My latest portrait is for the Mahatma Gandhi room at Planet Labs. I think most people have an image of Gandhi in their mind as soon as they hear the name. I wanted to do something different...
In my previous post, I listed tools that I use to make artwork on the computer. In this post, you'll see some tools that I use to draw things on paper the old-fashioned way.
I use the same handful of programs everyday to help make artwork on my computer. Here's a list of some of my must trusted applications and shortcuts.
I'm working on a portrait of Malala Yousafzai as part of my residency at Planet Labs. The conference rooms at Planet are all named for various contemporary and historical figures that have made a difference in the world with humanitarian and scientific contributions. The plan is for the finished portrait to be featured in the "Malala" conference room
'm happy to announce that I'll be showing with artist Michael Wertz at Mule Gallery in San Francisco's historic North Beach neighborhood. I'm a big fan of Mule, North Beach, and Michael Wertz, so I'm very excited. The show runs from Jan 20th through Feb 26th (appt. only) with a public reception on February 5th, 6-9pm. Please come and enjoy North Beach's "First Fridays" art walk.
At Planet Labs' offices in San Francisco, the conference rooms seem to be named for historical and current figures that have made a positive impact in science, agriculture, or humanitarian issues. Near my desk there's the "Gandhi" and "Malala" rooms.
I'm pleased to say that the coloring is complete on my portraits of these five pioneers of Earth imaging. I used a combination of Adobe Illustrator (with help from Astute Graphicsadd-ons for texture) and Manga Studio for touch-up work and detail.
I'm currently in the process of coloring the Pioneers of Geospatial Imaging artwork. I use Adobe Illustrator for most of my initial color and texture work.
For my black linework, I use a combination of brush/ink for initial lines, Adobe Illustrator, and Manga Studio. First, I draw directly over the pencil lines on bristol board paper. Then, I scan the art into Photoshop.
So, I made this after walking home from drinks with a friend last night. My front door was very popular Twitter today, so thanks to all of you that appreciate the joke.
One of my projects as a Planet Labs Artist in Residence is going to be commemorative portrait drawings of people that inspired others to push things far enough so that we have the ability to take photos of the whole planet from space. The first set in the series will be those that pioneered imaging of the planet in new and strange ways.