Saturday, January 28, 2006

Crosshatching Fools For Justin

You all say you can see Crumb, I don't think so. I love Crumb, but my inspiration for those old inked doodles came from different sources, way too numerous to mention because there have been many, great inkers (and I don't mean comic book tracers either) my first and most beloved of all: Albretch Dürer, or how I like to call him: Alberto Durero. the first graphic designer ever, no one comes close to him, no one!, Ya better recognize, bitches!!...sorry, I get very emotional when I think of Alberto.

The following pieces are great examples of crosshatching done right.



Arturo Kemchs

Arturo Kemchs Dávila is an award winning political cartoonist from Mexico City, famous the world over except for the U.S., I think you can clearly see why.


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Ron Cobb
An amazing draughtsman with a fierce imagination, he worked on the first "Star Wars" designing monsters; later, as one of the main designers and concept artists on both "Alien" and "Conan The Barbarian".

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Claude Serre
Master of crosshatching and of morbid humor, born in France in 1938, died in 1998.

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Abrazos,
-Alberto

Friday, January 27, 2006

Magazine Spot Illustration Assignment

For those newcomers to the field of commercial illustration, the following account illustrates a typical illustration assignment that began and ended in a positive note. It is my experience that unless you have a good working relationship with an art director, most jobs are a big pain in the ass and most art directors suck moose dick (pardon my french).

This is an example of a great art director who understands what you do, realizes that time is of the essence and has a well-defined idea of what she wants to get done.

The following transpired over a weekend. First actual email after a brief phone introduction on Thursday afternoon:

"Alberto:
It was a pleasure talking with you.
So here is what I need:


Two illo spots, for 'The Week' section of the magazine.
'The Week' is the review section consisting
of different departments for the city's art and culture.

For the 'Movies' section, I need an illo of Orson Welles. His films will be
playing at the Film Forum for 8 weeks so there is no particular character
you have to adhere to. Please see attached images of Orson both old and
young. I think he is most recognizable in his older years, bearded and
overweight, but it's your call which works best for you.

For the kids section, it's Family Day at Morris-Jumel Mansion where kids get
a tour of gallery artwork, colonial dance lessons, quill pen writing,
butter-churning, a behind the scenes look at George Washington's
bedchambers, study, and other rooms by General Washington himself as he
recounts his memories of the Fall of 1776. I advise you to go to
www.morrisjumel.org to get a better feel of the time period. I like to see
an illo of two kids (in modern clothes), one churning butter, the other
holding a quill pen and in between them is a portrait of George Washington
in museum type setting.
I need sketches for Friday and finals for Monday."



Based on the email I googled images of people churning butter and the George Washington portrait, in less than two minutes I gathered just what I needed to prepare the roughs. God bless Google!



I finished both sketches in less than an hour and emailed them to get her approval.

Orson Welles Sketch


Churn Sketch


"Everything is good to go...in color. I sincerely hope to be working with you
again very soon."

Orson Welles





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Ah!, nice! Don't you wish every assignment went that smooth?



Abrazos,
-Alberto

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Yoe Studio Wants You!. . .Or Someone Like You


My good friend Craig Yoe is looking for artists for an illustration project, I normally don't run ads here, but he's a very special friend, I mean weird/special, but a dear friend nonetheless. He asked me if I knew anybody who would want to do this, knowing how low the budget was, perhaps someone looking to beef up his/her portfolio or what not, I couldn't come up with anyone off the top of my head, so read the description below and if you have nothing to do and want to make a couple of bucks -and I do mean a couple :)- give this man a call, Craig is nice guy and straight shooter, he's not cheap. that's just the industry.

YOE! Studio is looking for a few good artists. We have to produce HUNDREDS of pages for coloring books for a large publisher (with a small budget--only 10 dollars a page). Each book is over 300 pages and include fun subjects like fairy princesses (this is the first one we have to get done quick), race cars, dinosaurs. Send jpg's and if possible a link to your site so we can see more. Send those jpg's to jayne@yoe.com . Visit http://yoe.com if you wanna know more about us. Thanks!

-Craig

Brain Damage

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Greasy Dogs

Here's more old stuff, quick & cheap limited color illos done for silkscreened pet products, I posted these 2 years ago, if you have seen them before, pretend you haven't :)







Abrazos,
-Alberto

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Jorge Ginès Part 3

More Toulouse-Lautrec antics by Gin.

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Copyright the state of Jorge Ginés -El Jueves- published here for scholarly review. Do not copy without permission from copyright owners


Abrazos,
-Alberto

Friday, January 20, 2006

Jorge Ginès Part 2

Pablo Ruiz Picasso, as seen through the eyes of Gin.

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Copyright the state of Jorge Ginés -El Jueves- published here for scholarly review. Do not copy without permission from copyright owners


Abrazos,
-Alberto

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Jorge Ginès Part 1

"Gin" was born Jordi (Jorge) Ginés in Barcelona in 1930 he left us in 1996. A versatile, super talented cartoonist, who mastered many art disciplines and worked as an illustrator and humorist for just as many publications, including children's books, comics and countless Magazines such as Playboy and El Jueves, Oscar Grillo brought him to my attention in a previous comment and I thought I should post these to celebrate his life and achievements, he is virtually unknown in the US, why? I don't fucking know, why is Bush president?. . . exactly! I was saving them for later but what the hell, you can never have too much inspiration. Part two next week, en el mismo baticanal.

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Copyright the state of Jorge Ginés -El Jueves- published here for scholarly review. Do not copy without permission from copyright owners


Abrazos,
-Alberto