Monday, February 22, 2010

Making the Rounds...



So, I'm not sure what's going on exactly. I guess something funky is going on with Blogger, so I've been hesitant to post anything until I see what the deal is.

But it's been a hectic last couple of weeks.

Last Thursday I was in two of Chang Park's illustration classes at Pratt giving a presentation/pep talk to the Seniors, and a presentation/critique of the Junior level work. Lots of fun. I have to say, that school has a ton of energy and talent.

Also, I've hit up figure drawing workshops a bunch of times over the past few weeks to get myself primed and ready to give a lesson in "drawing form with line" with Jillian Tamaki's drawing class at SVA. I spent all weekend working on a 6 page handout, which I hope they all read. Class was this morning and went pretty well. Great model, fun class.

Tuesday 2/23, I'm supposed to be giving an online presentation of my work for Rocky Mountain College of Art. I've been told this is going to be available streaming on the world wide web, but at this point in time I don't know what the URL is. All I know is that it's supposed to be at 11am Eastern time. Tune in to hear me massage your ears with the sweet, sweet sounds of success. Email me if you want me to give you the URL when it becomes available.

Wednesday 2/24, I'm doing a signing at Jim Hanley's Universe for the unveiling of the new Popgun 4, featuring (but not limited to) Hamburgers for One. Be there from 6-8pm if you dare, pick up the new book, and get ready to feel copasetic for comics.

Best,

Frank

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Last Unicorn



Recently I signed on to doing covers for IDW's comic book adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's classic, The Last Unicorn.



After reading the book, I felt that a more classical fantasy illustration approach might be appropriate. Specifically, I started looking at the work of Edmund Dulac and Arthur Rackham, who both worked primarily in ink and watercolor. Each of them tend to have an degree of realism, while maintaining the graphic quality I strive for in my designs.





Maybe this is just in my head, but for some reason I thought it would be my job to attract boys to a book with "Unicorn" in the cover, as it seems to be a given that girls would be willing to pick it up (sexist, I know). At any rate, it lead me to try to focus on making the unicorn much less cartoony while emphasizing the terror of the world around her.



And I haven't done this since college, but I did a whole bunch of color comps trying to figure out what would look best for the final. I even did some in watercolor to see if that would give me any good ideas.



In the end, the color comps were helpful, but I didn't wind up going with any one of them specifically.


The final is going to be sold as a variant cover for the first issue of the series, due out in April of this year.

For collectors, the original drawings can be purchased here. There's also a prints section with some new additions.



Have a great week,


Frank