Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Portland Mercury in Retrograde

If you live in Portland, make sure to pick up a copy of The Portland Mercury tomorrow, where you'll see an illustration by your truly. It's my first printed illustration by them and I'm hoping the first of many.

This is a concept sketch that I did for the piece right after I got the assignment, so the art director, Scrappers, could see what I had in mind. Stay tuned for the finished version.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ezra Masliah

I know I promised more of a complete bio for my grandfather, but that's just going to have to wait for right now (sorry Adam). Here's the finished version which I actually did before the sketch I posted earlier. Reading through his autobiography (as far as he got at least) it makes me sorry I wasn't more interested in hearing these stories straight from him while he was alive.

From living in a haunted house in Burma (he saw a chest of drawers levitate over his younger sister), to selling clothes to the prince in a haberdashery, to sailing from Japan to San Francisco on the eve of World War II, losing his house at a trip to the race tracks, and moving to San Diego with my grandmother, mom, and aunt , you can't say he didn't lead an interesting life.

When he first met my grandmother he said "I think you're the girl I'm going to marry ."

Her answer?

"You're crazy."

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Just Imagine the Glasses He Would Wear

I 'm really excited about this drawing because it marks a new kind of augmented reality portrait for me (not to be confused with the scary high-tech augmented reality). I'm still working on animal portraits, but I'd love to be able to do some more of these in the future.