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The Drawing Board
Interested in illustration? Drawing images that accompany news stories is a privilege that news illustrator Thomas Marsh relishes. Here’s a chance to look over his shoulder and see how he does it.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Finish on David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe, from what photos I found of him, has a very diverse look, which despite the diversity, is consistently textural. What I mean is, he has a lot of things going on from the beads woven into his long scraggly beard to the multiple tattoos up and down his arms. These tattoos, I chose to omit for the most part, aside from a few quick doodley scrawls. With his signature rebel guitar, the basketball and the Easter basket, there needed to be somewhere for your eye to take a rest.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

David Allan Coe catching all for Spring

This week’s Entertainment cover story is a hodge-podge of Springtime events, with a headliner of singing country outlaw David Allan Coe. Add to this the last opportunity for skiing, March Madness and Easter events, staff writer Dave Lavender gave me the idea of putting David Allan on skis with a basketball and Easter basket. With not a lot of time to work with, it sounded good to me.

I don’t remember ever seeing a picture of David Allen Coe (until recently), but his classic song “You Never Even Call Me By My Name” was a party anthem of ours at Eastern Kentucky U. Oh, the late night choruses we enjoyed!
Anyway, here’s a straight-up ruff of Dave’s suggested idea.

More to come…

Sunday, March 9, 2008

MercyMe finish

Hey folks,

Computer problems resolved.


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

MercyMe in progress

Here’s a quick rough showing where I’ll generally place the band members — obviously making front man Bart Millard the largest guy. As usual, I place the heads first and let the rest of their bodies and instruments flow around as secondary importance. I’ll not be too concerned with these things being in correct perspective. Their use, other than the obligatory, is to enhance the overall flow around the image.
More later …

Monday, March 3, 2008

MercyMe sort of like Aerosmith … uhh, let me explain

Hey folks, Good news! The outstanding band MercyMe is coming to Huntington, meaning there’s an opportunity have some fun in caricature. As I’ve posted before a little seminar on the process (see my Jan 17—18 postings) where I used the band Aerosmith as my example. I’ve been a fan of MercyMe for a while now and although they don’t look anything like Aerosmith, their faces are dynamic and interesting enough to put together a fun illustration. Check out the photo of the band. Compared each face to the next one and note what about each face makes it different from the next — head shape, eyebrows, nose size, etc. The most even-featured is, perhaps, guitarist Mike Scheuchzer (far left). Also, in regards to Barry (shaved head) it’s not good in an illustration like this to just draw a hairless guy and have it assumed to be Barry. The challenge is to make him recognizable as Barry, even with hair — or better, a hat.
But the main problem with doing a caricature of a band with this many members (6) is trying to give each face equal size and space. In the Aerosmith, it was less problematic because the composition with the five members is less blocky.
Check out the caricature I did some time back of Diamond Rio who have equal members (6). While still rendering the bodys as secondary to the heads, I staggered them to give a more interesting composition. However, this time with MercyMe, I’m going to try to make the overall composition within the image flow even better by varying the head sizes a little.
More on this later.