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The Art of Daniel Krall and Other Things of Interest
Remember that post I did about composition a couple weeks ago? Well this is the drawing I built on top of that mess. It’s about a dragon butcher and his daughters. They fight off goblins while he carves up choice cuts of sweet sweet dragon meats.
It’s for the Lady Knights/Women Warriors zine put together by my pals Abby Boeh, Roxie Vizcarra, and Julia Scott! It’ll be available at MoCCA this year, April 6th through the 7th. There are so many top flight illustrators in it! Go get it and soak in all of the badass lady-action!
Working on some layouts for a mod themed poster! Some bits of these are loosey goosey, but I thought it might be nice to peep them out. I’m probably going to land on something completely different in the end. Have a sweet art peepin’ day, art peepers!
your compositions are really fun and dynamic is there anything you do in your process that helps you come up with them?
Asked by lilliangottwaldart
Well, I’m working on a piece right now that’s got a lot going on in it composition-wise. I’m by no means an expert on this sort of thing, and the fast answer is that I move things around till they look good! This is a sample of my super rough compositional under-drawing/sketch. A few things I try to keep in mind are: Avoid a lot of boring parallel lines. Take advantage of not just the x & y axis but also use z to create a little depth and make the foreground middle ground and background separate. Frame the piece in by directing the eye toward the important parts of the piece and not off the page. Try to take advantage of the real estate on your page but don’t clutter it up. Design the page overall first and then think about details (I have no idea what these people really look like yet. No costume details etc). Don’t make too many same-size things (it stagnates your composition). Don’t be afraid to crop things and do it in interesting ways. Do lots of thumbnail sketches. Don’t get too precious about certain areas of your drawing. Be willing to change it completely until it looks right to you. Draw a whole bunch all the time until you get it. It clicks eventually. I think good composition is one of the hardest bits. Once mine got a little better and I stopped doing puppet show looking stuff my work improved a ton.
Hope this was a little helpful! I don’t usually write a bunch of silly notes on my sketches. They’re just there to show you how I’m thinking about the diagonal lines and sizes of stuff in the piece so far!
Thanks for writing!
Currently working on an illustration of Prince for the New Yorker! This is not the one they’ll be running, but I was really digging it so I thought I’d share. I’ll post the completely different equally fun final version after it goes to print! I’m pretty stoked about this job because Prince is on constant playlist rotation in my studio.
Here are a bunch of sketch options I did for a bit about Oscar votes in this past weeks Entertainment Weekly. The idea was to present the mystery and drama surrounding the voting process for academy members. These are pretty rough (also a crazy fast turn around), but I thought it might be fun to share how many different incarnations these one had at the preliminary stage! Thanks very much to Dennis Huynh and EW! Woosh!