Tommy Tallarico is a video game composer – he asked for some new and original artwork for a vinyl Earthworm Jim album that Blackscreen Records have been putting together. I made some new stuff in April, and sent him other illustrations I had made over the years, that he wanted to use as the artwork on the outer and inner album covers and vinyl labels.
Big book – 215 pages – an egg timer and listening to Reverie by Ivan Torrent (Human Legacy, Release My Heart & The Power of Will are really gorgeous tracks – the whole album seems to tell a story of hope, despair and a final epic struggle…but I digress) really helped me get through it.
I had much needed help from Josh Kenfield, Kip Henderson and Christine Garner who “Flatted” the pages. Flatting is basically the prepping of black and white art by filling in the spaces between the line art that Doug made – then I had to get the colour palettes figured out and paint that bad boy in.
What you may not know about Doug, is that he’s one of the nicest people you could meet in person. It’s been a pleasure working with him over the years, and was never something I expected to be doing after finding his comic book work as a fan many years ago.
Anyhow, I’ve been working on a little side project for someone which I can’t really say much about yet too – I’ll update about that when I’m able to. I’m busy making my own artwork, and will update this site properly (I hope! It needs a fresh lick of paint). All my best.
I finally caved this week, and got a really nice art program called Rebelle 2. It’s really good at simulating watercolour paint and I can use it with other programs so that is ridiculously useful to me.
The main reason for this is although I have a draw full of old watercolour paints and like to work in water colour pencils when away from my computer, it is nice to have the ability to work in a looser style digitally and combine that with other things.
I forgot about these images too – these are some scans out of my sketchbook I did earlier this year.