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11.15.06

Just a quick update today. I finished the drawing for the final illustration in the project Alice series (you can see the rest of the project Alice in the Work in Progress section).

To check out the drawing, click here.

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by.

Brian

 

10.17.06

Fishing season is coming to an end, baseball season is over (for the Giants that is), the days are becoming cooler and shorter, the lazy days of summer are over.

It's been a long time coming, but I finally have an update. Hopefully it was worth the wait.

I've added three new paintings to project Alice:

Advice from A Genius pt. 1
Advice from A Genius pt. 2
No Vichy for Me Please

Here's a little excerpt that accompanies the Advice from a Genius illustrations:

She was laying on something soft. She could feel warm sunlight on her body. Could it have all been just a dream? She would open her eyes and she would be back at home. Her mother would be in the other room drinking her coffee and Dodgeson, her most loyal companion, would be right next to her. And yet she kept her eyes closed, wanting to believe, her heart racing as she took a deep breath waiting for the familiar smell to hit her nose.

There was a familiar aroma, but it was slightly musty, earthy, definitely not coffee. It smelled like . . . like. . .

"Portobello mushrooms?"

I've also added a mini update section to the portfolio page. Now it's much easier to see the latest additions for those who bypass this page and go directly to the portfolio page.

One more bit of news. My illustration Two Birds, One Stone won an honorable mention under the book cover category in the Smartwriters.com annual competition. A friend of mine found it featured in the 2006 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market book. If it wasn't for her encouragement I would have never entered, so many thanks to you Marisa.

You can check it out here (just scroll down to the illustrator category).

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

Brian


7.11.06

The second painting from the Project Alice series is finished.

You can see Familiar Strangers here.

Or check out Project Alice in the Work in Progress section.

Here's another little excerpt from Surviving Wonderland:

The candle and flame, a tiny lighthouse in the dark gloom. It's faint glow guided it's keeper safely through the murky waters of rock and polished glass.

To see the rest of the text click here.

Next up is a pair of illustrations from the caterpillar scene.

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

Brian


6.1.06

Familiar Strangers

The light grew brighter and a revealed a scene that Ally wished had remained hidden in the darkness. The room was indeed filled with mirrors, much more then she had imagined. Each glass held a reflection, her reflection. And yet it wasn't her. Strange alto egos stared back at her. Each one different, one with dark eye shadow and lipstick, face as a pale as a ghost. Another with thick black glasses, hair tied tightly in a bun, a stack of thick textbooks clutched to her chest. Alien and yet familiar. The most unsettling part was that each Ally seemed to be frozen in a silent plead to be released from her glass prison.

excerpt from Surviving Wonderland


In this scene Ally is trapped in a room full of mirrors with trees supporting the ceiling. Each mirror has a reflection of an alter ego (Avril Lavigne wannabe, goth girl, jock). The mirrors act as portals, so in order to escape she must choose an identity. The cat acts as her annoyingly ambiguous guide. You can also see the rabbit in the green hoody on his right side. I also added some chairs and desks to reinforce the high school theme. The skull hints that Ally isn't the first person to face this trail. Metaphorically the scene represents Ally trying to figure out who she really is, what her identity is. On a more visual level it's Ally walking into a high school cafeteria and choosing which clic to sit with.

You can see the drawing here.

Or check out Project Alice under the Work in Progress section.

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

Brian


4.2.06

In my last update (so very long ago) I mentioned that my next project will be an Alice in Wonderland parody of sorts. I've been busily working on it since then. So far I've got a short storyboard, a drawing and even a finished piece. But before I show you the imagery, I'll start this update with an excerpt from the text.


Down the Rabbit Hole

She wasn't hard to find. Her hair a red fiery beacon in the late afternoon sun. He approached her from the side. Staying in the shadows, his soft padded feet hardly making a sound.  


You can read the rest here.

To see the accompanying illustration,
Have You Seen A White Rabbit?
click here.

You can see the original drawing here.

There's also a short five panel storyboard. It's a brief introduction to the story (the characters, why and how Alice enters Wonderland). Check it out here.

In Have You Seen A White Rabbit?, I wanted to immediately establish the Alice in Wonderland theme. Sure, it takes place in a modern setting, she's not wearing the traditional headband or the dress, Alice's hair is red and the rabbit is in a green hoody. But there is a white rabbit, Alice's clothes have a similar color scheme, and the book she's reading is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (check out page 16 and 17 in the Everyman's Library Children's Classics version).

I used the flyers behind Alice to make further references to the story. The missing white rabbit, the name Liddell (the real Alice's last name) on the yellow flyer, and the years 1865 and 1871 (the publication dates of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) on the blue flyer. The chess pieces are from the second book, but they are also the same pieces that I used in a past cover for the same story.

You can see how Project Alice develops in it's entirety (thumbnails, drawings, and finished artwork) at the link to the right in the Work in Progress section or on the portfolio page.

To wrap things up, Math Homework has been moved to the editorial archive.

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

Brian


2.15.06

Finished Two Birds, One Stone.

In this illustration Daine is using her magic to free a bird from it's stone prison. The "stone prison" has a mural of sorts on it (you can see the painted version of the bird in the stone fragments). Like Lonely Hunter, it's more symbolic than literal.

In the story the emperor's birds are falling ill and dying. None of his aides can figure out why, so Daine, who's known for her affinity with animals, is sent to Carthak to figure out the mystery. As it turns out the birds were getting sick from eating the brightly colored paint from one of the murals in the aviary.

So in the illustration Daine is destroying the mural and freeing the bird from the cause of it's illness.

You can see the finished painting here.


I also added The Hunted to the children's book archive with new commentary (thanks Marisa for inspiring me to finally put it up).

Another addition to the children's book archive is Bad Tea Leaves for Harry (previously on my portfolio page).

For my next project I'm thinking of doing a parody of sorts of Alice in Wonderland (no more Tamora Pierce stuff for the time being). I should have some sketches done soon, so check back in a week or so.

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

Brian


1.29.06

Finally updated the site. The Hunted is done. Not one of my favorites (one of the reasons why it took so long to update), but you can check it out here. It was a good exercise, but definitely a struggle to get motivated to work on it.

Although the last one was a bust, I'm excited about the next illustration, Two Birds, One Stone (inspired by Pierce's third book in the series, Emperor Mage). I did a lot more preliminary work then I usually do. Hopefully it pays off. You can check it out below.

original
background pattern 1
background pattern 2
dress study
dress study (color)
kingfisher study
Two Birds, One Stone

I'm about halfway through it, so I should have it up on the site in a week or two.

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

Brian


11.13.05

Just a quick update today.

Finished another drawing for Pierce's Immortals Quartet. It's loosely based on the first book, Wild Magic.

You can see The Hunted here.

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

Brian


/ updates archive 2005

/ Work Completed
No Vichy for Me Please
Advice from a Genius 1
Advice from a Genius 2
Familiar Strangers
Have You Seen A White Rabbit?
Two Birds, One Stone
The Hunted
Lonely Hunter
On Probation
Safe Harbor
Thumbelina and the Suitors
 
/ Work in Progress
    Project Alice
The Frog Prince
The Little Match Girl


/ Drawings
Who Stole the Tarts?
No Vichy for Me Please
Advice from a Genius 1
Advice from a Genius 2
Familiar Strangers
Have You Seen A White Rabbit?
Two Birds, One Stone
The Hunted
Lonely Hunter
On Probation
Safe Harbor
Thumbelina and the
Suitors

The Little Match Girl
/ Work on the Move
/ Math Homework moved to editorial archive.
/ Bad Tea Leaves for Harry moved to children's book archive.