Lastly we have the 4th and final drawing in my short series for the TV show, Four Courses With JB Smoove.
The goal of this illustration was to communicate a sense of being chosen. This, through the act of being welcomed into a private event within a fancy restaurant.
This one was probably the most exacting of the four. The welcoming gesture is in fact a rather subtle one, which was also the intent of having it. Instead of an energetic "over here" wave I wanted something more sly. I found that the subtler the gesture, the more exclusive we the viewer felt as the invited company. The challenge was to convey this without it looking confusing or arbitrary. The addition of the hunched down shoulders and halfway opened door also helped quite a bit.
Hope you've enjoyed the drawings. Later on I might post a progress GIF going through the various stages of one of the drawings.
Thanks, talk with you soon.
Since Halloween is right around the corner I'm going to continue onward with my more spine-tingling imagery. And the scene from ADRIFT that this concept piece is inspired by is easily the most frightening of the story.
This is the "Abduction Chamber". Originally a form of generator room which has now been revamped to harness energy from a new source. Humans. Each captive is attached via their spine and as the energy is extracted their bodies are left ridged while pulled upwards toward the ceiling.
Not exactly my kind of hobby, but hey, that's me.
Here are the pencils for the 4th & final concept piece in the series done for Plastic Palm Tree, based on the television show BIG EASY JUSTICE on Spike.
These pieces were used in Plastic Palm Tree's pitch for the advertising of the show and were done before the show itself aired it's debut episode.
Next up are the inked finals of both the 3rd and 4th illustrations. Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!
Whatsup eveyone, a good Friday to you all! This piece here is the 3rd installment in a series of concept illustrations I did based on the new television series on Spike TV, BIG EASY JUSTICE. These specific pieces were used as part of the advertising pitch for Plastic Palm Tree, a production company in Los Angeles.
This as you can see is the pencil stage of the illustration, which I later inked with brush & black india ink (be sure to keep your eyes on the lookout for said inked version, which I'll be posting in the coming days).
Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!
Hey Whatsup everyone,
Here are a couple new illustrations I did for the award-winning LA based production company, Plastic Palm Tree. These are concept pieces used in the creation of the advertising pitch for Spike TV's new show, Big Easy Justice, which just aired last month.
If you're not yet in the know on Big Easy Justice, it's a reality-based show about a bounty-hunter taking down the "bounty-hunted" in New Orleans. I haven't seen the show myself but it looks like a lot of good tattooed cajun fun (in fact the guy's name is actually Tat-2). You can check out more on Spike's website right HERE.
There are two other pieces in the series as well that I'll share over the next couple days, so keep your eyes peeled for those fellows.
If you'd like to see the completed Big Easy Justice ad designs by Plastic Palm Tree, as well as more of their impressive portfolio, you can do so on their website right HERE (just click on "TV").
Hope you enjoy and I'll talk with you soon!
Whatsup ladies & gents, here we have the final stage of the ADRIFT concept piece...
As you may already be able to tell this is created using that weird substance known as "paint". It's been quite a little while since I broke open the acrylics and gave them some attention so I thought this would be an opportune time to do just that.
I love working in color and I love working with paint, despite believing they're two of the most difficult areas of art-making, but from start to finish I had nothing but fun on this. There's a curious quality to paint that allows it to just give a work life, especially if you've been on a black & white binge-fest.
So starting off I tried to keep the process as simple as possible - with laying the ground down, using simplified versions of the color scheme, and then as things progressed narrowing in on the details, the light laying on the various surfaces, the shadows that light casts, and any reflected light bouncing around. Mix that together and this is what I came up with.
Hope you've all enjoyed this sneak-peak at my creative process and I'll talk with you soon.
In this stage (part deux) the goal is to clarify the original sketch. This is done in a few ways. One is by cleaning up the line work and identifying where the light lands on each particular subject, as well as where the shadows fall. Another area I bridge into is reference photos. Not knowing precisely what the walls of a canyon look like or what the design of a 1950's house boat is I span the all powerful google, or any other resource, for answers.
I've also decided to move the composition up an inch or two to allow for room for the text that's to be included later on - an extremely important part of illustration (one I've learned the hard way a couple of times)
As you can see too I've left out the shading from the previous sketch. The reason for this is that the "drawing" stage is meant to support the stage that follows. By leaving the shading absent I find it easier to reproduce this stage into the next. And it also allows for a sense of improvisation, which is incredibly important for keeping the image feeling fresh with vitality and life. Always a consistent goal.
Hope you enjoy and I'll back on Monday with the completed illustration,
Over the next few days I've decided to post the process of a concept piece I did for the ADRIFT folks. They wanted an image that summed up the mood & feel of the story and I was of course happy to oblige. And starting off this series of images we first begin with the "sketch" phase.
For this project it's all about communication. Which goes for both the illustration itself and with those I'm collaborating with. So, I do my best to keep those doors between the director/writer and myself as wide open as possible. And for me this always starts with notes.
I do a lot writing before the sketch gets to paper because I want to retain as much detail as I can get from the image in my mind - and writing is the quickest way to get it out there. You can check out my notes based on Will & my conversation right HERE.
Then from there I move towards communicating those notes through quick pencil sketches - like the one we have here.
Hope you enjoy and I'll have part deux for you tomorrow,
Here we have a friendly, or perhaps not-too-friendly (I'll never tell which) alien designed for the potential graphic novel & film ADRIFT.
This is actually the second design I came up with for our extraterrestrial character here. The first was thinner, sporting a smaller head and was overall a bit more homo sapien in appearance.
After discussing it with Will & Joel it was decided we wanted to go with a more classic approach. Something more traditionally science fiction and could easily match the era of the 1950's - when the story takes place. And so, voilà! This is what we came up with.
Hope you dig it and I'll talk with you soon,
First off, a happy Friday to you all. It's actually raining where I'm at right now but it's kind of nice. I enjoy working in doors when it's raining outside. Something about the sound of the rain on the windows can really help your thoughts move easily.
Anyways, here we have it. The final drawing of our good pal Nantan. You may notice I focused just a bit more on light and shadow, this way the forms and shapes would come across as clearly as possible. With a composition as symmetrical and straight on as this one it's important bring out those forms, as there aren't any other devices to help create depth and dimension.
More noticeably you'll see I've added more detail to his environment to try and capture some of the qualities I mentioned in the previous post regarding character - something that would aid in reflecting his personality. A few leafs here, some grass there, a slight breeze and this is what we have.
Hope you guys dig it and I'll talk with you soon. Have a great weekend!
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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