Friday, April 25, 2008

Jedi Master Qui-Gon Shawn

I've posted about this before. Every Friday the entire Sequential Art department (or as many as possible) get together for something we've come to call The Temple of Cartoon Mojo! Every Friday Shawn Crystal and I determine a sketch challenge theme. Last week was "Jedi" so, of course, I had to do it. This is my tribute not only to the Temple group but to Shawn himself; the man, the legend, the SEQA-ATL department work horse. Behold, in all his sandal wearing, Guess-jeans-belt-buckle, art-supply-whoring glory: Jedi Master Qui-Gon Shawn! The Force is strong with this one.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Proposal Pin-up

Since I'm sitting here waiting for a PSD to save (they sometimes get as big as 2GB to accommodate client requirements) I thought I'd post up the pin-up I did of my lovely lady. She said it was ok.

She has mentioned to me many times she likes old pin-up artwork and wanted to be one. That's why I chose this as a gift. The book she is reading in the pin-up contains lyrics from Rufus Wainwright's, one of her favorite singers, "The Origin of Love." Very appropriate! She's sitting on a block of words telling you to read between the lines. Her hand is showing off the top of her stockings and between the lines in the stockings I wrote "Will you marry me?" I had built a font from my own handwriting a few years ago so I used it. She's wearing some of her own jewelry she designed too. The entire thing is drawn in Adobe Illustrator. I printed it on my new Epson 1400 (the real reason I bought it) and had it framed at Binders. When I picked it up, Jay, one of the owners, congratulated me which brought a rush of women to see what the drawing was. There were four or five women swooning over how romantic the idea was. One even wanted me on the local news. Though every friend I had shown it to said it was great, hearing that from random women who weren't biased put the last of my fears that a pin-up wasn't appropriate to rest. My lady loved it! Loves it!

And now with the getting back to an all-nighter for Nike. Thank goodness my lady understands the freelance artist lifestyle!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

She said "yes"!

My parents must be going nuts with happiness. Last weekend my middle brother got married. This weekend I asked my girlfriend to marry me. She said "yes"! There is no date. There is no nothing decided about a wedding yet. We're going to take our time and do things on our own schedule. I'll see if she'll let me post the illustration I did for her as part of my proposal. She's absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to begin the rest of my life with her!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Nike: League of Champions released

Found out today which of the Nike illustrations I've done have been released so now I can show some of what I've done in the past year! It's all under the "League of Champions" campaign but as it grew and expanded the format and audience also shifted. You can find all of this in my Portfolio > Illustration section.

The first round was targeting little kids (around 4-8 years old) and featured Paul Pierce and LT. (Lebron had one too but it was killed during production.) This job was originally Stan Lee's (yes, that Stan Lee) but he wanted too much money and the campaign wasn't developed enough for what he had planned. Lucky for me a Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy, where I worked at the time, knew the designers at Nike working on the campaign and they offered it to me. I jumped on it! Originally, it had a sort of "Space Jam" thing going on with aliens. Here are those original comic pages used as box art, posters, and point-of-purchase (POP).

We also created a piece of box art for generic shoes (not tied to an athlete) so that the campaign could still envelope other products and sports.

When the kids went nuts over those pages it was decided to "up-age" the illustrations a bit targeting young teens this time around. The "Space Jam" idea was killed and the storyline was put on the back burner to be developed later. It was also decided to make them illustrations rather than comic pages, dubbed "Battle Cells". So far Robinho's, Pierce's first, and Kobe's have been released. Kobe's was by far the most difficult requiring over twenty different, seemingly random, elements to be incorporated into its layout.

I've just picked up two more Nike illustration jobs for Lebron James. They sound fun and I hope to be able to share them with everyone before year's end!

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