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10.31.05

Lonely Hunter is done.

I wanted to illustrate Daine's affinity with nature. I used primarily earth tones and greens to create a mother nature vibe. In the story the antagonist uses black opals as a power source for destruction. I wanted to show Daine using the opal for something good. So instead of destruction, she's creating life. It's a symbolic object, she doesn't actually do that in the story. Originally it was going to be just the stone. I got the idea of the plant after watching an episode of My Name is Earl (his brother's potato science fair project). The lone wolf in the forest represents the wolf pack that Daine helps in the story. More specifically it represents the leader of the pack, Brokefang. Daine's earlier contact with him changed him, made him more intelligent, more human. His new thoughts and awareness make him feel alienated from the rest of the pack.

You can see the painting here.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


10.22.05

Just finished reading Hemingway's Garden of Eden. Already have some ideas for that one.

It'll have to wait though. Right now I'm working on a new series inspired by Tamora Pierce's Immortals Quartet.

You can see the drawing for the second book, Wolf-Speaker, here.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Brian  


10.9.05

The illustration inspired by Tamora Pierce's First Test is finished.

In the story, the main character Kel, has to deal with all the trials and tribulations of being the second only girl to attempt to become a knight. Kel has a strong sense of justice, so when some of the meeker first year pages are hazed by the older pages, she comes to their aid. The conflicts are settled with fists, hence Kel's black eye on the cover. Although she has a black eye, she's by no means the victim. I tried to show that in her expression.

In the background a silhouetted battle takes place between humans and spideren (large spiders with human heads). On the back cover there's a close up view of the battle with Kel and a fellow page fighting off one of the creatures.

To see On Probation click here.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


9.21.05

I know it's a little belated, but I just wanted to thank all those who came out to see my work at the Saratoga Library.

I would also like to thank the people who left the kind and wonderful comments in my guest book. They warmed my heart. Sometimes when I'm feeling down and a painting isn't going so well, I read through them and my spirit and confidence is rejuvenated. So as a token of my gratitude, I would like to send you a little gift. Please email me your address and let me know what your favorite painting was.

I finished a drawing for new a illustration. I'm calling it On Probation. It's inspired by the first book in the Protector of the Small Quartet (another Tamora Pierce book). Unlike my past book covers this one will be a full jacket cover, front and back.

You can check it out here.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


9.10.05


The book cover illustration inspired by Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Queen is done. I titled the painting Safe Harbor.

You can see it here.

For this piece I decided not to illustrate a specific scene from the book. Instead, I wanted a general image that would summarize the book.

My one regret is that there is very little narrative, just a boat going towards a harbor with heads coming out of the city. It really doesn't really reveal that much about the story. So in that sense I failed, but hopefully the image is striking enough to catch the viewer's attention.

I like the real book cover better. It's simple, but has more of an impact. I don't think my version really works. There's just too much little stuff that gets lost when reduced in size. Whenever I work large I forget that a lot of the detail won't be seen. If it was a poster it might be okay.

I'll have to rethink my approach the next time I do a cover.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


8.14.05

I'm finally back from my long hiatus. During my break I got the chance to do plenty of reading. My favorites were Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen, Christopher Paolini's Eragon, Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart Trilogy, and of course the latest Harry Potter book.

I was also able to finally finish the Frog Prince rough. Like in the Thumbelina illustration there's a slight twist. In this version the princess likes frogs. She laments over her lost friend. Her siblings try to comfort her but to no avail. Two of her sisters find him, they see the forlorn look in his eyes and they know. "Shhh, let it be a surprise," one of them whispers. His heart beating wildly he stands at the window, tulips in hand, nervous and unsure. She hears a giggle at the doorway, she begins to turn, a figure in the window catches her eye. . .

You can see the Frog Prince drawing here.

I put the Frog Prince project on hold indefinitely. After reading all those books I've decided to start working on book covers again. I'm currently working on a cover inspired by Pierce's Trickster's Queen.  

You can see the Trickster's Queen drawing here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


5.10.05

The Saratoga Library exhibit is finally up. My 13 illustrations will be there from May to the end of June. You can also see the work of Avi Weeker and Kurt Klavahn there as well. For those who are local and would like to check it out, click here for directions to the library. It's a beautiful building nestled in a fruit orchard, definitely worth checking out. My thanks to the Saratoga Arts Commission and especially, Tracy Halgren, Lee Murray, and Dolly Barnes.

I also finished the Thumbelina illustration (just barely in time for the exhibition). To see it, click here. You can also find it under the "Works Completed" in the column to the right.

This month I'll be working on a illustration for the Frog Prince.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


3.31.05

Just a small update for this month. . .

I've started a new series based on Hans
Christian Andersen's fairy tales. I wanted to have a little fun with this series, so I decided to play around with the story a bit. Although it's a slightly different take, the heart of the story is still there.

The first illustration is from Thumbalina. In the original story, Thumbalina is sort of a helpless victim, constantly getting taken away by any creature that takes a fancy to her. That didn't seem really fair, so in this illustration the tables have been turned. While the desire
for her is still shown, she is the one with all the power. This time she gets to choose. All the creatures that want her are kept at a distance (with the help of the swallow and the fish, who help her in the original story as well). There's also a hint of a different ending (see who the closest person is to Thumbalina). I never did like the King anyway.

John Waterhouse's Penelope and her Suitors and his keyhole composition were major influences on this piece.

To see the drawing, click here.

I promise to have some color next month.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


2.28.05

I recently came across one of my old books, The Silver Pony by Lynd Ward (a childhood favorite, who wouldn't like a story about a flying pony?). The book's layout was very simple, a black and white image on the right and a blank page on the left. The entire story was told through pictures, no text. As a result, it inspired me to change The Little Match Girl storyboard. For the rough storyboard I've decided to leave out the text and let the pictures do the narrating. I've also changed the viewing format to flipbook style where only a single page is viewed at a time. So far I have pages one through twenty-six done. You can either go to the Match Girl Menu or to go directly to the flipbook, click here.

In the next month I'll be taking a break from The Little Match Girl storyboard, I need some time to start a new series for the library exhibition. I'll have more details about the series at the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by.

Brian


2.06.05

The Little Match Girl thumbnail storyboard is complete. You can check it out here.

For the next few weeks I'll be working on The Little Match Girl rough storyboard. In the rough storyboard the thumbnails are refined and the characters' appearances are resolved. Since the roughs are a little more time consuming, expect the next update at the end of the month.

One final piece of news . . .

I just received notice that my work was accepted for the Saratoga Library's annual Art Wall Exhibition. This is the first time I've done something like this, so I'm pretty excited. I'll be exhibiting my work with two other artists for the months of May and June. I'll post more details as the exhibition date nears.


1.31.05

Just a small update to end the month. . .

Finished pages 11-34 from The Little Match Girl
storyboard.
I should have the rest done by next week.


1.23.05

I added a Work in Progress section to the Updates Page. You can find it in the column to the right.

I'm currently working on a storyboard for Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl. So far I have pages 1-10 done. There'll be approximately 30 pages in all. They're only in the thumbnail stage, so they're pretty rough. Check it out in the Work in Progress section.


1.05

The grand opening! Whew. . . after months of hard work and a few setbacks here and there, the site is finally done. This is my first website, so you're going to have to bear with me. I owe a great deal of thanks to my parents and especially my sister, all of whom I would not have been able to build this site without. I would also like to thank my family and friends for their generous contributions.
So thank you all.

There's lot's of stuff to look at, so I won't take any more of your time. Please, sit back, relax, and enjoy.



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