Friday, 27 November 2009
This is the current illustration on which I am working. I've done it all by hand in ink, and now that the black and white drawing is finished, I'm going to add color to it, but I'm not sure how to go about that yet. The piece will be my submission for a competition run by Havana Club, the Cuban rum company. The winning submissions will become Cuban bar art, so whatever happens with the color, hopefully it will come off as festive! The picture is supposed to depict song and dance, the vibrancy of Caribbean, and specifically, of Cuban culture, and the life pulsing through Havana..
I recently created a series of illustrations inspired by Hogarth's series of paintings, "The Rake's Progress." The original Hogarth series is beautiful! They are on display in the John Soanes Museum in London, which is one of the most interesting museums I've had a chance to visit. And admission, like most museums in London, is free! I modernized the story of the Rake to instead depict a fictional promising young American politician's decline, from a rising, hopeful figure into ruin through his own fatal flaws. Here are images one through six from the series. I will post the final two in the not-too-distant future...
Illustrations completed in October, commisioned by Lyonsdown for Best Practice, a business insert which goes out in all UK subscription copies of the Economist. They used 5 of my illustrations in total. The top posted image was used as the cover image of the insert.