I have been working on this here and there over the last week or so, as a wind-down from my “day” job. This started out as kind of an odd exercise that I think I will call “Kitchen Sink Illustration”. Basically the desktop of my computer is full of….well, shit. Reference pictures, website, stickies with quotes, tax information, unfiled invoices, MP3’s, Wii game ROMS, photoshop palettes that I didn’t know where else to put, etc. So I took everything that was even slightly interesting on there, and just started using it as reference and inspiration to draw basically just to pass time and not put too much thought into what I was actually doing. Think of it like cleaning out your fridge, and making an omelet out of everything that hasn’t melted into a science experiment yet.
This was also an opportunity for me to try out some things I have been messing around with in Photoshop. Masking layers, dithered gradients, noise overlays…just a bunch of stuff I really never got a grasp on before now, or at least never got to use to any real extent. I still have no idea what I am doing most of the time, but it seems to work out on the back end.
So, thanks to everyone I inadvertently ripped off in the making of this. You guys gave me a much needed break from drawing mobsters and methamphetamine addicts over the last few weeks.