Friday, February 12, 2010

The Gap


I thought it might be interesting to compare the original drawing at top I did with the finished illustration at the bottom. This was for an article for the Monthly on American kids taking up the European practice of the gap year between high school and college. The idea was all the art director's, I have to confess. I'm quite excited because the Monthly has accepted my story idea for Shipyard Labs, which I posted about here.

Edit: The Illustration Friday prompt is adrift, so I'm going to go ahead and link this up.

13 comments:

Eva said...

Your own idea would have been more subtle, but the drawing is beautiful. I guess you wouldn't have described this gap as something so dangerous. This person will fall. My idea of such a gap is a lot different, it is a chance to see the world, something wonderful.

Celeste Bergin said...

collaboration with art directors has to be a very interesting process. The results here are exactly right for the idea of being "suspended" over a period of time.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Brilliant illustration Sparkey, I loves it! And how cool a name is Shannon O'Hare?

Tom said...

good idea...but how many kids out of high school have the money to travel?

love the picture(s)

grrl + dog said...

whoo hoo!

Lots of work for you.

I am glad, as I know you were looking for more a while back.

rosedale's 4head said...

oh now this clever...i feel like the foot off the latter these days...hope to get footing again soon...

ArtSparker said...

Tom - sometimes the gap involves work between high school and college, sometimes it involves travel, sometimes it involves both.

INDIGENE said...

Wonderful and this image obviously made you in control and not adrift! Bravo!

Chelsea said...

I really like your line work in the first image. But I also enjoy your use of colors in the second rendition, as well as your treatment of the cathedral in the back. Great work!

eyecontact said...

Interesting, captivating style!

j. said...

delightful!

aleph said...

I´m so glad about the Shipyard Labs!!! You make a good team with the art director, don´t you? I like both illus.

eyetrouble said...

It's always really inspirational to study how you draw these pieces...very engaging expression of an interesting visual idea, as always.