Tuesday, August 11, 2015
After drawing two white rhinos in my D&AD yellow sketchbook, I realised that they worked as a picture for the subject of this week's Illustration Friday, which is "Pointy."
I wanted to make some use of the yellow paper as a medium tone, so these were drawn with black markers and a white pencil. I used a screen picture in Britannica as my reference.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
The latest issue of the fine Australian anthology comic Oi, Oi, Oi! is now available in the ComicOz Shop, I'm guessing for a limited time (as some previous issues have sold out). Better yet is the deal on a 4 issue subscription!
As I've mentioned here before, I'm a fan of Australian bush impressionist painter, Frederick McCubbin (and The Heidelberg School in general), so my three page piece is a tribute to his wonderfully evocative triptych, The Pioneer.
Something that occurred to me about this set of paintings, is that it really should be called "The Pioneers" - hence the title of my comic piece.
In a sense, this triptych has always seemed to me like a big, wordless, comic format story, told in only three panels, and I have heard various interpretations of it over the years. My piece was originally conceived as an outright comic pastiche, but the style became more formal as it progressed. I also wanted to test myself with adapting a painterly piece into pure black-and-white linework, and for added difficulty I thought an impressionist painting was a good place to start with this.
Of course, my story does show what happens when I take my smutty little mind to The Art Gallery, but I think it also says something I wanted to about plain old long-term relationships and the passage of life. If you want to see my other Frederick McCubbin adaptation, that can be found on this Blog, see: Lost.