Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Crossroads


This is a little painting about Robert Johnson that I completed recently. Come On In My Kitchen is one of the songs that I listen to all the time while drawing. I've probably worked on at least a couple dozen paintings while listening to his music.

Like most of my recent work, this one was also painted in gouache and ink on bristol, and is about 10" x 10" in size. And if you're interested, you can check out the pencil sketch for it below. I also did a half-size colour thumbnail for it, working out the values, which I shared with people on my twitter feed.

16 comments:

Arkonbey said...

Man, I love the way you use black to define a space (the jacket,hat and tree), while at the same time allowing the black to encroach on the figure (the hair).

I'm going to stare at that piece for a while to see if I can absorb anything.

ZackRock said...

I think this might be my favorite illustration of yours, which is saying a lot since I'm routinely blown away by your work.

Question, though: I notice you opted not to draw the guitar strings. Did you have any particular aesthetic reason for not including them (too distracting, didn't want to complicate the image too much)?

Ray said...

Fantastic. That's what I have to say. Are you going to be selling prints?

Michael Cho said...

Arkonbey: thanks again for the nice comments.

Zack: thanks, Zack. As for the guitar strings, yeah, I don't draw them because they're distracting and clutter up the drawing. It seems like its a fairly conventional thing too -- when I used to see guitars drawn in comic books, for example, they rarely had strings.

Ray: thanks, buddy. I dunno about prints. Maybe?

mike said...

that's great, michael! i love those pin-stripes.

damon said...

wow cool!

Dan C said...

Wow, spooky. Beautiful illustration Mike. I'm a big fan of Robert Johnson's music as well, and this really captures the eerie mood of some of his songs. I'd love to see this as a print, too!

Nick's Evil Twin Skippy said...

Outstanding.

Owen said...

Really nice work Michael. It's always a cool sign when the color/values are chosen done so well I catch myself not even noticing that it's not the full range like in this piece, or those b/w yellow Wyeth pirate illustrations.

Lode Devroe said...

Great work, Michael!
I've recently bookmarked your blog.
I was wondering: what do yo apply first: first the gouache and then the ink?

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, folks!

Owen: I love those limited palette NC Wyeth paintings too. I remember a quote from Howard Pyle that went something like "you can make a great painting using just 2 values. You can make a good painting using 3 values. But anything more than that is a failure"...or something like that. I always try to keep that in mind when working.

Lode Devroe: I apply the gouache first -- its opaque, so putting black ink down first would be pointless. After many years, my mind is also just geared to interpret things from light to dark, not the other way around.

Alana K. said...

i LOVE robert johnson.

Lode Devroe said...

Thanks for the answer, Frank.
May I ask how many houres it takes for this picture, from the start till the end?
(Only to compare how slow/rapid I work ;-)

Dominic Bugatto said...

Nicely done.

Kyle T. Webster said...

Wow, what a solid composition! A lesson in good design.

icanseebetterthroughthefog said...

I love this drawing (especially the noir-ish style). Enough so that I used it in a recent post about Robert Johnson and my affinity for folk music. I hope that was alright.

http://icanseebetterthroughthefog.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/the-devil-and-robert-johnson/