Friday, March 26, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
I thought that I would go back through my samples and dig up some old pieces to post. I guess you could call it a "Greatest Hits" posting while I work on new pieces. Hell, if musicians can do it, why can't I?
This first one is a piece I did many years ago for a possible t-shirt design. The shirt was never printed but I always liked the icon. I have a version with a graphic behind him but I thought it was distracting.
The elephant was another t-shirt design that was actually produced for a kid's conference. The client handed out the shirts to the kids and said it was a big hit. I really like the graphic style of the image. Maybe I should go back to my heavy outlines for a few newer pieces.
The dragon was a project for an ice cream company in Pennsylvania. They were looking for something different so I thought why not have a dragon eating ice cream to cool his/her parched throat. Needless to say they thought it was a bit too different. I still got a decent illustration from it.
This image of the standup bassist was something I did for myself. My wonderful wife bought me a standup bass for my birthday so I was inspired to do this piece. I was listening to a lot of Mingus at the time which may have been an influence as well.
Posted by Russ Cox at 6:22 AM
Friday, March 5, 2010
I am often ask if I only work digitally. For the past 10 years, the answer is yes. But before I went all digital, I liked working in gouache and Dr. Martins Dyes with color pencil over top of the paint. This piece I did was for Central PA Magazine used that technique. It was for an article on steps to fighting the flu. The art director gave me all kinds of artistic freedoms with it (an extremely rare occurrence). The magazine liked it so much that it was used as a full page illustration which equals a larger pay check. I had this piece hanging in my studio in Lancaster for the longest time but gave it to a close friend who really liked it. Hopefully it is hanging somewhere in his house instead of lining a bird cage. LOL!
Posted by Russ Cox at 12:15 PM