This was a really fun commission to do. The client wanted it as a present for a friend who is into jazz, and they simply asked that there be a woman singing and a guy with a sax in a jazz scene. After illustrating the two characters I felt that adding anything more to it than a bit of typography would ruin the composition. I went back and forth as to whether the singer should have a black or a white dress, but I think the white balances the composition quite well as it draws the eye. I added a bit of texture to give the piece that old/distressed look and then created the jazz logo so the poster would look authentic.
Overall I’m really pleased with this one, so it probably means no one else will like it, as typically any of my work that I dislike gets the opposite reaction. I feel like I’m hitting my stride with this style of character design at the moment and it doesn’t feel boring or gimmicky – a feeling I was getting about the houses I was going crazy with a couple months ago. Anyway, all I can do is keep beavering away and trust the process – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
This was such a frustrating piece to complete! I went back and forth for ages as to whether I should make the composition landscape, but eventually settled on portrait because all the others are same and it would break up the series. The background characters were the main issue because I just couldn’t find a way to fit them around the main character, so I had to get inventive in order to make them visible. I think perhaps because I feel like I have to make a series of these – and they have to be good – I’m thinking too much and over doing it, which is why this one felt more forced than the other two. The name of the piece has been taken from the film “Whiplash”, and again if you haven’t seen it then go sort yourself out!
I didn’t technically say I was going to do another one of these but it was heavily implied, so here it is. I’ve got two more I’d like to get around to doing as part of this series, that being a drummer and a singer, but don’t hold me to that! This character took quite a few roughs to get the look I wanted, which is made all the more difficult because I’m trying to use as few brush strokes/pencil lines as possible (a bit like some of Picasso’s work). Those of you that have watched the film “I Love You, Man” will know that’s where the title for the piece has come from, for those of you that haven’t watched the film… what the hell is wrong with you?! It’s a classic! Go watch it! Slap-da-bass, man!