Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Toulouse Lautrec visit

As President of the Boston Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild, I get to create some of the titles for our events and social gatherings. For this Trip to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) image, I literally had about 30 minutes before I needed to send out an email announcing the event.

I started with a block similar in color to the MFA Boston's logo:

Added some text:

Next, I wanted to get some background going. I love texture, as long as it doesn't take away from the message. The most appropriate thing to use would be a Toulouse Lautrec image but, last time I checked my art vault, I don't own any and I didn't want to steal anybody else's photo of one of T.L.'s paintings.

Toulouse Lautrec created so much of his work in MontMartre (an area of Paris). Fortunately, I visited France in 2002 and a quick peak through my photos later, I had two iconic images: Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur:

Play with the opacity of the photos a bit, put it all together and you get:
And the email went out right on time!

More about the Graphic Artists Guild
More about the Toulouse Lautrec exhibit at the MFA Boston

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hey- That's me!

*clicking the above image will take you to the Tech Therapy website to view the (short) video.

I was at the New England Business Expo last month and I met Jennifer Shaheen, The Technology Therapist from the Technology Therapy Group.

Because of all the concerns with Facebook's policies towards what you post on Facebook, I asked Jennifer: What is an Illustrator/Designer to do? How do we post our work and NOT give Facebook the rights to use it?

Her answer is very interesting:

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Children's book scenes

Below is a copy of the email newsletter I just sent out to my list of book editors and publishers showing off some of my illustrations of kids doing activities in various parts of Israel.

Climbing Mt. Masada; Visiting the Western Wall, Walking along the wall surrounding the Old City; Floating and getting muddy at the Dead Sea.

Friday, June 4, 2010

What I'm working on

A sketch from my sketchbook of Zach Galifianakis in "The Hangover", a logo I delivered this week and another sketch to finish for a book for Sterling Publishing.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

What I'm working on

I thought I'd show some snippets of what I'm working on right now. Today it's mostly illustrations:
Above are a couple of illustrations from a book I'm working on for Sterling Publishing, and then a couple of illustrations I'm working on for fun (like the Hulk, drawn with just one line).

Here's another illustration for that book I'm working on. I started with a scanned sketch over which I drew my black line in Illustrator and then added the tones.

And that's been my day so far- how are you?