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.
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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