Monday, November 28, 2011

Society of Illustrators

I was fortunate enough this year to get to participate in the Society of Illustrators competition this year as a judge for the "Book" category, as well as to have two pieces selected for inclusion in the annual.
The first piece is a personal drawing in graphite, ink, and watercolor called "Fighter." It's in the "unpublished" category.
This second piece was done for a Runner's World feature, and is called "Because it's Steep." I blogged about this one previously, here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Zeit Magazin Cover + Feature




Hey guys,

A short while back, I did a pretty big job for the German magazine Zeit, about "How to be a good father." The job totalled about 7 full-page pieces, and here I'm showing my favorite three.

While I don't know what it's like to be a dad, I do live in Park Slope, a neighborhood of Brooklyn that's well-known for its stroller population. As a result, I am able to observe how humans interact with their offspring on a daily basis.



Sometimes, Zeit has a two-part cover; that is, there will be a "teaser" image on the front cover, then a second, follow-up image on the inside. The follow-up, in this case, was the happy dad with his three kids sitting on the grass.






I had a lot of fun doing the drawings for these. I was especially happy with some of the line work on the second cover image, but my favorite part of all the pieces in the series was this closeup from the opening spread.

It seems like the last few times I've visited classrooms in the past few months, I've been asked to talk about thumbnails and sketches, and the differences between the two. So for that purpose, I've put together a jpg comparing my thumbnails on this job to the final sketches.






The way I like to think about it is: thumbnails are just describing the general idea, while sketches are also communicating details about how I plan to handle the composition. It's also where I try to iron out any drawing problems that occur.

Also, two of my sketches are references to Rockwell pieces.





thanks for reading,

Frank