Sunday, August 09, 2009

Ryerson Journalism Review


As a change of pace from all the super-hero commission drawings I've posted lately, here is a full page illo I did for the Ryerson Journalism Review in the spring. The subject of the story was about John McFarlane, who took over as editor of the well-respected magazine, The Walrus here in Canada. The assigning art director, Fernanda Pisani, thought a "pulp detective" feel to the drawing would suit the copy, which was written in a similar hard-boiled style.

Above is the final art, painted in gouache and ink. Below is my pencil sketch.

12 comments:

Ben said...

I'm actually a trifle unnerved by that looming walrus.

Rivka said...

Good lookin' journalist ya got there. *grin* I'd like a disclaimer, though--"no giant walruses were harmed in the making of this illustration."

Chi Birmingham said...

I love the brick texture you achieved here. Great work as always.

Eric Orchard said...

Love that tilted composition, like a scene from The Third Man.Beautiful piece!

The Stapelia Company said...

I love it! Never has a walrus been made to look as threatening as this one... it makes me want to read the story.

Ev said...

Yeah that brick texture is awesome. I dig your work man.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work! Now show the "Herbie" commission you drew!

Russell

Arkonbey said...

wow. "exquisite" is the word that comes to mind. Almost too good for an editorial illustration.

The Walrus shadow is fantastic; subtle and stark at the same time.

The brickwork of the shadow must have been a bit infuriating to render ;)

Jason Chalker said...

Awesome! I love the sinister suggestion of a bipedal Walrus.

Joel Benjamin said...

Great piece with a very effective feel to it.
I stared at it for ages before realising I should put a comment!
Keep up the good work :)

Gregor said...

It's the brick work I like!

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, everyone. I've never been particularly fond of drawing walruses, but I gotta admit, I LOVe drawing bricks :)