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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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

3 Doors finished


Some of you have asked me what sort of medium I use for my illustrations. The News Industry, is one of only a few places where your product is virtually re-invented everyday. News happens very quickly and it's shelf-life value is extremely limited.
Assignments need to be done quickly and cleanly, and newspaper illustration should be no different.
I use colored art markers on tracing vellum. I can lay down color quickly, and don't have to wait at all for a project to "dry." Using tracing vellum allows me to copy over my previous sketches, and since it is a dense-surface paper (won't allow color to bleed into the fibers) I can better blend colors to give a watercolor effect. I could even push lighter colors into darker ones, but I usually work from light to dark ~ laying down my black lines last.
Now for today's piece, you'll notice the colors are weird. Well, my markers are drying up. And since the illustration ran in black and white, I used what available colors I had and approached the piece as a value-only illustration, that is, I obviously didn't consider the color itself, but rather the darkness or heaviness of the color. You know how when you squint your eyes at certain colors, some look darker than others (like red, is usually darker than blue).
In this piece, I pushed this aspect a little, just for the fun of it ~ using colors I rarely choose.

Enjoy!