Thursday, June 12, 2008

Austin Chronicle Cover : The Motorcycling

i did a cover for this week's Austin Chronicle, well, a cover for the insert for this weekend's motorcycle rally.

here's the published version:


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this is my version of the cover. having the "stoppies" apparent was very important to the editor. as the illustrator, of course, having the characters as big as possible is my priority.


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i went with black line on the front characters to make it more "postery." also, it helps push them to the front of composition.



here's a close-up of the Harley dude. the bike is a loose approximation of a Harley softail. one of my favorite bikes.*

i've also been trying out the dry brushes in Photoshop. this one looks a lot like pastels, which are my favorite media.


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HOLY COW! I FORGOT TO GIVE HIM A BIG OL' ARM TATTOO!

oops. that's called quick turnaround deadline.

* not that it matters. my dad indoctrinated me with a deathly fear of ever riding one. thanks, pop.



detail of the the Texas State Capitol that's in the background.

3 comments:

alicia policia said...

Beyooteefull! It's good to see you gettin' some Chronicle illustration love. Yay!

STOVEPIPE.NET said...

Without the tattoo he's from the dreaded "Banker Biker" gang. Usually only seen on Sunday afternoons. Great work!!

da janx said...

Thanks, you two!

LOL. Yes. That was completely intentional, Mr. Pipe. I am pleased you caught the underlying commentary in my work.

As I said at my other blog--this is a cut and paste, I own up to it--I love doing newsweekly covers. In college I did a bunch for the newsweekly in Oklahoma City. Some of those covers are still some of my most favorite stuff.