Well, Norman Rocks.

Here’s the first update of the latest whiteboard piece, Norman Rockwell’s great Free Speech illustration.  This is a bit smaller than I’m used to working so some of the detail work might get sort of tough.  I can already tell I will need to rework the central figure some proportion-wise.  There’s a Rockwell exhibit going on now at the NC Museum of Art, which was the inspiration for doing this one.  All the faces should be a nice challenge.  Looking forward to it.

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First completed work of 2011!

Really, this didn’t take too long to do but with the holiday breaks and whatnot it looks like a lot on the calendar.  It was nice doing one by an artist I wasn’t all that familiar with, as Vettriano was recommended to me by a coworker.  He was actually born Jack Hoggan and is Scottish.  Didn’t see that coming.  His work seems very classic, as if he’d be from the 50s or something but he broke through in the late 80s, early 90s.  I love that his work doesn’t have that pretentious feel of trying to re-invent the wheel, mixing tons of media together in a post-modern mess just to call it ‘new.’  Sometimes, a nice clean style with an interesting subject or composition will do just the trick.  That leads me to my next choice, the granddaddy of American illustration, Norman Rockwell.  Still not sure which one to try yet.  The issue with Rockwell is the portrait orientation, which severely limits the size and amount of detail I can work in.  I love his work though, so I’ll give it a shot anyway.  One thing I’ll have to remember is to do a post on Saturday night so it will be a Saturday Evening Post.  Heh.  Groan.  Rimshot.

So close.

My next update on this one will likely be the finished product.  Everything is in place at this point and now it’s a matter of cleaning things up.  I won’t prattle on this time, too tired.  Here’s the Vettriano progress.

Back at it

After a nice long holiday break, things are getting back to normal.  I have made good headway with the background, though I have to figure out how I’m going to handle the clouds.  I think I am going to focus my attention on tightening up the figures and getting the bottom landscape done.  Something also has to be done about the umbrellas, they are looking a little rough at the moment.