Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cocktail Lounge Illustrations

I've been working on some menu illustrations for Red and 515, two fabulous cocktail lounge/restaurants in Santa Cruz. Just yesterday they made their way into the advertising in the SC Metro newspaper! Here they are:

For this illustration for 515, I was asked to do something gothic and whimsical like a lot of the sketches they've seen me do at the bar (I can be found there sometimes, yes). This one was extremely fun and I used some stock textures to bring out the time period.

For the Red Cocktail Lounge, they asked for something just like a particular illustration in my portfolio, but with drinks. So I tried to stick to a similar composition and finishing texture but I customized it with the couches and decor you'll find at Red. Inkwashes, paper textures and photoshop coloring brought it to completion.

Here's the sketch for this piece:

Also, separate from this commission but connected to Red nonetheless, I did this postcard for the event my boyfriend and our friend Addison put on each monday, this was a quick ink drawing I did on the spot one evening, and now it's on postcards floating around our town:

I'm happy that I got to contribute work to local establishments that I'm close to, and I'll be sure to take pictures of the menus once they're printed!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Painting Comics for Ages

So what have I been doing for the past few weeks? Painting my comic. It's been a rapid change from 1-page a week to doing about 15 a week to finish for my book's deadline. I had a couple weeks off to concentrate on the finish of the storyline and planning some new stuff. I've even done a double-page spread! All of this is stuff I can't really share with you until they go up on the site, but I did get a bunch of great making-of shots of one of the pages, and got some help on it, take a look!

Attack of the killer kitties!

Yes, I know, they are hilarious!