Dragon Wagon

While the idea of riding a Dragon seems totally badass, there is one drawback.  Dragons only move when they want to. I have a feeling this guy is about to be torched.

I had to create an image with a rhyme & I’ve been wanting to draw a dragon lately, so this is what I came up with

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Phoenix Art Museum Exhibit Review

(All images included were taken from a brochure courtesy of the Phoenix Art Museum and the InFocus Organization

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Sonya & Brett brochure cover I recently went to the Phoenix Art Museum to peruse the “Inspired Vision” exhibit featuring two famous photographers, Brett Weston & Sonya Noskowiak.  These two artists created the breadth of their work in California during the 30’s and 40’s with many similarities. Both were inspired by photographer Edward Weston and took part in the 1932 Group f/64 exhibit which became key to establishing their footholds in photography, yet both had two distinctly different styles and upbringings.  Sonya was born in Leipzig, Germany but quickly moved on to the Johan Hagemeyer Photographic studio where she fell in love with Edward Weston and became a secret mother to his sons.  Brett was one of Weston’s sons prior to the arrival of Sonya, and fit into his father’s footsteps with ease.  It wasn’t long however, before Brett and Sonya began branching off into an experimental dichotomy of styles.Brett Landscapes

Of course both of these artists only took black and white photos with old vintage cameras like the 11×14” Rollei, but beyond that there are stark differences.  Brett is far more concerned with the textures and contrasting shapes of the world around him, while Sonya intensely studies the personalities of people.  For example, in Brett’s “Japan, 1970” he uses the high contrast of a silhouetted landscape to create lines of movement.  The viewer is led in on the left by the swirling texture of a raw tree trunk, then the eyes travel across smooth undisturbed waters with precise vertical lines that eventually lead up to a road emerging and leading the viewer to nowhere.  He also takes far more close-up images then Sonya, such as “Untitled, 1926” where we can see, again, a dark silhouetted bottom leading us in as the varied rough, smooth, and spotted textures lead us up the plant stalks.  Brett is a master “leader” in this way, even his portraits bring the character’s body, clothing, and the background into play as Brett leads the viewer around the patterns of the photo before the viewer wonders who these people are, if  even caring at all.

Sonya Portraits In Sonya’s photos the context of her character’s plays a tiny role when compared to their character.  She was a renowned portrait photographer, and it becomes obvious when looking at the thousands of images she took.  She has no interest in making her subjects “pretty” or conveying a deluded sense of self-grandeur as many portraits intend.  In fact, most of her subjects are not even looking in the camera, and the ones that do, are doing so with defiant stares, asking the viewer to question who these people are.  Each person’s face is the focal point of the image put into sharp focus.  A perfect example is “Helen Forbes, 1937” who wears a lush kimono-esque blouse or dress that even in black and white we can tell is bright and beautiful.  Yet Helen’s face tells a different story as she stares intently off camera with a scowl, her care-worn expression foiling her vibrant blouse as her frayed graying hair blends into the dark background.  This is obviously a woman of wealth and defiance, but where has life taken her through to get there?  She seems lost in a distant memory, or perhaps wondering about her ever-thinning future, or maybe she is staring down someone or something that fills her with dread.  Whatever the case may be, you the viewer are left to decide why Sonya wants us to delve into her portrait’s thoughts.Brett, Edward & Sonya Closeups

Now I know it seems odd that I’d be writing about photographers since I am an illustrator/designer, but believe it or not, I also love photography and writing.  Stop on by again some time and I will post some photographs I’ve taken and see what you think!  Don’t forget to COMMENT!

Shark Logo Vector

Every once in a while I’ll show some of the client work I do.  here’s a cool Shark Logo in Vector for a Client

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Contrived

con·trived

adj kən-ˈtrīvd

Definition of CONTRIVED

  • having an unnatural or false appearance or quality : artificial
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New Portfolios!

Check out the Artist Packet Tab to see my completely revised Commercial Portfolio, A new Cover Letter, Artist Statement, and ALL NEW FINE ART Portfolio!  There’s all new never-before-seen art in there, and a few old favs as well.  If you really want to get a good idea of the total breadth of work I create, give these a look because there is a lot more range in there than on www.clarkillustrations.com which is more commercial and rarely updated (unlike my blog).

New T-shirt, Aries Design

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This is a character sketch I did a while back which appears on my website, but I wanted to reinvent this character by coloring him and regaling you with his untold story.

This is the Disc Repairman, and he’s the reason all of our disc related electronics work.  He is one of millions of tiny little nano-bot creatures created to live inside our electronic devices, surfing our Hard Drive discs and CDs, endlessly monitoring and repairing.  He wears special Headphones to hear any sounds or music we are listening to, and goggles with Heads Up Display to view what’s on our monitors, documents we have stored, etc.  Just think about it, how else would a laser blasting bits of information on a disc work without some tiny little robot to repair all of the damaged bits of information with a giant laser-repair-gun?  Our Government just doesn’t want us to know that we’ve come this far with Nanotechnology, thus the reason why no one has ever heard of the Disc Repairmen.  But I think if you just ponder the logic of it for a minute, you will agree that they do exist, and are totally badass.

My Story

It has occurred to me that some people out there may be interested in knowing how I arrived at where I am today, or where my plans lie in the future, so dig in:

I was born here in Mesa, Arizona, and have lived here my whole life.  Throughout my childhood I had many interests, for instance I played the Alto and Tenor Saxophone for years.  But art has always been my first love.  It began with the wonder of Dinosaurs and Zoobooks, which I curiously reproduced in drawing after drawing.  Then, of course, there were Disney movies, cartoons like Loony Toons, and comics like the Far Side and Calvin & Hobbes.  My mom would often take me to work (she was a high-profile bank programmer, so had to work long hours) and I got to just draw and draw, then show everyone in her office my masterpieces.

As I matured I honed my skills, and nearly mastered graphite and charcoal, but it wouldn’t be till a few years later that I began to experiment with other mediums.  My first major graphite project was recreating the famous National Geographic cover of the Afghan refugee girl, which I can say without bragging that I did an awesome job on, and won best of show at the State Fair (check it out yourself ).  I began doing portraiture for friends and family, but my love was always in crazy creatures and fantacy/scifi characters. I was lucky to net an Illustration job around 19years old with Action Illustrated, held that job for about 4 1/2 years and decided to net an associates degree while I was at it.  I focused on writing and art (of course) but I still have an affair with writing that I will never let go.  I may never show off my poetry or short stories (mostly because I fear for my Intellectual Property) but perhaps some day I will let the internet in on the secret.

I loved my job, everyone there was like a second family, and then the economy slapped me across the face.  Profits became the bottom line, I lost my job, and after one week of thinking & a little moping, I put my face to the grindstone and delved into the world of freelance.  It has been 2 years now that I’ve been doing freelance, and I’ve come a long way.  I went back to school full time, and now have this semester plus two more to finish up my Bachelors (unfortunately an asscociates doesn’t directly transfer over as 2 years).  I still do freelance here and there for T-shirts, Children’s Books, Logos, Mascots, and that sort of thing, but I am ready for a new era in my life.

If you check back here in the next year or two you will see some major changes.  I am buying a Wacom Cintiq, a new desktop, CS5, and I plan on casting away my meager vector illustrator and graphic arts roots and delving deeper and deeper into illustration.  I have done a few paintings all ready, I own an Intuos 3 that has paid for itself and then some, and have taken numerous classes at both ASU and SCC that have taught me an endless amount of information to help improve my painting skills.  Soon I want to focus on Covers, Children’s Books, and Concept Art for games, TV, maybe even Movies.

For those of you who are looking to hire me for Vector art and things like T-shirts, I’m still available don’t fear.  But I will only have enough time to take on a few, so don’t take it personal if I turn you down, but definitely contact me because I am worth it and I will do my best to work everyone I can in!  For the rest of you, keep coming back here to check out my artwork and I guarantee it will just get better 🙂

Chris-

Wedding Designs, with a cool twist

Wedding Engagement party invites and Mark the Dates I did for my wedding with my lovely Jessica.

Burning Monkey Tree Sketch

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So I didn’t just draw some weird alien monkeys for the hell of it, I also thought of a little story to go along with them:

These are the Moobaloops, they live in the Zerboid Crystal valley.  Their planet, Melba, is a Silicate & Carbon planet.  Some creatures that live there are like those we find on Earth, others are crystalline life-forms that grow only a few inches every year and live off of plasma energy, while still others are hybrid lifeforms.  Vast lakes of plasma litter the planet, and hybrid creatures like these Moobaloops and their Finque tree, live off of the plasma.  The Finque tree glows with plasma embers instead of leaves, it needs no sun because it soaks up it’s energy from the Plasma lakes, while the Moobaloops feast on the Finque gourds which are bursting with juicy plasma energy.  A mere three fruits grow every year on the Finque tree, always exactly three, and yet one of these fruits can provide enough energy for a creature like the Moobaloop to survive an entire year.

New T-shirt Design, Glowing Veins!

 

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New T-shirt Skull Wing Design

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