For my brother for Christmas, I finished up the last two Pokémon from his SoulSilver party:
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
I finally finished one of two sketchbook pages I've been working on (seen below). But then I decided to make it into a mailer, and then decided that the butterflies that I had already completely cut weren't the right color and not as well-designed as I wanted so I completely redid them into the corona that you see now.
I'm trying to incorporate watercolor and flat paper together. In a way, I think it has the potential to blow open a new direction for me. I'd really love to hear what people think, because I've shirked watercolor for too long now, and am interested in whatcha think.
I'm pretty psyched to print these out and send them to clients!
Oh, and I'm a bit disappointed to say that my cover for The Orchard wasn't chosen to be published - they went with a photographic cover instead. Still, a job is a job, and I also got an awesome piece out of it, so I'm not that disappointed.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
So this is my first commissioned book cover! In honor of that I wanted to show my process, which was really exciting.
Thumbnails in my 'idea book':
From that the publisher chose three to be enlarged:
She liked the last one, of the single tree but asked that the trunk not be quite so gnarly. Then color studies and the composite sketch:
This is the grey leaves separate from the rest. By far the most work in the project:
Monday, November 29, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
So I haven't posted too much lately but I'm hard at work on two sketchbook pages that incorporate both flat paper and watercolor (pieces of both shown above), and also the book cover that I was hired to do!
This is also a book cover I did digitally (to show that I can use Photoshop and Illustrator). Lemme know what you think:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I just finished working on an alphabet done in cut-paper:
I'm pretty psyched for using new a few new colors!
Also, Annie Beth Ericsson just interviewed me for her blog: http://walkinginpublic.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/new-artist-showcase-kevin-stanton/. You should head on over and see who else she's been talking to as well!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
This is another page for the cut-paper part of my sketchbook. It's three irregular incurve chrysanthemums, which are one of my absolute favorite flowers because they're so intricate and huge. I read something funny about chrysanthemums in my research for the right ones - the French bred their mums to have pretty details but in a sensible size, the Japanese bred their mums to have huge blooms with ridiculously gorgeous petals, and the Americans bred small, hardy, easily sellable mums that could ship around the country well.
Clearly we know who I'm favoring the most.
Also, I'm going to be starting work in digital and watercolor again too though, so hopefully I'll have things in that regard to post soon.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
So I had a thought: why have a flat background when I could spend hours and hours drawing and cutting a pattern that could only subtly show up in the form of shadows? Good thing I love it and the effect.
This is another mock book cover I put together around the idea that the pomegranate, not the apple, is the universal symbol of sin and temptation, and put the ouroboros in the shape of a lemniscate to solidify the idea of its infinite nature.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So I've posted this in a few pieces, but this is done now. I had to add the mathematical scribbles in the heart. It made me remember how much I enjoyed writing/drawing math notes, and how little of math I actually understood... As soon as we hit logarithms in Pre-Calc, I was down for the count.
Anyway, I'm really happy with the way this turned out. It's been a while since I've done something on the more conceptual side, and I love doing hand-cut type so this was a lot of fun. And finished!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
These are the latest three illustrations for Fine Gardening:
"Invincibelle Spirit" Hydrangea (I want one. Or... ten, maybe):
They also approved of the paper hydrangea piece I did (see the previous post), which I'm thrilled about!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
In preparation for new work that I should be posting soon, I wanted to get a few things out of the way:
This is an example of what cut paper could look like for my Fine Gardening assignments - the "Invincibelle Spirit" Hydrangea. I just sent it to them, so I'm hoping that they're interested enough to let me work like this in the future.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
First off, this isn't finished and I'm planning on doing a whole package for it but I wanted to post what I've done so far. The only other things going on to this, the cover itself, are scribbles of math equations because, afterall, it is The Calculation EP.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
So after I finished Arcanine and Akeem reminded me (told me?) that it is my civic duty to keep doing them, I decided that I would start with cut-outs of my main party from HeartGold. So this is two down (Heracross and Arcanine).