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“A good idea is just an idea until you make it real.” -Dee Arisman
The idea is the foundation of all great art… but how to get to a good one? Sketching is one way. It has been my experience that the art of ideas are birthed through the sketches that begin to define them.
For many sketching is a matter of seeing. Understanding eye-hand coordination is important to drawing skill. The more you practice the better you get at it. I like to say, the beauty is in the doing.
For me the sketch is more about mining ideas, sensing compositions, feeling out the possibilities. In my career as an illustrator in publishing or as a concept designer in film diving deep into the imagination is crucial for success in these fields.
There are different techniques to arrive at a good idea through word and image association, doodling, random serendipity, meditation, contemplation, research, spontaneous combustion, the list can go on and on. I brainstorm images that connect to words in the story, poem, or song.
I start by determining the important facets that need to be addressed in a story, or image. Then I cross reference lots of simple icons in the form of thumbnails and loose sketches to lock in a unique concept. This process can be labor intensive and take a while. It is the hardest part of the job and can be incredibly frustrating because I do not want to rely on borrowed interest or rehash cliched ideas. I keep digging for it.
When the scribbles start to blossom from the mind’s eye, a certain excitement starts to build within me. The drawing can be small and very rough, yet I can feel a new image being birthed and the potential of what this art can say to others. It all begins with the sketch.
Stay tuned for part 2.
Eve Villa Neuhart, SX70 Polaroid, early 2000’s.
Eve Villa Neuhart is my stepdaughter. It is her birthday today and so wanted to celebrate her as an art spirit that inspired and helped me with many of my artworks as a model.
When I needed reference for specific illustrations, I would ask someone to pose for me. Generally, the search would be for a person who I felt reflected the spirit of the art to be produced , but who I also had easy access to. Hence, many times family, friends, or someone who lived close by fit the need.
Eve was usually up for acting the part and was transformed into many characters along the way. Thank you Eve… and Happy Birthday!
You can see Eve’s influence in this poster. I made her look a little older from the earlier reference. The pictures are always a starting point for the art and generally change as the image evolves.
As Tanisa in, “The Eyes of the Unicorn” children’s book.
Tanisa slumbers while a magical visitor arrives… “The Eyes of the Unicorn” children’s book, written by Teresa Bateman, published by Holiday House.
Love this photo. This was taken as an inspiration or the Chester College poster.
The final Chester College art has a different feel over the photo reference, it is less earthy, but this is where the illustration evolved to.
Another poster for Laguna College of Art and Design. Eve was pushed into a more fantastical image here but you can still feel her presence.
There are moments when several friends/models come together and create a synergy. This image for Roxana Illuminated Perfume.
Eve, au naturale! Eve is now an actress in theater, film and commercials. See some of her work here.
I am the guest artist at this years Bubonicon, one of the oldest Sci-Fi – Fantasy conventions in America! In Albuquerque, NM, Aug 23-25. I will be presenting a multi-media lecture on my art career as well as on other panel discussions. There will be a table of my prints and other items for sale.
This is the image I created for the event. It will be on the Programs cover and on t-shirts made for the event. See you there!
In honor of Earth Day 2019, I will print up a limited edition of my sold out, Fountainhead print. I am printing only the orders for this special edition, no extras. This special will be available for 24 hours only. Each print will be signed, numbered (for this one time Earth Day edition) and graced with an intimate alchemical drawing of the Goddess on the border.
Fountainhead means the original source. This image represents Gaia sharing her life giving essence to vitalize and renew the planet. The knight is a symbol of our responsibility to protect and revere the bounty of this unique, magnificent earth we live on.
My art is created with the intention to imbue the subconscious mind with positive, uplifting concepts, so that like a mantra or a mandala each time it is viewed there is an awakening to the power within us to make changes that benefit our lives, and everything around us.
This 18”x24 archival print is a one time, 24 hour only opportunity for Earth Day 2019. I support my local printer by having these prints made in Santa Fe.