Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kill Shakespeare Cover Contest Entry...

My friend Tiff, she of Toronto comic shop The Silver Snail, brought to my attention that the fairly popular comic "Kill Shakespeare" was having a contest to design the cover for issue #11 and persuaded me to partake. I confess that I've never read the book before, but why let that deter me? Luckily IDW (the publisher) recently reissued the first issue for a mere buck in an effort to drum up new readers, so I picked it up and got a feel for the book. Above is my entry, which finished a distant (way distant) third in fan voting on the Kill Shakespeare Facebook page. The issue revolves around Hamlet (the main character) fleeing into the Globe Woods to escape his enemies and that's what I centered on. Any excuse to design trees. A thanks is in order to Tiff, for getting me wise to this, anybody who voted for the piece on  Facebook  and my dear Lindsay and our friend Adam Earle for trying to rally support.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Recent Tidings Work...



I'm nearing five years as a regular contributor for Montreal based wine magazine Tidings and it continues to be a fun job that gives me a great amount of freedom to mess around and many changes in my style/technique are usually worked out here, to mixed levels of success of course. The two illustrations posted above are my first for the year. The top (Feb/March 2011), illustrates a column in which the writer (Peter Rockwell) discusses Portugal (represented by the rooster) as an underrated wine producer that's just beginning to catch on. The bottom (April 2011) accompanies his advice for what types of all purpose wines one can bring to the party. I like that I don't show too much of the character's facial features and show their nervousness through the clenched teeth and excessive sweat. I can't wait to post my next column, but I'll have to wait until May for that...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Global 100 2011


I'm up to my sixth year of doing covers for the Global 100 edition of RealScreen magazine, and while it's sometimes hard to find new ways to have fun with "Globie", I'm always pretty happy with how things turn out (except for my cover in 2007, which was a turd). This year we decided to make it an homage to Banksy due to the popularity/notoriety of "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and the increase in Banksy's media profile. The rendering of Globie is an amalgamation of a few past cover interpretations, slapped together in illustrator and then given a heavy stamp filter treatment in photoshop. I did the title by hand using a pilot parallel pen on heavy toothed paper for a nice bleed. Realscreen designer, Mark Lacoursiere came up with the great treatment on the RealScreen logo and it makes for a great overall presentation if you ask me.
Above is the printed version of the cover, below the image taken from my original file...