I recently completed this little self portrait that I’m planning to use it on my new business cards.
I recently collected some of my kids character designs onto a poster. I’m planning to send this along with some other samples to various potential clients. I also have it available for purchase here.
I recently had another super fun assignment for Clubhouse Jr. Magazine – creating the illustration for the “Just Kidding” feature in the May 2014 issue. The Clubhouse magazines are always full of wonderful illustrations so I get excited every chance I get to contribute. I had a lot of fun adding the little details in this one!
Some of my working sketches:
Here is an image of how the illustration appeared in the issue:
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The May 2014 issue of ChickaDEE Magazine is now available, and I had the pleasure of illustrating the puzzle spread for this issue. This puzzle features a bike trail maze, which was a really fun challenge to create. I use to draw mazes in my school notebooks all the time, so this one brought back some fun memories!
Here is the completed spread (click to view larger version):
Here are a few details of a couple of my favorite scenes:
This is my initial thumbnail sketch. For a complicated scene like this, the thumbnail stage is the most important stage – fitting in all the required elements clearly while also making sure the composition reads well is obviously very important:
Here is the final sketch before I moved into the final line work, and colour:
I’m excited to announce the launch of Twins in Time, a children’s eBook written by Zach Weinersmith with illustrations by yours truly.
The book is now available – Get it here!
Here’s a short book description:
Twins in Time is a visual adventure written in verse. It is written with children in mind, but particularly intelligent adults are welcome to come along. Twins in Time explores the classic physics question called “The Twins Paradox” in a brisk and lighthearted style.
Each page is a full color painting by acclaimed children’s book illustrator, Chris Jones. The text of the story is written by Zach Weinersmith, the cartoonist who creates Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
For those who demand a bit more rigor in their children’s literature, physicist and bestselling author Dr. Sean Carroll has written a brief discussion of time at the end of the book.
A small preview of some of the interior artwork:
I recently had the pleasure of working with the wonderful team at Clubhouse Jr. as I illustrated the cover and some interior illustrations for the March 2014 issue.
When I’m working on a cover, I’ll usually work up a couple more concept sketches than I normally would – just to be sure we have the best composition. Here’s a look at a few of the sketches leading up to the final illustration:
As you can see, I was having a lot of fun with the little spider character!
For this issue, I also did a couple of illustrations for an interior story. Here’s a snapshot of part of the story:
And here are some larger samples of the illustrations:
1. I start off with a series of small thumbnail sketches to explore composition
2. Using my thumbnail sketch as a guide I produce a larger more refined sketch. At this stage I also do a quick value study to help me see if the composition is working. I feel that doing a value study is a really important part of the process. It really helps me to see if a piece is working, or if I need to go back to the drawing board. I usually also end up making adjustments to the composition that I otherwise may not have noticed if I was just looking at my line work. I try not to skip this step because it can be a huge time saver having all my values figured out before I start adding colour. I find it also gives me the confidence going forward in the final piece knowing that the composition is working.
3. Normally, the next step in my process is doing the final line work before moving into colour. For this piece I decided to try blocking in all my colour flats right over my sketch. My thinking was that it could help save me time later fiddling with colouring my lines, and help give me a more flat stylized look I wanted to try and achieve with this piece. At this point I wasn’t too concerned with getting the colours exact, as I would adjust those in the next step after everything was blocked in.
4. After all the colour flats were blocked in, I adjusted them to get the hues and values I wanted. After that I dropped in some basic general shadows.
5. Deepening and refining the shadows, and adding some texture
6. More refining of shadows and adding some highlights
7. Deepening shadows and bringing up highlights
8. Adding final dark accent shadows and some small crisp bright highlights
Here is a little animation that shows all the stages together:
Here’s a quick Superman illustration. I’ve been experimenting with a bit of a new colouring method lately – doing the flats colour blocks in Manga Studio and only adding a few necessary lines. I’m working on a few larger pieces like this trying to come up with a better, faster way to work. Trial and error. Steady as she goes. etc.