome and encouraged.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Illustration Friday-Buzz

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's topic "buzz". I created this today, specifically for the challenge. I want to continue to experiment with styles and take chances and learn and grow. That's what I'm here for.

I'm in San Francisco for the Macworld convention next week and have a few days here early to wander around this beautiful and interesting town. I found a great deal on a hotel on the web and it's in a great location. There are tons of art galleries within a few blocks of here. It was very fun to browse some of them today. There's a lot of great art in this town!

*****Update: I've posted some SF pics here:

So anyway, I wanted to do something with a more "natural media" feel to it. But not being at home, all I have is my trusty Mac and a mouse. No paper, paint, scanner, etc.

So this is my entry. As I often do, I drew the shapes and original composition in Freehand and then colored and textured in Photoshop. In upcoming weeks, I hope to incorporate more natural media.

I was not excited about last week's topic, but it was mostly due to being incredibly worn out from a very, very busy stretch of about 7 weeks, and it showed!

As for Macworld, I've never been to it, so it will be interesting to see what it's all about.

Please let me know what you think about my illustration! Help me grow!



Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Illustration Friday-Phoenix

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This is my entry for Illustration Friday's "phoenix" topic. Created specifically for the challenge, with limited time, as things have been busy.

Decided to go with something abstract, trying to suggest a rising out of the ashes, as the myth goes. Drew the shapes in Freehand and painted in Photoshop.

What do you think?

Illustration Friday-Peace

This is a placeholder for "peace", when I can get caught up...