Friday, January 1, 2010

The Year in Pictures

Last year was the Year of the Dinosaur. When 2009 began, I was working on a dream job: a 12-book series about dinosaurs. I created 72 illustrations for the project and had a blast, despite an aching back, sore wrist, and tired eyes.

I was fortunate to have steady work throughout the year. As you can see from the thumbs above, the subjects ranged from robots to Greasers to Frankenstein's monster–and a joint of ham. The variety kept me on my toes and certainly kept things interesting. Looking over these images, I realize I've made progress this year with:
  • Working with tight deadlines
  • Developing a suitable BW technique
  • Conveying a wider range of emotions
  • Refining my digital painting (only 2 illustrations above are traditional media)
And I feel like I'm getting closer to developing my own "style" of illustration. As I learned to work more quickly and efficiently, I found my work becoming more spontaneous and less labored. I'm learning I can trust my instincts.

I'm kicking off the new year with a book about elves and a short comic-book story about zombies.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Andy J Smith illustration said...

Love this! I may have to steal your idea. Not to showcase my limited workload in 2009 but rather, to give me a better idea of exactly what I DID do...? Been crazy busy lately though!

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Mariana Moreno said...

Oh wow! I recently got to know your work, I just want to congratulate you! Your art is really inspiring!
Regards from Mexico!

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