GATHERERS, another new one for SooJin Buzelli at PlanSponsor. This is for an article about how healthcare and retirement planning can work in unison.
I liked all my sketches for this, though, as usual, only one of them actually works for the prompt. It usually takes me a bit to really suss out the core of the article. There’s a balance that the working sketch strikes that none of the others do.
When these projects pop up, and I can more or less draw anything, as long as it relates back to the topic, I almost always try to exhaust whatever current topic my mind is focused on, before trying different subject matter. Last time it was knights, this time it was strange animals.
I usually get a lot of color advice from Kali, but she had a bigger hand in this one than usual. Pretty much steered the whole ship for a little while.
Logan Faerber: Here are three Pokemon pieces that I did a few weeks back in order to practice with color palettes and line work. It was also a project that I started with my good friend Justin Mezzell who was helping choose which Pokémon we would each draw that week. I wanted to have the Pokémon trainers reflect their Pokemon in some subtle way, such as hair style, body shape, pose, etc. This also gave me a good opportunity to redesign the elemental types as an icon in the top right corner of the piece. All-in-all there is no better subject matter to try some new styles in than Pokémon, or anything Nintendo for that matter.
New one for SooJin Buzelli at Planadviser magazine, based on the concept of “The importance of the right training/knowledge is power.” A pretty tricky phrase to illustrate, particularly since I needed to encapsulate both of those slightly different ideas. I like all the other sketches, but this is the only one that clicks with the concept. A nice thing with SooJin’s assignments is that I often get neat sketches that I can reuse later one for personal stuff.
Bottom is the color study, which, in some ways I prefer, but it made me too sleepy. Flashbacks of falling asleep in overly warm classrooms.
Melancholic illustrations for children by Japanese artist Sleepy