Real quick here; a small preview of a few of my Pay It Forward 2011 projects...
One on the left is for Carlos; the one on the right is for Melody.
I'll have to take new pictures...both of these are farther along than what you see here. Melody's illustration is actually difficult. I wanted to make her something very pretty but the stuff I usually make is not conventionally pretty. I decided to do a picture of some pastries.
There's one more in progress...I'll get the new photos up soon!
I really enjoyed the Nick Cave drawing I did, so I tried to re-create the whole pointillism-in-the-facial-features thing (doing the entire illustration like that would take entirely too long). This is a portrait of Alan Moore. I really like it. I caught on how to control the streams of ink a little too late in the illustration, but I think it's still good.
Things were slow for a while; starting to pick back up again. This was, obviously, a birthday card for one of my friends.
Funny story: he lives about 50 minutes away, and I totally forgot to take the card with me! He got a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black and Children of God by Swans, but I didn't grab the card on my way out.
So, some penguin illustrations for a freelance project and some previews of the Ninjas vs. Pirates pieces I submitted.
I finally achieved my dream of making companion pieces. The hand pictures are really nice I feel; at least conceptually. I also like how the ninja piece turned out kind of psychedelic while the pirate piece was more macabre.
Ninjas vs. Pirates at the Fullerton Art Walk this Friday!
Hm...like always, I think I fell short of what I really wanted from this piece. I came close. I think it's pretty obvious I was going for a sumi kind of look.
To those who don't know the story, here it is (as I understand it): Fenrir was one of Loki's sons; a great wolf that grew in such size and strength that the other gods were fearful of his might. They decided that Fenrir had to be chained. The gods forged a chain and were able to wrap it around Fenrir by challenging his strength. Fenrir easily broke the chain and the gods, once again, made a chain. It was twice as big, twice as strong, twice as heavy. Fenrir, once again, broke the chain with ease.
The gods then turned to the dwarfs. The dwarfs fashioned a silky, thin ribbon. The ribbon was fashioned of six strange elements: the footstep of a cat, the roots of a mountain, a woman's beard, the breath of fishes, the sinews of a bear, and a bird's spittle. It is said that none of these things exist because they were used to make the chain.
Once again, the gods challenged Fenrir's strength, but he was not eager to break such a weak-looking chain. However, the gods kept cajoling him and Fenrir finally agreed. Suspicious of this strange request, Fenrir insisted that one of the gods place his hand in his between his jaws as a sign of faith. Only Tyr was brave enough to do so. Fenrir was chained, and when he realized that he could not break free from the thin ribbon, he bit off Try's right hand in revenge.
Fenrir was chained to a rock, gagged with a sword to keep him from biting, and sent one mile into the earth. He will remain there until Ragnarok; that day, he will kill Odin, but Odin's son Vidar, will avenge his father by slaying Fenrir.
Cool story, man.
I wanted to depict Fenrir as more than just a wolf; usually, he's depicted as just a wolf or maybe an unusually large wolf, but beyond that? Nothing too godly. So, here he is as a chimera of sorts.
I want him to look like maybe he got old too fast. That his face is a bit mangled because it didn't heal properly. Like he has done far more than his fair share of fighting. I want him to look like he is aging.
I'm worried that I've flattened the drawing; I gotta get away from working on his face.
In case anyone is wondering, I've based his looks mostly on the guys in Turisas and Gaahl.