I liked the text of the 2nd one so much that I put the original version up on Society6 as a t-shirt by itself, right here.
Not sure which of these I like best. I just did a bunch of versions and am hoping for the best. Doing these makes me want to try a color version of the drawing though....I could do different line work for that....I might still go with the words I was planning if I can get them to look right...
This is a type of image that I've been wanting to make for a while. To me, this represents the substance of understanding that stories convey and effect. That's the best I got. I don't want to get to philosophical. There's something about the inner tossing and turning with problems that is tied to the virtues or pursuits shown in stories. There's a tie between a knight fighting a dragon, and a man resisting the urge to curse at the task in front of him.
There's something sinister in our education industry.
I think I could try a version with more color flatting but I'm liking this right now. There's some visual interest at least.
I was looking at the art of some other illustrators that I like and am working to imitate it and demonstrate some clear visual ideas through my own work. I wanted to clearly represent ideas of 'evil' and use some interesting symbolism and techniques.
This was a weird process! After a month of being unusually lazy and apathetic, I woke up this morning on the day that this illustration needed to be done. I figured I could at least do some thumbnails drawings. and I ended up doing the entire drawing. Which is great! So if I can improve my hand and my technique with a speed like this I can see potential in this process! Especially since the idea was kinda difficult to pin and the magazine still liked it. (thumbs up)
As an aside - I also started posting sheep comics on instagram. But it's an experiment to see if I can 1. keep up the drawing habit 2. build an audience 3. use instagram effectively. 4. refine a satisfying technique. : )
A friend has an idea for a story book - this is the first sketch. It has elements of the aesthetic I was immediately thinking of, but the kid would need alot of work, it all needs alot of work. Those cardboard boxes need alot of work. But this was fun to do a quick thumbnail type sketch and digital color.