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Back from the dead…

About time I posted on here again!

I’ve been busy working on my senior thesis, and most of my online efforts have shifted to my website, http://saltroseillustration.com

But here’s a promo piece for a mailer. If you’re playing Spot-the-Celeb, that would be Paloma Faith’s visage I borrowed. The costume, however, is all mine. If only I could sew what I draw…

Pink is So Your Color, Gaga.

Because your hair ain't fierce until it's lavender.

I love this woman. She’s completely mad, and she knows it. The photo ref for this was too good to pass up, so I just went for it. I’m calling it number six in the portrait series (the remaining three Boosh ones are still underway, but I intended for those to be more finished than the regular blog-project portraits, so they’re taking a bit longer.)

Also have a pencil sketch of the luminous Ms. Amanda Fucking Palmer that needs some coloring soon. Can’t just send it out naked into the world, Amanda does a wonderful job of that herself ;) Oh hell, this means I need to draw Neil as well. This project is going to last me a lifetime, I swear… (plus AFP is holding an art contest I’d rather like to enter if I get a spare two seconds. Hmm.)

Oh yeah, and as always… prints available at RedBubble if you’re really that excited about life, haha.

Natasha Khan is Bomb.

Mock-Up cover for Bat For Lashes' album, "Two Suns"

Because why write the album title when you can draw it?

This is my final for my Spring 2010 Illustration Studio class– a mock-up cover of the most recent Bat for Lashes album, “Two Suns.” It goes up on the wall tomorrow, wish me luck! For once, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. There are still parts I’d love to go back in and re-work, but I already spent entirely too long painting it– I think at least 15 hours, all told.

Yikes. Better just to leave it and move on, perhaps. I think my technique and my speed are slowly (emphasis on slowly) improving, which is always a good feeling.

In case you care about the specs: This is all gouache, except for a tiny, almost negligible amount of colored pencil that I think I ended up painting over anyhow. It’s on 140lb cold-press watercolor paper, stretched over a 10×10″ canvas. Like, a literal canvas, not just the frame. I know, I’m a wastrel. I have proper things to paint on canvas with now.

The font is hand-drawn, based off Kingthings Gothique. On that note, this project sort of doubled as a re-design of the Bat For Lashes logo, which I’m not a huge fan of… (Sorry, Ms. Khan.)

Prints available at my RedBubble store, if you are so inclined.

Just because I thought it was funny enough to warrant its own post, even though it’s on the ‘about me’ page.

my self portrait

It was either that, or 'are we Danza?'

I hadn’t done a self-portrait in ages, mostly because they always make you do them for class. After three years in art school, I got pretty bored of my own face. Well… I am faceless no longer! I do look slightly peeved, I guess I could have changed that. Since I drew it, and all…

Ooh la la

My Noel Fielding piece made it into the PNCA Illustration 2010 Juried Exhibition, which opens tonight at 512 NW 9th, PDX. Very excited! It’s actually the first show I’ve submitted my work for, and I’m excited to be a part of it. Lots of people from my Illustration Studio are in it, some amazing talent in that class. There are thirty of us proposing our thesis ideas next fall, should be slightly overwhelming and terribly exciting.

Here’s the next in the Boosh portrait series, Mike Fielding. Still very much in progress and bound to change, but just wanted to show that I have indeed been working on fun things in the midst of all my finals.

Stealthy like a puma.

Stealthy like a puma.

I’m not sure how much I like it yet. I’m pretty happy with the pencil portrait, but I want to make his headphones look a bit more coherent. Might work in some vinyl too, since he seems to DJ a lot.

Also, coming in the possibly near future: a mock Bat for Lashes record cover, a Gravity’s Rainbow-inspired painting, and some Master and Margarita-related nonsense. Hopefully t-shirt designs of the first two Boosh portraits will be ready soon, just have to wait for school to get out before I’ll have time to re-design them. One more week! Feel my excitement!

I now have a print store set up at RedBubble, finally. I have a deviantArt account, but they take a huge commission on top of the base price, which means the artist makes about $3 off a $50 purchase. Uh, lame? Redbubble doesn’t take commission, which is brilliant. And their stuff is top quality from what I’ve heard. Once I have a little more lining my pocket, I’m going to buy some to see what’s going on.

Here’s what I’ve been working on:

The taller half of The Mighty Boosh.

Ol' Julie B. The Man. The Myth. The Maverick.

And, since you can’t have one without the other…

The slightly-gayer half of The Mighty Boosh.

MI6: Executive Transvestite Division, Woodland Branch.

Both of these are available as prints at the RedBubble store, as well as a composite version of the two pencil sketches without all the woogly stuff on top.

Which leads me to my new plan… I decided I wanted to continue the series and do portraits of the other 3/5 of the Mighty Boosh: Dave Brown (Bollo/various characters), Rich Fulcher (Bob Fossil/Eleanor/various), and Mike Fielding (Naboo.) But then I realized, I’d have to do Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade as well. At at that point, I’d have half the cast of IT Crowd covered, so may as well throw in Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson. Then a friend on Twitter requested Jarvis Cocker, and I realized… I should just do a series of actors and musician portraits. Could use a proper blog project to keep me motivated, and that way I can have a proper selection of prints available.

So, I made a list of 220 (yikes!) people whose faces I would love to draw, and my goal is to finish 100 of them within a year. Can I do it?

We’ll see…

well…

As I am at home currently being useless, I may as well do something useful with my time.

Art and things to follow.