Monday, November 28, 2011

Chimp Sketch of the week #6

With Respect to Dr Seuss

One Chimp

Two Chimps

Red Chimp

Blue Chimp

Monday, November 21, 2011

Chimp Sketch of the week #5

I had some scraps of watercolor paper that was toned with Lipton Tea from a previous illustrations (see Tradition post below) so I decided using black prismacolor color pencil to sketch out this chimp of the week with titanium white gouache for highlights.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Social Network

The most recent illustration for The Primate Diaries at Scientific American was a challenge. Unlike my usual chimp head on a human body I challenged myself to use the wild chimpanzee to communicate the narrative in this illustration. The idea was to show these wild animals in their environment holding mobile devices and communicating via facebook, twitter and text. The article was about how primate brain size increased over evolutionary time as an adaptation for increased social networks.

I started with a line drawing in ink on 140 lb Stonehenge cream color paper using black ink on the middle toned paper to begin to push and pull my values. I am already making choices as to were my darkest darks and lightest lights are.

My next step is using lamp back watercolor and watered down ink I create washes modeling the form and continuing to push and pull the values.

As you can see in this detail I use a kolinsky sable brush to model the wash. After this I put an acrylic varnish over the entire image creating a surface suitable for painting

Using gouache I add my lightest lights with titanium white and yellow ocher. I paint in the leaves and sky and for a final touch I paint the phones into the chimps hands.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Chimp Sketch of the week #4

Another one done in my sketchbook, this one was done with an ebony pencil, which gives you a large range of value. The background is an acrylic wash.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Chimp Sketch of the week #3

This weeks chimp was drawn in ink with a croquille pen direct into my sketchbook

Tuesday, November 1, 2011