Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dave Chappelle - The Joker

KING Magazine commissioned me to illustrate Dave Chappelle's story - the huge success of his show, the reputed nervous breakdown, the disappearance into South Africa after securing a 50 million deal with Comedy Central - in comics form. I was too busy to illustrate the series of images they had wanted, so I agreed to do one 'cover' image.

The AD was pretty clear about what he wanted: Dave in the spotlight, beset by his characters, on a faux comic book cover entitled, "The Joker." So I submitted this sketch, which was rightly rejected. I usually have trouble with likelinesses, so the this sketch was a struggle, and the result was stiff. No fun.

Then the AD sent me this reference image, and the clouds parted.

> Despite my arty-farty pretensions, I love old comic book covers, so I attacked the illustration with new energy. The sketch is graphite on bond, 5.5 x 8.5," which I enlarge and transfer with a lightbox onto a larger sheet of bristol.

> graphite on bristol, cleaned up and adjusted in Photoshop, 8 x 10" @ 450 dpi

> photoshop colors, with flat colors underneath the linework to facilitate selection of areas for rendering. At this point, I've also finished the vector elements like the credit box and logo, which were started during the sketch phase.

> rendered photoshop color.

> a bit of post-production and photoshop wizardry results in a beat up, vintage look.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Winter Olympics/McDonald's

Now playing . . .
For 3 weeks, I worked with Motion Theory on a spot for the Winter Olympics that's currently running on TV. A kid takes off in a soap box racer into his imagination, dives down into a magical undersea world, kicks a soccerball in a miniature city, rides down a huge half pipe and does a hand plant on the moon, only to come crashing down into reality . . . but not before nabbing a gold medal. Above are a few excerpts from the slew of concept sketches and finished illustrations I had done daily during production. The project underwent a lot of changes (initially, I was just asked to design a few elements) but I'm glad that a good amount of my work survived in the finished product.
* Thanks to Blogger for posting ProcessRecess as a 'blog of note' and to Cat Morley for featuring PR on

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Golden Tomato

© Dylan Martinez/Reuters/Corbis

Shaun White Snowboard
I was hired by the awesome JDK to create a signature Burton snowboard for Shaun White. The board will be out in 2007, so I was very excited to hear that Shaun was already using the board, and also won the gold at the Winter Olympics! These are the best pictures I could find of him riding the board at Turino . . . I will be posting the finished illustrations soon. Much cogratulations to Shaun on bringing home the gold.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

It's almost here . . .

Process Recess 2nd Printing
Here's a pic of the first edition or PR with the second. Can you spot the difference between the two? It should be in stores at the end of March. You can preorder the book through The hard facts:

1-color dustjacket
224 4C pages
7.5" x 5" HC
$25 US funds
ISBN 0-9721794-6-1
Shipping in March 2005
Diamond Code: JAN052384

Friday, February 03, 2006

Figure Drawing V

>acrylic on bristol, 19 x 24", 5 minutes.

>acrylic on bristol, 19 x 24", 20 minutes.

>acrylic on bristol, 19 x 24", 20 minutes.

Figure Studies
I felt more assured of my technique this week, which probably made for less spontaneity and 'freshness' in the studies. When drawing or making pictures, there is always a struggle with control. Accidents, chance, and intuition are vital agents against stagnation. The trick is to have enough control to make it look like you messed up on purpose.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Bells & Whistles

>graphite on bond, 8.5 x 11"

>graphite on bristol, 6 x 16"

>photoshop, 6439 x 2481 pixels

>photoshop, 6439 x 2481 pixels

Bells & Whistles
Plan Sponsor magazine uses a lot of great illustration to present it's otherwise prosaic subject matter. The AD gave me complete freedom for this piece, provided it had something to do with the title of the column, "Bells & Whistles."