Thursday, October 05, 2006

Fables 57

> 7 x 10.5" 500 dpi, Photoshop CS2.

I'll be "teaching" this piece from start to finish at my workhop on Oct. 15th. A good variety of artifice and digital trickery I've developed over the years was used to bring this one to life, so plenty of techniques will be divulged. For instance, the wind was created using a small fan brush dipped in india ink and scanned into photoshop. (As for the original art, the sketch has sold, but the final drawing is currently on hold until I decide whether or not to post it on ebay).

* Things to bring to the workshop: a drawing pad or sketchbook and something you are comfortable drawing with. I'll be demonstrating and talking about photoshop techniques, so be prepared to take notes. Also, we will take a look at a variety of original artwork and discuss methods and materials used in their creation. For the latter half of the workshop, I'll be drawing from model, and everyone can either watch or draw along with me.


SAFFE said...

This artwork reminds me of an wintery feeling, all the little ones and the weather surrounding are in a rush, but the two adults featured remain calm.

It also kinda makes me wanna write a poem :)

Have fun teaching the class!

11:42 AM  
iamintricate said...

The wind technique is quite clever - I'd love to sit in on your teachings.

I really love your use of primary/secondary colors - creates some nice movement for the eye. Also your anthropomorphic creatures are too cute. :)

11:52 AM  
M said...

Wonderful. I had seen the sketch and was wondering how you would incorporate the logo. As always, very inventive and graphic and beautiful.

If you someday went into animation, or were somehow at the helm of an animation, I wouldn't be able to take my eyes off the screen. Somehow your photoshop colored-drawings...I can see the motion in them, and it would be amazing to see a JJ-influenced animation.

1:57 PM  
blake said...

dude. im stoked!!

10 days!

2:46 PM  
UrbanBarbarian said...

...Breathtaking! JJF! [ James Jean Forever! ]

3:52 PM said...

Beautiful piece!
I love what you've done with the type.

If its not too much trouble, is there any way you could hold on to the drawing and show it to us at the workshop? That way we can see what the original drawing looks like and how that directly transfers to the finished piece.

Now that I think about it, I suppose you could just as well scan it and print it at a high quality and show it to us like that...


4:38 PM  
chris hope said...

The type is awesome! Makes me miss winter.

9:17 PM  
Ray Jones said...

You seriously need to come out with a book with all your Fables Covers... that'd be amazing. For now, I'll settle for collecting them one at a time though. Thanks for sharing this one!

9:35 PM  
Anonymous said...

this is great, i like the movement of the kids and wolfs and the wind. man i wish i could see you teaching about this. it would be the best.


10:42 PM  
Begoña said...

Fantastico trabajo, ¡enhorabuena!.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hope you put the final up for sale on ebay! Would love a chance at it, have been saving up my pennies.

12:58 PM  
Jed said...

Your typography once again, rocks. Of course, a terrific drawing. You have this trick you do sometimes where you make this simple ocluded face on a perfectly round head--a very pleasing effect (guy with the striped cap).

Your covers always make me curious to look inside these comics, but the contents never quite live up to the covers! I don't want to knock the work-a-day artists who draw all of those very difficult cars and buildings and crowds of people every month, but the art doesn't tend to have much soul (maybe, in part, because of all that division of labor--pencilers and inkers and colorists).

My comic shop guy recently was trying to sell me on the latest Grant Morrison Batman book, but I just couldn't bring myself, no matter how good the writing, to suffer through 22 pages of Andy Kubert! So I tend to admire the covers and let Fables pass me by. I at least like the premise, though.

5:14 PM  
Anonymous said...

freakin genius

10:40 PM  
Soren said...

Wow...Love it.

4:26 AM  
ArmyBoy said...

Honestly, writing "Father and Son" where you did really detracts from the composition's flow and does not make too much sense to me. It reminds me of a bilboard's intrusive presence in a country landscape. If it's the title of that particular fable, the words would fair much better at the focus point of the composition or in the lower right corner. My 2 cents but as always, the art is marvelous.

9:31 AM  
Meghana said...

Once again, it's unfortunate that I am so far from you. It would be great if you could include parts of the workshop on the site... Thanks for the inspiration!

8:20 PM  
Logan said...

I really agree with Jed. I get Fables in my box at my comic shop solely for the coverwork. The premise is utterly cool, but I pretty much just read Civil War and Amazing Spidey right now.

I suppose it just comes down to how an artist is wired. I see some interior people do a cover and it's just not in them, they come out completely cheesy. Yet they can burn through 28 pages of cityscape and flying figures with great pacing in under a month. That makes me shudder. Designing a cover with just the right narrative, impact, and mood is an art all to itself though and no less daunting. Perhaps it's like the difference between a novel and a poem; the latter can say just as much as the former in so few words.

Beautiful piece James. The accents of pure color on the hats are a nice contrast both visually and conceptually for me.

5:41 AM  
Shalimar said...

I wish it was lucrative for you to post a tutorial on what you do online, for us poor SVA students all the way here in new york. :-) Again, Amazing work, as usual.

9:47 AM  
Shawn Escott said...

Cool James! I like the little characters.

11:38 AM  
eli said...

Hey James, is there anything in particular that we need to bring to tht workshop? Sketchbooks and drawing media of course but anything you would like to see us bring to play around with? I'm crazy stoked for this and I'll be there with Andrea Wicklund and Angela Domingez. Thanks for the opportunity.

1:39 PM  
StColaPop said...


4:02 PM  
dearqq said...

.ur arts so talented~
keep up..

10:34 PM  
Anonymous said...

Your talent is without question. Like many of the posts that state the obvious of your abilities, I must agree that you are at the top of the mountain. In viewing your art all I can do is ask myself how he does it and what does he see that I don't. I hope someday to fully understand your techniques and process, for it is some of the best out there.
Thanks for all the great images.

8:09 AM said...

ditto, what Eli said.
Is there anything we should bring?

11:10 AM  
samsudin ismail said...

hello james...cant say anything about yr artwork! superb! thanks for posting the BIG images here! :)

Hope to see more! more pix and more writeup from you coz everythings here is very2 usefull !!

Bravo! Eleven Thumbs up!:)

1:50 PM  
wil said...

shame i live in england.. would love to come to your workshop. love your style

11:57 AM  
baerd said...

Is anyone going to be able to somehow videotape this workshop, then post it on GoogleVideo for the rest of us not even in the same continent?

7:54 PM  
Lydia said...

I took your class today. Flew in from Texas, too! It was totally worth it.\
Thank you for having the class, I learned so much.

6:37 PM  
Caressa from the Netherlands said...

I absolutly love your work. I love the style you draw, I love the graphics and i totally love the way make some beautiful, peacefull paintings like the ones in the painting section on your website, but how there also is a site of you that makes crazy illustrations with totally opposites like "Confection".

I realy will visite your site more often in the future

12:37 PM  

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