Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Another incredible illustrator has left us. Leo Dillon was a master.
To find out more about him visit Tor here.
Some of my favorites of his and Diane Dillon's work are the covers for the A Wrinkle in Time series. I wanted to read the book because of the Illustration. The story and illustrations for Pish Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch is also delightful. Everything he did was magic.
To add to his skill many of my students interviewed the Dillons for various projects and they all reported how kind and generous he is. I am grateful for the impact he had on me and many of my students.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Yesterday, I took the sketching class to the Simon Pearce workshop in Quechee, Vermont. Blowing Glass is a beautiful process to watch and a wonderful drawing exercise. It was a challenge for everyone to capture the process. These are a few of my better sketches.
The shop has been closed for the past nine months due to damage from Irene. The entire area was floor where they blow the glass was under water. There is still great deal to be done, but the workshop has been open for two weeks now. The remodeled room was wonderful to see. If you are in the area, I would encourage everyone to stop in and see the work.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
These are some of the better sketches of the day. Chickens are hard to draw, moving chickens are even harder. I even got to milk a cow! I am looking forward to visiting again.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
The one comic I consistently collected was the Avengers (I have every issue, some reprints, up until the last few years). Needless to say I am somewhat excited about the movie. I replaced Hawkeye with The Vision (he's the red guy at the bottom) because I couldn't do an illustration of the Avengers without him. He is my all time favorite superhero. He is Spock and Data combined and then some because he can walk through walls as well. I remember the day I was at the local drug store and saw him in a comic and thought he was so cool. The Hulk was another favorite of mine. I think because he was so misunderstood. I could relate to that.
In my redesign, I tried to think of the characters that would actually wear bow ties. It just didn't seem to fit Thor, Captain America or Black Widow. The suspenders worked for the first two. Thor was strongly influenced by the mechanic in the movie Adventures of Babysitting.
This all emphasizes my realization that I am a big geek.